More stuffing please…

I have made a little (and I mean a little) progress on my beetle brooch. I drew two pictures of a stylized beetle onto cotton poplin, backed by calico and popped these into an embroidery hoop. I then tried two ways of stuffing the image.

I covered one image in muslin and stitched over the lines of the drawing, leaving a gap at the bottom of the abdomen. I then stuffed this and created striations along the abdomen by stitching down into the stuffing. This method was reasonable quick to complete – but you need to be careful when stuffing as the muslin is easy to tear. I am not quite sure what I will do with the head section yet.

For the second beetle I used the more traditional felt stuffed method. I have yet to add further padding to create the ridges over the body. But not yet sure about this as I might embroider two wings and attach these over the body.

Both methods were reasonably quick, but as you can see I have left the more difficult head shape for later. I will also need to think about how to attach six legs!

About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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4 Responses to More stuffing please…

  1. Catherine says:

    I think I’d be tempted to go with the felt method because of the fabric tearing problem. Interesting watching you develop this!

  2. Dima says:

    I think I prefer the felt. It gives a nice padding.

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