I've spoken to many people over the years who feel quite overwhelmed at the thought of changing an original design with their own tweaks.
Whether the change is different coloured thread, a fresh block layout in a quilt, alternate fabric, or moving portions of a stitchery around - the lack of confidence to jump in and make those changes can be rather daunting to them so they never attempt it.
In the June issue of The Stitchery Club I'm using portions of my stitchery designs to create entirely new pieces, and I thought you may like to see how I've done that.
Firstly, look at a few of the patterns for June and take note of the sections which are inside a dotted circle...
There's a hand, a bee, a large flower, small daisies, a bird, a hanging heart, a large heart outline and small footprints.
All the designs above are destined for a newborn baby quilt, but as not all of you need to make a baby project how can you use these designs to create something unique that suits another purpose?
Let me show you.
In the design below I've used the circle outline from the original round patterns, added a large and small flower, scattered daisies, and a hanging heart. To give more depth to the new layout I chose to applique the heart before finishing the stitchery with a new message - "breathe deep and let go"...
In the blue pattern below I have used the heart design from 'our little princess', kept the large flowers, added a hand either side, and replaced the two little hearts with a small daisy.
Using my alphabet sheet I've traced "made from the heart" to replace the 'princess' wording and now the design can be used as a label on a hand made gift!
When designing "love the life you live" (below) I drew a rectangle and filled it out with words, a bee, the bird (reversed from the 'cherished' design), a hanging heart which has a pop of applique in the centre, scattered daisies and French knots...
I have ideas for using the footprints too, like on the cover of a passport with 'enjoy the journey' stitched underneath. I also like the idea of stitching the "Footprints" poem and framing it.
When you let your mind wander you'll imagine all different ways of using these little motifs, and by tracing letters from the alphabet sheet (included with the June patterns) words, saying, quotes and messages can be personalised.
Take what you want from these designs and simply move things around to create a 'new' stitchery!
All eleven designs I've shown you today will be included in the June issue of The Stitchery Club, plus an alphabet for creating your own words.
If you join the Club before June 16th you'll receive all these patterns on the 17th via email in PDF format, and as I give a joining gift to all new subscribers you'll also receive this pattern within 12 hours of signing up.
JOIN HERE. It's that simple!
I'd love to hear how you'd use the motifs from my designs to create something new, and also what words would you use?
Leave a comment below and share your ideas, ok?
We can inspire each other.
Have a wonderful weekend!