Saturday, 5 November 2011

AEDM day 5 - drawing with my sewing machine

... one of my favourite activites, which Kirstie Allsopp described as "the crack cocaine of the craft industry" on 'Kirstie's Handmade Britain' this week lol; not sure about that one but it is great fun :)

I used the designs I did in my sketchbook yesterday, stitching them onto patches of felt I had lying around near my sewing machine.

I had saved a funky label from a cardigan I'd bought from Fat Face this week and decided to add one of my pieces to this.

I 'drew' onto my fabric, then cut around the body of the flower before adding it to the tag and stitching a stem and adding a leaf.

Tonight we're off to a bonfire party :)  I love it all, the sights, the smells, the treacle toffee and melted marshmallows, but fireworks still frighten me from a safety point of view.  At least the dog is getting deaf as he gets older so the loud bangs don't bother him so much.

I'd just like to say that my heart goes out to those who've lost friends and family in the M5 Somerset crash last night.  Involved in a crash myself this time last year, similarly in the dark and wet, I still cannot begin to imagine how horrific this one was.  Surely they can't now raise the speed limit to 80mph on the motorways!


  1. Love how you've drawn with your sewing machine! Enjoy your bonfire and fireworks night! The pictures of that M5 crash scene are so awful.

  2. Love the dimension stiching give projects. Im inspired to try some myself! love your blog!!

    Kelley from AEDM

  3. Sarah, your stitched projects are wonderful.

    kirstie is one of the people who massively inspire me. (Wish I had her job.)

    Lucky you, that you had some felt handy.
    I share your feelngs about the M5 dreadful!

  4. Wow, your felt 'drawings' are amazing :-) i love the way you are so diverse x

  5. Love this technique! Beautiful stitching!

  6. Sarah, you have a wonderful blog. Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy AEDM!

  7. This is something I do want to try, but i am too lazy to dig out my sewing machine! Great project! Patsy from

  8. Thank you for your lovely comment.
    Some of the best work and ideas can be seen and enjoyed after visiting blogs like yours, Sarah. Your pottery is scrumptious!

  9. Hi Sarah which sewing machine do you have please? Am trying to find one that does embroidery and freehand and isn't too expensive, any ideas?

    Loving your pieces they are quite unique and colourful. Enjoying Kirsties shows very much, first episode was my fave so far :-)

  10. That's just lovely! Wow!
    I'm wondering if I saw you are doing the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design with Rachael Taylor?


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