So, what exactly is the difference between a trivet and a hot pad? My husband asked and I don’t know. Are these trivets or hot pads? Inquiring minds want to know.
In either case, these were a bit of a learning process. I made the two circles and decided they weren’t quite interesting enough with just the monochromatic thing going: I cut them up and interchanged circles. Seemed like a good idea at the time, only I hadn’t added the decorative stitching yet. (Oops, the First). Fused them onto another piece of batiste and then stitched. Then did the satin stitching on the center circles. Hmmm. Wishing I had chosen another color thread, but not awful, so moving on.
I wanted to add a layer of Insul-Brite to these and that meant I couldn’t manage quite as simple a Fast2Fuse iron and hold. Got a little off in my stacking and needed to trim which is why the bottom one pictured looks like it’s about to get a flat. (Oops, the Second).
So, what I learned: it’s best to layer them all and then stitch just inside the outer edge of the top layer, then trim the under layers (bottom fabric, Fast2Fuse, Insul-Brite) to match – which is why the shape on the top one is better.
In either case, these are very pretty, but I’m not in love. What I would do differently: I don’t think I’d do those cut out circles that then need to be satin-stitched together. Instead, I’d see what would happen if I just use the fabric snippets to create a design. Since I had a bunch of little pieces left over after making the trivets (and/or hot pads – inquiring minds, remember), I went ahead and made another set of bookmarks.
I used the snippets to create a wave of color and I really, really love how these came out. I wish the color in the photo was better (I really did try) because, even though it isn’t at all modest of me, I’m just going to say – these are really gorgeous up close and personal.
Meanwhile, I really need to get a life and do some other things. But these have been so much fun, and I keep getting ideas for other applications. So right now I’m thinking that this might be a cool technique to try with Pink Penguin’s basket pattern (the one that I have a Miniatures in Minutes version of on my projects page). And after all, Christmas is coming up. I already have plans that require creating more bookmarks.