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« on: June 28, 2016 07:26:22 AM »

 
 For the Favorite Book Swap I had this idea to make a freeform panel for a tote for my partner. I have never attempted to freeform sew before but I was determined. I had this vision of what I wanted to do and couldnt shake it.
 The first road block I came across before I even started sewing was the design. I needed a heart on the fabric. I used Inktense pencils and drew one out on white fabric but as you can see on the left, it wasnt really that intense. I let it dry and went back over it. That was the result. So I decided to try a couple more ideas. I didnt want to use acrylic because I didnt want it to be stiff or hard to sew thru. I ended up painting some Tim Holts inks onto it. I let it all dry, heat set it and then hand washed it. It held up pretty good.

 I did the same for the strips of fabric minus the Inktense pencils. I just dripped the Holts ink on then uses the reducer on it to blur it all out. Here it is before the reducer. I also used paint pens for the words so they would stand out and be clear. The Quote is from The Perks of Being a Wall Flower and says, and in that moment, I swear we were infinite. Such a great quote!

 Im not sure how youre really supposed to freeform sew but I pinned my pieces down and then just started. It was a little jarring at first. No, I dont have the freeform sewing foot. I plan to get one though. I was just so happy to get the dog feed to go up and down that I wasnt really concerned past that point. LOL!

 And then I just sketched and wiggled all over it. Below is the first run with the blue. I used four or five different colors of thread.

 I was really pleased on how it turned out. Especially for my first one. I think I want to fix the first heart and do something with it too. I loved the organic and energetic outcome.  I also enjoyed trying something new.

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2016 07:38:38 AM »

This bag is awesome!!  I love how you came up with something so unique and colorful!!  I also really like the way you did the quote, in patches like that.

And yeah, trying new things is so fun.  I know you had a ball making this!
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2016 07:47:47 AM »

I really can never express enough how much I love this bag!!! It's so beautiful in person and the craftsmanship is impeccable. 

Thanks so much for sharing a peek into your process as well. It demystifies the perfection of the final product a bit (but just a bit!). 

You and this bag totally rock! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2016 07:55:02 AM »

This is so wonderful!

I love the free form stitching and the hearts are gorgeous!!!

thanks for shots of the progress...I would love to try out some of this on a larger scale, like a tote...

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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2016 08:14:49 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!  I love it, and love that book!
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2016 08:42:28 AM »

What a gorgeous bag! I'm glad you showed the close-up of the stitching because I didn't know exactly what you meant by "free form sewing." I love the strips that you inked yourself- what a cool technique! And, the quote is perfect! Very nicely done!
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2016 09:15:48 AM »

I love how art comes to us...and then it appears. Maybe not how we originally envisioned it; but it becomes it's own thing. Love what you did and the quote is fantastic.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2016 07:26:25 PM »

Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

This is so yummy. Although it's not my style, I couldn't help but be drawn to your description as to how it came to you, and your fearless crafting. I find it VERY.HARD. to just let go. The free motion brought it all home.

Very inspiring. And I can't believe your machine didn't balk without the right foot. Mine always jammed up when I tried, so I finally just bought one.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2016 08:18:18 AM »

Wow, that's fantastic. Pat yourself on the back for having such a great outcome on your first time trying free form stitching!
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2016 01:07:31 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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