I was fortunate to join Anita at Artistic Fingers after the Stitch-a-Long was running for some weeks.
Before beginning this week’s lesson I will post photos of what I have done so far. The work so far is stitched with DMC threads and 2 strands.
We were to trace from a pattern but though I taped the silk fabric down, I must have moved it and I found when working the Kantha flower, the petals were not as they should have been.. also my stitching was poor. I was not happy. The photos will have to be clicked to enlarge and see the hand traced lines.
So I experimented by ironing a fusible webbing between the silk and a sheet of A4 paper and running this through the printer. Well it looked fine but then I found I had more solid lines rather than broken ones and this shows a shadow when stitched. I had no bother removing the paper and most of the fusible webbing rubbed off the silk back as I worked. I have shown both the hand traced picture on top and the printed version on the bottom. You will note the dark ring on the bottom right photo, which is only a circular line on the top one.
This may not be acceptable by the end of the SaL but it is worth the experimenting. I have to say my eyes appreciate the deeper lines.
Last week we added DMC green in regular Kantha and DMC red in Irregular Kantha. The difference between these two types is the length of, and space between the Kantha stitch.
I seem to keep a nicer line with the printed pattern – BUT will it look as good if those shadows show through.