Mod Flowers rug - restart

by brae  

I often restart needlework projects, and the Mod Flowers rug has fallen into that category.  I worried about the outcome when the iron on transfer spread as much as it did, but I didn't listen to my inner voice.

I completed roughly 12 hours of stitching and realized I had to start over.  The black lines were wide enough that it wasn't easy to get uniform and straight separations between the white outlines and colored petals.  I was concentrating too much on a simple design.  The circles and curves weren't turning out well since I was essentially doing things freehand with the rough, thick guidelines.  Had it been a smaller rug, I might have just put up with it.  Considering the size and time investment, I knew it would drive me batty. Great texture though, so I know it will be lovely in the end. :]

I did some research and found fine tip transfer pens at Sublime Stitching.  I love the decorated mailer.  :D

I bought blue and black.

I decided to use blue on the redo since I noticed it was not easy to cover the black lines with the white knots.  I still used the same paper - Aunt Martha's Tracing Paper - for the redo, but while I was at it, I decreased the diameter to 7 1/2" from 7 13/16" for a tighter design that will still be large and modern but more flexible in mini scenes.

The transfer didn't spread very much if at all.

Here you can see how fine the Sublime Stitching pen lines stayed compared to the spread that happened with the original Sulky Iron-On transfer pen, which has a thicker tip to start.

9 comments

Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I do love the texture I can see on your first attempt. It looks like it will be wonderful. But I can understand your frustration as well. Nothing worse than something which should be simple and becomes ridiculously hard.

05/16/17 @ 08:06
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Wow, what a difference. It’s too bad that you have to start over, but it’s going to be a great piece when finished. :D

05/16/17 @ 08:17
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

You often restart needlework? Now I’m convinced you are mad. It would take me so long to do anything a fraction of the size of the rug so to start again…I would sob like a baby :0P

05/16/17 @ 12:29
Comment from: brae [Member]

:)) I was actually thinking back on it, and I do believe I restart needlework most of the time. Either the colors don’t work, or I find myself off a stitch so severely that it would take longer to rip out or some other snafu. It’s a process, and I don’t even think about it anymore.

05/16/17 @ 14:44
Comment from: Kat [Visitor]

Restart….I’m beyond impressed with your determination for perfection. And had you not restarted it would have bothered you, but my solution when that happens is to put the piece away long enough that I forget the problem existed! But that is why your needlework is amazing!

05/16/17 @ 16:54
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

I am truly, madly in love with your french knots! I am coveting and envying and I will likely go straight to hell! But I don’t care! I want to see more and if I saw it in person I might even just lie to my neighbor’s parents!

05/16/17 @ 23:22
Comment from: brae [Member]

:)) I had no idea my needlework incited such emotion and passion! &#59;D

05/17/17 @ 05:49
Comment from: Sirkka [Visitor]  

I wish you a lot of patience with your rug. It will take hundreds of hours to finish it, but it will be amazing.

05/20/17 @ 04:16
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

05/21/17 @ 19:22


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