Do you audition fabrics when you're planning a new project?
You do? That's smart!
You see, I used to do things the wrong way round.
I'd sketch a design, fine tune it a bit, go over it with my black marker, trace it onto my preferred stitchery background fabric (usually off-white handkerchief linen), and spend the next few days stitching it up.
Only THEN would I stand in front of my fabric shelf looking for a few prints that would match the threads I've used!
Praise the Lord, I'm doing that less and less.
Yesterday I drew up a design for Issue 16 of Elefantz HOME.
It's my "Garden Issue", so every design will have a garden theme. After staring at my stash shelves for the longest time I just couldn't decide what fabrics to use for the gardening apron the stitchery will be a feature of. Then right before my eyes, inspiration struck!
I'd just purchased a set of green tea towels to use as the base of some sturdy placemats for our dining table...
I had lain the sketch on top of the solid green tea towel, and after I had taken the photo I thought, "How perfect is that green for the stitchery?!"
So I cut a square from the tea towel, traced the design, and began stitching...
I love it!!
Last night I started on it, and I have to tell you, the tea towel fabric is divine to stitch on!
I'll spend this afternoon finishing the embroidery and then design the actual garden apron using the other two tea towels. I'm really excited about how this project is going to turn out!
My next audition was based on fabric alone, and I will design a project based on the three prints I chose; a solid, a check, and a bird theme.
Aren't they pretty together?
No idea what they will end up as though!
When I was ironing some very delicate doilies for re-purposing, I couldn't help but notice how beautifully this doily and fabric complimented each other...
I'm thinking a lovely table runner, with vintage appeal. Yum.
Do you like a bargain?!!
I certainly do, and I know where to grab one!
My dear friend Fee has just opened her online store, and every morning she has a not to be repeated 'Deal of the Day'.
If you sign up for her newsletters you'll be the first to hear of them!
She will even post overseas!!
Visit Fee HERE to read how you can grab a bargain, or two, or three....today!
Did I mention she has a giveaway too???
I'm sharing another free design this week, something easy that you could make as Christmas gifts!
If you have a pretty tea towel lying around you might want to have it handy...
...and if you don't, you might want to go buy one. ;-)
PS: My head cold is much better - thank you for your hugs, prayers, and good wishes!!
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