Nearly Finished! Obstacle Course for Fish

Added a few bits of wool roving under the tulle then machine embroidered. Not sure whether I will frame it or put a binding on and make a wall hanging.

Liz Butcher's underwater textile painting with fish

Finished free-machine embroidery

This last addition came from out of the blue! (excuse the pun). I didn’t like the net dulling over the colours so I burnt it off with a heat gun. this didn’t damage the underneath part because the net is nylon and the rest is cotton. However, the burn off looked messy so I found some orange nylon organza and stitched over that onto my picture. Then I burnt this as well.

The result – it’s stuffed!!  Who wants to look at a picture of foul sea water obscuring the scene?

Maybe I’ll start drawing again.

BTW, I accidently hit the like button – I’m not really that vain.

Liz Butcher's underwater textile scene

Our decaying system


Christmas Present Sewing

Thought I would get a jump on making a few Christmas presents this year, but the time is approaching fast and I have only made three items. This one is about A4 size and will be titled, Obstacle Course For Fish. Not very inspiring, I know, but only had 30 secs to think of it.

I used fusible web to attach the pieces – no overlapping required, hence no turned under seams – then put fine white tulle over the top and now I will jazz it up with free-machine embroidery.  Here’s hoping I don’t overdo it (my usual style).

Stay tuned for the next stage.

Underwater play

Finished fusing fabric to background



Sea Greens

Fine tulle over top



Fish Playground

Close-up image of tulle over fabric - it dulls the colours a little but not too much