I finished my arch yesterday and I'm quite pleased with it. The colours in the photo haven't turned out well, but it's near enough.
This is a 12 month swap of one arch a month. This one is for Carol of Taylor's textile trials who's the owner of the TextileChallenges Yahoo Group. Carol wanted a Gothic, metalic. patternated arch using burgundies, blues, purples reds and metalic her favourite colours.
I found this Letter C with a sort of Gothic background of a dragon and I thought it would be very suitable as she is Welsh like myself. I played with it in PaintShopPro and printed it out on Heat Transfer Paper for light coloured fabrics (yellow grid) from Crafty Computer Papers. This is not shiny or thick and difficult to stich into as the ordinary TShirt Transfer paper. You peel it off the paper backing and place it where you need it before covering it and ironing well with a hot iron.
This was the first time I had tried it and I think it could be very useful. I ironed it on a smooth cotton fabric, but next time I will try a coarser fabric, linen perhaps or even a hessian as I find it a little too perfect on the cotton.
I'd felted some wool tops onto a dark purple base using my embellisher and cut out a letter C from it, which was then stitched down using a gold metalic thread and a triple stitch, this is one of my favourite machine stitches.
This afternoon I have a SerenTex meeting and we are all going to have a demonstration from Rosemary on how she makes her lovely shell pieces, then everyone who wants to is going to have a go. so I must go and choose some threads and fabric to take with me.