Saturday, August 1, 2009

Something quick

I decided that since I'm working on about 10 things at once I might as well start on something else. (It's a crafter's logic, right?) Anyway, I wanted to make something really quick so that I could at least have a since of accomplishment.

I got this email with this cute little pattern for free from Bird Brain Designs. I have some little frames and wanted to use one for this pattern so I shrunk it down on the copier.

Then, my troubles started.

I didn't want to use plain old white again so I decided on this scrap from an old (and torn up) apron that I had bought ages ago just for stitcheries.

First I tried tracing it. It was really hard to see through the fabric so that didn't work out at all.

I moved on to carbon paper designed especially for this type of thing. I still couldn't see it well enough to be able to stitch it. The transfer was just too light.

I finally decided to go with an iron on transfer pen. But, of course, I don't have any and they don't sell any at Hobby Lobby in my town which is really all I have local available. *sigh* I got online and found someone on ebay that had one in red and one in blue so I bought them both. Then I had to wait for them to arrive.

Wait....check the mail.....wait some more.

They finally arrived and I rushed into the sewing room, oops, I mean STUDIO, to give them a try. I traced the pattern from the back and then ironed it onto a new piece of the same fabric. It worked perfectly!! Woohoo!

That night I sat down in bed to stitch while I watched t.v., so excited to finally be able to work on my quick little project. (It had only been about a week since I had first started it.) I put my fabric in the hoop, got my needle threaded, and when I went to stick the needle through for the first stitch I noticed a hole right in the middle of the design. (Oh God! Please don't let me start crying like a big baby here.)

The next day I cut out another square of fabric, carefully checking to make sure there weren't any thin spots in it at all. I was able to get it stitched this time. So much for quick, huh?

It really is a cute little pattern. I really wasn't happy as I was going along with using three strands of floss because I thought the stitching was looking too lumpy. Well, it occurred to me when I was putting on the finishing touches that since I reduced the size by more than half that I should have reduced the bulk of my threads too. DOH! Sometimes my brain just doesn't kick into gear quickly enough. LOL

Anyway, go check out Robin's site. She's got some really cute stuff there. I have one of her Easter patterns to do and I can't wait to get it started. I just have so many other things on the list too.

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