Sunday, 3 November 2013

Secret Project!

3rd November 2013

My secret project last week was a birthday gift for my daughter.

I wanted to make her a sewing basket. I bought a lined wicker basket with handles and decided to make a 'lid' for it.

I searched through my stash of dyed fabrics and found a piece that made me think of a sunset. I also came across some black cotton velvet which I used for the lower half.



I wanted texture so backed the fabric with wadding and stitched straight lines....


...using a variegated and gold thread.

The sun was bondaweb backed muslin from the same batch of dyed fabric.

I machined around the sun with a wide zigzag in gold thread.


Now for the tree...

 ...my first idea was to use my lovely wooden printing block but as the colours reminded me of an African sunset  I looked at African tree images for some inspiration, found one I liked and made a template.


I then free machined in black thread around the pinned template using both straight and zigzag stitch and was really pleased with the result!!



At this point I decided to make a reversible cover!

I sponge printed a piece of calico...


 ...made some poppy shapes using organza and my soldering iron then free machined them in place. 


I stitched the cover and attached to the basket with red ribbon.





I have used many skills from my course to make this project and can't wait for Unit 5!!