well, if two wrongs don't make a right how do you feel about three?
i feel pretty good about it myself - it worked quite well the other day as a matter of fact...
i had a hankering to make a snippet cloth snowman christmas card
winter's coming and all that
and as snippet cloth is so artistically unusual i wanted an interesting background for the snowman to sit upon
i thought about hand embroidering a tree but it seemed like it would be too cute somehow...
so i decided to try machine embroidering one
i have no idea how to do machine embroidery
and even though i have no idea i thought i would just give it a go - you know, thread up the machine, cut a piece of fabric and sew
first effort - thread too light, background too dark, fabric badly puckered
second effort - change the orientation
why i thought that would help i have no idea
i sewed over the lines more times but it didn't really make the trees stand out - just made the fabric pucker more
and the scale is wrong - the snowman is so big!
from any angle, too big
i knew then what would the perfect background fabric would be - icy blueish grey, fossil fern pattern... scraps left over from many years ago
still wrong, perhaps even more so
wrong, wrong, wrong
then a thought crossed my mind - a hoop perhaps?
good gracious - i knew that, of course, you can't do this kind of thing without a hoop but somehow or other i thought it would be ok
a big piece of the original fabric, a large hoop, darker thread and bingo!
the only thing i will differently next time is to use a permanent marker to trace the tree
i did this in a wash away pen and the slight puckering happened after the washing - permanent marker, no water
and the scale doesn't seem so bad now
from every angle
a single embroidered snowflake, hanging on a high branch
arms raised in a proclamation of joy
the wonder of a winter night's sky
i don't mind when things go wrong - i don't see it as a failure, just that i haven't got it right - yet
i know if i keep trying i will sooner or later
how does that go???
"i haven't failed, i've just found a thousand ways that won't work"
i am glad, however, that this was solved a tad sooner!