I got a little bit frustrated but kept on working. Because of said frustration, not many pictures have been happening and the shots I have managed to get aren't very thoughtfully done. I was just in the documenting mood and not the "I wanna take fun pictures of what I am doing every minute" mood.
To start I had to trace the whole advent calendar TWICE! Once, from the original to get the dimensions, make changes and additions. Then I needed to trace the finalized drawing in reverse with transfer pen so it could be set onto my fabric. I am using muslin because that was what looked most like the finished product in my head when I was wandering around the fabric store. After several hours of tracing, erasing, doing some original drawing and then retracing I was ready to get it onto the muslin. At this point I was still happily motivated without a care in the world. I truly enjoyed the process.
Then, I tried to transfer it. I set the iron correctly and watched my pressure and kept the tracing paper steadily in place but it turns out I wasn't pressing hard enough. The lines were way too light. I took a break for a few days. I didn't yell or kick anything, just walked away.
But I came back. I basically drew the whole picture onto the fabric free hand like I have always done and should have done in the first place. There was a very slight out line which I used as a guide so it turned out just as good as the transfer alone would have been. I was happy after hour 5 (I'm tallying) when it was time to begin stitching...
And look! There I am smiling and no longer frustrated. Any night of the week, especially the ones when J is off at work, you can find me quietly stitching away after the wee ones are asleep.
Once again, enjoying the process.
NOTE- I have to mention the otherwise awesomeness of those iron-transfer pens! Even though they didn't work for my biggest project yet, they worked like a charm for my little St. Nick and will be great for future smaller drawings. Neat!
You working on anything big, overwhelming or monumental?