AveryClaire asked on my last post what inkAid is.
It is a coating that you brush onto fabric--and then you let it dry--before running it through your printer. My experimental goal for this treatment was to get sharper, more saturated imagery on the fabric than would have been possible with it untreated.
I found this to be the case. The detail is in high focus and the colors are vivid. But the stuff makes the fabric stiff and each push of the needle requires much more pressure than normal. My fingertips are actually quite perforated these days.
So that is why the moaning and groaning over the inkAid. I do think it's great, just not for stitching through.
Fortunately, I didn't have to on my last bout of motif stitching.
I used an idea from Helen M. Steven's Embroidered Landscapes for my hydrangea shrubs.
However, as I got going on this the temperature outside plummeted, and my sewing room became too cold to work in.
That is snow comin' down outside. This room has lots of windows and just a little space heater, and I can't get it above about 50 degrees F on days like this...too cold for my fingers to work properly!
So I set up a card table and moved on into the living room where my guys hang out on their computers.
May likes to hang out here too, looking out the window right next to me. She also attacks my threads if she gets a chance.
(That is "Summer Lake Day" hanging to the left there.)
So back to the hydrangeas...
I made one on each side. This shows how one of them looked before the silk ribbon leaves and French knot flowers went on.
And here is a finished shrub....
I may add to them to fill them out a little more, but for now I've had enough!
Here you can see them "in situ". A line of something wonderful is going to have to go between them to "ground" that section. My guess is it will be rocks and lucky glass...actually, if you enlarge the picture above that has "Summer Lake Day" in it, you can see the rocks that were sewn on that Lake Michigan quilt. I do love sewing rocks.
I posted a tutorial on that here, on another little cottage piece.
But that is going to have to wait for several days, as I have to seriously get my Christmas preparations underway.
Hoping you all are getting in the spirit of the season!