A Little Stitching

A Little Stitching

Time is flying by, isn’t it? I can’t believe it is April already. I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing much lately. But I’ll show you a little stitching I have been working on.

Needle Felting

I started working on this 5″ x 7″ felted landscape a couple of weeks ago. I needle felted first and then machine needle felted.

Machine Stitched

Then I free motion stitched the background mountains. The foreground will be hand stitched so I thought the smaller machine stitching in the background would be less prominent.

Closer View Stitching

Here’s a little closer view. I used really dark grey, medium grey and white threads.

Ready to Stitch

And then I picked out my threads for hand stitching. That’s as far as I have gotten. I haven’t been motivated to pick it up and start the hand stitching since then. The plan is to use distorted cross stitch on the tree area.

Quilting Complete

I decided that I should start using some of the fabric that I have “decorated” with my local group. So I took out my soy wax batik fabrics and decided to make book covers. I thought they might be good to sell in the store so I found some inexpensive sketch books to cover. I stitched several fabrics together and backed it with batting and quilted it.

Straight Line QuiltingOn the grid pattern, I just used a straight stitch.

Stitched Pebbles

I did free motion stitching around the leaves and the “pebbles”.

Smaller Notebook Cover

Then I followed Lyric Kinard’s tutorial for making a book cover. She does give a general idea of how to measure but that somehow didn’t work for me. The first one above, was too small and the book wouldn’t fit in.

Back of Smaller Cover

Here’s the back. Now I need to find a book that fits it. It is about 5″ x 8″.

Larger Notebook Cover

Then I decided I would make the next one bigger. And of course it was too big for the books I had purchased. It did however fit the sketchbook that I carry all the time. So I guess I’ll just have to keep this one.

Back of Larger Cover

Here’s the back. The only problem is that I sewed the inside fabric upside down.

Inside Cover

The fabric is right side up here but the book is upside down. Of course I could use the back as the front but I like the leaves better than the grid. So I just won’t worry about all that upside down writing. I think it’s in French so I can’t read it anyway!

Fabric on Batting with Notebooks

So on to making some more that fit. You can see the pile of notebooks in the upper right corner of the photo. I am using a piece of break down screen printed fabric this time. I have laid it out on a piece of batting.

Safety Pins in Place

I safety pinned it to the batting to get ready to do some free motion quilting.

Free Motion Stitching

And off I go.

More Free Motion Stitching

I am using a blue-green cotton thread and I really like how the outline looks. I considered using a red thread but thought it might be a bit much on the contrast.

Free Motion Stitching

I still have a way to go on the quilting for this one. Hopefully, I’ll do a better job on getting the size correct this time. Three times a charm, right?



24 thoughts on “A Little Stitching

  1. Busy bee! πŸ™‚ I am always in awe of all the things one can come up with by using a little imagination… Can’t wait to see the finished landscape and another notebook cover!

  2. I would like a presser foot like that! Can you give me some details please?

    You’ve made the fabric very pretty and I hope it’s third time lucky with the sizing. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished landscape – very promising.

    1. Thanks Ruth – I’ve never seen one as good as that. I’m going to investigate to see if I can get one to fit my Bernina.

  3. My favorite is the soy wax batik fabric (the cover that is too small), especially the color combinations you have chosen. Where do you get your inspiration for your color choices? While that is a very broad question, it is something I struggle with when choosing roving and embellishments for felting.
    Fabric choices seem to be easier for me.

    BTW, I own many, many books, and I am sure there’s one that’s 5 x 8 inches! Have you ever considered putting your shop goods on-line? I won’t be taking a trip to Montana anytime soon, although I have been there several times and had great experiences.

    1. Thanks! I enjoyed making the soy wax batik fabrics. At the time, I did a bunch of different colors. The ones used here had already been dyed naturally and were just a dull tan color. So the addition of the orange and black worked well together. I think one of the things that has helped me the most in regards to color combinations was taking the level 1 color class from Gail Harker. You can take it online and it is using paints but you learn so much about color and different color schemes that way.

      I am in the process of updating our website so we can sell online. Right now we have a toll free number and any item can be purchased by just giving us a call.

  4. The needle felted landscape is beautiful. I can’t wait to see it finished. Do you plan do wet felt it all? I like what you did with the pebble textures, too. I think the last one will really be striking. The blue green thread was a good choice.

    1. Thanks Marilyn – I don’t have any plans to wet felt it. It has a background of flannel and I don’t want to make it wavy at all. It’s just a small piece to determine if I want to do more of these in a larger size. I think if I do larger ones, I would wet felt the background.

  5. Great covers Ruth. perhaps try a different tutorial for the sizing. It is frustrating when you do all the work and it doesn’t fit. maybe you can pin the cover and try it before sewing. Your stitching is lovely, I need to practice so I can do it. I still haven’t taken a picture of my free motion foot but that end of the room is in piled up mode. I hope you work on your picture soon so we can all see it.

    1. Thanks Ann – It was probably me, not the tutorial. I could definitely pin it and try it in advance but I was in too much of a hurry πŸ™‚

      I hope to get these all finished soon too.

  6. Beautiful! As long as I’ve been sewing (since I was 5), I’ve never attempted anything like this. I’m in awe of your techniques and creativity!

    1. Thanks so much – Free motion stitching is great fun and I’m sure you’d enjoy it if you gave it a try.

  7. I can see already how beautiful your landscape will be when finished.Lots of creativity and hard work.As you like free stitching I wonder if you have already tried to make any piece like scarfs,cardigans, purses, etc, in “crazy wool”?The results are very nice and you can combine different fabrics, threads, laces and felting wool and all are connected by free stitching.

  8. They all look really nice, Ruth πŸ™‚
    A fancy machine and a large place to put it is on my list of things to buy with Lottery winnings πŸ™‚
    I’m looking forward to seeing the finished landscape too.

    1. Thanks Zed – I resisted buying the Pfaff machine for years but finally decided to do it. I love the way it stitches, it’s a wonderful machine to work with.

    2. That’s good to hear about the Pfaff, Ruth. I have a Pfaff Passport and am just leaning to use it. I haven’t sewn in years and it’s different than the Viking, Singer, Kenmore and Necchi I had before. I love having the IDT system though and am hoping to try the free motion one of these days. πŸ™‚

  9. Your work is fabulous, I adore the landscape piece, your choice of colours and your techniques are creating a wonderful piece, very talented πŸ™‚

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