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Slushy Challenge!


  08:47:00 pm, by Airycat   , 507 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery

Slushy Challenge!

Cloth ? Paper ? Scissors had a photo that caught my eye when I liked them on Facebook.  It's from the Photo Friday Challenges on edtor Jenn Mason's Blog: Outside the Box.

When I first saw it, I thought of stitching the tire tracks.

Here's what I actually did.

First I put it into GIMP to see if I could make a pattern. I made four variations, but ended up not using any of them. I pasted each of them into my studio workbook and added a copy of  the original in two sizes on top as fold outs.



On the opposite page I pasted my original notes and several possible materials. Hmmm... I didn't put the threads there... oh well.  I also traced a basic pattern of the image.

I ended up using three of the fabrics: a dark navy fleece, white batting and cream craft felt. As it turned out, I could have used any color felt.

First I used the embellisher to connect the batting (snow) to the fleece (road).


This made a nice loose connection, but I noticed that the blue was not coming through the white, nor the white through the back. This is when I decided to add the felt to the back.

Next I chalked the tire tracks on the back of the pattern and pressed it onto the top, embossing it with my scissor handles.

Lesson learned: pink chalk doesn't always brush out completely. Use colors that harmonize better in the future. Blue would have been OK.

Three layers plus pattern.


Next, I took it back to the embellisher.  The needles flattened the batting the way I wanted, but the fleece still didn't come back through the top. It did go through the bottom, so I flipped it over and went over the same places. Voilà! I got my track marks.


Then I chose my threads: a crinkley beige & white wool (knitting yarn), white acrylic 4-ply,  black in perle 8, white in perle 5 and 12.

With the wool, I used loose, sloppy back, stem, and random stitches. This is slush, after all. With the acrylic, I added loose French knots. With both of these threads I sometimes went  back only through the top layer so the thread showed through and raised the batting layer. I used the perle to create the footprints. Then I added some more of the "slush."

I took a piece of tapestry fabric that I have lots of and machine stitched it, right sides together, on three sides. Using some crochet thread, I slipstitched the bottom closed and took the thread through the back catching it to the front randomly, so that the back was not loose.

The completed needlework:



It's not an exact replica of the photo, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Things learned:

  • Use the right chalk
  • CUT FABRIC LARGER  than desired final size
  • Experiment BEFORE starting project. There are some interesting things I might have done, but they wouldn't work after I'd already started. On the plus side, even experimenting late gives me something to try/use in a future project


Comment from: Ann [Visitor]

I love this piece and it’s so interesting to see how you made it.

01/13/13 @ 08:17
Comment from: margaret [Visitor]  


love what you have done here Faith and thank you for sharing how you have done it.Is there a way to become a follower of your blog so that wehn you post something I get it up on my blogger?
Left a message re lutrador on SF hope it helps.

01/13/13 @ 23:56
Comment from: Isabelle [Visitor]

it is a very interesting experimentation !

01/15/13 @ 04:02
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