Luckily, a friend kindly gave her old Brother machine to my mum a few months ago, which I have now commandeered - initially until the other is fixed but it's so smooth to use that I think I'm going to adopt it :) After some small tantrums (from both me and the machine!) I've oiled it, defluffed it and read the manual from cover to cover, and now we're getting on famously.
Introducing Shrek: so christened after I removed 'enough lint to fill an ogre's belly button' ;)
|"He ain't heavy..."|
Last week I was introduced to the wonders of aqua film. It's a water soluble stabiliser for machine embroidery, and my favourite of its myriad uses is to layer it up as a base to create standalone free motion embroidery motifs - amazing! And potentially perfect for a piano hat doodled out of thread... I recognise that this description requires an imaginative leap, so hopefully the pictures will show you what I mean!
|Design: Paper mock up|
|Transferring the pattern|
|Practice: Small scale in black thread|
|Lid: Black and gunmetal grey thread|
It's pretty time consuming (and the thread breaks quite regularly, and I've broken 4 needles - Shrek and I are still experiencing some teething problems!) and I do find myself dritfing off into a zigzag daze, but I really love the effect! Keep up with my progress on Twitter and Facebook during the week, and I'll hopefully have a finished hat to show you next time! In the meantime, why not pop over and see what they've all been up to at Handmade Monday, see you next week kids!