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Hand Embroidering My Way

Aug. 18th, 2011 | 12:35 pm
location: Australia, Waverton
mood: anxious anxious

 I'm sure I break all the rules with my sewing - but that has always been my way.  Never read instruction until I have to and only if what I am doing doesn't work out.  I have done two dress making courses in my life including drafting patterns and tailoring, but never worked in the field.  I only worked out what I wanted or should have down with my career last year and it is a bit too late now (costume design for film if you interested).  In addition I have never had a quilting lesson in my life so don't look too closely.  Anyway to the problem at hand.  Hand Embroidery of letters.  I prefer not to use a hoop although some people do - I like to hold the fabric loosly in my hands but it can go wonky alternatively if you are using a hoop don't stretch your fabric too tight especially if you fabric is cut on the bias.

Step 1

Get a piece of paper and draw on the size and shape of the thing you are embroidering

2. Using a computer or draw by hand design your lettering.
3. Arrange lettering on the paper, use some lines along the centre for easy alignment of your writing.

4. Draw the same shape on tissue paper as in step one and trace the lettering

5. Turn the tissue over and make sure you can read it from the back, if not, hold it up to a window and trace it in backwards letter

6. Pin tracing paper in place on the back of your block making sure all the lines line up and the writing is reversed

7. Start Sewing in back stitch.  Anchor the cotton in a seam or similar and start from the back one stitch from the end of the letter

8. put the needle through to the front, this is the only tricky bit the needle from the front must come back through at the end of the letter.

12 . So each time you make a stitch from the back, put the needle back down the hole of the previous stitch - then you will get one continuous line of stitching.

I hope this helps

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Harry Potter Pattern

Apr. 28th, 2011 | 09:53 am
location: Australia,Sydney
mood: happy happy

I have had some requests for a clearer pattern picture for Harrys face - especially the eyes.  Anyway I have prepared this - it doesn't have any numbers on it but you should be able to see how the eyes are constructed more easily.  With the eyes you always work from the pupils out, iris, whites, eyebrows etc.  Email me if you need further help.

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harry potter quilt

Nov. 19th, 2010 | 08:16 am
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: frustrated frustrated

I have decided I should not use technology - it doesn't really like me.  Recently my computer died and all my precious files were transferred to an external hard drive.  Need I go on - while in the process of transferring the files to my new computer my external hard drive also died (despite being checked by my computer techie the week before and being given the all clear).  Luckily I saved all my photos music and family videos, unfortunately I lost all my quilt patterns and photos.  Thank god for paper copies as I have all my Harry Potter patterns in a folder - albeit most of them are in my original hand drawn stage but I suppose that is better than nothing.  After seeing Deathly Hallows part 1 last night I am inspired to get on and finish my 2 matching Harry Potter Quilts for my kids - the process might just be a bit slower now.  Wish me luck. 

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I love a give - away

Sep. 17th, 2010 | 10:41 am
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: excited excited

Check out my favourite Jewellery designer Rosy Revolver!! To celebrate her 500th sale she is giving away (yes giving away) a beautiful pendant.  I have only managed to buy a pair of earrings so far because she is so amazing her stuff sells justs minutes after she lists it on www.etsy.com.  I want to win.......................

This is the piece she is giving away

and here are some amazing pieces she has made that I just love

and here are the earrings I bought

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Rita Skeeter

Aug. 6th, 2010 | 03:29 pm
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: sick sick

Rita Skeeter

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Patterns Part 4 (I think)

Aug. 4th, 2010 | 09:17 am
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: crappy crappy

Hermione Granger

Ron Weasley

Lily Potter

Lord Voldemort

Neville Longbottom (no picture yet)

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Ginny Version 3

Aug. 3rd, 2010 | 10:36 am
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: rushed rushed




Well here is the final final Ginny Weasley, this is my third attempt and I am happy at last - the others 2 definitely had something wrong with them and I was never happy.  If you do however want the patterns for the earlier versions I can post them for you - just let me know.

Rita Skeeter is half sewn so look out for here in the next couple of days.  I will also be loading other patterns when I have time - which is not now as I am off to work - groan.

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Patterns - Part 3

Jul. 29th, 2010 | 09:55 pm
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: tired tired

Fenrir Greyback

Sybil Trelawney

Harry Potter

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Patterns - Part 2

Jul. 29th, 2010 | 09:40 pm
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: tired tired

Albus Dumbledore

Viktor Krum

Minerva McGonogall

Severus Snape

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Patterns - Part 1

Jul. 29th, 2010 | 09:04 pm
location: Australia, Sydney
mood: tired tired


Nymphadora Tonks

Remus Lupin

Bellatrix Lestrange

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