Do you ever think everything is going along swimmingly with what you are sewing, only to find that you've made a mistake quite early on in the process, but didn't notice. That was me with this hand stitched project.
When attending the Blackheath Quilting Retreat earlier this year, I began an English Paper Pieced project with Katrina Hadjimichael. I've done a little English Paper Piecing before, but I still have a lot to learn. It's amazing the little tips and tricks you pick up at a hands on day.
Five months down the track, do you think I can remember everything I learnt? No way! I think I need to video those segments of the day.
There are no problems with the two flowers pictured above. They turned out as they should.
Not so the yellow flower! I'm sure you can spot the problem... yep, the petal that's sewn on in the wrong direction. It had nothing to do with not remembering the things I'd learnt - I simply wasn't concentrating.
Yesterday I had a lot of time just hanging around at a venue, and so hand sewing was the perfect project to fill in time. It wasn't till the end of the day that I discovered the problem.
If only I'd discovered the problem a little earlier, it wouldn't have meant so much unpicking!!!
And here's my dilemma. I HATE unpicking, and am ever so tempted to pack it all away for another time. And that could mean years into the future.
However, I know if I unpick in the next few days, I'll be more likely to finish the project in a timely manner. In all honesty, I'll really have to force myself to choose this option.
What would you do in similar circumstances?
I'll let you know what I decide.
Out of three projects begun at the retreat, I've finished a bag I have yet to show you, have almost finished a Christmas Decorative Stitch Lotus, and so far only made a little progress with the English Paper Piecing.
Although I have all the materials to make a Granny's Garden Folder, I'm planning something else for my flowers. Stay tuned. Hopefully you won't have to wait too long.