When I was at school I always wanted to be a textile artist. I loved playing on the sewing machines and my art teacher at the time gave me a sweet little sewing box which I still have somewhere. I’m not sure what happened to the dream. I guess life got in the way and I got too busy with babies/other hobbies. Although I’ve had a sewing machine for years I’ve never really done much with it other than a few bags. I spent the day yesterday making bunnies from a pattern from this blog and eventually changed the pattern slightly and came to realise how much fun it is designing your own patterns as opposed to just following someone else’s.
I don’t think I did a very good job on the faces so must try and improve my embroidery skills. I read today that you should put your sewing needle to the most right position when doing seams close to the edge. Yeah it makes sense. So I will do that next time and see if I can do a better job.
I really like the applique stitch I used to stitch the face pieces on.
I’m definitely an improver on the machine. Not a total beginner but I have a way to go to learn new techniques and be a more neater sewer.
Anyway, here is the bag I made last week from the book.Sewn Spaces which I got from The Works for a cheap total of £2.99. It even includes full size tissue patterns! That said, I didn’t really like the bag pattern much and it got a bit fiddly doing the bottom end. You have to close the bag on the external main fabric which was new to me and I had to learn the invisible closing stitch which my friend Paula at sewing group kindly taught me. The fabric is Amy Butler I think!
Back to being a textile artist, I have so many ideas but because I lack training in construction I get frustrated and held back. I just bought this great book on Amazon and it looks awesome for learning how to make stuffed toys. It’s separated into lessons and each one has projects and skills to learn. Hopefully going to start it soon.