I began painting the aspen piece I was stitching in my previous post. See how the pigments get super vibrant after I add water?? Love these @derwentartofficial blocks for painting on fabric. 🔸 Pardon the little tykes set up I’ve got going. My son was asleep in the car so I was staying near to keep an eye on him. And as a work-from-home parent who often has to work while her kids are around, I don’t waste one uninterrupted second. 🔸 I’ll have to show you the finished piece later - I’m off on a Colorado adventure! Going to find some Aspen eyes in real life!✌️ 🔸 About this piece:: secondhand velvet background, overplayed with free motion sewn Aspen trees, painted (in the outdoors right before a thunderstorm hit) using Derwent Inktense blocks.
Revisiting an old pencil sketch to do a time lapse of me #drawingwithmysewingmachine ! Definitely will be adding a little color and depth using my #derwentinktenseblocks , but I’m so excited to show you more of this piece. 🤗
⚡️SEWING TIP:: Topstitching⚡️ 🔸Is your machine stubborn and throws a tantrum when you try to use topstitching thread? Are you stubborn and just want to use the thread you already have?? 😏 Boy, do I have a sewing tip for you! 🔸 It’s as simple as using two spools of your regular thread, threading them through your machine as if they were one, and topstitching as you normally would. This gives you that noticeably beefier topstitching thread look with the supplies you already have! How cool is that?! 🔸YES the two strands of thread go through the eye of the needle together. And YES, you should try stitching on a scrap BEFORE adjusting tension! (A lot of times you won’t even need to!) 🔸 I recently saw another Instagram sewist suggest this tip for jeans topstitching, so it really really works! Talk about being a #sewingrebel 🤘 !! Do you have a project you could try this on? #jordsensewingtips #jordsensewingstudio
🍑This backside is far too beautiful to be hidden away in a frame without someone noticing.🍑 Will be selling this sunset of faces soon. Message me if you’re interested and want to see the front side.
Found these three beauties I did a few months back. Which one’s your favorite?? 🔸 I will be selling these soon, as my plans of releasing small batches of textile art come to fruition. Here’s the kicker:: I will be releasing pieces to my newsletter subscribers first. So if you want to be notified and have first dibs on one of these or one of my embroidered t-shirts, go to my website and sign up! (Blink is in the lio)😏 🔸 These are secondhand sheer fabric that has been free motion sewn by me with one of my illustrations, then stitched onto watercolor paper to give a faux mat look. Each piece is 8”x10”. Also, notice that while each one is based off the same illustration, they are all still very much one of a kind. 🧡
Here’s that piece I showed a time-lapse of a few weeks back. I think I’m going to frame it, once I find the right size frame. 🔸 This piece started as a blind contour sketch of my right hand in my sketchbook. I then multiplied it and free motion stitched it onto this secondhand cotton fabric using my sewing machine. Lastly, I painted it using Derwent Inktense blocks. 🔸One of the best pieces of advice I heard while learning watercolor painting was ‘keep parts of the paper white and use it in your painting.’ That advice really helped watercolor ‘click’ for me and I think some of my favorite parts of this piece are where I used the ‘white parts’ to my advantage. #societyforembroideredwork
Fun news:: I’m planning to release a small batch of shirts for sale soon!!. 🔸 Some are new, some are secondhand, all will have one of my illustrations free motion sewn onto them making them forever one-of-a-kind. 🔸Would this excite you? Would you understand why they may cost more than a plain old tee? It will be very limited sizes/colors/illustrations - sort of like a ‘you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit’ sort of wearable art sale. (Can you tell I have small children??) 🔸I may even open up a few slots for people to send me one of their own shirts to stitch onto to offer more size inclusion and options. 🔸Tell me what you think! And why don’t you go have a nice Thursday, ya hear?! #societyforembroideredwork
#watchmemakeitwednesday 🔸 It amazes me how my work expands (or contracts) to my deadlines. Lately I’ve been giving myself sooner deadlines than necessary on my production sewing orders (where the majority of my income comes from) so I have more time to do creative sewing work (🤑- not so much). 🔸 It’s like I’ve unleashed one extra day per week for experimenting with stitch and paint. This is the start of a slow transition for me which I’ll share more about later - the hardest part was getting started. 🔸 This piece started in my sketchbook as a semi-blind contour sketch of my hand, multiplied and free motion stitched onto fabric, then painted using my #derwentinktense blocks and water. I’m thinking wall-hanging...or should it be framed - what do you think?
⚡️Sewing Tip:: Understitching aka Edgestitching.⚡️ 🔸This technique is used mostly when attaching a lining or facing piece to an outer piece, to prevent the lining/facing peeking out. 🔸First, seam your two pieces together. Flatten the seam, pressing seam allowances toward facing, and stitch just on the facing side of the seam. This topstitches your facing/lining to the seam allowance, effectively preventing it from wanting to peek out. Once you give a final press, there should be no stitching visible from the outside, leaving you with a crisp, clean edge. 🔸This technique can really uplevel your projects and give them a more professional finish. Sometimes additional tacking is needed, but try this and see if it keeps your innards inside! As always, let me know if you have questions. 🔸What do you call it:: understitching, edgestitching, or something else??! #jordsensewingtips #jordsensewingstudio