Overcoming Fear

Have you ever had a piece of fabric that you really liked but you couldn’t use it because you were afraid to “ruin” it? This is what happened with this particular piece of snow dyed fabric. It immediately reminded me of flowers and I thought it would be great to machine stitch the flowers. I dyed this piece of fabric nearly a year ago but I still hadn’t done anything with it.

So about 3-4 months ago, I finally got out some tracing paper to figure out where I thought it would be best to stitch.

Tracing Paper Flowers


I put the tracing paper over top and then drew in some flower shapes.

Tracing Paper Flowers BottomIt took two pieces of tracing paper to cover the fabric which will be oriented vertically. Then, I couldn’t seem to go any further with it. I kept hemming and hawing about how I would hang it and how the edges would be done. And didn’t start any stitching. Finally, I decided I would just start stitching. All that back and forth was really because I was afraid to start. I’m not sure why, but I finally just couldn’t stand not doing anything with it and decided I would “just do it”.

Painted Fusible Web


I had some already painted fusible that I thought would work for leaves.

Placing Fusible Web LeavesI tore up the fusible and placed the leaves. I had my flower pattern nearby so I could put the leaves in the appropriate spots without covering where I wanted to stitch flowers.

Don't Use Tracing Paper to Iron FusibleAnd then, since I already had the tracing paper right there, I used it to cover the fusible so that I could iron it on. I figured tracing paper was close enough to parchment paper that it would work. NOT! The fusible just glued itself right on to the tracing paper. Luckily, I hadn’t used all the painted fusible so I didn’t have to start all over again. You would think that this would be enough to stop me in my tracks but I just plowed ahead.



Here’s the entire piece after basting it to stitch and tear. This photo is a little bit more true to color than the ones above.

BastingYou can see the basting a little bit better in this photo.

Starting to StitchThen I started stitching the flower shapes with free motion embroidery.

Flower w/LeavesThe flower shapes were not exactly like the traced ones but I just used the dye patterns to decide on the flower shape as I stitched.

RoseThis one I added a bit more stitching to give it a little more shape.

Stitched Flowers w/CentersThen I started adding centers to the flowers.

My Favorite Flower This is my favorite flower so far. Next up is stitching the leaves. Then I have to decide what else I will add. I am thinking about adding some three-dimensional flowers and leaves, making all of these flowers background. And after that I will have to figure out how I will finish the piece. But at least I overcame my fear and got started.










15 thoughts on “Overcoming Fear

  1. That’s great Ruth. The stitching looks wonderful. I till be fun to see it progress. i often have things I am afraid to start. things usually work well once you pluck up your courage to start.

  2. Good for you Ruth! It is scary to try new things especially when you aren’t sure how to proceed. Thanks for sharing! It’s an inspiration. The flowers are beautiful.

    • Thanks Marilyn – it wasn’t really trying anything new but just the design of how it would come out. Not sure why I still listen to those negative voices in my head.

      • When you figure that one out, let me know! I can’t stop them either. :-). But we do have to move thru them in order to keep creating!

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