It’s just not working…

Sometimes you gather your fabrics and threads, needles and scissors and start a new project.

Paint play day12

Your hopes are high for a gorgeous result. You stitch and stitch…and then you hold it away from yourself to take a good look.

Leaf embroid 1

You turn it a different direction and take another look.

Leaf embroid 2

You think about it and take one last look.

Leaf embroid 3

Nope–it’s just not working for me. Maybe it’s because I started with the less exciting colors. Maybe it’s because I love to do trees and leaves with the sewing machine. Maybe it’s because I want beads and bling. Perhaps it wants finer thread.

But I don’t want to spend any more stitching time until I get it figured out a little better. I love this piece of painted fabric. I want it to turn out right. I’m not there yet.

Darn! Back to the drawing board!


4 thoughts on “It’s just not working…

  1. This idea is out there, but what if you quilted the background first, then tackle the leaves. I agree with Joan; the leaves are beautiful as they are.


    • That’s an idea that just might happen. I’m pretty sure about how I want to quilt that. My hesitation is having the back of the leaves covered if I end up doing something that has an unhappy backside!

      On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:



  2. Perhaps you are trying to embellish something which is already complete in itself. I could see fine vertical lines of stitching as a backdrop. I love your work. Thanks for sharing your processes with us. The leaves are lovely!

    Joan Hunn (friends with Donalee)

    Sent from my iPad



  3. What will happen to it? Will you toss it….put it away…cut it up…or work on it more later? I hate to throw things away. Matter of fact, I collect unwanted bits.


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