A Glimpse of Free Motion Class Projects

I took Ruth’s Free Motion Stitching on Felt class in March. While I have done some free motion before,  it was good for me to stay on task to practice and learn some more about it.  We covered the basics of the machine, moving the fabric, supplies and set up.

At first we practiced a lot of lines, loops and circles to get used to moving the fabric and felt around under the needle.  I definitely needed a lot of practice.

The first piece of felt I practiced on to create dimension was a sample I had done a while back using some scraps of silk paper. If you look closely you can see circles.  However, the felt was just a bit too thick to create too much dimension.

Here is the sample of machine lace I did.  I used a flower pattern which turned out to be too open.   It looked better before I felted it. It’s laying on a piece of paper, but if I were to hold it up to the light it would look like a window.

I did more of the thread sketching and started to feel more comfortable and confident.

Here is  some coral in the water.

My Bird of Paradise.  Here I filled in the back of the leaf where it turned over, but I didn’t like it so I tore out the filling which isn’t fun in felt.

I probably should have just made the leaf whole.

Cathy (Luvswool) had given me some of her felt scraps and I really liked this red piece. (Thanks!) I debated what I could put on it to make use of the red.  Then I decided on a bare tree and some  stones and birds.  I call it Red Dawn.

I used metallic thread on the stones because I felt if they were dewy they would probably reflect differently in the red dawn.

I haven’t finished my final project, but will share that when I do.  It was a great class and it helped me gain confidence and skill.  I still need more practice but feel I made progress.

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14 Responses to A Glimpse of Free Motion Class Projects

  1. Lyn says:

    ‘Red Dawn’ is gorgeous – I like your idea of making dewy stones with metallic thread. The cut out leaves would make good brooches (pins) or would work as part of a 3D picture, and I love the machine lace!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Lyn! Red Dawn is my favorite, too. Good idea for the leaves. The machine lace is a little loose when you pick it up. I may use a stiffener on it.

  2. The various projects demonstrate how versatile machine stitching can be. I give you credit for sticking with it, and you have achieved some fascinating results.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Cathy! I still need practice and haven’t explored all the techniques in depth, but it’s a decent start.

  3. Tracey says:

    I am a tree fan Marilyn, so I like Red Dawn very much. I enjoy free motion so I should attempt this myself. Lovely leaves too.

  4. meterrilee says:

    Hi Marilyn! I like the tree a lot… so pretty, and the leaves too. I also enjoy free motion on felt but it definitely is tricky and requires practice. I learned to do it from reading Moy MacKay’s first book about her felt paintings and how she does the machine stitching. I get going too fast sometimes (little speed racer) and just need to slow it down for better control. I had to pick out something once as well and, yeah… it is NOT fun to pick out stitches on felt. 🙂

  5. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Hi and thanks Terri! My first free motion experience was from Moy’s book as well. I’m definitely not a speed racer. I probably do more stopping and starting than needed. 🙂

  6. ruthlane says:

    Excellent job Marilyn! It’s great to see your samples together and your progression. Your skills have definitely improved – keep up the good work 🙂

  7. zedster66 says:

    Wow, from circles to the tree, that’s excellent Marilyn 🙂

  8. You did great Marilyn, I ended up with not enough time to practice but I watched all the videos and have all the instructions so I can practice when life is a little less hairy. I hope I can do as well as you.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Ann! I still have a ways to go. I’m sure once school is over you’ll find time to practice and do well.

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