Tuesday, October 11, 2011


For those of you who are relatively new to my world, I have been thread sketching for a number of years. I love these little works of art and enjoy the whole process of preparing, stitching and then making something from the work.

Lately I've found I've been making less and less using this technique but I'm always itching to make up a new design to try out. I guess that making the baby items for my market stall seem to take up most of my sewing time and being for babies, I don't use raw edge applique for obvious reasons.

After the last market on the weekend I realised there are more and more people doing what I do in our local market community (I used to be the only selling these products down here). I'm not saying this is deliberate as some of my designs are from patterns but most are from my own designs. I realise I don't have the right to stop others from making whatever they want and if they see my work around the traps and decide to make and sell their version, well all I can do is keep changing and evolving and coming up with other ideas.

A fellow stall holder makes some similar things to me (Hi Rebecca!!) Her style is different to mine and her work is just gorgeous, I think we actually compliment each other and we have similar tastes in fabrics also.

So I'm getting back to what I love doing, designing, using raw edge applique and thread sketching as well as some children's products, but not as many.
I had so much fun designing these combi vans last night. I'm a huge combi lover!!!!!

Once again for those who are newer to my blog, here are some previous works I've made to sell and swap using this technique.
Thanks for listening to my little rant. Onwards and Upwards I say.


  1. I have enjoyed seeing your different projects. They have such a fresh look and I like the vibrant colour. Sometimes it is good to go back to what you enjoy rather than what you have to do.

  2. I really like your birds and flowers.

  3. I love the Combis, very cool, but my fav is the birds.

    Sue are you familiar with Caroline Sharkey's work? I was lucky enough to attend a one of her workshops several years ago, just amazing.

  4. I have no idea how to do thread sketching, but it's fantastic!!! I want to learn it!!! ;)

    You inspire me... :)

    ciao ciao

  5. Hi Sue - ( Hello Sue )

    Love love love them all, at first I thought you had painted the combi after doing the thread sketch but on closer inspection I see it is fabric - wow. I have Alissa Burkes book Sew Wild which is a lot of paint and stitch which I am trying out.


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