I'm happy to share my 8 steps to making my little stitched pictures which I call "les petites images cousues" .
- As I sort through my fabric stash, I begin with "people" or "animal" novelty prints.
- At least one character pops out and "asks me" to cut them out and liberate them from their background. (Can I be honest when I say, sometimes I feel that the work is talking to me?)
- Other pieces of fabric are auditioned to accompany my characters. I look for contrasting colors and bold prints. You might choose flowery prints, so it's a matter of personal choice.
- I pay attention to color and shape and arrange the pieces on my ironing board as I add fusible web to the fabric.
- Once I cut out my pieces and iron them on the background fabric, I may decide to stitch by hand (which I prefer) or sew them with the trusty machine I inherited from my lovely Aunt Pearl. (see banner here)
- Out comes the batting and I stitch some more. Nice and slowly.
- The last bit of stitching is done when I add the border fabric.
- The finished pieces can be displayed as is, placed in a shadow box or in a frame. They really look good when there are several grouped together.
There you have it! Hope you'll be joining me and make your own "les petites images cousues" . Be sure and let me know how yours turned out!!
Here's some inspiration for you:
Girlfriends at a Cafe