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« on: May 21, 2013 06:31:43 PM »



I made this for the recent Edward Gorey swap, as part of a tea set (tea box here). It was tough figuring out how to translate the distinctive pen and ink style of Gorey into something I could sew on my machine, but it was worth it!

I started by lightly sketching the bird with pencil, and stitching over it slowly. Then I dropped the feed dogs, and ran over the outline once more to give it a sketchy look, and added in the eye and wing/breast shading. The foliage and border are some fancy stitches my machine came with!



And here's something nifty...



It's reversible! I used white thread on the bobbin so it would show on the black backing fabric.

With my favorite mug, for scale:



Oh, and here's the original image I was working from!

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013 07:03:36 PM »

This is so cool. Aaah, I don't know how you have the patience for freehand machine embroidery.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013 07:28:16 PM »

This is so cool! I love the reversible quilting! The striped binding is great, can you tell me the name/designer please?
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013 09:47:29 PM »

That thing with the bobbin is really cool.  I love the reversible effect!
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2013 04:34:48 AM »

Thank you!

The striped binding is great, can you tell me the name/designer please?

Unfortunately I can't. I made the binding myself from some thrift store curtains.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2013 09:06:47 AM »

Oh ok, very clever of you! Cheesy I'm always collecting fabric for stripey binding, Riley Blake has some cool diagonal stripey in gray and white in their current Little Red Riding Hood line!
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2013 02:12:22 PM »

Amazing! I can totally see how Gorey works would be great for thread sketching. You did super.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2013 04:59:47 PM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2013 07:34:40 AM »

This is really nicely done!  I love your drawn interpretation of Gorey's bird and the reversible motif is sheer genius!  Your partner must have been over the moon!  Nice work!
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