Fabrications – All in a Row (part two)

For the flower centers, I used a similar Stitch Witchery technique. First, I cut a small square of fabric and Stitch Witchery. I then backed the fabric square with a fusible interfacing.

Stitch Witchery

Second, I painted the Stitch Witchery square with Lumiere Pearl Magenta.

Painted Stitch Witchery

Third, I dropped some metallic threads on top of the fabric square. I then topped it with the painted Stitch Witchery and covered the layers with parchment paper. I pressed them on a wool setting for about 10 seconds.

Metallic Threads

Fused Threads

Using a small circle template, I penciled cutting outlines on the back of the fabric and then cut out the circles.

Marked interfacing

Next, I placed the circles on the background fabric in a somewhat random fashion. The only important thing here was to leave enough room between them for the petals. When I was happy with their positions, I tacked them down with a tiny dab of fabric glue so that they would stay in place as I continued working.

Placement of Center Flowers

The next step was the flower stems. I decided to use green quarter-inch organza ribbon. To get a nice rounded shape, I twisted the ribbon as I couched it down using the Bernina free motion couching foot. (This could be done just as easily with a cording or braiding foot or an open toe foot.)

Couched Organza Ribbon

The flower petals were created with Moda Dea Jai Alai (Bloom) eyelash yarn. I couched the yarn around the center, first working in a loopy motion to form the petals and then taking a final round at the outer edge of the center.

Free Motion Couched Yarn Petals

A free motion couching foot would be necessary to apply the yarn exactly as I did. However, you could achieve very nice petals through bobbin work with perle cotton or another heavy thread or fiber of your choice. To do this, sew a straight stitch around each circle. Wind your bobbin by hand and then prepare your machine for free motion work. Turn your fabric to the wrong side and stitch the petals around the previous sewing lines. (It’s always a good idea to work on a test piece first to make sure your tensions are correct.)

When my flowers were complete, I chose a leaf stitch on my sewing machine and added leaves to the stems. I could have thread painted the leaves, but sometimes I like to use the built-in stitches on my sewing machine simply because they so often go unused!

Machine Stitched Leaves

To complete the piece, I added a yellow glass bead to each flower. Instead of sewing the beads on with the hole to the side, I stitched them with the hole facing up and used a lighter yellow thread. The stitches formed a small “Y” design on the surface of each bead.

Bead Work

I really liked the role that Stitch Witchery played in this project. It performed well both as a fusible and as a paint transfer medium without leaving its own footprint.

Note: I’ve added another colorform file (fjsquare.dst) to the Fem-Gratis box in the sidebar. Enjoy!


Time Treasured



  1. Nancilyn said,

    June 16, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed the petals were made from eyelash yarn! The effect is wonderful. Excellent tutorial. Have you tried playing with used dryer sheets like you would the Stitch Witchery. You’d be limited by size and wouldn’t have the convenience of a fused side, but I’d think the properties would be similar. I made a couple of small flowers with it on my last project, Wheateared Wildflowers.

  2. Katherine said,

    March 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I’m really grooving on this!! I just now realized you did this about two-and-a-half years ago – it’s still just as relevant today. It looks fantastic – and I love your style. I was actually looking for help determining which foot I should buy for my Kenmore, so I can do some free motion and couching. I basically want to do exactly what you did in this piece – along with free motion work. I’m at a loss as to which foot to buy…and my head is spinning with all the choices.

    It was great to read your tutorial and see your piece – awesome job! If you have any opinions about which foot/feet to buy, I’d be really interested in hearing what you have to say. If not, that’s ok – I’ll just continue looking around your glorious blog, drooling over all your phenomenal work. YUM!!


  3. June 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

    That looks like so much fun. I want one of those couching feet!!!

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