Monday, 15 March 2010

Free motion fancies

Sewing on Alice and Camilla?? whatever next?? well, the thing is I can but I don't usually as my relationship with my machine could best be described as tense after my continued failure to read and follow instructions. However, after a bit of gentle guidance from afar (Linda) I actually put the feed dogs down (those little silver teeth that grip the fabric) and hey presto I can draw using my machine, who would've thought...
The flip side of Alice which I prefer as the face is clearer, a better mouth too. Of course by the time I'd bothered to turn it over to find the treasure underneath I'd already sewn all the other stuff on the front!
I had to seriously resist the urge to splash the whole thing with paint and settled for a button and lace embellishment instead.
My other free motion fancies include a wobbly bottomed chicken and a gal hoping to be Queen for a day. Quite where I'm going with all of this I don't know but what a fab tool I've discovered in my own cupboard.
You can see some wonderful machine stitchery here, what a great inspiration!Posted by Picasa

28 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These are awesome!! I love your restraint on the first piece. The lace and button are the perfect addition. And, that wobbly chicken is sooooooooo cute.

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful!! you go girl! now I have to say, I am like you and though I have a machine, it gathers dust!! so maybe I will try to read instructions and thread the thing!!!

Alisa said...

Wow, they look great! (I like the wobbly bottomed chicken.)
This is something I haven't tried and I have a funny feeling it would not work so well for me.

Linda said...

I am so sorry... but I have to say that I can't believe these are so wonderful. rofl Good grief! Aren't you just beside yourself over these. I love them. I, too, adore the chicken!!!!!!!! I am such the enabler. hahaha

ale said...

oh margaret!!!!is marvellous!!!!!!!l love the face and expression and the crown!!!!!!!!!muy linda!!!!!l use to see cathy culis work and always sourprise me how she can draw sewing...and now l am sourprisin with your draws...que lindo!!!!!!!!besos enormes!!!

tymonsyl said...

gorgeus!!!I have no courage to work with sewing machine:(
thank for repairing my link!

kiwicarole said...

hahaha, I can feel an addiction coming on......

Nathalie Thompson said...

Margaret, you are a stinkin' NATURAL!!! You could seriously SELL these wobbly "drawings"!!!

Riki Schumacher said...

I love these little beauties. I want to play too. Guess its time to buy a machine! These are just darling, make more! Riki

Jamie said...

How very creative you are!!! Wow. I have been wanting to try this for quite awhile but I need to find the darning attachement for my machine! Love the chicken! Jamie V in MT

Jenxo said...

these are wonderful and made me smile... i m still practicing on things, but it gets wonky to.
i love Cathy Cullis' work too...
gonna get some quilting gloves with the grippy bits on the fingers , that might help....might!!

Trudy Callan said...

Very beautiful.

Love your blog. Just signed up as a follower and put you on my blog list.

Trudy Callan
Coordinator for The Artistic Mother's Art Group
www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

Janean said...

how sweet is this?! adore it...hidden talent there.

bekimarie said...

I have quite a good relationship with my machine but haven't tried anything like this.
I love the simplicity of it and am quite tempted to go and give it a go but I have a feeling my won't look as good as yours.

Beki xxx

Fabric Art said...

Margaret your free motion stitchery is wonderful and so well done.
Anni

Sanja said...

Gorgeous!Love the machine stitchery :-)
Hugs
Sanja

Mixed Media Martyr said...

I love Cathy's stichery magic as well!! I love the heavy stitcing she does in some of her pictures. This is wonderful sewing. I too have discovered my sewing machine in the last year... I have always been embarrassed that I got a sewing machine for my 21st birthday, but have never been able to sew anything except dressups for the kids (don't ask me how they held together!), but now I go crazy stitching on fabric art. I even bought a free-motion foot so that I can make wonderful spirals and swirls smootly over my work!

Great stuff!! Leanne.

Chris said...

Oh WOW!! Margaret I just adore you machine sketching...it's truly fabulous. How clever you are and how patient too. Amazing!!
hugs
Chris xx

bad penny said...

Bravo - they are adorable ...I keep meaning to get a lesson from daughter or friend on using mum's Singer !
I love the face back or front it's wonderful.
Thanks for the link fab !

Melinda Cornish said...

you have just opened a whole new door for yourself and I am so excited for you....I love free motion sewing and you are great at it....most people cant do things like this straight off.....I love the pieces!!!!!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh these are too delightful and wonderful! Each one is charming!
You have really taken off Margaret ... can't wait to see more!!!
oxo

Electra said...

I love these!

Gini said...

Brilliant Margaret, amazing and I'm staggered that this is your first go too!
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with a wobbly bottom!
Those pesky feed dogs eh?!
Gotta drop 'em!
Gini
xx
P.S. Sadly, no , I haven't been drinking...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Since you are such an inspiration to me, I have chosen you and your blog for tomorrow's (Mar 22) blog of the day. Hope you like what I created.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Bravo Gal!!!
I love the way you just went for it and look what happened! I am being drawn to fibers too! Found a great new book by Ruth Rae that has me really inspired. Thanks for inspiring me too! Wishing you many happy blessings!

libbyquilter said...

oh~!~ i think you've inspired me as well . . .

my machine and i have relatively good relationship and i'd love to give this a try at some point~!~

:)
libbyQ

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Full of character! Love them!

Dianne said...

Oh my goodness...these are wonderful. I've wanted to try my hand at this but didn't know where to start. You've inspired me.