I am happily whipping out flowers in thread for cute pins and future quilt adornments. I thought I would share my technique, as it is quite beginner friendly. I do tend to use 'technical' terms like loop-de-loops, slinky, zigzag and spiral. :?}
You should have your machine set up for free motion embroidery; feed dogs down, tension loosened a bit, pressure foot light, and any hopping/embroidery foot you usually use. Hoop up some woven water soluable foundation, as we will rinse most of it out at the end. I do leave some of the tacky stuff in the flower, as it seems to help it get all curly and funky and nifty looking, but is still flexible.
Shall we begin?
|First sew spirals (think snail shell) from the inside out, and back again.||About the size of a quarter.|
|Add a tight slinky in choice of color to enlarge, and give even more strength, then add petals. Yes, you may draw them out, but free motion eye-balling/sewing is fine!|
|Now starts the all the way up and down loops, as well as short strokes at the base and the tip of each petal, until you are happy with the density, looks like it will stay together when you wash out most of the foundation, the general flowery look...|
Now that it is dry it is time to add beads and the pin back. Or you could choose a barrette clip. Depends on how you want to use it. You could use a button, or many buttons, a pom-pom, add a bug...just have fun!
Want to add leaves? Go to http://quilts-artfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2012/05/leaves-101-tutorial.html