Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fresh & Funky February

This month, Julie of Forest Poppy asked for blocks with a tree or leaf theme.  She sent some really beautiful fabrics with bold colors and said that she was open to pretty much anything, including embroidery.  As soon as I read that, the idea for my block popped into my head.

I love embroidery.  I think that almost any picture can look beautiful when drawn with thread on fabric.  I did most of it by hand.  I decided that I wanted a very thin outline on my little fox and bird, so I used my machine and darning foot.  I like the organic look of the stitches very much.




If you don't know much about embroidery, you should check out Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray.  That's what I did! :)  If you don't want to get the book, she does have some tips on her blog.  Or, there are about a million other videos and tutorials on the internet, so just do some digging.


Like I said before, I believe that almost any drawing looks beautiful when it's embroidered, but in case you'd like to use my drawing, I've posted it below.  This is for personal use only.  You should be able to click on it to enlarge it and then print or trace it from there.  

I hope you have a great weekend!

9 comments:

  1. Mandy this is simply gorgeous !! !! !! I love it xxx

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  2. That's beautiful Mandy! Your so creative!

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  3. I love it! You are very talented :)

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  4. Mandy!! This is fantastic!! I do not know how to embroider, so I will be checking out that book. Is that a good one for extreme beginners? It's something I really want to learn, but I'm so intimidated. And I have no idea why because everyone says it's super easy. I only know how to do the blanket stitch. Thanks for this post and this really has got to be one of the cutest blocks I've ever seen!

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  5. This is amazing Mandy, thank you so very much. I really love it. Embroidery is something I want to try more of for exactly the reasons you talk about and to create just the sort of 'picture' that you have. Very inspiring. juliex

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  6. really cute block!!! (I need to make mine... my fabric bundle was one of those that was eaten)

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  7. THat is the cutest block ever!! I love it.

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  8. SOOOO Cute!! Love the bird and fox! The shape of trees are so fun too!

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