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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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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Wall Hanging
Style Whimsical, Funky, Modern, Art
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What materials did you use? I started with a scrap of batik fabric from another project and thought I'd try out the ideas from the class and get the settings on my machine set up at the same time. (It tends to be finicky.) In the end, I used just about anything and everything found around the house: machine threads (poly wrapped cotton, polyester, rayon, cotton, metallic), DMC floss, YLI Candle light and pearl cotton, yarn, rat tail cording, buttons, pins, old jewelry, ribbons, broken ornaments, rick rack, glass beads, shells, plastic flowers. I hope I've remembered everything! I also experimented with hand embroidery from 3 different sources: (1) Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (1979), (2) Three-Dimensional Embroidery Stitches by Pat Trott and (3) Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts by Laura Wasilowski.

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What are you most proud of? That it's done! LOL. That I actually tried something new even if I didn't follow the directions and went down my own path.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just do it and see what happens. There's lots of parts I ended up not liking and I covered it up with other things like the hand embroidery or embellishments.

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If I can inspire more people to discover their creative side, I will have lived a good life. I know you and your new group will take these techniques to a higher level and I can't wait to see what you create. "Wild and Wacky" Love it!

03/13/2014 Flag

One lady told me today she's going to sign up for your class!

03/14/2014 Flag

Will keep you posted. I've been exploring adding beads and sequins along with the hand embroidery!

03/14/2014 Flag

Wow, keep finding new ideas and inspiration for more surface embellishments! Have started collecting them in a Play List on YouTube. For anyone who is interested (and there are SO many easy hand embroidery stitches as well as beading and mirrors): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe9xsDeeYBdn0goGaoM1Pt_CgZZ5HXEjo&feature=em-share_playlist_user

03/14/2014 Flag

Thanks for sharing those resources. Inspiration is everywhere!

03/14/2014 Flag

how cool, love it

03/18/2014 Flag