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Visions of Fishin'

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Visions of Fishin' Pillow

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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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? I used hand dyed cotton fabric. I did Shibori resist stitching and dyed the fabric blue, then I added yellow to the dye pot thinking I'd get some nice greens but the yellow really overpowered. I does add a lot of color interest as a layer under the stitching. I used plain and variegated threads for machine stitching and a variety of weights of embroidery threads and flosses for the hand stitching.

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What are you most proud of? The front of this pillow was so wonderful I decided it needed a special back so I made a beautiful quilted back - so beautiful in fact that I decided it should be its own pillow. So I ended up making 2 pillows from the inspiration I got from this class. This pillow now has a back from left over hand dyed fabric and a fish print on cotton.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? One of the best things about this class is that you just jump in with very little preplanning and begin sewing. There's no need to have a formal design in mind, or to spend time agonizing over all the principles of design, or whether your idea is going to work. Instead I just got into my fabric and thread stash and started pulling out everything that caught my eye. It seemed that each line stitched was more beautiful than the one before and before long I was totally addicted. My sewing machine is just a basic Brother EX660 with only 26 decorative stitches but it was really all I needed to be successful with this project.

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This pillow was very fantasiful, I liked it a lot.It was an inspiration for me to see.

02/24/2013 Flag

You accomplished your goal of having a fish pillow since that is what came to my mind immediately when I looked at it. Beautiful work!

02/24/2013 Flag

Very clever design! I love your choice of stitches to fit in with the fish theme and the colours are lovely. It seems so perfect for a house by the beach :o)

02/24/2013 Flag

Thanks for the nice comments. I had a blast working on this project and can't wait to start another

02/25/2013 Flag

WEll done - serene but exciting!

02/27/2013 Flag