Some time ago I participated in a swap themed "Alice in Wonderland".
Of course I needed to join, loving the book as well as the many films - my nickname isn't chosen accidentally!
After knowing that my package arrived at it's destination and that my partner liked what she got (yay me!), I put together a small (very small. tiny!) tutorial on free motion embroidery, which was used for my main item, namely a wristlet (Yes, I DO have a deep affection towards wristlets lately!).
I started with the zipper already sewn to lining and outside fabric.
Outside fabric was interlined with a fusible and additionally tear-away stabilizer underneath the embroidery area.
Then I sketched the outlines of my motif (the white rabbit) to another sheet of tear-away stabilizer (a scrap from some machine embroiery done lately) and pinned it in place on the wristlet.
Hint: Don't get lost in details! You can add details later, for now all we want is a simple, basic shape to work from.
*** Save time and tears: Be sure to test thread tension before every of the following steps on some scraps before you work on the actual piece! ***
Using the free motion quilting foot of my machine and some embroidery thread, I outlined the motif the first time.
Oh, you don't have to care about uneven stitches - it's part of the fun! ;)
Tear away the stabilizer on top of your fabric. You'll now have a simple outline embroidery to work with.
You may now use any stitch that comes to your mind - I mainly used zigzag and straight stitch to add color and pattern to the rabbits clothes and to add some shaddow here and there.
*** If you use zigzag or some fancy stitch, be sure to check stitch width before you start to sew - you don't want your needle to hit the foot, break and hurt your eye. Take that from a woman who wears glasses! ***
When I was satisfied with the result, I outlined the white shapes two times more, so the "fur" and the color would pop out a bit more (view detail)
Personally, I went for that kind-of-transparent look, but you may fill it out completely or use more colors, add more details... the options are endless.
This is one of my first experiments on this technique and I'm happy with the results.
I think this is a very nice technique, and I surely will try out some more when I run across a project that requires some embellishment.
For now I wish you a happy weekend and lots of fun trying something new - ANYTHING new!