Hello, and Welcome to another Friday Flashback. This week we are going to look at a a different type of technique with machine embroidery, and a fantastic floral collection that I created with it – The Shadow Work Garden.
When I first purchased my first embroidery machine back in 2001, one of the goals I had was to be able to create machine embroidery designs, emulating traditional hand stitching.
By this stage, in 2010, I had already worked with Stumpwork, and Candlewicking, and I had created a single shadow work border collection.
When I saw the artwork for these beautiful flowers, I tried a couple of different ways to digitise these designs, before going back to the shadowwork style. I wanted something that had a little bit of a quilted style, but was still elegant, and I think I found it.
The Shadowed Garden collection is comprised of 12 different shadow work flowers, in different sizes for all machines, and is created using what is in essence a reverse applique technique.
Basically, the technique is completed by laying down thin wadding (pellon), then bright fabric, before layering a thin cotton batisse on top to allow the applique fabric to show through.
At the time, I created a beautiful little dress with designs (that unfortunately got lost in the move a year later), and a gorgeous lap rug.
Initially when I created The Shadowed Garden collection, we gave away a design in this collection as a freebie. You can access this design HERE. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second The Shadowed Garden design as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to try some of these beautiful Shadow work applique designs.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie