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Orange Crush

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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 Traditional
Arlene C on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Batik fabric, rattail cording, rick rack, gold ribbon, and various embroidery threads, and miscellaneous threads for the decorative stitching.

Arlene C on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I am learning how to hand-embroider and be creative in using different fibers. I am looking forward to making another piece now that I have gained some experience using a lot of different techniques.

Arlene C on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? There are endless possibilities for the project. It is art more than quilting. This was my first attempt and there are so many things I want to try.

Arlene C on craftsy.com

I haven't signed up for that one yet... but I think I will :) been tackling U.F.O. ;)

10/05/2012 Flag

Very pleasing and interesting use of color and stitches. These projects are bright cheery pieces. Well done.

10/05/2012 Flag

Yes, these projects are so much fun and are easy to occupy time between other projects. I've been busy digging around in my old bins looking for stuff I can couch. I'm happy I didn't get rid of all those unused things.

10/05/2012 Flag

Arlene - it is not usual that one would just begin and create with such a flair for color and design. If I may ask, what type of job did you retire from? Had you been using these skills in your job? Thank you for sharing and I really love your Orange Crush design - colors - and use of both machine and hand embroidery so well. It is a happy piece.

10/08/2012 Flag

Appliquer--Thank you for such a nice comment. I retired from an administrative support position. The job required other people's work to look professional and be easy for others to understand using limited resources, mainly my computer. That was the extent of my creativity. I always loved using a sewing machine and when the newer ones came along with beautiful stitches, it renewed my desire for sewing. That's when I decided I'd like to try quilting. The more I learn about it, the more I want to try different challenges.

10/08/2012 Flag

This is just lovely! I really like your choice of thread colours. I have just signed up for this course so looking forward experimenting with the stitches on my machine.

10/12/2012 Flag

Thank you, Irene. You will enjoy this course. It is a fun and easy way to be creative and also use the stitches on your sewing machine. I am now not only addicted to fabric but also thread.

10/13/2012 Flag

That's pretty cool!

11/06/2012 Flag