Today I thought I'd share with you the creations I made at the freehand machine embroidery workshop I attended last week.
I'm not a very confident user of a sewing machine but have always fancied having a go at this technique & when my sister gave me the workshop as a Christmas gift I was thrilled.
The workshop was at a fabric shop in Trowbridge called Fabric Magic, I'd never been there before but it's a lovely shop full of loads of gorgeous fabrics & haberdashery & they also run quite a few workshops.
There were 4 of us attending the workshop & we all had a friendly chat over a welcoming cup of coffee & then we got started on our sewing with the help of Sally who was teaching the class.
Once the machines were set up with the appropriate needles & threaded ready to go, we started with stitching a freehand flower shape & the filling it in with the thread by machining up & down each petal repeatedly.
This took quite a bit of getting used to but we were all really pleased with what we came up with.
I made these 4 flowers of various sizes & colours.
Once we'd all got the hang of this technique, we moved on to embroidering onto dissolvable fabric in a similar way. After embroidering a flower or butterfly design we then cut away the image & immersed it in water to dissolve away the backing so that we were left with just the flower/design.
I had a really enjoyable day, & the time absolutely flew by. I had a mooch around the shops after the workshop & then headed back home stopping off in Bath on my way for a spot more shopping & to pick out some beads for some of the jewellery making workshop ideas I have in mind for our shop.
I have now been inspired to get my Mum's old early 1980's sewing machine serviced & up & running so I can play around a bit more with these techniques & some other sewing ideas I have.
So watch this space!
Off to get organised for an afternoon working in the shop & for our card making workshop tonight. We're using Indigo Blu stamps & mega flakes so I'm really looking forward to it!
See you soon, thanks for stopping by