So here's my naked heart block which I then worked on the tatting pieces off and on between trying to decide how to embellish the rest of it.
|Naked block with trims added|
So here's what I came up with for the embellishments. First off I stitched the outline poinsettia at the bottom and then secured the tatted tree in place with gold glass seed beads and decided to leave the background as is. Then I built the Swaroski crystal snowflake and scatter stitched silver metallic tiny beads in the background. After that I decided on a silk ribbon poinsettia and leaves with gold seed bead centre cluster and this patch I filled in with scatter stitched gold metallic tiny beads. I was going to make a button cluster on the right side overlapping the pale green and glitzy brown patches, but a co-worker thought it might be too overpowering and to maybe tat some smaller snowflakes instead. So I did two simple seam treatments on the two remaining seams before taclking those two patches. WELL I must say she was very very right and I like this effect very much. I then scatter stitched the silver metallic tiny beads to fill one of those patches and the snowflake with the irridescent seed beads I used DMC irridescent metallic thread and Colonial knots to fill the space.
|Embellished crazy patched heart|
Here are some closeup pics:
|Lower heart section|
|Upper left heart section|
|Upper right heart section|
|Centre heart section|
Then it came to "finishing" the block ready for whatever project the recipient would like to use it in. Now this is the first time to attempt "reverse applique" and it wasn't as troublesome as I first envisioned it to be. It was explained to me like this: trace the shape onto the front of the background fabric, cut away the centre fabric leaving 1/2 inch seam allowance, clip curves and turn to the back and press to hold in place. This I then appliqued in place over the heart ensuring the darker fabrics did not show through by adding iron on interfacing to the back of this fabric first.
|Reverse applique snowflake sparkled background fabric|
|Completed block ready for swapping very soon|