Fabrications – Garden Gazing

We put a gazing ball in our garden a few years ago and I would find myself walking around it, looking at it from different angles, and being thoroughly captivated by its image reflections. In spite of the fact that the weather people are telling us to expect snow this weekend, it is nonetheless spring and I’m stitching flower gardens.

For this project, you will need a commercial fabric with garden images or a hand painted fabric with the basic colors and shapes applied to the fabric. This is very easy to do with fabric paint. You might want to do a little sketch first and then paint your garden scene in abstract form. Stabilize your main fabric with a light weight fusible and back it with batting or craft felt. If you use batting, place a piece of light weight stabilizer under it so that the batting doesn’t get caught by the feed dogs. Sandwich these with a light spray of 505.

You will also need about three colors of Angelina “Hot Fix” fibers. I used Blaze Crystalina, Mint Sparkle, and Raspberry. An assortment of cotton embroidery thread will be used to define your flowers and grasses. To appliqué the leaves and embellish the Angelina, you will need some decorative threads, such as Sulky Holoshimmer.

For the main flower, you will need a small piece of satin, some seed beads, and some hand dyed or painted fabric for the leaves. I used hand dyed silk. These will be applied with a fusible backing.

After you stabilize your main fabric, cut a large circle from another coordinating fabric and position it on the surface. This will be your gazing ball. A little of it will show through so choose something appropriate.

Give the back side a light spray with 505 and then quilt it to the surface with a meandering stitch.

Now place your project on your ironing surface and begin pulling out strands of Angelina from each of the colors you chose. Drop them right on top of the gazing ball base fabric. Mix the colors well and make sure you have pulled enough to completely fill the round area.


Place a Teflon sheet or a piece of parchment paper on top of the Angelina and press for 3-4 seconds on a silk/wool setting. Let the area cool and then remove the pressing sheet/parchment paper. Spray a little 505 on the underside to keep the Angelina in place. (Remember, only use sprays in a well ventilated area.)

The basic foundation of the project is now complete. In part two, we will begin stitching the background flowers and grasses using free motion embroidery.


N. Rene West
Time Treasured


  1. Weronica said,

    April 10, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    Ohhh, I love the Garden Gazing! You are so good at embroidery with the machine. It looks just lovely.

  2. Ann said,

    August 8, 2007 at 4:58 am

    Great website, nice tips, thanks for sharing

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