As a reader of sewing blogs, it’s hard for me to be inspired by books and magazines anymore. I still look at books and sometimes purchase them, but when I find a one that is fresh and original to me, it’s a real gem. My latest inspiration: Free & Easy Stitch Style by Poppy Treffry. Besides having the coolest name, she has put together a fun and enjoyable read. I personally don’t have a free and easy bone in my body. In fact, I am very much measured, structured and deliberate in everything I do, which makes being free and easy something I need to consciously work at.
Inspired, I decided to try my hand at reproducing Squerryes Court, a beautiful estate in Kent, UK (aka “Hartford” to those of us who saw the 2009 BBC series, “Emma”).
Photo by Bacon Sandwich, creative commons license, some rights reserved.
My first attempt:
I have a feeling if Poppy could see this, she would be appalled at the structure – the straight cuts and right angles. My apologies, Poppy!
2nd attempt – bolder on the thread and drawing the shapes free hand.
Can you guess which one I like better?