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Lisa's Doodle

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Finished hanging

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Embroidery
Type Home Decor
Technique Hand
Style Funky
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What was your source for this embroidery project? Other

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What materials did you use? I used fabrics from my own stash and also some provided by my friend which had memories for her - eg children's baby clothes, a favourite sweater, a friend's top, husband's trousers. These were embellished in random stripes along with felt to make a background, which was overlaid with yarn, string, raffia, sweet papers and then the final yarn doodle pattern. I also used a heat gun and soldering iron on some layered fabrics to give a bit of texture and then cut it into smaller shapes, which were laid on top with applique. I used a bit of free motion embroidery but it was mainly free hand embroidery, using very simple stitches following Carol's ideas, straight stitches and simple lines, flowers, etc. I then went a bit mad with beads!

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What are you most proud of? This is the first time I've made something for anyone outside my family and I really enjoyed the collaboration; working together with my friend was very interesting, as I tried to respond positively to all her ideas, although she said I should always have the final say as it was my work. I'm also pleased with the way I responded to the challenge of the colours, which I was actually quite concerned about at the beginning but I ended up really enjoying. The fact that now this hanging has pride of place in my friend's house makes me very happy.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just go for it and don't be afraid to move out of your comfort zone, whether it be colours or techniques. You might surprise yourself!

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I've put this as a comment as I don't seem able to edit it into the 'source' section. A friend asked me to make a hanging for her new house after looking at some of my textile work. I had recently followed Carol's 'Stupendous Stitching' Craftsy course and so was inspired to use a lot more hand embroidery than I had previously. The hanging also had wool yarn laid on top in a random doodle fashion, which was also similar to Carol's course, where the yarn was couched in lines. I was also inspired to try working with someone else making some of the design decisions and also using her colour scheme (neutrals) which was very much out of my comfort zone of bright reds, purples and pinks.

10/08/2013 Flag

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09/26/2014 Flag