how do you deal with poor results
I spent 3 days stitching out a rose design on a 45″ square cloth, 1 rose design repeated on the corners of the cloth making 4 individual designs . Each design measured approximately 12″ x 10″ and was positioned so the centre axis of each one followed a 45% angle. I had used vanishing marker to draw my cross hairs for the placement on the fabric, and a soft lead pencil to mark the cross hairs on the stabilizer as I was using the no hoop method. The designs stitched fine, though one did misalignment because my silly cat decided she liked the fabric twitching and grabbed it.. I hemmed the cloth and realized the soft lead pencil on the stabilizer was showing through the fabric so I laundered it.
The fabric around the designs puckered up like they’d tasted a mouthful of lemon juice. Before I laundered the cloth there were no puckers, after I laundered it the designs looked like they were gathering up the cloth. At first I thought it was the stabilizer that had shrunk maybe, but later decided by choosing to angle the design along a true bias instead of on the straight was the cause. Now I’m left with a look alike cheese cloth with 4 bouquets of roses and a hole in my gift list. I’m tempted to send it to the bin in the sky, what would you do with a disappointing design?
Edited 12/15/2007 3:01 pm ET by maggiecoops