Saturday, I attended a Wool Applique Workshop with teacher Linda Naugler and quilters from the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild. It was a relaxing day with no expectations of finishing a project. It was experimenting with stitches, chatting and seeing what everyone was working on. Here's the projects worked on:
The first bird is part of the teacher handout. We could do this pattern or choose one of our own. The finished project is a needle case.
This fish is mine. I took the photo early on in the day and I didn't get a chance to take another one.
My experiment from the previous post needs more work!!! A lot more work!!!
Here's the stitching on a Styrofoam ball. I should have covered the ball with foil as this piece stuck to it and I had the dickens of a time getting it off. Not to mention that a lot of the glue from the water soluble stabilizer (below) did not dissolve. In my wisdom, I decided to add the Ultra Solvy to the Aqua Magic sheet already in the hoop. Not a good idea.
Here's the first one! What a disaster!! But, not one to give up, I did a second one using same thread colour.
This one was pinned onto a foil covered ball. This time, it came off without any difficulty.
However, too much of the stabilizer was rinsed off. Only the threads going around the top are keeping it in shape.
More of the Aqua Magic Stabilizer was dissolved in a small amount of water to form a paste.
The paste still didn't stiffen it enough to stay in shape. Next time I will use fabric stiffener. And I will do a lot more stitching as the lines I did were fragile. I was in a hurry to see the result. I should know better after all the years I've been doing things like this.
Next time I'll do better ( SMILE )!!!! And, I'm going to use a slightly smaller Styrofoam ball.
Today I decided to play around with some ideas using free motion stitching. I sketched a design onto paper and transferred it to water soluble stabilizer. It was hooped and stitched using variegated thread.
That's as far as I got today. Next step tomorrow. I'll keep you posted whether it turns out or not. Remember - experiments don't always turn out perfectly the first time.