Monday, 24 January 2011

Practice makes imperfect…

Driftwood warned me it would become addictive, this free-motion lark, and she is right.


Free motion words


My mind is buzzing with all the things I can make now with the addition of some sketchy words incorporated in them.  After a bit of time spent playing around with stitch length and speed, I am loving the way these words appear in their imperfect, sketchy way on my fabric.  Sometimes, they turn out just about right the first time and sometimes I have to go over them again to cover up any mistakes, but I think this adds to the charm of them.  It’s like doodling with my machine. 


Free motion words (2)


At the beginning of the year, I left Mouse a comment on her post about words and wishes asking her if she’d mind if I did the same, to which she said to go right ahead.  So I took her advice and quite literally sewed them into my life.




I’ve hung my mobile above my sewing machine, where it is twirling gently (hence the slightly blurry photos!) and hopefully releasing these things into my space.


My mobile


My mobile (2)


My mobile (3)


  1. For someone new to free machine embroidery you look very proficient. Love your stitched words.

  2. What a beautiful and uplifting thing to have created. I really really want to give this a go - bought the Poppy Treffry book last year but still haven't really tried it out.

    Perhaps yours will finally inspire me.

  3. I think it's simply perfect. Love it.

    Might have to make 'me' one too... may I?

  4. I love your sewing doodles and what a lovely way to keep those wise words close by and in your mind.

  5. Having tried and really struggled with free-motion machine embroidery, I am so so impressed! And what a perfect project.

    K x

  6. I love these. I hope you don't mind if I adapt the idea for something I've got in mind. I've enjoyed looking around the rest of your blog too.


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