|Silver Birch leaf, on a background of free machined sari strips|
Free machining is where you lower the feed-dogs on your machine and then you control the size and direction of the stitch rather than the machine. Like most worthwhile things in life, it just takes practice. The more you do, the better you become.
I'm currently making a quilt with some leaves on it and this is how I've recreated the leaves.
|Silver birch leaves on the scanner|
I scanned in the leaves on the computer and then printed them off and traced the outline and some of the veins of the more interesting ones on tracing paper. I then scanned the tracing in, printed it off on a laser printer and turned it into a thermofax screen.
|Stitch'n'tear leaf, machined over|
|From the front, stitched and trimming back the excess fabric from the applique|
|Finished leaf - stitched round once in very thick thread|
I'm really pleased with the effect of these and am now piecing together the quilt top to add the leaves too as the samples worked so well.
|Only the outline of the leaves were stitched, then the central veins filled in with more machine stitching in different colours and types of thread|
|A different silver birch leaf, totally stitched in in three colours.|