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:

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

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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

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  4. 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 :)

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  5. 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..

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  6. 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

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  7. 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!

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  8. 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!

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  9. 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. ☺

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

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

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

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  13. big difference

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

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

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  15. 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 :)

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

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  17. 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 :-)

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  18. 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!

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

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  20. Ended up being Gorgeous!!
    hughugs

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