Stitch & Slash »
InstructionsThis is rated as Intermediate due to the use of a slippery fabric as well as the bird embroidery. The basic stitch and slash technique is very easy.The class is highly recommended.
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Classic, Casual, Traditional, Romantic, Whimsical
Cotton batik,muslin, synthetic silk, couched yarns, threads, fusible fleece, polyester fiberfill
What was your inspiration?
This is my second Stitch and Slash project. I liked the technique and wanted to make more so when my bowling partner admired it I asked if she'd like one. I like jewel tone colors. She likes pastels. And birds. Not exactly my favorite items. I found some pastels in my stash and went shopping for more. More fabric. More thread. How can you not like an excuse to go fabric shopping! When I started this I wasn't thinking birds. Then I discovered a bird embroidery on my Viking 1+ and decided to add that to the centers.
What are you most proud of?
this was a great learning experience for me. It got me working in pastel colorways. Additionally the search for additional stitches led me to pull out my Viking 1+ machine. Although I've had it for over 7 years I've never really explored the capabilities. This reintroduced me to this great machine.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't be afraid to explore, take chances and make mistakes! The wonderful instructor, Carol Ann Waugh, has a mantra that there are no mistakes. Or if they are, they can be corrected. There are a lot of "mistakes" in this piece. The placement of the birds isn't perfect. (Who will notice, really? I slashed through two of the fabrics - and learned I could carefully apply fabric adhesive to cover the problem.Keep exploring and keep asking "What If?" Then do it!