I am loving this elephant pattern I drew up and this fabric I choose to make it with. I decided to do a stain stitch around the pieces to make the design stand out. I can't wait to get this done with all the others and show them to you all. It's taking a lot longer than I thought! Making up samples in several ways and writing up all the directions is not a quick and easy task. I do hope to bring joy and inspiration soon!
I decided to explore some more of the decorative stitches on my machine and I found one that was perfect! This is a maple leaf decorative stitch which was perfect for my new pattern Maple Leaf! (Coming soon!)
I used the fusible binding method, found in the links on my web called the Bindings/Finishing page, and then wanted to add a bit more design. I already stitched the leaf and the background with the gold, Coats & Clark, thread I mentioned in an earlier post so I wanted more. I did this maple leaf decorative stitch all the way around with this thread and no breaking or shredding. YAY!
As I was working on one of my new patterns, for the line I will present this summer, I decided to try some of the bindings and finishes that I have on my website page BINDING/FINISHING to show you how they look. On the piece below I used a strip of fabric that I added fusible web to and cut 3/4" wide. I semi-folded it to give it a slight crease (before removing paper back) and then added it to the edge and ironed. You can also measure in 1/4" with a ruler or draw a line 1/4" in with white pencil. I've tried both. This method shared by Laura Wasilowski and posted on my webpage called BINDING/FINISHING works and I really like it. I then decided to add a little texture and color so I tried Laura's suggestion of adding a decorative stitch. My machine doesn't have the exact blanket stitch she used but I liked this one just as well. You can find that link as well on my webpage BINDING/FINISHING here. Can't wait to try more tips! CLICK on any colored link or photo below to go directly to the page with all the tips!
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