Patchwork wall canvas – Part 2 – Skipping rope
Revision for newcomers:
It would take several consecutive publications (actually, more than juste several) to show you and explain how to make such a patchwork canvas, combining different embroidered scenes and a patchwork finishing. You will assist my artwork scene by scene and only see the result in the end, just as it happened with me
I started with just an idea of what I wanted to have in the end, but with no specific plans, drawings, sizes. It was somewhere in October 2014. I didn’t have the scenes in my head in advance (except for a few ones that I saw in a French magazine). I didn’t even know the number of scenes I would make. I just picked a theme for them, namely to recreate various moments from the life of a child – playing, being with friends, going to school, reading books, writing homeworks, etc. I drew 2-3 scenes with a pencil on a blank sheet of paper, and then re-created them on the fabric. As the result reflected well my idea, I continued my work more confident. Step by step, I created something beautiful that now decorates one of the walls at home
If you feel like making the same artwork, you only need to follow my steps! You can either print my sketches and reproduce the same scenes, or make your own designs, choosing a theme that inspires you. Your canvas can be of a different size, based on how many scenes you decide to make. Mine makes 120 by 80 cm.
Here is the menu that will host all the steps.
The second scene of the series is that little girl skipping on her rope. The scene is not large, the piece of fabric makes 14 per 17 cm (+ 1 cm hem). You can enlarge it, if you want.
What you need:
- Light-colored linen fabric (mine was light gray). For my artwork, I needed a fabric making 120 cm long and 160 cm wide. For the scene itself, you need a piece of linen of 16 by 18 cm.
- Various fabric cuttings
- Felt in pastel colors for flowers and butterflies
- Threads in the colors of your fabrics and felts.
- This sketch:
Now you only have to follow steps 1 to 6 of the first scene I showed you. However, note that between steps 4 and 5, you need to sew the skipping rope first (by hand). One of its ends lies under the dress of the girl and the other, under her hand. Embroider the handle of the rope as well.
After finishing with the machine sewing part, embroider by hand tufts of grass, green decorative stitches below the scene, the stems of small flowers. As for the butterflies, bird and flowers, I use felt and sew them onto the scene with the embroidery finish (without glueing them or sewing them discreetly).
Make a braid of brown thread (6-7 cm long), tie both ends with pink thread (as if it were a hair elastics). Fold it in half and sew it under the head (in the folded part). Like this you will have two braids. Also sew a small ribbon (I made it from thread) to hide the fold of the braid.
Iron the scene from the back side of the fabric, making a hem of 1 cm.
That was all about this scene. A smile from me!