This is what I won. A piece of lacy fabric that Karen made. You can check out her blog and her lovely photos on Flickr and see all of her work... she works mainly in whites and I always marvel at how everything is so pristine looking and so well photographed.
And, even though you absolutely get to see it all in her photos, and yes, even very close up ... somehow it is just different to be able to hold a piece in your hands. To touch it and feel it and see the fabrics themselves. I'm glad I managed to win this bit so I could see first hand what FME (Free Motion Embroidery) looks like with bits of lace integrated into it.
For instance, look at this portion of it...see the little flower of the bit of lace that was introduced into the piece of fabric being made?
Here is a different area...
And, look at the base fabric... scrim I think it is ... please correct me if I'm wrong Karen... but, it is still a bit different from the sample of scrim that I have....and totally different from what us girls in Canada and the U.S have to work with when we try this technique ...which is cheesecloth... a huge difference.
I took a photo of cheesecloth versus this background fabric. Wow... cheesecloth on the left, of course...how does anybody manage to do some FME on that? Must try it someday...but, not today....
Today I will do the second row of buttonhole lace stitch around my second pin pillow....woohooo... love it.! The first row was a bit tricky, because as Karen mentioned...you can't believe how thick things are 'til you attempt to push a needle through it all.... good thing I have a few pairs of haemostats and know how to use them. And, at one point...luckily I noticed I was bleeding before I got it on my pillow! I really poked myself a good one.