I love making paella, I love eating paella and now I love drawing and stitching it! I picked up a travel brochure recently and noticed a lovely little illustration of paella to accompany an article about fresh food and the design was so inspiring I decided to make use of the idea. Firstly I painted a full size (plate!) version in watercolours and black pen and then gathered together some suitable fabrics.
I appliqued the seafood, lemons and prawns with bondaweb, plus the peas and peppers, just using a little machining to emphasise the details and anchor the fabrics. I then infilled all the background with seed stitch, using a standard variegated dmc thread, all six strands. It took a long time, but I do find seed stitch very relaxing, and it perfectly replicated the grains of rice! This project was great fun to do, spontaneous idea that just worked well!