Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Attention to detail
Here is a picture of a real Mola that has been in my collection for many years. After assembling my pseudo-mola vest, I have begun to focus on the details and looked to this piece for inspiration.
The zig-zag lines are made with a single thread in a chain stitch. Those chains are really tiny with about eight links in a one centimetre length. The running stitches are done with two strands of thread and are three stitches to one cm. There are also tiny Y stitches in the neck area that I want to try. Those are with one thread and spaced about four per cm.
This is my attempt.
My stitches are about six per cm. and I doubt I can make them any smaller. (or feel a need to do so)
I am glad for my collection of needles that includes some S. Thomas & Sons that are short and fine but yet have an eye large enough to get the thread through easily.
Of course, I did not practice first but just jumped right in (and as usual, learning as I go).
It still needs a bit of in-the-ditch quilting.
I decided that with the owl and turtle, I will stick to Native American designs.
Being originally from Ohio, I am preferring those designs from the Northeastern Woodlands.
This area on either side of the turtle has been quilted with light blue thread.
I plan to fill the larger areas with this kind of quilting and then add detail as time allows. That way, I might even be able to call this a finish before long ... with maybe room for more creative embellishment as time goes on.
The pocket is yet to be assembled and added. (But I still have a bit of time until "due date").
Last year at the quilt show, I received a spool of Coats "multicolor' hand quilting thread and I am eager to try that out at one point. I think it will work well on this navy background.
So, with the baby quilt on the way to it's new owner, I now have another warm item on my lap to work on. Pretty good timing for this cold blustery weather...