Sunday, 22 June 2014

Beside the Sea

My favourite projects are those that evolve while I am working on them.
This is one of them.

I am rather fond of seagulls (I know I'm in the minority!) and wanted to do a machine embroidery incorporating a seagull. 
It started out just as a seagull on a patchwork background
that I was going to put in a frame. 
But then I thought it needed a bit of texture so I added the crochet lace.
It looked a bit bare on the right hand side so I added some beach huts
and because everything looks better with buttons on (in my opinion) I added some buttons, it still seemed to be lacking something so I sewed the red running stitch, and then because I had some embroidery floss still in the needle, I added the X's!
After adding all that texture it seemed a shame to put the picture behind glass so I changed it into a wall hanging.
I rather like it, it seems just right for the current weather conditions 
 Mr B and myself have a week off work so I'm getting into the holiday mood!

Hope you are all enjoying sunshine wherever you are.
Thanks for visiting


  1. We love seagulls and have been feeding two for years, we know they are the same two as the female has a bent leg, thus we call them Sid and Floppy.
    Sadly we are going to have to stop feeding them soon as the house next door is being sold and the new neighbours may not like us throwing out the food, the present one is like us and loves them.
    Love the wall hanging.

  2. Your stitching looks fabulous and definitely suiting the lovely weather we are having in the UK at the moment. Enjoy your week off.

  3. Hello Suzanne,
    I'm happy you like the photos of my sunflowers. Right now, I'm loving my garden. All is good so far. : )
    I am really enjoying your embroidery work. So much personal touch, love it. I think it is a great way to use up those left over fabric, lace and buttons. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Have a good day and week ahead.
    Bobbie Lynn

  4. You truely are artist with your sewing machine.Your bird embroidery is well executed x

  5. This is gorgeous! And I love how you've detailed its evolution - thanks for that, it's inspiring to know something this lovely doesn't always have a grand plan behind it! Chrissie x

  6. Beautiful!! I love all the little touches that you added, very summery indeed. Hope that you have a great time away. xx

  7. I enjoy watching a bright white seagull against a brilliant blue sky. We have a few resident seagulls in my neighbourhood, and they just soar around all day long (I live beside Lk Ontario). I love your little wall hanging, and I think you've added lots of interesting details that really add to your seagull ... a nice seaside holiday wall hanging :) Wendy x

  8. I am really impressed with your free motion embroidery. The seagull looks wonderful and the beach huts are really cute. Love the detail on the back.
    Ali xx

  9. It's really lovely. And I love seagulls. Their sound reminds me of home, I just have to hear that distinctive noise and I'm happy. x


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