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Linda's style, however, is very different to my previous machine embroidery experience. Before this course I had not used the needle and thread alone to create pictures, I had used my machine to draw outlines, fill in parts of my pieces and attach fabrics. Linda's work is all produced using fabric, needle and thread and is as unique as is a person's handwriting. She is so very experienced and talented that she makes it look so easy, I can assure you that it is not! Looking at Linda's work before the instruction began, was a joy, every piece filled with intricate detail, and exquisite stitching.
The above is my first effort, no where near as well-executed as I had hoped! It's surprisingly time consuming, this small 2"x2" piece taking me several hours! Controlling the hoop takes some getting used to, as does using the needle to 'draw' with. To do this you need to be able to drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine (these feed the fabric through as each stitch is made), so that you are in control of moving the fabric. If you can't drop the feed dogs then you need to cover these, either with a plate that comes with your machine, or you can tape a piece of thin plastic or card over the top. You also need to use a free motion embroidery foot, which came with my sewing machine, a Janome Memory Craft 5900 QC. You can buy one that is suitable for your machine separately though if you don't have one.
The video below featuring Linda, gives you a fab introduction to the techniques that are discussed above. I hope you enjoy watching it!
Here's my 'bird' piece, STILL not quite finished - I apologise for the very poor lighting, it's late at night! I will post an update as soon as it is done, so that you can see the finished piece. Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few months, I have not been well enough to write any posts. I do however, have lots of ideas to share with you so I will write another post soon.