This is Part Two of the Big Reveal, and this time it’s about the Rainbow Trout I made for my Daddy. I departed from yarny things again, and this time concentrated on sewing with felt…and machine embroidery!
I have no idea where the inspiration for this idea came from. If you have any insights as to an article I could have seen in passing or such like, I would love it if you could let me know what it is! Daddy is a keen fisherman, so I decided this was perfect for him.
I started out hand-sewing the trout with gold thread – however, before very long I realised that this was going to take me a r-e-a-l-l-y long time, and I abandoned ship. This entailed me driving to Tunbridge Wells to buy a set of machine embroidery equipment so I could convert my sewing machine into something magical.
That was the theory, anyway. By the time I had worked out how to actually use the new foot and embroidery hoops, I probably could have hand-sewn the trout. I won’t talk you through this one like I did the last – suffice to say that I caused a royal mess, broke two sewing needles and eventually managed to get a fully stuffed rainbow trout sitting on my desk.
The next challenge I was presented with was how to mount it. I decided to make a mount out of a cardboard box and a whole lot of PVA glue. When I say a lot, I mean about a 200 ml bottle. I covered the whole thing with brown Kraft paper, made a polymer clay sign with “Rainbow Trout” on it and proudly stuck the trout on. With magnets.
I’d made such a mess with the embroidery that I decided I must use glitter glue to cover it up. I used a clear glitter in glue that dries clear (I got it from Hobbycraft, would you ever guess?) and it came out fantastic in my opinion!