Thursday, 4 August 2011

Thinking of Sunflowers

Snuggled in the far corner at the back of the house away from the sea winds I have managed to grow a sunflower. No mean feat I can tell you.

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I have also been thinking of sunflowers in my stitching.

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Using one of my Solitary Sunflower kits I have put together a little wall hanging using up some scraps.


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Here is the original with simple straight line stitching around the edge of the applique shapes, but I wanted to try something different.



Beginning with the leaves....


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I have dropped the feed dogs and put on my darning foot to do some free motion stitching, but I have set the machine to a narrow open zig zag. This is a great stitch to practise free motion because the needle is going from side to side which means it is not running away from you gives you more control.

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I have used a variegated thread and gone around the edges twice.

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Same for the petals.....

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Here are some more sunflower that have been intensively stitched.

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Sunflower applique template pattern available to download here and from my other online shops.
Happy Stitching!

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4 comments:

  1. Love the stitching... if only my Juki had a zig zag, my life would be so much easier. I'm always too lazy to switch mid-stream.

    But you're encouraging me not to be lazy in this matter... :)

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  2. What a great idea to use the zig zag as a practise stitch for free motion!Must try that, my free motion gets abit frenetic after a while and falls off plot lol Fabulous sun flowers and blue blue skies.....yummy

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  3. Your sunflowers are looking very nice :-)
    Thanks for the zig zag tip, I must try.

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  4. These really made me smile tonight!! Gorgeous colours and stitching! I have tried free motion once but it was a disaster. I may try again one day!! Love the yellow and blue.

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