I have always had a love of maps and remember drawing them constantly in school. I also love reading maps and drawing my own every time I visit a new place. Weird to some maybe but I love it! However, despite this keen interest in maps I stumbled across a gorgeous shop on facebook in a certain county in Ireland and thought to myself “where on earth is that”? I know we’re not exactly a gargantuan country but I couldn’t place it. So I off I went to Mr Google to find out and whilst there I remembered a project I had started for my previous blog and thought now is the time to finish it. So off I went in search of the original drawings etc and here is the results, with a bit of the process too.
It all starts with a printed copy of your chosen map, mine of course being Ireland. I got it enlarged onto A3 first (as above) and then I reversed it and traced it. You’ll see why in a minute.
Then I got some bondaweb (love this stuff) and traced each county onto the paper part.
Then I cut each county out and went to my scrap bag and got lots of different fabrics which I ironed the bondaweb onto.
After that I got a background fabric which I traced the outline of the map of Ireland onto and started placing each county in place like a jigsaw before finally ironing and stitching in place using a free motion embroidery foot on the sewing machine.
I’m super happy with how it came out.
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