Once the piece is stitched, you have cut it out from the perforated paper square. I always dread this part. I am one of those people who tends to hold my breath when I'm cutting something. If there is a lot of cutting involved, this can lead to some serious light-headedness. I just have this feeling that I can really damage something when I cut it. It's not like stitching with the wrong floss where I can just frog my stitches. Cutting the paper - and even worse, a thread - is way more permanent than making a few stitches. You should see me working on a hardanger piece. At least I don't turn blue-ish any more once I learned that you can weave in threads if you make a mistake. But, it is still nerve wracking. Using a serger is likely to kill me. Sewing and cutting the fabric at the same time!
So, all that being said, I find that it is easier to cut while looking at the back of the piece. The distraction of beads and buttons is not on the back of the piece. I have also tried cutting the paper on my own pieces after the stitching is done but before the beading. It worked well on the pieces I have done, but I can see how it might make the beading tougher on some pieces where it would be nice to have a little extra material to hold on to.
|Garden Bunny after going through the Xyron|
The new cartridge for my Xyron finally arrived and I was able to get the back of the stitching good and sticky and apply the light blue felt. I stitched right through the felt to attach the little bowtie. Then I added a magnet to the back rather than the pin backing that comes with the kit. I think a lot of people are more likely to use these little pieces as magnets than as pins. Isn't he cute?
|Garden Bunny all done|
It's been a busy week so I've made only a little progress on Moonlit Kitties. Now there's a moon to go with my spectral kitties.