The funny thing is that the thread painting, which I've never done in my life wasn't the problem. The pines leaves are coming quite nicely even though they are a LOT of work and thread. I'm simply amazed at how easy the whole process is really easy.
First you sandwich two pieces of solable stabilizer between layers of tulle and put them in an embrodiery hoop. The book said to use pins but I found they just got in the way. I then set up my machine to do free motion quilting with bobbin thread in the bobbin and rayon thread up top. With that done, I just started to draw with my machine. Well. . .draw is a bit fancy. . . scribble is more like it. I layered my colors so that the darkest ones were on the bottom and the lightest one - used for highlights were on top. Little by little the pine branch was formed.
40 minutes and 5 thread colors later, I was satisfied with the work. I took it out of the hoop and trimmed around the branch within a quarter of an inch. Then it was run under super hot tap water and placed in a bowl of hot water to soak for 10 minutes. While I was rinsing it, I made sure that the glue residue was gone. I then towel dried it and set it aside to thoroughly dry. It only took about 15 minutes. Then all you do is trim around it with super sharp scissors. You can also use a stencil cutter if you have it - just watch out -'cause those things get hot! Still I found the scissor method worked fine and any left over tulle totally disappeared into the threads.
So it wasn't the thread painting that was giving me the fits. Its that once I got it all done, I realized that the scale of my thread painting was all wrong. I thought I had been working on the bottom branches but once I got it up on my board, I realized that it was all too small. Well that revelation took me about 45 minutes to come to. Don't you hate when something is wrong but you just can't put your finger on it????
Anywayssssssssssssssssssssss. . . . .I moved the branches I was working up to the secondary ones in the middle and started to think how I was going to do the lower ones which will need to be a lot bigger and therefore take a lot more time and thread. sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh If it ain't one thing. . .its another.
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