I had a little time to play around some more stitching on white cotton sateen fabric with a shiny polyester white thread and I have to say that there is something so yummy about the texture this pairing creates! I think it might be impossible to stitch out a design that didn’t look good with this thread/fabric combo, although some designs reveal much more beautiful textures than others. I’ll start with “ok” designs and end up with the one I like best. First up is a variation on “seashells:”
It looks very similar to the original Seashell design, but there’s a slight difference. Instead of repeatedly echoing the first teardrop, I only echoed partially on one side. This creates kind of a “hook-like” line instead of a pure echo. This create more movement in the design and also leaves some very small areas with nothing in them, and I think I like having those “blank” zones. Next up is another variation on swirls:
The difference here is that this really is just freehand swirls done in a continuous line; I did not allow myself to “fill in” any of the spaces that formed between them. I’m on the fence on this one and thinking that I might end up going back and filling the blank zones with pebbling or something else. The last one is my favorite. In my mind, it’s kind of a version of McTavishing, except I forbade my self to put any swirls or swirl-like structures into it, and instead periodically threw in some units of “plumify it” types of plumes. I really like the texture created by this one:
I think I’ll definitely be using this one again! And on a more somber note, have you ever become so frustrated and disenchanted with a quilt that you just wanted to divorce it? OMG, I’ve wanted to set this one on fire for a number of days now, but I’ve invested so much time into it that I’m going to finish it. I’m shipping it off to a longarmer tomorrow to have it basted so I can quilt it, but I’m so glad it will be out of my sight/hands for a few days.
If nothing else, it will keep me from doing something drastic to it!