New Colouring Pages from Chocolate Baroque

Good evening. The new set of colouring pages from Chocolate Baroque are simply gorgeous. They take watercolours, pencils or alcohol inks beautifully. I used Chameleon alcohol markers to colour mine.

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A4 colouring sheet – Chameleon alcohol pen colours: PK3 with BG3 colour top, BG3, PK5, YO2, VO4 with PK5 colour top, BL4 with PK3 top, PK5 with PK3 top, BG1 with YO2 top. Finished with glaze pen (Sakura) on bird dot details, and overlaid the birds with clear water base sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir Sparkle Overlay). The image was cut out, mounted on black card and glued to thick board (suitable for framing).

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A5 colouring sheet – Chameleon alcohol pen colours: PK3, BG4, VO4, BG3 with PK4 colour top, VO2, YO2, BG4 with PK5 top, BV2, BV2 with PK5 top, BG3 with BV2 top. Finished with metallic and glitter pen highlights (Sakura and Pentel). I edged the image with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, mounted onto mirror and black card. Then glued to mount board (suitable for framing).

 

 

 

They are featuring on the Hochanda shows at the moment (Freeview Channel 85 or watch online live or on catch up via their website) – more shows tomorrow at 9am, 1 and 5pm.

Anne xxx.

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Free Machine Embroidery Experiments using colouring pages from Chocolate Baroque

If you love colouring there is a wonderful colouring page kit available from Chocolate Baroque. These are great for making finished pieces for framing or simply to have fun colouring. The kits also contain a colour wheel and tips for colour mixing too. The kit is limited edition (so when they sell out they are gone) and was created using gorgeous hand drawn images from Sue Page. There are 7 fabulous designs (2 copies of each) plus a couple of practice pages to test out colouring methods etc.

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This is one of the pages that I coloured with alcohol ink pens plus a bit of sparkle pen. The paper is super smooth and a lovely quality and the images a joy to colour.

I thought that the designs would be perfect for embroidery. I first checked the copyright policy on using these designs and provided that the images are not scanned or photocopied we are permitted to physically hand trace them onto fabric. I therefore kept my second image as a template for tracing.

I found that the best method for tracing onto my fabric was using a light box and a soft pencil. I chose a small motif to try out my experiments.

I first did an experiment on a scrap piece of fabric and tried to follow the drawn outlines using free machine embroidery. This is where the sewing machine feed dogs are disengaged and the fabric is moved and guided under the needle by hand. This method also requires a special free machine embroidery or darning foot. Generally the machine is run fairly fast with this technique and the rate at which you move the fabric beneath the stitching needle determines the length of stitches achieved (i.e. slowly moving the fabric beneath the needle gives small close together stitches, fast movements provides longer stitches).

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Well what a disaster! I admit that I am a little out of practice with free machining but I didn’t expect the results to be this bad – tee hee.

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My darning foot has a clear acrylic end but I really could not see the outlines of the design well enough to stay on track at all while stitching. Eeek! There are other types of darning foot available, thin metal circular ends or ones where the front is open or cut away. However, for my high shank machine they are all pretty expensive at around £30 (there are more options for standard shank machines and they can be obtained fairly cheaply via China through EBay).

I really didn’t want to spend out a lot of pennies on something that I wouldn’t be sure would work for me until I actually got it home to try. My ideal would be no foot getting in the way at all so that I would have a complete clear view of the needle. I tried stitching with the foot removed (NB. Even with no actual foot in place the presser foot mechanism must be lowered in order to engage the tension discs on the needle thread). This was perfect for aligning my stitching along the design but caused bad stitch quality and skipped stitches. While operating the fabric bounced around too much (even though in an embroidery hoop) as there was no foot to hold the fabric while the needle pushed through and pulled out of the layers.

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I then investigated further and found that there is such a thing as a free machine spring needle that can be used without a foot. These are not all that cheap either (£5), considering that like any needle they do wear out with use. However, it was a much cheaper option for me and gave perfect vision of my stitching outlines while working. It should last me a while too if I keep it just for projects that need detailed and accurate stitching.

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I chose 2 layers of hand dyed cotton fabric with a layer of thin polyester wadding between (to give a little quilting texture). I used a small spring hoop to hold it all in place and stabilise my fabric layers. I chose a variegated embroidery thread for stitching and I was delighted with the results. Yay!

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I didn’t really have a plan of what I was going to make but decided to turn it into a small padded pouch for my mobile phone.

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Finally I decided to add a little colouring to the quilted design. I used Inktense pencils to add shading and then dragged out the colour using a damp brush (this makes the pigment permanent).

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I learned a lot making this project and I love my little phone pouch. I have written a bit of an essay but I hope this helps anyone else trying out some free machine embroidery x.

New colouring pages and stamps launching on Hochanda today from Chocolate Baroque

Woohoo – new colouring pages from Chocolate Baroque featuring on Hochanda today (shows at 6 and 8pm) plus tomorrow (shows 9am, 1pm and 5pm). There is also a bumper kit containing all the new stamps too. Watch on Freeview Channel 85 or via the Hochanda.com website (live or on catch up if you miss a show). Cannot wait to see all the wonderful samples from my fellow Teamies and FAB demos from Lesley Wharton – always inspiring. The new Baroque floral stamps are fabulous too. I will share more of my projects soon.

These are my colouring pages coloured with alcohol ink pens plus a bit of sparkle pen and glaze pen to enhance. These are great for making finished pieces for framing or simply to have fun colouring. The kits also contain a colour wheel and tips for mixing colours and colouring too.

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