Monday, September 15, 2014

if two wrongs don't...

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

it didn't

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!

much better

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!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This is very inspiring. 'Keep on until you get it'.

This came out lovely and I am proud of you for sticking with your idea until it came out right.


Karen B. said...

Oh JIllayne,
wow ... I am in love with your latest piece! It is so beautiful.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,
your hoop was a great idea, I have alwayes thought I could not do this on my maschine, but now I might try ,too ,lol.
I love your tree and the sweet snowman beneath ... looks so lovely, and real winter sky- Beautiful.

Marj Talbot said...

That is the greatest card. It all goes together so well. Also love the saying that rids or vocabulary of the word fail - good one.

karen said...

yes.......don't forget your hoop and???? damp stretching?????

Diane Kelsey said...

Loving your stitched trees, I'm sure that they will be used in another project.

Createology said...

Lovely whitework snowman celebrating the coming of snowflakes under a Fall tree...Simply Genius my friend. I love your "can and will do" techniques. Creative Stitching Bliss Dear...

Monica said...

Oh yes! I am a firm believer in the "learn by practice" method! :) In creativity and in life.
Those cards are simply adorable. Absolutely love proclamations of joy! You should come to the local charity shops to buy more skirts to cut (given the fact that M. allows you to, and doesn't want to wear them!LOL). You know I will gladly come along with you! And then we can stop by for tea and cake ;)

Suztats said...

How cute that is, Jillayne! Here I thought Mr. Snowman was trying to catch that last snowflake caught on the! Perseverance works. Good on you.

Mosaic Magpie said...

I bet you looked like that joyful snowman when you completed the stitching! Love the snowflake hanging in the tree. This piece made me smile!