Fabrications – Garden Gazing (part three)

With the free motion embroidery of flowers and leaves now complete, we turn back to the Angelina gazing ball, which is the final stage of this project.

First, iron your leaf fabric to a fusible such as Heatn’Bond or Steam-A-Seam. Cut about six free form leaves and position them around the Angelina. Using a Teflon pressing sheet (or parchment paper), press according to the manufacturers directions.


Set up your sewing machine for free motion embroidery, making sure the feed dogs are lowered. Using a decorative thread, free motion quilt around all the leaf appliqués. I used Sulky Holoshimmer.

When using decorative threads, it’s usually necessary to loosen the upper tension. With Holoshimmer, I set the tension at 1.5 and use an embroidery needle.

When you complete the leaves, rethread your machine with another color of decorative thread and free motion quilt the Angelina between the leaves with whatever motif you like.

To make the flower center, cut a circle from a piece of satin about double the size you want your finished center. Free motion stitch large circles. The fabric will naturally pucker.

Next, baste around the outer circumference of the satin and then pull the thread ends so that the circle gathers in on itself.

Turn to the right side and attach to your flower center with seed beads. You may like to dab a tiny amount of fabric glue on the wrong side to keep the center in place as you bead.

Your project is now complete! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.


N. Rene West
Time Treasured



  1. Micki said,

    April 8, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Thank you again for another wonderful tutorial. I especially like how you showed the thread painting. Have a Happy Easter.

  2. Waltraud said,

    April 8, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    I´ve just discovered your blog, you´ve made such beautiful art!

  3. pixie said,

    April 8, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Hello I stumbled by via the Artquilters web ring, and I love your tutorials and your wonderful pictures. thanks. I’ll be the New Zealander you notice that keeps coming back!

  4. MargaretR said,

    April 9, 2007 at 10:35 am

    You are a continuous inspiration. Thanks for sharing your lovely work and ideas.

  5. fembellish said,

    April 11, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    You are all so kind. Thank you for the gracious and encouraging comments.

  6. Bina said,

    May 22, 2007 at 8:08 am

    First of all it’s really lovely and unique, I actually have a technical question, I was wondering if the free motion foot or tailor foot are attachments you can put on a normal sewing machine or are they for embroidery machines? I have a Janome computerized machine but I dont believe there is a free form option. Just wondering what you use.

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