I read somewhere, Alabama Chanin style stitching can be addictive. It is indeed, quite soothing and meditative. Something I can do when I’m too tired to cut out or machine sew.
The design is loosely based on the Anna’s garden stencil from this book:
I used a very low tech stencil – a A4 photocopy, that I then traced with tailors chalk or a disappearing fabric pen and moved it around as I went, somewhat randomly.
I’ve washed this top a few times now (in a lingerie bag) in the washing machine and it holds up brilliantly, which is amazing, given it’s all hand sewn and has lots of raw edges.
I added beading to the neck and hem. Now that’s even more addictive than the reverse applique.
More details on the early stages of this and my minimalist equipment here.
It started as some portable sewing to take on holidays and has become a new obsession and something I can do when too tired for machine sewing, tracing or cutting. Do you have a sewing activity you turn to when tired?
Oh and I’ve started a new project, with lots and lots of beading ☺