Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cherry Blossoms done!



Well, I was able to finish the cherry blossoms on my CQ kimono and I love them! The sequins were a little transparent, so I ended up sewing two on top of each other so they would show up better. I wanted the stem to stand out, so I backstitched it with 4 strands of silk floss, then whipped it with some Rainbow Gallery nylon fiber, then whipped it again with some Caron variegated brown.
I hope it doesn't end up looking too "busy" once I finish embellishing all the other seams. I've had the flower sequins for years and never used them before. Sometimes I get weird about using up one of my trims or embellishments, especially if it is antique. I want to always have it, so when I use it all up, it seems sad. Does anyone else feel this way, I wonder. Oh, well I will get to see the flower sequins when I'm all finished with the project. I was thinking you could make your own custom sequins by using some of the punches that are available in the craft stores and punching shapes out of old large sequins. I guess you'd have to poke the hole through the center, though.

7 comments:

sharonb said...

the idea of punching out your own sequins is a brilliant one - let us know how you go and if it works

Lynn said...

Oh, Lin! I thought I was the only one! I'm terribly sad if I use the last of a fabric or a trim. I am even a little bummed if I use the last of a spool of thread! Other than the thread, I tend to keep just one little bit, a square inch of fabric, 4 seed beads, one button.....

Iris said...

Oh I'm the same way too...have trouble with conversion from stash to finished project. The sequins are lovely and I would love to see the finished Kimono.

Jo in NZ said...

Your cherry blossom is gorgeous, not to busy at all. What great sequins, they work so well.

Susan said...

Lin,
Allison Aller mentioned that there was a woman at a cq class who had used fantasy film between two sheets of parchment and then used a hole punch to stamp out the sequins. This is on my list to try....Plus, I also feel the same way about using the "last" of something...

Lillian said...

I love how you stitched on these sequins. Brilliant! I have some of these in my stash and will try this. I think it is much more secure then coming up and then going back down through the fabric with a bead.

Thanks for the inspiration. I am really enjoying your blog.

Lin Moon said...

Thank you all for the kind comments. Lillian, part of the reason I stitched the sequins on this way was that I needed to double them up so they wouldn't be so transparent. I knew if I anchored them with just a bead in the middle, the 2 flowers would spin around and not match up. I lucked out - this pink thread has a good sheen and good color.
happy stitching!