I'm not sure exactly what the problem was, but it certainly didn't look like Belle. Maybe it was that I had tried to use paper stabilizer. One person even asked if it was Belle wearing some of Snow White's clothes. I've been working on a sweatshirt for our Disney trip. This design frustrated me so much that I put the sweatshirt away and finished my Christmas orders. I've been thinking about this so much. I knew that I needed to tear it out. It's not an easy job. I even tore two holes where the eyes were. I wasn't sure what to do. There were too many hours in this sweatshirt already to just quit. After many hours of thinking (I'm sure at some points, there was smoke coming out of my ears), I decided to try something I'd never done before. So this morning, I put my stabilizer into the hoop and then pinned the sweatshirt over it. Then, to cover the threads that I couldn't remove, I put another layer of stabilizer on top of where Belle had been. I made sure that I picked a design that was bigger than Belle was. And I began to stitch.
It was a huge design, 125 minutes to stitch it out. But here is the result. A beautiful Cinderella! My color chart called for "silver gray" for the flowers, I wish I had chosen a different color. But I love her.
What did I learn from this incident? First, I learned that paper stabilizer and sweatshirt material don't mix. Second, I learned that being Scotch isn't always a good thing - sometimes you just need to pay extra for the good stuff and save the paper stabilizer for tracing patterns. And Third, I learned that slow and steady wins the race. I thought and thought before I proceeded, and that was a good thing.
Jake and I watch Monsters U this morning, so now he wants me to sew Mike and Sully onto my sweatshirt. I have those designs, so this afternoon Mike and Sully it is! And I think they are smaller designs. Hope So!