Meet Georgina: one giraffe two ways

I love hand sewing, it is by far my preferred method of stitching anything. If truth be told I am a bit scared of my machine. I know how to do what I do, but haven’t any confidence outside of my comfort zone. However, I love machine appliqué and embroidery, so I’m determined to master my machine!

For a first go I should maybe have booked a course or bought a book to give me instructions, looked into what equipment was required and asked for advice.. But I never do things the easy way! So I took a sketch of a giraffe I did ages ago and cut it out of fabric… I pinned it to my fabric and lowered the teeth on my machine.

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This was the result!

.. And this was the point I asked for advice, the main thing I got wrong was I should have used bondaweb to stick the design to the fabric and hold it tight. Also a hoop would have been good! But actually I’m pleased with the look of this and am excited to give it another try.. Maybe starting with a less complicated shape while I try to get the hang of things!

The other incarnation of Georgina is hand embroidered..

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The outline is stem stitch and the spots are just straight stitches. This is destined to be a cushion and, if she finds some friends, maybe a whole jungle quilt.. What do you think? Any tips for me??

I love comments so don’t be shy, let me know what you think…

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