Saturday, January 28, 2006

Crazy Patch Hearts

I need some advise today. I love all of the beautiful hearts that Ribbonwiz, Chloe and others are doing and I have tried making a few myself. My problem is that after going through my entire material stash all I have are cotton prints. Can anyone give me advise on how to embellish on prints?

The hearts are so much fun to do. I would love to join the Chain of Hearts swap group, but I need to improve my embellishing first. Fabric shopping is on my list of things to do too.


Chloe said...

Wonderful thing about crazypatch is the "no rulz" bit. Use any threads you like!!!

Although I do have to say I think cottons look good on cottons - just vary the thicknesses a bit.

And thin cotton Broderie Anglaise lace would look good pieced in as you go. Or else sort of flip and sew it on now - you can cut down the wider stuff here so it doesn't totally take over, or just let it anyway!

That means put it down right sides together (if you can find one for the lace), machine it, and then flip it over and iron.

Looking good - I reckon you shold come over and join right now!

Ribbonwiz said...

I agree with everthing Chloe said, and you should come on over and join in now,
You will pick up ideas and tips as you go.Just have a close look at some that Chloe has done, I have only recently started and done just 5 hearts
No rules is good rules,
good old feather, herringbone, with lazy daisy flowers on them always looks good, you could add tiny beads to the tips of feather stiches.
You can do as much or as little embellishing as you want, whatever looks good to your eyes, and I must say your first heart is lovely

abeautifulcraft said...

Hello Iris,
I was much the same as you when I first started 6 months ago. I found it really hard to buy fabrics too, as we live in a fairly remote area with only one craft shop in the nearest town. So .... after scouring some opportunity shops and so on, I found a valuable source of fabric in ALL types .... laces, bric a brac you name it. I now have a huge fabric stash from peoples pre loved clothes, from silks, to cottons, broderie, velvets, etc etc.
Another way to get a nice stash, is participate in some fabric swaps with groups.
I am glad you joined the group, and pleased to be receiving one of your delightful hearts ...... look forwards to getting to know you.

Maureen said...

Please dont think I'm being critical,but a hint I learned years ago from Judith Baker Montano was to separate patterned fabrics from each other with a plain fabric;particularly if you're using (quilting) cottons.
Too many different patterns side by side distract the eye and the embellishments get "lost"

Iris said...

Thank you all for your help and encouragement. I am slowly improving and since I joined the Chain of Hearts swap group my stash is improving too.