Saturday, 7 May 2011

I want to ride my bicycle!

At some point, most designers/artists/crafters will get a special request for something that pushes them way out of their comfort zone. This happened to me this week when a friend of mine asked for a freestyle stitched piece for her husband - a cycling fanatic!

This was the photo she gave me to work from - I gotta tell you, I wasn't inspired!

But actually, once I'd got started, I quite enjoyed doing it! I drew a rough outline on the fabric first, and despite being very out of practice, it turned out ok!

I'd run out of black thread, so I started with grey -with a bit of silver thread for the chain...

It wasn't bold enough in grey though, so I went over the main parts with some new black thread

And added a few finishing touches, like these steel cog washers...

And of course, a bit of polka dot (I can never resist!!)
Hope he likes it!


  1. Oh that's brilliant!
    If he doesn't like it, I'm sure others would!

    Have a great weekend.

    Sandie xx

  2. Wow how different to your usual, but I like it! I've also been doing a couple of things outside my comfort zone lately, finding it hard as I'm so used to just whizzing off designs I've done over and over! Must be good for us to have a bit of a challenge once in a while though?? Sure he will love it xx

  3. Hey Kirsty, I'm sure he'll love it, it's great and that little cog washer really sets it off.

    I love free motion embroidery, so versatile.

    Claire :}

  4. I am in awe of your cycle design, I love bicycles but drawing them totally does my head in!! It looks great

    Kate x

  5. That's brilliant, I love it! Well done you x

  6. What a wonderful idea and the result is amazing too.
    Glad you sold the cottage with flag on blue driftwood (well, not really as I did love it!), I am sure something else will catch my eye soon. Abby x

  7. Well done - its great
    Julie xxxxxxx

  8. Oh yikes! Well you have certainly risen to the challenge and beyond, it's quite fabulous! The cog is a stroke of genius too!

    Heather x

  9. That's great! I know (at least) one whou would adore it, too!

  10. Fabulous Kirsty! will definitely be loved...
    Susan x

  11. Love the grey/black mix - the shadow effect it gives it a sense of movement even though there's no rider.

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    It said 'Wow'.


  13. love it! it's always great to be pushed out of your comfort zone that's how you learn and grow , fabx

  14. It looks fantastic. The little cog/washer type thingy really finishes it off.