Yesterday I REALLY wanted to stitch. I mean REALLY wanted to do some stitching. I had an idea, and I needed to express it. Thereâ€™s got to be a catch, you say. Of course there is. When it comes to my obsession, there is always a catch!
I was at work. I had brought knitting to do on my breaks, not stitching. (Oh, the downsides of multiple obsessions!) No problem, I thought. Iâ€™ll just run up to the fabric store on my break and pick up a little piece of fabric and a couple of colors of DMC. Well, I picked up a fat quarter of quilting fabric that was exactly what I had in mind for my little experiment. But instead of getting the DMC, I decided I wanted more choice in colors and didnâ€™t have time to stand around picking them all out, besides, Iâ€™ve got ALL the colors at home, right? And this is just an experiment anywayâ€¦ So I picked up a little package of cheap embroidery floss with several different colors â€“ a brand Iâ€™ve never heard of before.
So Iâ€™ve been stitching away on breaks yesterday and today, and Iâ€™ve come up with some ideas I really like. In fact, I like them so much that I think I want to finish them and use the fabric to cover a dance bra and maybe a belt. The catch? That cheap embroidery flossâ€¦ It stitches really nicely. Itâ€™s soft and shiny. It SEEMS to be a pretty good quality. But is it? What will happen if the fabric gets folded so that some of it stays in the sunlight? Will one part of my embroidery fade? I canâ€™t be sure.
So what am I doing today? Iâ€™m going back to the fabric store to buy Â½ a yard of that fabric, and several skeins of DMC floss and Iâ€™m going to start over in the stitching department. Thank goodness itâ€™s only herringbone and buttonhole stitchâ€¦ and that I came to my senses before I did too much of it as â€œpracticeâ€! Besidesâ€¦ I needed enough fabric to make a belt, too!
Oh, you want pictures? Here’s one. I’m now already well into a “final draft” with more fabric and DMC floss – the other catch? The only way I could GET this fabric was in fat quarters. Now I am NOT a fat quarter wide, though that’s an interesting metaphor… I’m going to be piecing my belt… Wonder how THAT will work out?
And yes, I am doing some more experimenting on THIS fabric. And I’ll probably keep playing with the cheap thread so that I can see how it holds up. I don’t have high hopes for it, though.