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Lisa's Doodle

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Finished hanging

Created in this Craftsy class

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 Wall Hanging
Style Funky
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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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This is such a soft, beautiful piece! I truely love it. I was actually thinking of using more curves and curls when I start my piece and am glad to see I'm not the only one. I love curves and waves more than straight lines so you piece really sings to me. Thank you for sharing.

10/25/2013 Flag

What a beautiful comment! I am so glad you like it and have taken inspiration for your own work. Singing is another of my passions so how appropriate it is that you talk of it 'singing' to you. Thank you again and good luck with your work.

11/01/2013 Flag

I'm speechless. You piece is so rich and full of texture. Love it!!!

12/06/2013 Flag

Thank you so much. I think it was because I was working out of my comfort zone with such a muted range of colours that I could focus much more on texture. I did learn a lot doing it.

12/13/2013 Flag

You are very talented! I think you have an artist's eye.

02/28/2014 Flag

Thank you for such kind words. I love reading everyone's comments.

03/08/2014 Flag