How does YOUR garden grow?

Project Description

What are you most proud of? That it's done! LOL. That I actually tried something new even if I didn't follow the directions and went down my own path. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just do it and see what happens. There's lots of parts I ended up not liking and I covered it up with other things like the hand embroidery or embellishments.

What you will need

  • I started with a scrap of batik fabric from another project and thought I'd try out the ideas from the class and get the settings on my machine set up at the same time. (It tends to be finicky.) In the end
  • I used just about anything and everything found around the house: machine threads (poly wrapped cotton
  • polyester
  • rayon
  • cotton
  • metallic)
  • DMC floss
  • YLI Candle light and pearl cotton
  • yarn
  • rat tail cording
  • buttons
  • pins
  • old jewelry
  • ribbons
  • broken ornaments
  • rick rack
  • glass beads
  • shells
  • plastic flowers. I hope I've remembered everything! I also experimented with hand embroidery from 3 different sources: (1) Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (1979)
  • (2) Three-Dimensional Embroidery Stitches by Pat Trott and (3) Fanciful Stitches
  • Colorful Quilts by Laura Wasilowski.

Q&A with SewHelpMe Now

Carol Ann Waugh asked:
What??? You didn't follow my directions??? Now you know why "no rules" is the most important thing to learn in my class. I love what you created and thanks for sharing! Your piece makes me smile!
SewHelpMe Now answered:
Thank you so much, Carol. I think I may make you smile even more. Because of this piece posted on my FB, I've been referring folks to your class! Another lady and I've have decided to partner (virtually of course) and work through making another like this wild and wacky project and we even created a group for it. Looks like your surface design is going to explode all over the place!
benzchick asked:
Reminds me of the old fashioned crazy patch. Colette Herrin
SewHelpMe Now answered:
Thank you, Colette, I had had similar thoughts.
Carol Ann Waugh asked:
If I can inspire more people to discover their creative side, I will have lived a good life. I know you and your new group will take these techniques to a higher level and I can't wait to see what you create. "Wild and Wacky" Love it!
SewHelpMe Now answered:
One lady told me today she's going to sign up for your class!
jzh asked:
I love all the colors you used. All the objects you added make for a very interesting work of art.
SewHelpMe Now answered:
Thank you