I’ve always been too scared to have a go at freehand (or freestyle) machine embroidery as I thought you needed fancy threads and a large degree of accuracy and precision that I just don’t possess. But ever since I got my lovely Bernina (Nina) I’ve been thinking about giving it a try and this thread sketching tutorial was enough to give me the kick I needed.
Before I show you what I did, I thought I’d share some inspiration I found on flickr:
1. End of Season Poppies cushion, detail, 2. 3 flower side, 3. ‘Eastbourne Promenade’ (Detail), 4. Bunting Cushion (C365: day 64), 5. fabric, print and stitch, 6. Roach, 7. Yellow Spinebill Blanket Cushion- detail 2009, 8. Leaves – stitched monoprint
If I can achieve an ounce of the gorgeousness demonstrated by these artists I’ll be happy!
I wanted to do something fairly simple for my first attempt so here’s my sketch:
I then drew the design on to some gorgeous screenprinted fabric by Lu Summers and got ready to sew.
As I’ve got a darning foot and can drop the feed dogs I decided to be brave and use both facilities. According to the tutorial I used, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have them and you can just use your normal foot (sewing foot, not actual foot, it goes without saying that it’s best to use your normal, actual, attached-to-your-leg-foot when sewing).
Let me know what you think in the comments and share any of your own freehand machine embroidery. See you next week!