Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sew Sunday..Fabric ATC Day

Last week I bought several pieces of batik fabric. I LOVE the batik fabrics, because they are so colorful.  Just yummy!
Today I thought I would make a few fabric ATC's using my new fabric. I also wanted to try out my new sewing machine for the first time.
 I haven't figured how everything works yet, as the new sewing machine is very different from my older machine. I guess it would help if I really read the instruction book first, but that would be too easy. Anyone else hate reading directions and like the trial and error method better, like me? :-)
The new machine had lots of fancy embroidery stitches and my old sewing machine doesn't. The stitching is messy on this first batch of ATC's, as I kept changing stitches frequently, and the needle seemed to be jumping around. I also haven't figured out the stitch lengths that I am aiming for. :-(
I probably should have practiced on scrap fabric before tackling a project.
I drew a  little bird pattern and cut out the birds in different fabrics to go with the background fabric they would be matched up with. I then attached the birds onto my fabric backgrounds.
I rubber stamped onto the ATC's with Stazon black ink, but it seemed to have bled somewhat.
 I then glued on silk flowers and jewels for embellishments.
I scanned my finished ATC's  instead of using my digital camera, and  they appear darker than they actually are. I'm also not sure why the pieces all look different in size when they were uploaded to my blog. I clicked on the small photo size. Strange.
Well, that's my creative spurt for the day. Hopefully my next fabric project using the decorative stitches will be better. I sure hope so. Leave a comment..as I am going to mail out these 7 fabric atc's as RAK's.

9 comments:

WendyP said...

love your fabric ATCs Elaine - they inspire me to have a go at making some myself !!

Diann said...

Elaine, I sometimes wish I could sew, but then say no, but seeing your lovely ATCs make me wish I could. I love those birdies! Great job! Diann

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Your ATCs are WONDERFUL Elaine!!

and YES...I hate reading directions LOL

Sherri Auld said...

Elaine, they are lovely. They brought a smile to my face when I badly needed one. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Dawn said...

If these are what you refer to as not so perfect, what do you consider perfect. You can hardly tell the Staz-on bled. The colors are great and the birds are just too stinking cute.
They are all great and even the stitching looks as if you were having fun. Nice job!

Shirley said...

Elaine...I love these...glad I came for a look see....shirley

Carol's Crafts said...

Mismatched or not, I think they are all pretty. Heck, I wouldn't even know how to thread a sewing machine, so I think they look great.

Chris said...

Love these. They are all beautiful and creative. Love your mermaid.

Nancy B said...

What pretty birdies and the mermaid is lovely too!