Floral applique artwork, foxglove applique,

Giving it a Go – No. 1

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last couple of weeks and when I am in this mood, I fall into the bad habit of looking at Pinterest too much.  Now don’t get me wrong, Pinterest is fantastic!  There is so much to see and be inspired by, but sometimes it encourages the green eyed monster to come out and the green eyed monster has definitely been out recently.

You can definitely turn a negative into a positive though and that’s what I’ve been busy doing this past weekend.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that amongst the mountain of interior pins, I also pin quite a collection of art and craft pins.  I save these pins, in the hope that one day I will get to have a go at making some of these beautiful things.  So trying some of these crafts is what I decided to do to get myself out of my funk – a little less looking and admiring and a little more doing!

A while back, I pinned an applique picture of a fox glove that I absolutely love and I thought I would give it a go.  I could tell from the picture that it was done on some kind of artists paper, using scraps of fabric and top stitching thread.  I had all of those, so it was all systems go!

Applique inspiration.

Now, I am no expert on this so I don’t really know whether I did it the best way – I was just giving it a go!  I decided to start with a sketch.  Then I stitched the stem in place.  Once this was anchored down, I started building up the layers of the petals.  I held these in place with a single dot of fabric glue.

Applique Artwork

Applique Artwork

Once the layers were all in place, I ran around the borders with my machine using my free motion embroidery foot and some top stitching thread.  Lastly, I went around and roughed up the edges a little with my quick unpick.

Applique Artwork

Applique Artwork

When I’d finished I stood back and was amazed by how credible it looked as a piece of artwork.  Not bad for a first attempt!  I was keen to put it up on view, so I popped it into an old wooden frame I got years ago from a junk shop in Hastings.

Applique Artwork

Applique Artwork

Applique Artwork

I am so pleased that I forced myself off the computer and into some creative action.  I definitely have more plans to have a go at some of the other creative things that have caught my eye over the past few years.


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6 Comments

    1. Thanks Shelley, I am so tempted to do more…I found it very relaxing! I have a huge bag of scraps so I could definitely do a collection 😉

  1. What a beautiful piece of art! I’ve been following your blog a little while now and I wanted to say I love your style! It’s great inspiration for doing up my own home. Like you, I sometimes spend too much time on Pinterest getting inspiration for the next project, but it’s often the lack of time to do anything that gets me into a funk. When my little ones are a bit older I will have some time to get things done, so I must try not to wish their little years away for the sake of a Pinterest project. It will still be there when i’m ready.

    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for your lovely comment. Getting things done when Timothy was really little was basically impossible…everything was broken up into nap time job sizes. We used to walk to B&Q pulling a pull-a-long snappy crocodile. It took such a long time to get there, especially after it had rained because the crocodile had to paddle in all the puddles. Good luck with your decorating…I definitely think you have your priorities right – family first, Pinterest second 😉

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