With the snowdrop cut out, I needed to stitch it to a background fabric, but as this is an experiment, I decided to try a completely different fabric to usual: net.
Pinned to a square of white net:
The pins all go over the stitching, not into it, and are enough to hold it in place.
I stitched it down with the same stranded cotton used for the satin stitch, with the stitches going right over the stitched parts (outlines and leaves) rather than into the stitching, in the hope that it wouldn’t be visible when I was finished:
I think that works well, I’m pleased, though to make it stand out a bit better and feel a bit more robust, I stitched the net to a square of white silk satin:
They’re just held together with a line of zig-zag machine stitching along the top – the snowdrop isn’t stitched to the satin background at all.
All in all, I’m pleased with how this has turned out. I think perhaps this technique would work better with a design with larger areas for the Italian tubular mesh wire ribbon to show through, but as a proof of concept it’s turned out well.
And I do like that snowdrop…