Evolution of a project:
Full quote: “I am no bird, and no net ensnares me. I am a free being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.” From Jane Eyre, translated into Irathient by David J. Peterson. You can read his journey to translate it on his Tumblr page; and see how risinyira and I nagged him into translating it, on Twitter. :) Thanks for being such a great sport!
I decided the dots would look better with turquoise seed beads instead of French knots, so those haven’t been done yet. I was told it’s best to wait until after the whole quilt is finished before putting the beads on and, since this will be the center block of a wall hanging, it will be a few months probably before I have the finished product up.
The thread is Presencia, size 8. I’ll have to look up the color number later, I left it at work. It’s an orange from the 7000 range, I think. I used a simple chain stitch (originally I wanted to use a Hungarian braided chain stitch) because it handles the curves better. The fabric is natural muslin, 200 count, from Southern Belle.
To print on fabric, I cut a sheet of freezer paper and piece of muslin to the same size (using an 8.5 x 14 legal paper as a template), then ironed the muslin to the freezer paper. If you try this, make sure the edge feeding into the printer is as perfectly straight as a regular sheet of paper. I think my first one was off a tiny bit, and that’s why the printer ate my first sheet. I used a legal size paper because I needed the space, but this should work with any shape or size that can feed into a printer. Just be sure you’re using an inkjet printer, not a laser printer. The ink is supposed to wash right out, but I haven’t tried it yet.