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October 11, 2017

Learning Machine Embroidery

Polar bear - machine embroidery
A few weeks ago I took a class in machine embroidery at The Village Haberdashery and it was great! I had had a got at doing it myself earlier in the year, but I wasn't quite sure I was doing it right. Turns out I was! Pretty much. But it was nice to learn how to do it properly and pick up some tips from Sophia, our lovely teacher.

Above is the piece I made during the class. I was really amazed at how much I got done!

I have to confess that for a looong time I thought that machine embroidery was kind of cheating, *real* embroidery is done by hand, right?! ;-)

But they are two different things and the machine kind isn't as easy as one might think. Lesson learned.

I look forward to doing more machine embroidery, and maybe combining it with hand embroidery. Experimenting is half the fun of learning something new.

Since I took the class, I've only had time to try out my new skillz on a couple of small projects:

Flowers - machine embroidery
I did this without a plan in mind, I just started cutting some scraps of fabric and it ended up being a flower. A tend to gravitate towards flowers when I don't know what else to do. ;-)

Blake - machine embroidery>
The last one is done from a sketch of Blake. I am really intrigued by the possibilities of machine embroidery looking like pen marks and sketching. I can't quite get that look with hand embroidery, but I think it turns out quite well with machine embroidery. I definitely have to experiment more with this. Several ideas are bobbing around in my head already.

Yay for learning new things! :-)

PS Don't forget to RSVP if you're coming to my book party on Nov 24th at The Village Haberdashery! (Please come to my book party so it's not just me and 20 bottles of wine! ;-) )

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  1. You're so good at this, even in your first attempt!

    1. Aww, thank you! I feel like there's still a LOT to learn. :-D


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