As you can see, I stitched out the heart earrings. I would call them a partial success. On the inner ring of the largest heart, the satin stitches didn’t cover the entire base and I have some loose threads. I think I can just clip them out since they aren’t providing any structure. I used the medium pink thread in the bobbin throughout because that’s the heart I wanted to rotate. In the small heart, the pink thread is showing in several places. Again, I think I can just remove it.
There were a couple of areas where the stitches were too thick. I had one thread break. However, I don’t have the very thin needle recommended for FSL. (I bought a package, but managed to misplace them.)
On the plus side, it is possible to rotate the hearts. I have the light pink one turned to a 90° angle. The satin stitch holding the hearts together is flexible enough to allow this and the dissolved stabilizer is stiff enough to hold everything in position.
Would I wear these? Absolutely! No one is going to get close enough to my ears to see the problems. (Except that I have a habit of taking them off and handing them to anyone who asks about them.) Would I sell or give away the finished product? No. Would I distribute the file? Not in its current state.
My original thought was a plain heart, similar to the snowman, and that’s how I started out digitizing these. After playing for a bit, I decided to try a heart with an open center and a satin border on the inside and outside. This is what I had in my head. However, when I drew it, I made the hole too big and had no space between the inside and outside border. (Mistake #1)
Since I had so much empty space, I decided to add two more hearts. Instead of drawing each heart separately, I scaled the largest one I drew. (Mistake #2) This is great for maintaining the shape, but not so great for the stitching. I think it would have been better to create the three hearts in a graphics program and digitize from the artwork.
Side note: Odd things happen when you scale objects. To create the hollow heart above, I digitized a large solid heart, copied and pasted, and scaled the second heart. Then I created a void in the large heart. The centers of both hearts are aligned. The area between the two hearts is not consistently wide. The two borders are much closer together at the bottom then they are at the top, because the object is smaller at the bottom than it is at the top. (The same thing happens in Photoshop, so this isn’t unique to Generations.)
At some point I realized that the width of each part was so small that the satin borders were touching each other so I removed one and made the other one wider (3 mm). (Mistake #3) I liked the look better, but I think I really should have started over and not tried to modify the design this way. That would have eliminated the threads that are showing outside the satin stitches.
Questions to answer:
- Does the satin stitch need the grid underlay you normally use for freestanding lace, or would it hold up with just the underlay from the satin stitches themselves if I used all four types (grid, zigzag, center and edge)?
- Can the satin ‘post’ that’s holding the hearts together be made thinner? Currently, it’s 1 mm. The area at the bottom of the light pink heart is the place I had a thread break.
- Will it work if the hearts are attached only at the top? I suspect that if the bottom connection is removed, they may hang strangely when worn.
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