Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Practising Free Motion Stitching

I'm reading Joanne Sharpe's most recent book, The Art of Whimsical Stitching.  She recommends that you first practice free motion stitching with a pen and your sketchbook.  Drawing continuous patterns, without lifting your pen, is a good way to "build muscle memory that will kick in when you move to the sewing machine."  This advice worked for me, but I need to do more.  I found that I enjoyed it too - there was something about not lifting the pen that made it more enjoyable than other doodling.

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