Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sew Far, Sew What

What if things don't turn out quite the way you thought they would? How often do they really?

As it turns out, I couldn't bring myself to cut the machine embroidered scrap any further. Nor could I even pretend it was pieced by putting in false seamlines. So this is what I have:

And this may be how it stays, at least for a little while.

I used embroidery floss to secure the rick-rack in place, stitching down the machine embroidered piece at the same time. At the top and bottom, under the rick-rack, is a torn strip of a vintage fabric I had in my stash. So I have lots of raw edges. I tried many buttons as potential embellishments but none of them seemed to belong. I have no interest in merely embroidering the printed design on the dresser scarf... We'll just have to let this simmer and see what happens.

I've had multiple exposures over the last couple of days in spite of the precautions I have in place. I spent yesterday on the couch, just letting my body recover. I will be glad when my enthusiasm and energy returns. There's a list of other What If's I want to experiment with in my studio journal, there's the Fungly quilt to assemble and tie, there's the Halloween quilt border to sort out, and there's the Take It Further challenge to fulfill for this month. Ironically, the theme of this month's challenge is lists! But we'll deal with that another day.


  1. yes, you have to pace yourself-what an interesting piece.

  2. I like your "what if" piece so far. You've got a couple of delicate-looking pieces there. How about some of those little white buttons like on baby clothes or a wedding gown? Just a thought. I can't wait to see what this one becomes!

    Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. It certainly does sap your creativity along with your energy. Hope you're feeling better soon, and ready to tackle your projects!

  3. Beautiful vintage embroidery! It's looking wonderful so far. It's good to let things brew for a while and get back to it later.

  4. You love pieced work. What if you put strips of tiny pieced patches down the sides? What if you could go super tiny with 9 patch or something? What if you wrote something down those white strips?

    Just thought I'd toss out something that might get you thinking. Hope you feel better quickly.


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