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Monday, April 20, 2015

Shadow Work by Machine OR Third Time Lucky

I did something fun yesterday. My first try at shadow work by machine! I am making my fifth pinafore test sample and I decided to use a little embroidery on the yoke. I had admired the gorgeous shadow work designs available at Applique for Kids, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Here are my three tries. The design stitched perfectly every time, BUT...
For the first one (top) I cut the yoke before embroidering and it wasn't centered. Ugg. Then I thought maybe I'd prefer a pink bow, so I did it again. It was centered, but the pink barely shows up. (Photo is enhanced- it's lighter in real life). The third one is my favorite- blue bow with yellow flowers.
These colors are more realistic- see how the pink is too light? I stitched these with my few colors of DMC cotton 50 wt and the bobbin is Madeira 80 wt cotona. I didn't want to use shiny rayon for this. The fabric is 100% cotton Martha's Favorite Batiste.
I was afraid to try this, because you have to stitch the "shadow" first on a layer of permanent stabilizer or sheer fabric. However, it couldn't have been easier! I want to try more of the beautiful Shadow Work from Applique for Kids!!
I'm putting finishing touches on the Pinafore Pattern, which should be ready around May 1!!

1 comment:

Donna said...

Lisa, this is so beautiful! I have wanted to try these designs for ages, and Joy keeps coming out with more that are really cute. I've been afraid to try them, though because of the extra steps involved. So glad you tried them first!