I spent the past couple of days designing new projects for this summer. I haven’t finished them yet, but I have a clear concept and so it is time to start hunting down all the supplies I need for them. I will make patterns with step-by-step instructions to be available in my website shop and, of course, videos so you can watch me make them.
Those of you who have followed my blogs for a while know I like to have at least two projects going at once to give me some variety of activities for mental and even physical changes across the days. That helps me keep from getting too bogged down in things. So I have three small projects I decided on, all of which are largely thread work and some have a little yarn couching and painting too.
One is a pleasant small scene of evergreen trees of various sizes showing some perspectives in distance and size of the trees, reminding me of a walk or drive through a pine forest. Beth, my daughter-in-law likes to do pencil drawings that tend to capture her own hikes and camping experiences, and of birds, and flowers. She did one that really shows a delightful perspective to it in evergreen trees with a path winding through. In my mind, I can almost smell the sweet pine forest scent. It doesn’t quite work for what I have in mind but it certainly inspires me, and so I have been trying to capture a pattern of an evergreen forest that incorporates all the perspective, sizes, colors, and techniques I want to share. I am not quite there yet. I have a couple of really lovely linen weaves (they are quilt weight cottons) that I will choose from for the background fabric. This will include both free motion thread work and couching. I am even considering making the forest floor using needle punch roving with my little Bernina 350 for which I have that attachment. It’s so much fun and I haven’t used it nearly enough lately. I bought it for travel but it has ended up being my workhorse for several unusual attachments and precision piecing as well.
The second one is a somewhat complex piece featuring a couple of stylized birds from a Dover coloring book of Paradise Island birds. That will be all thread work with a little paint. I was originally thinking that would be entirely a whole cloth quilt, but after working on the design, I decided it would benefit from a simple pieced setting that puts that scene in the focus area and has a simply pieced addition of fabric that can have some light in-the-hoop embroidery embellishment or be made from some lovely printed fabrics of the maker’s choice to set the whole thing off. I completed the design work for this little quilt and most of the pattern today, though I still have to write the workbook and a video script. It is about 30″ x 40″ and I will be using a lot of beautiful specialty threads on it. This should be fun, and doable for the advanced beginner or above…so stay tuned.
The third piece is a second Birds of Paradise stylized scene from the same book using thread work. I will be making that into a pillow. I found a really nice set of two pillow forms on Amazon recently, so decided to make them in different types of fabric art so I can use them in my home. That may end up with a little paint too, but I will wait and see.
All three are small and light, and should be something really fun to work on when the weather gets too hot to go out or we are having a rainy day (I love rainy days…no thunder storms, just rain). Just right for summer projects, don’t you think?
I do have some fun things in mind for fall and winter too, including a more complex pictorial appliqued wool wall hanging using the techniques I presented in my first three videos, and a scene for Halloween, among other things, but I’ll talk more about those later.
So just in case you want to know what I will be using and maybe make one or all three of these along with me, I decided to include a small list of some of the specialty threads and other supplies I like to use, since getting things shipped these days can take some time. These links are affiliated links, so if you buy them from the links I provide it could help support my little micro business at no additional cost to you. It is not exactly a list of what I plan on using, but I think it is a nice list of items that could be fun to add to your studio even if you don’t do my projects. Of course you won’t be buying everything here, but I thought you might enjoy some of them if you don’t have them already.
Pillow forms (2 – 18 x 18)
Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex Cotton 20” x 10 yards
Sulky Temp Spray Adhesive
Setacolor fabric paint
Light board with cutting mat
Hobbs Tuscany wool batting throw size
Quilter’s Dream 80/20 select loft batting throw
Crayola washable gel pens
Madeira Cotton Stable fusible
OESD Ultra Clean and Tear
A Sampling of Wonderfil Threads
Spageti Packs (12 wt cotton)
Splendor Pack (40 wt rayon)
Invisafil Pack (100 wt polyester)
Accent (12 weight rayon) Evergreen
Glamore (12 wt rayon with one strand metallic
Sew happy everyone! Come fly with me through these fun summer projects, whether you just watch the progress or make them along with me. But above all, have fun in your studio!