I played around a bit more with my heart earrings. You may recall that I ended Part 2 with a number of questions. I have some answers now. Everything looked great while it was in the hoop. However, things weren’t so great once the WSS was removed.
The satin stitch doesn’t fall apart. However, the largest satin stitch heart (#1 in the photo above) collapsed when I removed the WSS. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this heart only had a zig zag underlay and not all four as I had intended. I did a better job reshaping the connected heart, but they were both pretty bad.
Hearts 2 and 3 held their shape quite well. They both had the full underlay, but they were also smaller.
Adding additional bars between the two largest hearts may fix the connected hearts (yellow lines). The single heart isn’t usable the way it is. I want to fix the underlay. If that doesn’t work, the next thing to try is making the satin stitch a bit wider.
I changed the connecting post to 0.6 mm, the smallest allowed by Generations, and it’s fine. I also didn’t have any problems with thread breakage this time.
I didn’t try removing the bottom connecting posts. Instead I separated the hearts, added loops as needed and intended to connect them with jump rings. This would have worked, except that I didn’t allow enough room and the three hearts won’t fit together with the added length of the jump rings, even with the smallest rings I have. It might be interesting to make a dangling earring instead, and hang the three hearts from chains.
The lace heart was much better. I think I could get a jump ring inserted if I worked with it a bit so I can hang something in the middle.
Stay tuned for Part 4.
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