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Fiber Wall Art #2 16x20

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Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Casual, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Fiber consisting of cotton fabric, miscellaneous couching materials, variety of threads, batting, 16x20 artist canvas, staple gun.

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What are you most proud of? This was my first attempt at a larger piece of wall art. My piece was a little too small for the 16x20-inch artist canvas and way too large for the next size down so I added some muslin strips to the edge and stretched to get it to wrap over the edges of the frame. Maybe I can hot glue something to the edge to hide the muslin but for now it is a great learning experience.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? It is difficult to plan ahead on these pieces and you don't know what it will really look like until you've got it hanging on the wall. My symetrical brain keeps trying to take over and I find it hard to be freeform in my designing my pieces.

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I love how you left the yarn ends longer than the trimmed piece. Great idea!

01/26/2013 Flag

Thanks, Carol Ann. It wasn't intentional, but it worked out okay. I used a different stitch #11 on my Bernina instead of the regular zigzag to sew down the couching and I like how it doesn't grab all the yarn in the stitches. Learning something new with each new piece.

01/26/2013 Flag

Oops, I just noticed it was the blind-hem stitch, #9 on my Bernina.

02/10/2013 Flag

I like the longer yarn end too.

01/28/2013 Flag

Beautiful - did you embellish to get the gorgeous luminosity, or was it the fabric?

02/01/2013 Flag

Thank you. It was probably the fabric because some of my stitches got lost in the different colors. These projects are great fun and a huge way to learn to use the stitches on the sewing machine.

02/10/2013 Flag