Sunday 25 August 2013

Sampler of flowers using ice dyed fabric and free machining.

25th August 2013

First I would like to thank you for leaving comments, it is so good to have some interaction, especially as my course is on line and not in a class. So, if you have questions or want to know more detail please get in touch.

I have had a busy couple of days!!
Friday was spent sorting my fabrics, ribbons and all things crafty!! It took most of the day but I think I will now be able to find things more easily.

Yesterday I took Jack for a long walk along the promenade, it was very windy and the sea was pounding against the sea wall so not many people around, just how I like it!!

As soon as I arrived home, after coffee, I started on another sampler using flower shapes and ice dyed scrim, calico, linen, cotton and velvet.

After backing the fabric with bondaweb I traced the flower shapes and cut out. 

I had intended to place the smaller shape on top of the larger but after trying this decided against the idea and layered and overlapped instead. I placed this on sponge printed calico and used fine wadding for a quilted effect.

Then I had a great time free machining using a variety of threads. I must have spent 3 hours stitching and finished the project this morning.

I think tiny beads would also look good as an embellishment.

This idea could be used on a cushion, wall hanging or picture in any shade to match the colour scheme in a room.

This is the largest sample so far, 9 inches square but could be made larger or smaller!!

I have really enjoyed working on my last two samplers and I love working with vibrant colours.

Now I must make a start on my Artisan Apron....


  1. Each piece you do gets better. I really think this one has overtaken the turquoise pieces I feel in love with earlier.

  2. This is gorgeous? I love the dyed fabrics and the variety of colours. The layered effect is great.

  3. So glad you like it. It is great working with different fabrics and they all seem to take the dye in a different way giving giving an interesting effect.