C & G Machine Embroidery – Module 1: Chapter 7 – Free Embroidery

 

1.       Stitching Doodles – straight stitching

Fabric: black felt

Stabilizer: black felt

Foot: open toe darning

Feed dogs: down

Stitch length – 0

Stitch width – 0

Thread:  red cotton. Black bobbin thread

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Stitching straight lines, curves, circles, spirals and swirls.  I have more control of stitch length if I sew fast and move the fabric at a consistent speed.  This is the challenge!  The red thread disappears into the black felt.  It shows up more in the photo than in actuality.

Photos of circles and curves

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I love the movement in this adImage

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I used the orange flower from the orange page in lesson 1 as a design source

 

2. Stitching a Circle design – straight stitching.

Fabric: black felt

Stabilizer: black felt

Foot: open toe darning

Feed dogs: down

Stitch length – 0

Stitch width – 0

Thread – sewing cottons and polyesters.  Black bobbin thread

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The primary colours are in the center of the design.  The red is the strongest, the yellow almost disappears and the blue around the yellow is just a shadow.  I added the complementary colours to the stitching in the corners.  The design became much more symmetrical than the orange flowers that were the design source.  It became a pattern rather than a representation of the flowers, especially with all the colour changes. To make the colours visible on the black felt, I found I needed to go over the lines of stitching several times

The stitched results are too busy for my taste, but I rather like the design.

 

3. Stitching a Circle design – zigzag stitching.

Fabric: black felt

Stabilizer: black felt

Foot: open toe darning

Feed dogs: down

Stitch length – 0

Stitch width – varied depending on the effect I wanted

Thread – # 30 cotton with matching bobbin thread colours

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The thread colours show up more when the stitch has a width, but I had to sew slower to get an even coverage of the zigzag.  To make the spirals, I had to use move the fabric sideways to achieve the slightly wiggly line.  I like the colour impact of this sample, but the delicacy of the straight stitching sample.

 

 4. Using free embroidery and straight stitch without a frame – “razzle dazzle”

Fabric: black felt

Stabilizer: black felt

Foot: open toe darning

Feed dogs: down

Stitch length – 0

Stitch width – 0

Thread – sewing cottons and polyesters.  Black bobbin thread

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My drawing is much more centered than the stitching.  I have not judged the distance very well.  I can write more tightly than I can stitch!  I stitched the blue four times in order to get the colour to show through.  The purple almost disappears.  The colours fade into the black felt.

I can see that if I am doing free motion lettering, I would need to practice or warm up first on scrap fabric before I tackle the lettering on my project.

 

 5. Using zigzag stitch and free embroidery in a frame – “razzle dazzle”.

Fabric: white stretch velvet – transfer painted

Stabilizer: 4 layers Armo-intra face #6140

Foot: open toe darning

Feed dogs: down

Stitch length – 0

Stitch width – 3.5

Thread – Rayons and polyesters.  White or matching bobbin thread

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I had a large piece of the velvet (8 ½” x 11”) and just kept moving the hoop to fit more words in – so my sample ended up quite large!  My letters are quite large.   I used the pinks and blues as thread colours with some green threads for accent. 

Zigzag stitches give a greater impact than straight stitching if you want a design to have a good impact. 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “C & G Machine Embroidery – Module 1: Chapter 7 – Free Embroidery

  1. dianacaleb

    Hi Barbara ….. Yeh ….. chapter 7 is done …… congratulations!!!! You are fast catching up!!!! Diana

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