I'm not very happy; indeed, I am most frustrated with my latest project.
I have to applique on some letters I have cut from a piece of alphabet material. They are lovely, almost, art deco type style, in squares.
Dead easy, I thought, squares, so I cut each letter out that I needed, put some freezer paper and tucked the seam allowance round and ironed it in place.
Then I tacked (or basted) them to the freezer paper to ensure they would stay.
Then I joined them up in the words I wanted.
Then I sewed them onto the fabric I was using.
Then I unpicked the whole lot, removed the freezer paper, unpicked absolutely everything!!!
I am back to square one.
And I have wasted soooooo much time. Aaaaarghh!!
Problems: 1) the fabric wouldn't tuck under easily and some bits were not precise enough even though I tried.
2) when I sewed the letters together to make the word, the fabric was easily distorted and I wanted a precise straight line, and it just wasn't working that way
3) When I sewed the squares onto the fabric, I chose to do a straight stitch which was a few mm from the edge, but it meant that some frayed edges were still visible. And I was trying to hide the stitching by buying co-ordinating colour cotton.
So. I am going to hand stitch them.
It's times like this that I am really aware I have not got the skills I need and yet I want my work to look perfect.
Wish me luck!!!!