It’s all finished! I know I’ve written a TON of words, but it really took less than one hour start to finish to make the patch and apply to this towel (I need some new towels – when this is the best you have, it’s time to go shopping!)
Remove the patch from the hoop, loosely cut off the excess tulle/Solvy, then cut it as close as possible without cutting the threads. I like to use small, sharp thread scissors.
Now it gets a soak. I put it in a small bowl with lukewarm water and leave it for about 30 minutes or so. After the solvy has dissolved, I will place it on a small stack of paper towels, fold them over and place something heavy on top. I leave it overnight and it is nice, flat and dry the next morning.
This step is totally optional! There will be small (micro small) pieces of tulle showing on the edges of the patch. They really aren’t noticeable, but I’m weird and like to make them disappear. I use a wood burner tool I picked up a Michaels a few years ago to melt the tulle. . Yes – the threads will burn if you linger in any spot for any length of time and I have burned them. It takes just a VERY light touch right around the edges.
woo hoo! Now it can be applied to something! In this case, I did a towel so I put a small piece of the solvy under the towel and another between the top of the towel and the patch. I’m pretty sure that is just standard embroidery practice to keep the terry cloth of getting caught in the needle or needle plate. I use clear thread and FMQ a medium (3.0ish) zig zag stitch around the edges. It doesn’t take much! Just enough to tack it down. I did learn the clear doesn’t work too well with black threads on my spider patch so I would suggest a more controlled zig zag in black or smoky clear for dark color patches.
Your turn! Get to making! I want to see what you come up. There’s no less than 1,000 ways to use the techniques and patches I suspect some of you could work miracles. If you give it a shot, be sure to stop by and show me!
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