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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bloom

I think Bloom is nearly finished. It still needs to be faced. I'm not going to put a binding on it. I've looked for facing tutorials online and I've found several including one in a pdf file which I have downloaded. The directions look pretty clear.

This is what Bloom looked like at the beginning of July. I'd finished with the free motion quilting. The next thing I did was some beading in the area just below the lettering. It looked very subtle, but from a few feet across the room you literally could not see anything except the original couched lines, and some of the lines of patterned machine stitching.






This is what it looks like now. I've added a lot of hand embroidery. Mostly chain stitch and lazy daisy and lots (around 90) French knots.

The details show better in the photo below.

The thing is, that it is very different from the way it looked a couple of weeks ago.


12 comments:

  1. Look like you had a lot of fun with sewing this piece. It turns out very pretty with the beads and embroidery!
    You are right about stippling, I never do it again!

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  2. Love this... the hand embroidery is such a wonderful touch!

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  3. Love the look of this Stella, such a cheerful piece! Connie

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  4. I love the hand embellishments and it sets it off well. Love it!!

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  5. What a beautiful piece and your embroidery is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
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  6. Wow...this is so creative! Did you dye the fabric yourself? In any case, it's lovely.

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  7. Thank you for your kind comment, I love to sew and doing free motion almost every day an drawing a lot of feathers and other stuff (even when I sit in the dugout when my sun in law plays baseball) improved the way I fmq. You are a quick learner too!

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  8. i love your 'stiching bloom'. great idea.
    claudia wolf

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  9. Ooh, Stella, this is beautiful! I love the message on it, too.

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  10. You can't go wrong with beads and embroidery!

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  11. It turned out beautifully! The handwork really makes the bead work stand out.

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  12. Your beads and embroidery look really fabulous on that piece. I love the whole thing. I've used a matching very tiny binding, like 1/8", single fold, which might work if you don't go with the knife edge.

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