This month's instructor, Sarah Vedeler, provided instructions on stitching swirls in a line. Now I really enjoy stitching swirls because they're easy, fast, and pretty forgiving. I've used them in a few past sewing projects:
Swirly waves with echoes around them
Swirls in between stars.
But stitching in a straight line was much more tricky. To be honest, I found stitching all those spirals to get very tedious very quickly, and as a result I got more and more sloppy as I went along. You can see the same thing on my practice sketching:
|See how that second-to-last spiral is a total mess?|
So here is my finished practice swatch:
I marked out a 1" line for the border and 2" strips along the conter before I stitched. However, you can't really tell that these are going in a line which I guess says something.
One problem with stitching in a line was that I was left with gaps like the one below:
I followed Sarah's method of switching back and forth between clockwise and counter-clockwise for each spiral. I used to think I was better at one way than another, but I think I just have trouble getting started in one direction, once the circle is going I am fine either way.
I also tried back-tracing my original stitch instead of going back in-between the first spiral. I found that these spirals always came out looking much better. I think it's hard when you're going back between the lines to be perfectly centered between them.
|back-traced (I know that's not the correct term, but you get it)|
|just a close-up of part of the design|
All in all this was a valuable lesson for me: I don't like designs that have too many restrictions. I'm not a precision person and I get really bored really easily. When you're going in a straight line you don't have to think about directions, and when you are only stitching one thing you don't have to think about what to stitch next. So while I love spirals, I hate spirals in a line!
Thanks as always to SewCalGal for arranging this great year-long sequence and thanks to Sarah for the detailed tutorial and practice sheets.