Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Stitched Card

Hi all,

Well the clocks went back last night so our days are now very short, tonight it was dark at 5 pm! It's very tempting to just laze in front of the TV on the dark winter nights so I'll need to try and motivate myself to put my specs and the bright light on and do some sofa crafting as I've still some bits and pieces to do for the upcoming Christmas fairs.

The card I have for you today is inspired by the very talented Josie from SewforSoul who makes free machine stitching look super easy.  Well, I'm telling you it's not as easy as it looks. Please do not zoom in on the photo as the sewing is all over the place. (Maybe I could get away with saying it adds to the rustic charm of the card, Lol!)

I used a digital image I won a while back from Handmade Harbour .....



I traced all the elements of the bird onto iron on adhesive (Bond-a-web/Steam-a-Seam etc), then cut them out and ironed them onto scraps of batik.  All the pieces were then ironed onto a plain background which I then free machined (kinda like drawing with your sewing machine). I then placed my sewn pic behind a dotty frame made with Stampin Up DP.

I'd like to link to Handmade Monday which I haven't joined in with for a few weeks








and
Lets Craft and Create - Challenge #98 - Animal Antics

Okay doke that's me, I'll be back tomorrow for a new Crafty Cardmakers challenge.

Thanks for popping in.
Take care.

Suze xx

21 comments:

Louisa said...

Your card is wonderful. I can't seem to get to grips with freehand machine sewing. I can't 'allow' myself to not follow the lines and it always looks wrong when I do it. #handmademonday

Fiddly Fingers said...

This is so pretty! I am completely with you on free machining, nowhere near as easy as it looks but I think you have done a fabulous job :)

Blue Forest Jewellery said...

So cute - I love the colours you've used. And I do think that 'perfect' stitching might spoil the rustic charm here ;-)

Have a great crafty week, Alison x

buttons and paint... said...

This little birdie is soooo sweet! Your machine stitching is great - wish mine was so neat! x

Free Spirit Designs said...

Aww what a cute card :) I think you've done a great job with the free machine stitching, i've never had a go but it sounds challenging! x

Patchwork Fairy said...

It's a great card - the stitching looks appropriate for the style!

Ginx Craft said...

Gosh that is cute. You have used lovely fabrics. I can't do free motion machine embroidery. Yours looks great.

Ginx Craft said...

Gosh that is cute. You have used lovely fabrics. I can't do free motion machine embroidery. Yours looks great.

Karen Titus said...

I love your sewn card! I make lots of cards, but haven't tried this yet - I'm now inspired to go for it!

Valerie-Jael said...

It's gorgeous, wish my sewing was so good! Hugs, Valerie

Viv's Visuals said...

Am garbage with a sewing machine - can do straight edges and that's it! (And sometimes even they are not very straight.....LOL) - Love this birdie Suze...x

Pamellia Johnson said...

The sewing looks great to me Suze! It's quirky, just like your wonderful birdie! Love it! hugs :)

Jenni's Jems said...

Great sewing and card Susan,love the look of sewing on a card...just wish I could do it and as well as this!! X

threads 'n' shreds said...

A charming card, I think it's great. I don't care about wobbly sewing, as quite frankly sewing machines scare me so I'm easily impressed! Xx

Eileen Dobson said...

Fab card, thanks for sharing it with us over at Let's Craft and Create.

Lucy Blossom said...

It looks amazing and I think your freehand machining is lovely.

Picto said...

This is a great card, I find freehand stitching really difficult so well done.

Jan x

Darnell J Knauss said...

How could this be called anything other than charming, Suze?! It's not only a fun and cheerful card, it would make a fabulous quilt panel, too! I LOE it!! Hugs, Darnell

Wendy said...

I actually love the wobbly stitching and it definitely adds to the charm! Gorgeous x

Aileen said...

So cute Suze. Love your birdie with his beady eye. I think you've done fab with sewing machine drawing! x

ursula Uphof said...

Love your birdie and your stitching is perfect for this image. Thank you for joining the challenge at Let's Craft and Create. Ursula DT.