Hoot, hoot hooray. What a fab day!

Last weekend I spent a morning with Sam of Stitched Up By Samantha.  Sam makes wonderful fabric art using free motion embroidery.  I’ve admired her stunning pictures since forever, but this time I got to find out how she does it and to have a go myself with some other like-minded ladies.

I’ve tried free motion embroidery at home before but never had much success.  It is so much better to have an expert on hand to help solve any tricky problems.  Sam is a very patient teacher and first took us through the process of setting up our sewing machines for free motion embroidery.  

If you’ve been sewing for a while, then the hardest part is probably getting to grips with the idea that you can draw, (yes, draw!) with your machine.  It didn’t take long before we were all happily scribbling away on scraps of fabric. 

Then it was on to creating our own mini work of art.  I chose to make a cute little owl and this is how he turned out.  Not bad for a first attempt.

Now I just need to find a frame for my sleepy little fellow. 

I loved doing free motion embroidery.  It is such a lot of fun.  If you would like to try it yourself, Sam holds regular classes at Fabric HQ.