After the Rain Instructions
Hooping and Stitching the Flowers
Mark across the fabric using either chalk or marking pen
Print out using “Actual size” for:
Then mark on the pint out the centre point as shown in the photo
Cut out all four print outs
Using the horizontal line that you had marked on the fabric pin
The same way I had done in the photo but you can vary it, just do what would suite you, there is no hard and fast rule
Pin the Flowers_04 (the bird) in between the flowers, it does not matter if you stitch over the flowers slightly as this will give the design depth
Once you are happy with the set up of your design, mark the centre of each design on the fabric using either your chalk or marking pen
Each of the design centre’s are marked on the fabric. I did mark a cross and write “Bird” as you can get a bit confused as to what marking is what, I also marked each centre for each design (1, 2, 3)
I then put vertical lines down each design on the fabric, this helps with each of the hoopings
Hoop the fabric using the marked section for “Flowers_01”
(I often use a very thin pellon under the fabric, hoop both the pellon and fabric then slide under the hoop the stabilizer; I used a medium tear away for this project)
Move the needle position to the correct position on your fabric.
Flowers_01 stitched out
I always like to either tear or cut away the stabilizer before I start on the next design
Tearing away the stabilizer to make it easier to hoop the next design
Hooped and ready to stitch out “Flowers_02”
Flowers_02 all stitched out
Do not forget to tear away the stabilizer
Flowers_03 all ready to be stitched
Flowers_03 all stitched out
At this point I was busy taking photos and forgot one important thing....I did not slide the stabilizer under the hoop.
Putting the machine needle in the exact position for the bird design.
I made a beautiful sewing machine cover for my Janome 1100.
I did go overboard witht these georgeous flowers I purchased some months back, I had been dying to use these flowers. Finally I had the right project to use the flowers.
Close up of the sewing machine cover.
I made this lovely cushion using all the Flowers designs but in totally different colours
I purchased only a very small amount of each fabric so I made up the back of the cushion using all the left over fabric, which turned out quite well
I purchased this bag from “K Mart” while I was in the States a couple of months ago while on sale. Keep an eye out for blank articles to put embroidery on, as they are great for presents.
I stitched out “Blos_01” and then stitched around a satin border and then stitched beside it a decorative stitch.
I stitched out Blos_03 then mirrored Blos_03
I stitched both “Blos_03” on very fine antique cotton from Japan; I used similar colours in the design as the cushion I then used these stunning beads to finish the cushion.
Close up of the intricate work in the design
Stitch “Earth and sky_04” first then re-hoop and stitch “Earth and Sky_03” under the crane using similar coloured thread as the fabric for the side panels
Showing the detail in the design
Close up of detail
I stitched out “Earth and Sky_01” on a black fabric
I purchased a black cane basket from one of those cheap Chinese shops
At the same time while purchasing the black basket I also purchased the canvas board for artists, I stretched and covered the canvas board with the design
This is the other side of the canvas board after I stretched and stapled the design onto the canvas
I stitched out “Earth and sky_03” then mirrored “Earth and Sky_03” and stitched the design again but dropping the hoop down a bit, this gave the jumper a lovely affect. As the jumper is a rather thick pile I thought the design might not work as the satin stitch for the waves is very narrow but it gave the jumper that quilted look, which worked really well
Close up of the design “Earth and sky_03”
This is a beautiful silk dress and the dress lent itself to “Earth and Sky_05 or 07”
Close up of the design.
I stitched “Cloud_01” on one side of the very fine knit and on the side I stitched “Cloud_02” I used water soluble Vilene 2 sheets
“Cloud_02” stitched out
“Cloud_02” stitched out
I stitched on this very thick pile “Cloud_03” which gave a lovely effect on the back of the jacket
Close up of the design “Cloud_03”
I stitched “Peace_01” onto this mustard coloured blouse
I stitched “Peace_01 “out first then re-hooped and stitched “Peace_02” very easy to match up. The scarf was stitched on the finest silk and I used for stabilizer 2 sheets of water solvable Vilene. After stitching the designs on the silk I then soaked the scarf over night in water and washed the scarf by hand.
This is a very delicate design