I used acrylic paints and watered them down to a very thin consistency in order to create a wash. I started with the orange. After drying I covered it in the blue-green color and used a piece of styrofoam I cut with a decorative scissors to scrape some of the blue off to reveal the orange. I then used that same piece to create the red dot pattern. The drawers started out orange as well. I used a red wash over that and then the blue. I wanted the inside drawers to each be a different color.
I am very pleased with the outcome. I went into this without a real plan b/c thats not really how I work. For me, one step inspres the next.
I think a skirt with a bunch of eyes in some kind of pattern wouldn't make people think you are wearing a skirt with eyes. To the passing by viewer they would just see a pattern, but you would know they are eyes. I also love the lines in your embroidery. They are so thick and bold.
I use a Brother serger and it works great. I think Brother is a pretty decent brand for the price. My grandma bought my regular sewing machine a few years ago at target. For being under $100 it works wonderfully for everything I need it for, and I use it every day. So don't be afraid of some generic brand. The important thing to look for is that it has all metal parts. That's how you'll know it will last.
You might try tightening the tension a little more than the 4 or 5. Maybe even a little less. You don't have to keep it just between 4 and 5. Different fabrics require different tensions. Test your fabric first. If it skips, adjust the tension a little at a time. You can also look at your owners manual. The best explanation for your machine will be in there. There should be a section about thread tension. You can also look in the troubleshooting guide. You'd be amazed at how much you can learn about sewing just from the owners manual.
That is very beautiful. It reminds me so much of those fur shawls they used to wear in the 30's that was an actual animal. (see photo below). I thought you had derived it from that before I read you made it based on your friends drawing. Great job!
I'm new to mosaics thanks to this really great book I got from Crafters Choice, "Mosaics, Ceramics and Glasswear". I took the first project from the book and made my first initial as a practice piece to learn the materials. It came out pretty good.
Anyone have any tips on grout? Such as what is the ratio of water and grout to mix? I use sanded grout and find after it dries a lot of sand comes off the piece. I wasn't sure if that was supposed to happen or if eventually that stops rubbing off.