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« on: January 05, 2017 05:36:33 AM »

I'm starting to think that my biggest crafting inspiration is blind panic.  Mum's birthday is today, and having mooched around the local shops recently, I knew I hadn't seen anything I wanted to buy her, and I knew she was a bit envious of the cushion cover I finished recently and gave to a friend, so this happened:



She loves flowers and plants, so I decided to make some that would last a bit longer!  Wink  The best bit?  The whole thing is almost entirely from stash.  I did pick up a couple of new specialty DMC skeins in case they were needed, but only ended up using one (and realised that I already had another, d'oh).  The 3D petals and the butterfly were made using soluble stabilser (the filmy kind, solvy), which I'd bought a little while ago but not had an excuse to use yet.  It was a bit of a learning curve, and I suspect that the kind I bought wasn't really designed for how I used it, but it worked anyway.





I used scraps of ribbon and short lengths of specialty embroidery thread (rayon or metallic) in all my soluble bits to give them more body and character - I really like the subtle sparkly effect and they seem sturdier as a result.

The blue background and the appliqued petals were all made the same way - by diving head-first into my scrap bin, hauling out suitable colours and then sewing them together randomly.  Then I used bondaweb to cut the petals out and used my machine's couching foot to couch matching embroidery thread around the flowers and over the stems, which highlighted them nicely, started the quilting and secured the petals in place:





I dithered over whether to add more quilting after I'd attached the applique, but I did in the end and I'm glad, I think it gives everything more texture and it looks more finished.  Although thanks to the piecing on the front, it's easier to see the quilting from the back!



Once the quilting and binding was done, I hand-sewed the prepared 3D petals and trumpets on (oh gods, the trumpets!  They were the worst bit easily!), made a little body for the butterfly from a couple of glass beads and a headpin, then attached that as well.  There's probably more elegant ways I could have done it, but I was running out of brain at 3am this morning!  :p



The butterfly's wings were made as four parts, by preparing an area of solvy-stablised blue-green organza with different metallic threads (blue, green, silver and white iridescent on one side, variegated gold in the bobbin), then I used a printout from the interwebs as templates to couch around the wing shapes and variegated blue cotton quilting thread to create veins on the wings once I'd got rid of all the paper.  The sequins happened when I decided they needed a little more ooomph.

For my next trick, I will be trying to find my sewing table under this lot:



(It's actually worse than that now, I hadn't started the butterfly when I took that photo!)
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2017 07:00:15 AM »

That is beautiful!  Blind panic is wonderful inspiration - gives a good jolt of adrenaline.  But I love the arty look of it, and LOVE the butterflies.  A great bold shot of spring in the winter!  I hope she loved it Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017 09:50:48 AM »

Thank you very much!  She did seem pleased.  Smiley  I just need to cut a section of dowel so we can hang it somewhere (it's got corner pockets on the back).  I was hoping for spring-like, I know mum finds it a bit of a grind having a birthday right in the middle of winter.  I'm totally going to be making more stuff with my solvy stabiliser, it's brilliant!  There'll be butterflies EVERYwhere!   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017 10:52:10 AM »

I pinned this! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2017 11:47:32 AM »

It turned out great!  I love all of the different textures and the 3-D elements really add to the hanging!
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2017 12:54:35 PM »

It came out so beautiful! All the elements work together perfectly. It's like stumpwork on an MAQ!
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2017 02:18:26 AM »

Thank you all!  Smiley Abbeeroad , yes, I thought of it as like stumpwork too, even though I've never done "proper" stumpwork embroidery.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017 11:41:31 AM »

Wow! It's gorgeous and I wish I could see it in person!
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2017 09:28:07 AM »

Absolutely stunning!  Rocks.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2017 09:39:27 AM »

Thank you!  Without wanting to make any firm promises, I would like to make more things with my soluble stabiliser (I must still have over half the roll left) and if I do, I will try and do a bit of a tutorial on how I do it.  Smiley
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