Hot on the heels of my last post on Poppy Treffry’s Freehand Machine Embroidery book here’s a quick post about my latest crafty discovery – machine embroidery! I went to the South West Creative Stitches Show yesterday (Sunday) at The Bath & West Showground and booked myself onto an hour-long machine embroidery taster session. It was fab.
Run by talented crafter Jan Tillet, http://www.jantillett.co.uk/ , the course gave a quick intro into the world of drawing with the machine. So what did I learn from my crash course?
1. Sewing in a straight line isn’t as easy as Jan made it look
2. Fast foot, slow hands… the machine embroiderer’s mantra
3. Use a wooden coffee stirrer to hold down any little bits of applique – great tip to save fingers and machines
4. I need to upgrade my machine. I used a Janome CXL301 which made my £45 Tesco own machine look very sad and old
5. I love machine embroidery – it’s addictive!
Here’s my one hour work of art… watch this space for more on this craft as soon as I sort my machine out.