Friday, September 30, 2016

Flamingo, Flamango! - It's Done!

"Flamingo, Flamango!

Yeah! I have finished this thread painted piece! It took a lot of stitching, but it is done and I'm happy with the way it looks. I painted the white areas at the corners that I talked about in my last post, and put on a binding and sleeve. I've decided to call it "Flamingo, Flamango" because nothing else came to me!

On to my next project....Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Flamingo Stiching Complete!

And I'm finished with the stitching! I think this kind of stitching, with such small spacing, is called micro-stitching, or micro-quilting. I'm glad to have it done! It takes a fair amount of time for a small space!

I am pleased with the appearance though. I should add that I straight stitched the border around the center on my "regular" sewing machine.

My next step is squaring it up and deciding on either a binding or facing for the piece. Right now I'm leaning toward a binding.

I also noticed that a couple corners were not painted to the edge. After I trim it up I will paint those white areas to match the blue. I'll show you that when I get to that stage.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stitching the Border

I thought I would show you a close up of the border as I am stitching it. You can see the black Frixion pen markings that I followed.

I decided not to do the curlicue stitching between the border around the center and the major fancy horseshoe design.  It was too small to see, I thought and didn't enhance the appearance. I just stitched right over the markings.

I'm always glad when I get to a point that I can press the piece and get rid of the markings. They make it look messy and I get sick of that look. Here it is after pressing, and you can see the difference. It looks a lot cleaner.

I should be done with the rest of the border soon. I'll show you that in my next post. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tin Tile Background Enhancement

I decided to do stitching to enhance the tin tile image in the background of the Flamingo piece. I used a meandering, tightly stitched pattern. To help me see the image better I used a Frixion marker to draw the lines of the design. Then I stitched the area around this design thoroughly. Here are some in-progress photos:

My thought while doing this small stitching is "one-eighth inch spacing". That helps me keep the size of the open areas consistent. The center is done now. On to the border design area! I'll post that when it is done. Thanks for visiting my blog!