'Josephine the Jellyfish'
Is she not the cutest little pudgy jellyfish in the ocean? She always wears a pretty pink polka dot bow in her hair :-)
Josephine is part 1 of my 2010 project - 'Under the Sea' - which will be available for you to download for free. If you enjoyed 'Verandah Views' I think you're going to like this one too!
Each of the nine blocks measures 7.5" x 5.5" (40cm or 16" should be more than enough fabric for all 9 designs) and I'll give you a few different options for putting them together but that's right at the end. The final plan will be simple I promise... I just haven't decided on that myself yet!!
In the meantime, you'll need about 40cm or 16" of background fabric. I used a linen look in a pale blue which represents the sea
I enhanced my Josephine and friends with a colour shading technique using Derwent Watercolour (my personal preference) colouring pencils. They're available from most art supply stores and also some chain stores. You can read about Derwent Pencils here and use your search engine to locate an online supplier
The process I use is simple, I'll take you through the steps...
Colour shading can be completed before OR after the stitching but you'll need to experiment to determine what suits you best. Colouring before stitching can result in too much colour so take care, don't be too heavy handed! I like to colour before I stitch, however I usually only add gentle shading. If the area requires more colour, I add it after the stitching is complete
Trace the design onto your fabric, I'll wait... yawn....
Select pencil colours that suit the design and your thread colours - eg. forest green for the seaweed, dark pink for the bow (you can use red with a light touch), mid blue for the fish etc...
Starting in one corner make a few single strokes, lifting the pressure as you go... almost with a 'flick' at the end of the stroke - the heavier you press, the darker the colour will be. Use the pointy end to get into the corners and the side of the pencil to smudge a bit
Build up colour by going over the same area a few times. The Derwent Watercolour pencils have a soft lead and that makes it easy to control the depth of colour to where it disappears to no colour
If it's a larger area, try using a gentle circular motion holding the pencil on an angle
Cross hatching builds up colour but can create a 'stripey' look, we don't want that so you'll need to practice that one :-)
The pretty orange plants are a single line so I 'smudged' the colour using a circular motion. You can do this with Josephine's very well manicured tentacles and the bubbles too... use a pale mauvey/blue colour and then a bit of rusty/brown for the rocky seabed
It looks bold but you'll be surprised at how much of the colour disappears when you start stitching. Don't colour the whole area, it will look more realistic if you can show the direction of the light source... in this case it's from the front
If you like to use a stabiliser on the back of your stitcheries (I do), iron it on after you've completed the colour shading or the glue dots will stand out
And if the item is to be laundered, you'll need to paint the coloured area with a textile medium. I use Jo Sonjas and if it's too gooey, I water it down but make sure the brush isn't overloaded with the liquid. It can discolour your stitching fabric so take care to only paint the area that's been coloured
Are you happy with your trial? Yay!! Lets get going on the real thing... :-)
You will find the file (in pdf format) by clicking on the link in my sidebar under the Verandah Views heading... I haven't worked out how to get rid of that yet... it's so last year.... or you can just click here... Oh I just worked it out.... simple really, don't know what all the fuss was about... It's now called 'free downloads and other stuff'
This is my gift to you and is protected by copyright so please honour my rights as a designer and enjoy it for your personal use only. I'm always available by email if you have any questions! And please let me know if the gremlins have been playing and things just don't seem right....
So, 'Enjoy the Views' doesn't fit anymore therefore we'll need a new sign off for 2010... what shall it be? Any ideas?
I forgot to ask if you like Mango and Ginger Chutney.... do you? If you yelled out 'yes!!!' have a look here