Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Craft fail

This is a bit of a humbling post. When I get crafty I don't always get it right. Sometimes I fail in a big way. Recently I purchased some embroidery designs from Embroidery Library. One of the things I purchased was Light and Lacy Snowflakes. They are freestanding lace snowflakes that can be used as ornaments.
Well I downloaded the design and read the instructions for how to make these. Ignoring the recommendation to use Ultra Solvy stabilizer I proceeded with what I had.

FAIL!
 That will teach me to be impatient and cheap. I thought what I had would work just as well and I didn't want to spend the money on the stabilizer they said to use.

I almost ordered the right stabilizer online but thought I would just make a trip to Joanne and see if they had it there. I got it quicker by buying it in the store but it would have been about $8.00 cheaper if I had bought it online.

I set the machine up using the recommended stabilizer and hit the start button while I held my breath.

Here's the completed one next to the first attempt.


These are just amazing but I don't know how many of them I'll actually make. They use quite a lot of thread and they take forever to finish. Or maybe they don't take all that long and I'm just impatient.

22 comments:

Duni said...

Yup, I bet that uses up a lot of thread...but it turned out beautiful :)

Ginny said...

These are so lacy and beautiful. And what a huge difference between the first and second one! Yes it was a fail, but that is how we all learn, and you came back beautifully!

crafty cat corner said...

Gorgeous, these would look good on crazy patchwork.
Don't worry about the failure, we all have them, my best to date was the book cover that didn't fit, I sort of ripped it up in my annoyance, lol
Briony
x

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

SO beautiful! Well, this time your attempt to use a substitute was a fail but often times it does work out and you save a lot. Now you know :)

Sandra said...

thanks for my lol of the morning on that first one. it looks just like what would happen if i tried it.. the second one is really beautiful.. it would be pretty hanging on a tree, or is it to big..

Eva Ason said...

Wow these are beautiful!!

Christine said...

I'm not as brave as you! I make so many mistakes and craft fails I couldn't share them!
Glad yours turn out well in the end as they are so lovely

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my gosh...both I think are beautiful. Y'know, NO snowflake is identical to another and all are different shapes and sizes. So your first attempt isn't a failure in my eyes!

BeadedTail said...

There's quite a difference in those attempts! That does look like it uses a lot of thread but it's really pretty! I saw a tall, skinny kitty once made with stuff like that and used for a bookmark. I loved it!

Sandee said...

I will say that the last one is beautiful. Yes, you need the right equipment if you want something to turn out like it's supposed too.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. ☺

Chatty Crone said...

I have earthly no idea how you did that - BUT it was gorgeous. I guess you get what you pay for! sandie

Sharkbytes said...

That are impressive! And not made in China, but by my very own friend.

Grace said...

Oh wowzie! And you did that on a sewing machine? Amazing...

Out on the prairie said...

big difference

glad you liked the A, be happy to share if you wanted a copy just send your e on a separate comment

Dee said...

I feel better knowing you mess up sometime...LOL The correct finished one is beautiful...an amazing difference in them.

Connie said...

Hi Ann, I don't know much about the different stabilizers, so I probably would have done the same thing. Who would know that one wasn't as good as another, for a project. Well, your snowflake is beautiful. I can not wait to see what you do with them. Have fun!
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

SweetMarie said...

so pretty! I don't think I could ever have the patience you have. :)

Antonella said...

Sorry your first attempt failed, but oh my, your second try is fantastic! I know what you mean about being impatient, sometimes I will skip over a project because it is taking too long... Hugs, antonella :-)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful work. Practice makes perfect! You can make some beautiful holiday decorations with these pretties. But I know what you mean about patience since I like to create things that don't take long!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Could you not just wait a couple of months and pick up the natural ones for free?

Reeni Pisano said...

Those are so pretty! And perfect!

Donna said...

Ended up being Gorgeous!!
hughugs

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