Monday, 29 October 2007
My grandson Ben came over for the day today and I had decided to introduce him to my new embellisher, seeing as he has a passion for all things 'distressed' at the moment. I thought I would see if he was proficient at free machine embroidery first, as the principles are the same.
As is typical with young people today he had no problems getting to grips with this, especially as he is no stranger to my patient old Bernina. Within about an hour he produced this little gem, with no preparation of course! See if you can see the 'secret hedge hog' hiding in the top of the circle. I like the laughing snails!
Ben was so pleased with his fist efforts he decided to continue with the sewing machine and give the embellisher a miss for today. He thought it would be a great idea if we worked together on a textile postcard. I was to do the background on the embellisher while he did something to go on the top. He decided to do a cityscape and I was to produce the mountains in the background, at night! He didn't want much, off the top of my head.
He was soon beavering away having quickly drawn out his design on Romeo water-soluble fabric. I suggested he work on a layer of net and then he didn't have to worry about joining everything up. This was, after all his first experience of W/S and it can be a bit tricky even for the experienced.
I, on the other hand, couldn’t decide what backing fabric to use and had at least one false start. I finally decided that felt and sheers were probably the best option. I managed to get the hang of it and finished off my piece with a sunset of wool tops.
Anyway, remarkably when we put the two parts together they seemed to work. Unfortunately when Ben finally got onto the embellisher we couldn’t make the net weld to the felt, I don't know why, so we had to resort to bondaweb. Ben gave the buildings a final outline stitching and I satin stitched the edges, and hey presto we had a postcard.
We considered asking if someone would like to swap with us, but at the end of the day neither of us wanted to part with our joint effort!