The second leaf I crafted was the largest of the four. I began by cutting a circle from a very sheer print (either nylon or polyester) and placing it in my 7″ embroidery hoop. I cut a strip of variegated “Harvest” organza ribbon (1 1/2″ wide), lightly sprayed the back with 505, and positioned it on the sheer background fabric.
Hooped Sheer Fabric
I continued cutting strips of ribbon and placing them in the hoop until the center was completely covered.
Organza Ribbon Strips
Next, I set up my sewing machine for free motion work, dropping the feed dogs and attaching a closed free motion foot. For my top thread, I chose Superior Halo #369. Halo is a thick decorative thread for bobbin or serger work , but it can also be used as an upper thread if you insert a large-eyed needle such as a jeans/denim #100/16, loosen your upper tension, and sew at a slow speed.
Using a simple meandering stitch, I free motion stitched the entire ribbon area.
Superior Halo Thread
Meandering Free Motion Work
This time I transferred the leaf outline to the fabric by tracing around a template with chalk. Contact paper would have worked just as well, but sometimes I like to mix things up a little.
With the same thread and machine settings, I free motion stitched the chalk outline. I made about eight passes in order to build up the thread.
Stitched Leaf Outline
I then cut around the thread outline with my nice sharp craft scissors and finished the edges with a heat tool (see previous post).
Edges Finished with Heat Tool
N. Rene West