About a year ago, I agreed to join a bee project where each participant would make a block with a snowman on it. Once the blocks were made, we would each get one of everyone’s block. Sounded like a fun project when there were 10 of us. When there were 16 – Not so much, lol! Here’s my first stab at a prototype that I found quite amusing. I went all out with crystals, metallic threads and some custom FMQ.
ha! I’m so funny. As much as I would have loved to have made 16 of these, I know myself way to well. I would have never actually finished the project and someone would have ended up with the short end of the stick. Since I think that committing and not doing is pretty crappy, I knew I had to pick something that was less work intense. When the new embroidery machine arrived, I saw it as a most excellent opportunity to learn a few things about stabilizers, hooping, and machine operation. Here are the 16 all finished up.
These snowmen are a design I purchased from Urban Threads and themed around chocolate and vanilla. My machine came with a few stabilizers, I had some from other projects I’ve worked on, and I bought a few new ones I had not worked with before. It was interesting to see how unique stabilizer combinations changed the final outcome when all things pattern, thread, and fabric were the same. One thing that I never quite resolved to my satisfaction was the little section at the bottom of the snowman. Here’s one of the worst ones, but the best isn’t much better.
I’m inclined to say this is a design flaw, but I bet the design would do fine on a more robust fabric like denim or canvas. Since I’m almost always going to be working on cotton, it is a flaw for me. None of the other sections in the entire pattern had a similar problem. It doesn’t escape my attention that all of the other sections are closed. I think closing the bottom one too is the only resolution in my case. Certainly a lesson learned about spacing and stitch density for when I’m designing my own patterns.
Next week, I’ll have my first informative embroidery post for you all about Sulky water soluble stabilizer, how and where I used them, and my impression of the differences between solvy, super solvy, and ultra solvy. I’ve used it before with thread painting and I’m staring to think it could be useful with FMQ designs too.
While you wait, check out the blocks I received. Pretty sweet eh?