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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 Classic
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What materials did you use? Fabric, top-stitching threads, and couched materials including rattail cord, beads, chains, yarn, etc

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What are you most proud of? This was my first project and I went large. I also tried working with some different materials (chain, beads, leather cord). Initial couching of this material presented some puckering and had to pull it out and restitch some of them. But I learned a lot. I also added some small silk flowers because I felt the piece needed a focal point. Not sure they are exactly right, but went for it

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't be afraid to experiment.

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OMG! Is there any thread left in NY! This took some time and is very intricate.

09/28/2013 Flag

Anne, your piece is beautiful, and I love the gentle waves of the stitching and couching. And, btw, I think your silk flowers are perfect in everyway in this piece. They add pop and surprise! Oh, and they are exactly right!

10/25/2013 Flag

This is an amazing piece of art! I absolutely love your use of color, the variety of stitches and your adventurous spirit! Beautiful in every way. You definitely want to follow your instincts because your flowers are a perfect touch! Awesome job!!!

05/29/2016 Flag

PS: Did you post a picture of your fabric before you started sewing on it? I'd love to see it for future reference. Thanks for sharing your art.

05/29/2016 Flag

i should have thought to do that But to describe it -- it was an ombre (shaded) quilting cotton. I used a combination of (mostly) contrasting thread and also some matching thread to the background color.

05/29/2016 Flag