Free Motion Friday and a Giveaway

Hello there.  It's Free Motion Friday again, and this one is a good one... or at least I think it is!

I've been wanting to share this with you for a couple of weeks, but it was a birthday present so I had to wait until the recipient had opened her present before I shared it here just in case she saw it. 

May I present the tiny sewing machine necklace.


I have to say, I absolutely love this.  It's certainly the smallest free motion embroidery I've ever done, and I think it's possibly the cutest. 

I made it a couple of weeks ago for my friend Rae's special birthday.  She co-owns Fabric HQ with her mum and while I knew I wanted to give her something sewing related I knew I couldn't get the owner of a fabric shop actual fabric, or sewing notions.  So I thought laterally and decided to sew her a sewing machine. 

If you follow me on Instagram you may remember seeing this little teaser photo that I posted when I was making it. 

I built it up bit by bit, adding tiny scraps of Liberty print cotton for the thread spool and the fabric being sewn.

I normally stitch in black thread, but that looked too heavy for this tiny piece so I used gold for the machine body and a co-ordinating green on the Liberty scraps. 

I couldn't resist adding a little heart to the machine body. 

The hoop necklace came as a kit from Cloud Craft, they do various sizes and round as well as oval frames.  They come with necklace chains or brooch fastenings or without either if you prefer.  Delivery was really quick and I think a kit on it's own would make a great gift for someone crafty.  I got one last Christmas and loved it.

Because I loved making this so much I've decided to do a giveaway for another one.  Leave a comment below before Friday 14th October telling me what you'd object/image you'd love to see stitched in one of these necklaces - and whether you'd prefer a necklace or brooch.  After 14th October I'll pick one at random and if it's physically possible for me to stitch then I'll make whatever the winner has suggested for them. 

** The giveaway is open to anyone, wherever you are in the world.**

Please remember that these frames are REALLY tiny, this one was 6.2cm x 3.4cm!  You could also choose a 4cm round frame if you prefer. 

If you're not lucky enough to win but you'd still like one, then I'm thinking of making these to sell.  I'll post more about that when I reveal the winner of the giveaway. 


  1. I'd love the sewing machine. I have my Grans beautiful old Singer. Love one in brooch form.

  2. I would love to be in with a chance of winning one of these. but I am in the UK I hope that doesn't ruLe me out. totally beautiful

  3. I love this as a also have a refurbished 1907 Singer - not my Grandmas, but someone's Grandma loved this machine !

  4. Wow Sam I would love to have one just like this but perhaps as a brooch. Beautiful work. You should definitely start selling some.

  5. Amazing, I utterly sucked when I tried this!! I think a cotton reel and needle would be cool. Thanks for the link to the shop too, I've now found somewhere else to spend my money :)

  6. I would love a brooch and the sewing machine is wonderful. I probably lack imagination but maybe a bird or a bat or a toadstool (but these aren't sewing related)?

  7. I'd love a hot air balloon on a brooch.
    The machine looks fab, Love to Try free motion.

  8. I just love your little sewing machine in the oval hoop. It would be wonderful to incorporate a little cloud. Thanks for sharing.
    Capi (@sewcloudy)

  9. I'd love a necklace just the same! But if you fancy a new challenge I also love sloths and I think one with buttons would be really cute!

  10. That is so cute, and I totally love the sewing machine. However, as I'm a librarian I think I'd like a book, or an owl reading a book in a circle as a brooch!

  11. I really love the sewing machine, but as a librarian I'd like a book, or maybe a book reading owl! I think a round brooch would be most practical for that

  12. I would love 1950`s Singer sewing machine that I used as a young girl when I first discovered the joy of sewing. The necklace you made is so charming and cute.


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