Tuesday, 29 September 2015

First Steps Course

A few images taken from my booklet entitled, 'Free Machine Embroidery: First Steps'.....

Thursday, 24 September 2015

High-Energy Stitch

Stitching mad brush strokes on wool cloth - painting with threads using free-machine embroidery.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

'The Shard'

A friend of mine gave me a piece of muslin that I thought resembled the shape of a famous building in London, 'The Shard'. Tie-dyed the cloth in complementary colours and then felted soft, Merino wool fibres into the fabric using the Nuno technique. A totally mad piece of felting, but I enjoyed doing it!

Friday, 28 August 2015

I have a project in '500 Kids Art Ideas'


Keeping a child engaged and happy can be a tall order, but with 500 Kids Art Ideas, you'll never run out of inspiration! This fun, visual reference features a thousand arts and crafts projects for adults and children to do together. With an emphasis on recycled materials and nature, a wide range of art is covered.

I have a Halloween-inspired project 'Scary Heads' in the book - image number 331.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Shades of Grey

So many shades of grey to be inspired by at the moment!! I decided to get into grey mode when making a felt vessel. It's good sometimes to go monochrome...I should do so more often.
See more of my felt-making and other work at: http://www.anneglynisdavies.com/

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Big In Japan: 'Sewing World' (Jan 2015)

My latest project published in January 2015 issue of Sewing World (on sale 19 Dec'14)

A non-folding fan known as Uchiwa in Japan, adds a striking oriental look to any home.

Made from up-cycled cotton fabric, the fabric is tied onto a bamboo handle by lengths of machine-made cord. For an added twist the cord is decorated with Tyvek beads.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Oh Christmas Trees...Oh Christmas Trees

Oh Christmas Trees...Oh Christmas Trees
 Fantastic Ribbons

...You can make a delicate Christmas tree decoration using free-machine embroidery combined with ribbon. For the two samples I used cotton twill ribbon from the new and exciting Nordic/folksy range by those wonderful folks at fantasticribbons.com

 For the free Machine Embroidery You Will Need:
  • A darning or quilting foot for your sewing machine
  • An embroidery hoop (6”-8”) – use 'back to front' so that the fabric lays flat against the throat plate
  • Embroidery scissors – sharp to cut loose threads
  • A disappearing fabric pen or fine felt tip pen
  • Embroidery threads
  • Bobbinfil – to wind onto your bobbin
  • Water-soluble film – medium weight

To Make the Multi-Coloured Tree:
  1. Make a simple sketch of a tree, as shown.
  2. Place a piece of water-soluble film over the sketch. Cut strips of ribbon to follow the outlines of the trunk and branches. Pin ribbon to the film and stretch in an embroidery hoop.
  3. Lower the feed dog teeth and use a red or cream embroidery thread as the upper thread. Set stitch width and length to '0'. Stitch ribbon to the film and remove pins.
    Note: you are in complete control of the stitch length. Try to sew fairly quickly with your hands moving the hoop slowly. To start stitching it's helpful to do one stitch, then pull the upper thread so the bobbin thread comes to the top. Hold the threads while you do 3-4 small stitches, then cut the thread tails off.
  4. Change upper thread to a multi-coloured embroidery thread. Using free-machine embroidery, stitch concentric circles of differing sizes to follow the outline of the tree. Note: ensure the circles overlap with the ribbon or each other, so that all stitching is linked. Try a sample of stitching on water-soluble film and follow step 5 to make sure your stitching is in one piece.
  5. Remove the embroidery from the hoop. Trim any loose threads. Place the finished design in a bowl of warm water to dissolve the plastic film completely. Let dry.
  6. To finish, thread a length of ribbon through the embroidered design to make a hanger.
To Make the Gold/Red Themed Tree:

  1. Trace a simple outline of a tree onto a piece of water-soluble plastic film, using a disappearing fabric pen. Stretch the film on an embroidery hoop.
  2. Use a metallic thread as the upper thread. Using free-machine embroidery, stitch a lace pattern to fill in the tree shape.
  3. Change the upper thread to a contrasting thread. Machine concentric circles of differing sizes over the lace background, trapping strips of ribbons as you stitch. Make a ribbon bow and stitch to the embroidered tree to secure.
  4. To finish, repeat steps 5 and 6 as above.
    ****************All Images Copyrighted to Anne Glynis Davies*************************

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