The beginning of a new hobby?

I began sewing along time ago with cross stitch and over the years have self taught myself to embroider using different techniques – beads, ribbon, black work, stump work and drawn thread work to name a few – and also conquered using a sewing machine to quilt, patchwork and make a dress or two. I recently discovered a brilliant creative magazine called Be Creative with Workbox. I have always loved learning new crafts and sell some of my makes now and then, but never had the nerve to try free style embroidery on my sewing machine. Crazy considering my love of sewing, crafting and using sewing machines!

Richard Box has an article in the latest edition of  Be Creative with Workbox  and takes you step by step – see here http://www.creativewithworkbox.com, to make your own textile art Poppies picture. I have to say I am hooked! Why did I wait so long? I love the fact I get to combine machine and hand sewing in such a free way. Don’t get me wrong, I will continue to dress make and embroider boxes using lots of different media to produce 3D pieces but free style textile art has definitely found away to draw me in.

Now how do I fit my new hobby in with my existing hobbies, cocktails at my favourite bar, work, kids, a husband, a cat and a dog? At least my fabric stash may decrease a little!

Step one - first material pieces
Step one – first material pieces
Step two - second material
Step two – second material
Step three - Background materials
Step three – Background materials
Step 4-5 - machine stitched over the materials and beginning to add hand stitching
Step 4-5 – machine stitched over the materials and beginning to add hand stitching

Here is my project step by step so far. What do you think? I will post the finished article soon – hopefully…….

If you would like a look at what else I make please visit https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewingNikki .