My April Stitch Along Week 5
It took me a bit to get started with finishing off my pieces, mainly because I knew I had quite a bit of work ahead of me so had to find some designated time when I knew I wouldn't get interrupted. I decided I liked the split level display so immediately cut the three pieces apart to work on them separately.... starting with the leaves project, I knew I needed to start by stitching around the raw edges of the circles. I used a pale lemon thread for this which matched the fabric.
Because the cover fabric wasn't fused, I felt I needed to add a bit more than free-motion straight stitching so tried a free-motion Zig Zag using a dark thread.
I soon realized I didn't like that at all so decided to couch some yarn over it. I found a soft white and tan yarn to use.
Using a light colored thread I free-motion Zig Zagged it in place. With the first completed circle, I realized it didn't look all that round anymore....
....so I change to an embroidery foot for the second circle.
My next circle looked much better.
I went on to finish the others in the same way. It was quite slow and tedious, but I liked the effect and I was improving as I went.
With all the circles finished, I change back to the free motion foot. Using a pale lemon rayon thread, I began filling in the background by echoing the shapes. In some areas, I created a circular type design.
Continuing on I developed a second circular design which I liked better....
.... so I went over the first to give it a similar look.
I continued until the entire background was fill of stitching making sure to leave uneven widths between each row of the echoing (unlike standard echo quilting where they are all even) as I liked this effect. It adds movement I feel. I also added in a few more design circles.
That's my first piece completed with the exception of the outer edging. I continued on to finish the next two as well, but I'll write about those tomorrow so be sure to check back because I did some things a little differently! Continue on to day two....