March 13, 2013

Debra: Christmas Wallhanging--Refined




 
I will need to make some arrangement adjustments but this is a pretty good idea of the concept!

I have a few more white med-large doilies & I can augment with machine embroidery.

 
Love this central "snowflake"!!!!


This doily is starched and it may be a good solution to get these pieces in order.  They seem they would be easier to attach if they were stiffer; especially the central doily.

Imagine all the red areas filled with tone-on-tone "low contrast" embroidery stitches.

Thoughts???

12 comments:

Suztats said...

That's a wonderful and large snowflake! I can picture all the red seams or areas embroidered with tone-on-tone stitching. The center 'snowflake' looks great, but I found the random placement of snowflakes more pleasing to my eye and more evocative of falling snow. I guess it's all in what design you want. There are a few little tatted snowflakes on the way.....you might like them for your quilt.

cq4fun said...

Definitely starch. I don't know how you'll keep them looking right if they aren't starched. I like the small ones at the top and larger ones at the bottom, as if they are growing.

Debra Spincic said...

How do you feel about the big one in the middle?

Debra Spincic said...

I kinda ran out of white doilies and who likes beige snow?? *wink*

I might try moving the center big doily off center so it's not so centered and mixed in better with the snow falling.

So you don't have any problem with the tapestry look and not a central focal point?

I seem to be fighting this tapestry idea, aren't I?

Suztats said...

Beige snow is much better than yellow snow. (ewww) but it would look dirty in caomparison.
I don't think a central focal point is always necessary: it depends on the look you want to have. I liked the random placement of Cy's falling snow (without the little sprinkles)but that's my preference. Perhaps you prefer a more structured design. Either way, I think it's going to be quite striking.

desertskyquilts said...

Starched, I think it would be fine, maybe off-center as you suggested above. I don't really see it as a tapestry look. =)

Debra Spincic said...

Starching these babies is going to be a real chore! I may have to do some research. It would help to have one of those pattern cutting boards for the large one so I could get the points straight. My mom uses one when she blocks her sweaters.

Debra Spincic said...

I'm sure it's just placement. Here they look a little rounded but I was fudging with what I had available. I'll have to augment with some embroidery (and tatting).

cq4fun said...

Spray starch it? I don't know about you, but I have tons of padding on my ironing board, and I'd pin to that. Or make some piles of leftover batting maybe? Cover it with muslin? Borrow your mom's? LOL

Debra Spincic said...

Borrow my mom's sounds the easiest. I think dunking the doilies in starch may be the answer; like in the old days!

Cy said...

I never starch any of my crochet doilies apart from the special '3D swans' that I don't think I've shown you.
All I do is 'block' the doilies by stab-pinning them to a sheet of corrugated cardboard that has a piece of plastic sheet (or plastic grocery bag) covering it. Make sure that all the points of the doily are even and stretched into position, and then simply spray with water to completely wet it, and leave a day or so to dry. This method is much 'kinder' to delicate doilies and will not discolour them over time. Make sure the pins you use are stainless steel though otherwise you may end up with rust spots where you don't want them.
When completely dry, I pin in place on the quilt (or fabric) and stab-stitch in place using the closest colour sewing thread I can find, and only stitching over one thread of the doily at a time, evenly all over the doily, to anchor it to the backing.

Debra Spincic said...

I'll try one and see how it goes. These are miscellaneous doilies so who knows?