Friday, 5 December 2014

And now for something completely different!!

As I seem to be totally mojoless with regards my beloved paints,inks and stamps I have been trying something completely different. With my recent outing that I involved my sewing machine I decided to explore how I could create my art using my sewing machine. So I thought I would share with you my first outing trying to draw with my sewing machine. Whilst it has learner flaws and I have learnt what not to do next time, I am quite pleased with it, and it has given me a starting point to develop this art form further.
This whole project started with a rubber stamp from one of my favourite stamp company Carabelle studio and this is "Visage Helena"
I stamped it out and scanned it into my PC enlarged it to A4 and printed it out.
I then traced it with a fabric tracing pencil and then transfered the image to stitch and tear.
I then laid the stitch and tear over my calico fabric and them followed the lines of the image with my sewing machine.
I then wanted to add some colour and added that using roving yarn and a felting tool. I was a bit limited for colour choice (need to buy some more colours) but as this was only a practice piece didn't think it really mattered but I quite like the colours I've used in the end, as I am always a sucker for pink. This has created so much texture for the hair and has made it very tactile.
I have then sewn in the words.
Well this was a great learning curve for me and I have leant a lot from it, if only what not to do.....
I would like to enter this into the latest challenge at
Thats Crafty where the theme is "All about Face"
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X


  1. Amanda,I'm being totally honest here....I LOVE IT. The details are amazing,I could never do this,way too complicated for me! I love the image,this would make a really funky scatter cushion cover or an IPad cover. It's wonderful and it's different too,that's what art is all about.

    Just had a about a fabric journal? Now that would be fun :)

    Big sewing hugs
    Donna xxxx

  2. Love the Carabelle image, looks amazing enlarged. Your experiment is full of promise and fun, glad you shared and will look forward to more posts like this in the future.

    Enjoy your weekend:-) xxx

  3. How on earth did you managed this on a seeing machine?? This is fantastic! I had no idea until I read this post! I am in awe! AMAZING!!! Xx

  4. How inventive to use your sawing machine to make this creation Amand...great looks!
    greetings, Alie :-)

  5. Wow fantastic! Beautiful work with sewing and quite a procedure it seems. Have a great weeekend, Shirleyxx

  6. Wow cool, love it!
    Groetjes Karin

  7. Wow,a stunning project and using a sewing machine AWESOME.
    Yvonne x

  8. I wish my sewing machine and I could do that - what a pitty that we are more in a state of war :)
    Fab art piece

  9. Wow, Amanda, I am seeing a whole new side of you, and I like it! Amazing work here, my friend!

  10. There's just no stopping your creativity, Amanda - this is a glorious step to the side while the inks aren't in full flow. What a wonderful woman she is - and you are!
    Alison xx

  11. Wow! Gorgeous! Loving your experimental path! Who know where this will lead xx


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