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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Daffs

I needed a bright picture to liven up a dark spot.   Daffs are coming into the shops and some people way down south have them growing in their gardens and they are such cheery flowers and come in all sorts of variety's. The top picture shows the beginings....OK so far! The backing is calico, flowers are felt and the vase is blue cotton.

Flowers on, jug sewn, backing backed. The flowers looks as tho they are already pulling the material but they arn't.

But now it all goes wrong :0( When I started to add the stalks, which were machined stitched up and down 4 times and the leaves which are appliqued on..... THEN....it all went puckered. I think maybe the problem was the thinness of the backing. Talk about being annoyed with myself, and it took longer to make than I planned!

You can't really see all the puckering in the photo, but it's there! It is hanging on the wall and if you stand away from it, it's not so bad. I have a matching picture frame and I was going to do some tulips for the other one...but might re-think it all!

Well, now onto the next project which I hope goes to plan :0D

11 comments:

  1. Lovely pic, I love daffodils. I live down south lol, my Dad has some crocuses out in flower but the daffs are just peeping up through the soil at the moment. Yours look really good and I love the spotty jug xx

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  2. I sometimes put iron on vilene on the reverse of my background fabric which seems to help a lot. Your Highland cottage looks fab - have you made a collage of it?

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  3. They look lovely. I use an embroidery hoop when doing machine embroidery & have not had any problems with puckering since, but I did read somewhere that you should still use a stabilizer on the fabric. You can buy tear off or water-dissolvable stabilizer although I have only ever seen them online & not in rl shops. I will have to ask next time I pop into local quilt shop as the owner loves machine applique & has lots of her own samples around the shop.

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  4. This looks amazing! I love your designs, really bright and pretty.
    Jo x

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  5. I was going to suggest iron vilene too .... I use it on vintage linens sometimes to keep their shape .... pop over to my blog there is an award for you x

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  6. Hi ~ Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. It's always great to come across another Scottish blogger. I love your daffodil picture too ~ it is beautiful :O)

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  7. I love this whether it's puckered or not-it looks great!

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  8. I love the cheery colors & bright subjects :) I don't mind the puckering, gives it the nice homemade touch. Thanks for stopping by my blog; now I'm off to check out yours :)

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  9. P! this is gorgeous, you are really on a roll here!

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