Thursday, 9 February 2012

Lollipop trees or flowers or...?

I was inspired to use zigzag stitches in free machine embroidery having read an article about this in a magazine.  I made these flower heads by zigzagging around the edge of a piece of fabric with a felt backing.  I then zigzagged a circle in the middle and added beads and a bit of hand stitching.

When I started out with this project I wasn't really sure how it would turn out.  I sort of imagined that it would end up as a bunch of flower heads, but it gradually developed into a more abstract, tree like piece.

I made a background of purple fabrics layered on top of each other in a patchworky kind of arrangement.  These were fused to Bondaweb which was also fused to a large piece of black felt before each piece was stitched into place.  I normally like things to be quite neat and tidy, but I actually really like the raw edges this method produces.

Each flower head was given a stem, (or maybe each tree top was given a trunk?) and a foreground was added.  The piece was finished off with black bias binding hand stitched around the edge, and red velvet loops at the top for hanging.

I really love it, and although it's hanging in the shop, I'm not 100% sure that it's going to be for sale!  For one thing, I haven't a clue about how to price it.  Certainly not at a decent hourly rate because people would just laugh at the price tag!