Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I was planning to show you further progress on my crazy quilt sampler today but things didn't go as planned. I need a certain width of green silk ribbon for the embroidery. I went to my favourite store and they had none in stock. I did buy some sequins and beads but alas no ribbon.

I also had to go to my dentist on Monday for my checkup :( All did not go well and I had to go back today for an extraction of a very BIG back tooth. While it was a painless procedure and only took about twenty minutes I think I will be feeling it once the freezing disappears. My dentist had one heck of a time getting it out.....I'm sure I heard a few mumbled swear words....LOL

I wasn't idle today though. I had this small piece of cotton that was part of a fat quarter bundle. It's very pretty but I really didn't think I could use it as it is.

I cut a small corner off the piece as I decided to fussy cute some of it just to see it I could use the motifs for anything. To add a little more body I used some Wonder-Under and fused a piece of plain fabric to the back. Then I mod podged the whole piece of fabric as well. I know.... pretty weird but it really changes the whole texture of the fabric. I then cut out the butterflies and dragonflies with small sharp scissors. 

The edges still frayed a bit because the cotton was very thin. Also, you can see in the picture below that the top left butterfly has a white edge that I didn't think was very attractive. As an experiment I used some Lumiere in Halo Violet Gold and slightly dabbed the paint on the edge of each butterfly. See the butterflies on the bottom and top right. Now the white edges can't be seen, there is no further fraying and there is a wee bit of glitter.

Now I have a bunch of kinky butterflies and dragonflies to use as embellishments :)

I managed to get some paint on the bodies of a few of the butterflies as I didn't realize I had some paint on my fingers....ooops. No harm done though:)

Tomorrow I'm going to another store that I do know has the right size of green silk ribbon I need. This time I called ahead. They have six shades of green so I'm spoiled for choice. It's a store for Cross Stitchers that has quite a selection of threads too:)

Take care.


  1. Aaah .... a wee bit of glitter never hurt anyone! :) Hugs!deb

  2. Your butterflies are beautiful - very clever. And your tooth just gives you a good excuse to eat ice cream!

  3. great solution to your fabric dilemma. I had that fabric also, but gave it away as a prize on my blog. I agree with an earlier commenter, a little glitter is a good thing.

  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your process. Sorry you lost a tooth, I know how that is.

  5. Ooooh they are lovely butterflies.

    hope the tooth extraction doesn't cause you too much grief

  6. They look smashing and would really pop with some additional embroidery on them.
    Theyd make cute little embroidered broaches too I imagine too.
    A great transformation!

  7. Your flutter-byes are wonderful! So sorry about the tooth (or subsequent lack of)....hope you don't have a sore mouth for long.

  8. Brilliant idea Mary Ann, I have that fabric too and like you was at a loss as to what to do with it. Now I know, thank you! Good luck ribbon hunting and don't buy too much thread ;O) Deb

  9. I'll definitely be trying this one....the fabric...not the tooth. Thanks for sharing the technique. I hope you heal quickly. In the meantime, make sure to get lots of special treatment.

  10. These are really pretty, what a good idea.

  11. Very nice butterflies. Great idea. Sorry about the tooth.


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