A crocheting workshop has already been held, and my friend Rachael from Sew Ray Me is holding hers on making beautiful handsewn fabric flowers this week. I'm going to be holding an embroidery evening workshop in March, date to be decided. I can't wait to enthuse about embroidery and encourage people to have a go! I decided my woodland animals could make perfect introductory patterns, so I worked them up into simple designs using just a few stitches, and here's what I came up with. I went with circular designs, thinking they could be kept in the hoops and displayed as home decorations.
|Little hedgehog with simple leaves|
|Badger with autumn oak leaves|
|Curled fox in the undergrowth with some simple appliqué|
Before I go though, one of my favourite aspects of reading other peoples blogs is seeing the PROCESS. I love to see how people do things, and how the thought processes work. I love seeing the stages of things as they progress from idea, to design, to pattern to reality. Nothing inspires me more than seeing how other crafters brains work. So, hoping you like that too, I'm including a host of sketchbook pics so you can see how these designs evolved. Eeek...it's like letting you look inside my brain.
Some animals and leaf designs. The fox and the badger pretty much made it through unscathed. The stoat and rabbit never got worked up any further and were rejected. Maybe I can develop them for something else?
The circular idea starts to come together. I thought a single animal and some simple leaves would fill the space nicely, but I'm hoping that people will be able to complete the bulk of the design in 2-3 hours.
Little more animal design here. The fox has grown up a little. He was looking too cub-ish before. Don't worry if you can't read my writing...neither can I!
And finally, to keep tabs on my progress, I completed the topstitch on the fox hood and my little patchwork quilt for my daughters toy bed is progressing! The enforced machine time at my local stitch club is working a treat. Chat, tea, lovely homemade cakes (nom nom) and my machine in front of me does work as an incentive. I told you tea and cakes were the way forward! This Thursday I hope to add the wadding and a plain back and do the quilting. After that I think I may even try hand binding. Watch my WIP section for updates!