Friday, July 22, 2016

Good Ideas don't always Stitch out

I had this great idea and I spent 25 minutes in a hot room trying to work it and it was a craft fail.  You might wonder why I am taking up blog space to relate this to you?  Because you have to try things and just because it doesn't work out the way you hope doesn't mean it is a fail.  It just means try it a different way.  My goal is to create a really beautiful 3D Butterfly to go on my Yellow round robin.

My idea was to use my singer to couch down gold and then embroider in the details of a butterfly.  what I ended up with an opportunity to try something different to achieve my goal.

finding the right or semi-right foot

you never want to see this!
the spool picked up the thread from the cone holder

Got the machine couching down

After:  Nope not going to work, wrong fabric, wrong gold braid

Back to the drawing board!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M


  1. Great idea, Ginny. May I suggest maybe a fine closely woven linen base, (if you want an embroidery fabric) or any fabric suitable for surface stitching, but with a bit of 'body' to hold the butterfly shape. The basic machine couching looks as though it 'worked' o.k., but being on aida cloth would have made a fairly 'rough' surface for the machine to stitch on.

    1. Hi Maxine, you are totally right the Adida cloth did not work and the gold rope was too heavy! I am more comfortable using linen as a ground cloth. I am redoing this by hand using another piece of adida and while the stitching is going well, I still don't like the adida. I will save it for cross stitch in the future. I took notes on your advice! Thank you!!