Is experience a blessing or a curse? Can it be both? That is a question I’ve been asking myself this week.
Sometimes A Curse
If I had written this post on Wednesday I would have answered experience is a curse. Why? Simple. I began work the previous day certain I knew exactly how I would “create” the cat I planned to appliqué in position on the stairs. Step 1 was to thread paint the eyes. Done! Then I positioned the eyes on the calico cat shape from last week’s post. OMG – talk about a disaster. Sometimes I am wishy washy about whether something will work or not. Not this time. Experience was not in my favor, or was it?
Sometimes a Blessing
This is when experience can be turned from a curse to a blessing. Because I have experience, I have more tricks in my tool box. If I can successfully thread paint the eyes, then I can thread paint the whole cat.
One of the difficulties associated with such a large (10″ x 5″) section of thread painting is that the intense stitching distorts the fabric being stitched. This is why embroidery machines come with hoops that hold the fabric taught. I do have a hoop but it only gives me a maximum of 5″ in diameter to work in. Frankly, this is a pain in the butt for a piece of this size. Experience wins again. I layered my work from top to bottom with the printed cat, then a fusible and finally batting. I find fusible really helps eliminate some distortion. Second, I outlined the cat before I started stitching. This acts, much like a hoop.
It’s month three of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This month is yellow. Another plus for experience. I can whip up my blocks easily due to 36 years of precision piecing. Now that’s experience and a finish!
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