Life is back to normal and I have finally caught up on my sleep from my whirlwind travel. As I have said before, this part of the applique on Jason’s quilt goes sloooooooow. Visual excitement comes further between many days of work. I would hate to bore you with images that seemingly look alike and have nothing new.
I have no idea if I ever blogged about this and I am not going back through the archives, but I do want to show you what I do when I find it hard to know if I am doing it “right” visually. You know when you are working on something over time and that color palette you were so excited about suddenly looks tired? Did I make the right choices?, Is this all blurring together?
Hey, everyone goes through this. It usually takes me a year after I have finished one of my quilts to truly appreciate it. When doubt creeps in like this, I pick up my chalk pencil and draw in my embroidery lines and I can see the work come to life. I am excited again and I know it IS working!
This is a Stabillo CarbOthello white pastel chalk pencil and I can’t live without it. It is too thick for me to use to mark my applique pieces, but it is wonderful for testing out embroidery ideas with no commitment. A light hand is all that is needed and the lines usually rub out within a few days of handling. Or if I want to erase, I just take a scrap of fabric and gently wipe away the marks. This is also the same pencil I use to create the highlights on my Rose Hips and apples and set with the colorless extender. (It is in the picture at the top)
Try this out when you get bored with your work and see if it doesn’t bring back your enthusiasm for the project at hand.