Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Applique revealed.

I'm so excited...la,la. And I just can't hide it...la,la,la,...
Hello my lovelies.
I'm soooo excited, I've been waiting to share this post with you for aaaaages! Ok a couple of days. But it seems like ages.
Remember, I couldn't show you because it was a gift for my dear friend Karen at Milkchurn Cottage. A new home gift as it happens.
I teased you with a sneaky peak of chimneyed roof top.
Well now I can show you aaaaall of it. Hoorah!

I'm a tad pleased with it, can you tell?

Calm, caaaalm... Yes I'm calm now. This is Karens pretty little shop, Milkchurn Cottage. On the left is one of Karens business cards with a lovely line drawing of said shop. On the right is my textile interpretation.


I have wanted to make an applique picture for yonks, but never got around to it. I think sometimes there has to be a reason to do something and so far I've not really had the reason. I really enjoyed making this, and I'm quite proud that I machined most of it without taking the needle out of the fabric. (don't know it that's the right way to do it, but it felt right to me.)

It actually started off as a card, but when it was finished it was too large for my blank cards, and Wonderful Man pointed out, it was too nice to be a card. (praise indeed!) Luckily, after a short forage around I found a new picture frame lurking in the back of the cupboard.
The most awkward part was trying to get it in the picture frame without the obligatory bit of dust or hair getting trapped behind the glass! It took three attempts! I hate framing pictures.
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Now then, I have something to ask you.
Will you all please pop back next time to help me with my new sofa? We have an important decision to make and I need your advice and opinions, if you don't mind?
Good. I was hoping you'd say that.
See you soon.
Fi x


46 comments:

Joanne said...

What a lovely picture and yes it is to good for a card, I love the frame you have found for it. I'm sure your friend will find a grand place to hang it.

Joanne x

Sue said...

The picture is lovely,I've always fancied having a go at machine embroidery/applique but it seems a bit scary to me.

Sue

PS I'm still working on my cushion couple more rows to do then it needs a back.

Mrs Home Sweet Home said...

Awww thats so pretty, i would love to have a go but like you i kinda need a reason, i'm thinking of looking at my birthday list i wonder whos birthday i could make one for!

devonaz said...

That turned out so cute,,,great job..and it is to nice for a card,,

crafty cat corner said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful present. I love applique but have so many other things on the go that it takes a back seat, the fabrics and the machine are all there waiting for me. This has given me the inspiration and urge to get started.
thanks for a lovey blog.
Briony

The Weaver of Grass said...

You clever thing, Fiona - I pass that shop quite regularly and it is a perfect interpretation of it - well done. I shall pop back as you ask - in the meantime keeeeep sewing.

ANGLESEY ALLSORTS said...

Wow! Fantastic! That is little cottage applique is so pretty. I want to have a go now.
Well done you!

Vicky x

Anonymous said...

You should be proud of it! Its adorable, and so detailed! Very nice job.

Joni

wonderwoman said...

its a beautiful picture and your
friend must be chuffed to bits.xx

Sarah said...

OOOOHHHH - I love it and what a gorgeous gift. I really want to have a go at applique now!
x

marigold jam said...

It's lovely and she will adore it I am sure - I know I would.

Jane

Felted House said...

What a lovely combination of colours, textures and stitching, I only venture out in straight lines on my machine so you have my complete admiration for being able to go round and round so well!

Pat said...

I think your picture is wonderful.
What an awesome idea.

Pearly Queen said...
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Pearly Queen said...

Wow!That is just fabulous. I have an embroidery foot I've been meaning to use for years - fancy doing a little tutorial?

alisonb2 said...

That is just beautiful! It is a long time since I did any machine embroidery - a helpful tutorial might get me trying again! Hint, hint!

Serenata said...

Oh that is a lovely picture and just perfect in the frame. How DO you do freehand (?) embroidery on a sewing machien?

I'm afraid I've fallen a bit by the wayside the last few days with the dreaded lurgy, but hope to catch up in a couple of days!

BERTIE x said...

It's beautiful, Karen will be so thrilled. What a good friend you are.
Bertie x

Autumn Mist said...

How utterly beautiful. I wish I lived somewhere pretty, then you could do one for me! (we live in a farmhouse, but I wouldn't call it pretty!)

Heather said...

That's beautiful!

Sal said...

Wow that's fantastic!! I really must have a go at applique!
You must be so thrilled with it! ;-)

Lululiz said...

Brilliant, just brilliant! No wonder you were soooo keen to share it with us. You got it absolutely spot on and it is incredibly charming. Your friend must be so chuffed.

Marg said...

It looks fabulous, now I think I might have to try (again) at some machine applique, as that has inspired me. Can't wait to hear about the sofa.

The Garden Bell said...

WOW... This turned out wonderful. Love the brown stitching. Excellent job. We want more... please....

KC'sCourt! said...

That is lovely. I'm sure the recipient with love it. I think it is absolutely gorgeous

Tracey. said...

Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous and you have every right to feel so proud.
Yes, much too nice for a card, framing it is a lovely idea.

Lyn said...

It's lovely, I agree too good for a card, beautiful framed.
Love
Lyn
xxx

janjan said...

That is soo sweet, she's gonna love it.

Love the piccys of Aysgarth Falls, haven't been there for many many years. Fond memories, not quite sure what of, just a pleasant memory.

twiggypeasticks said...

Ooo very lovely, clever you
twiggy x

Vivienne said...

You do right "to be a tad pleased with it". It's beautiful. Well done! :)

Jennifer said...

Oh, it's gorgeous. What a fantastic job you did, it is a perfect replica. I love the fabric choices as well. What a sweet gift.

lynnie said...

gorgeous as always fi...intrigued about the sofa?? lynniex

Katrina said...

Amazing! Astounding! Fantastic! I just love your interpretation. The little flower pots are my favorite part... unless the door is my favorite part... hrm...

Josette said...

oh, I just love it! She will love it!

Shabby Chick said...

Wow Fi, that's beautiful! I bet your friend is over the moon with it :)

Mel xxx

Lalabibaby said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and entering the giveaway ... Grease ... ahh more memories .... John Travolta has got to be one of the few men who has actually got better as he gets older. Your applique is just gorgeous too and it is such a shame you are so far away I would love to visit that lovely little shop x

Annie said...

What a gorgeous picture, you are so clever. The pots of flowers are so pretty. I bet your friend with love it and treasure it for a long time.
Ann x

Pipany said...

Oh I LOVE it! It is such a beautiful gift for your friend. well done you x

Twiglet said...

A perfect little picture - looks so neat and simple - but we all know its not as easy as it seems! Well done - what an inspiration you are!

MelMel said...

That is so cute!x

del said...

It's absolutely beautiful! I think a frame is perfect for it.

Gerry said...

Lovely, just lovely. Wonderful gift.

Sofa? I think I want a new sofa this year. Perhaps this will inspire me.

Carol said...

That is so lovely, yes, far too good to be just a card, I am sure it will have pride of place on Karen's wall.

A Homely Heroine said...

Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous! I might have to make myself a little cottage too. Makes me think of the village shop in Holiday at Dew Drop Inn. I'm so impressed!

herbiehen said...

You have inspired me to have a go! Thanks, I love your blog

magical said...

such a lovely picture, thankyou for sharing x