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Topic: Free Motion Octopus with Coloring Tute and Tips  (Read 1928 times)
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« on: May 02, 2018 07:48:07 AM »

Here is a quickie tutorial on how to color free motion embroidery pieces using Sharpie markers and alcohol blending solution or regular isopropyl alcohol. It will also work with hand embroidery, so give it a go!



There is a little bit of prep work before getting to the coloring magic but it's easy stuff.

*Prewash your fabric in a washing machine. I hand washed mine which probably didn't remove all of the sizing, resulting in the ink not dispersing as well on the fabric.

*Gather your materials. Sharpies, isopropyl alcohol or Ranger brand alcohol blending solution (used with alcohol inks), your pattern drawn on prepped fabric and framed in an upside down hoop. I first drew the octopus with a disappearing ink pen then colored some bits with the Sharpies, but you can always just draw your image with the marker. Whatevs...it's art!



*Prepare your machine. The settings will vary depending on your particular machine so play around with the tension and stitch length before tackling your piece. I have an old heavy duty metal Singer that loves to sew at 9 million stitches a second and found that a tension of 2 and stitch length of .5 to 1 worked well. Lower your feed dogs! If they cannot be lowered, cover them with a piece of tape so you can move the fabric around freely.



*Insert your hooped image under the needle bar. You may need to remove the needle and embroidery foot, slide the hoop under the bar, then reattach the foot and needle. With the presser foot up, draw up the bobbin thread and pull it until the end is on top of the fabric. Insert your needle into the fabric and sew a few stitches to secure. Then just follow the lines! (I promise to get to the fun part in a second...)



All done stitching. Snip the weird threads!



Okay, let's see what happens to the ink when we add blending solution.



Cool!





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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2018 07:57:10 AM »

How FABULOUS!  I wish our Rocks button was working because this needs to be rocked.  Thanks so much for a great tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2018 08:07:07 AM »

WOW.ZERS. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tute!
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2018 08:09:09 AM »

Wow! This is fabulous!
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2018 09:44:11 AM »

Outstanding cephalopod (okay, I see a stately portrait of Cthulhu instead of an octopus, because of the vertical orientation, but, I'm biased like that) and the mottled coloring looks wonderful!
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2018 10:54:01 AM »

This is flipping fantastic!  I also wish I could hit 'This Rocks'.  Love the project, and the fact that you wrote up a tutorial.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2018 10:57:42 AM »

That is so amazeballs, I love Love LOVE IT! I've had alcohol sharpie tshirt plans for a while now but this is over the top awesome. Thanks for the tute Smiley.
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2018 11:52:02 AM »

Wow, this is lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2018 12:09:45 PM »

Thank you! I had been thinking of I Sew Cute's colorful unicorn shirt and figured I could apply the technique to an embroidered piece.

Outstanding cephalopod (okay, I see a stately portrait of Cthulhu instead of an octopus, because of the vertical orientation, but, I'm biased like that) and the mottled coloring looks wonderful!

After viewing countless "octopus" images on Pinterest, this one made the cut. Probably because it resembled Cthulhu in my eye too, but also because it was a good candidate for free motion embroidery with all the swirly bits and circles. I'm not quite sure, as the picture I used did not link back to the original source, but I believe the artist is Jazzi-Kit on deviantart.
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2018 12:32:33 PM »

Wow, your free motion embroidery is always so wonderful! Love this!!
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