Sunday, December 30, 2012

Serendipity Sunday–A Rose by Any Other Name

Shakespeare would have us believe that all roses are sweet . . . er, something like that.  After today’s experiments, I can say that not all roses are equal!


Things started out pretty well.  Making these pleats was pretty straightforward, although marking one-inch measurements into thirds was a little tricky!  With that secured, the next steps sound simple . . . open up the pleats, hold the center, and turn.


Well, not so simple, as it turns out!  The second attempt was slightly better, probably because I started over 3 or 4 times! 


Not exactly breath-taking, is it?  Well, I thought I’d finish up a block and see if I like it any better.


OK, I can see where this would have potential.  So, is this an interesting or attractive element?  Sure.  And the samples in the book are really beautiful, so we know it can be done!  Am I likely to use this in a project at some point?  Eh, not so much!  That “hold the center and twist” is waaaay too fiddly for me.  It takes longer to arrange the folds than all the folding and stitching before or after!  Then you need to hand stitch to maintain the twist – and if you’re me you get thread tangled in the folds and have to cut it all loose and start over! 

You might guess that I wasn’t having a lot of fun by this point! 

But next week I can go back to precise folds and detailed instructions.  Just my speed!

1 comment:

Annie said...

Actually, the block looks beautiful. Too bad it takes all of that fiddly effort. You sure find the most fascinating challenges!

Have a great new year!