Aftermath Of Frustration

So after struggling to get my ScanNCut machine to behave how I wanted I decided to go back to basics.

Drawn Letters

Using my lightbox I traced the letters in reverse onto the fabric. Years ago at a newsagency I picked up a document display lightbox very cheap. I didn’t want to pay the price of a crafting lightbox if I didn’t know if I would use it or not. When my current lightbox dies I will happily pay for a proper craft one cause I can’t imagine life without one now.

I traced out all the letters in one hit however I did do them in order so I could cut out one set of letters for each set of baby blocks as I did them. The next step will be to applique them on by hand. I will blanket stitch around them whilst watching tv. They don’t take long to do. I’ve started one batch already.

Applique Letters

The Frustrated Crafter

This afternoon I’m a very frustrated crafter. I can’t get my ScanNCut machine to cut like I want it to do.

ScanNCut Failure

I’m trying to cut out some letters so I can applique them for baby blocks. My fabric is all prepped with the Vilesofix stuck to it. When I load my cutting mat into the machine it moves around and therefore isn’t cutting properly. I’ve tried reloading it several times still no luck. My fabric appears to be sticking to the mat but as soon as it comes to cutting my fabric shifts around. You can’t tell by the photo but the letters are only half cut then the fabric has shifted. The fabric is a fairly thickish cotton and plus with the added Vilesofix it is very sturdy and therefore shouldn’t move about. I’ve adjusted my cutting pressure as per a Tip Sheet I got from Brother but still having trouble. I need to cut fabric in 5 different colours. So far I’ve wasted this piece of yellow so will now have to cut another piece and prep it again. Normally I have trouble working with Vilesofix but today it is being my friend but my cutting machine isn’t. I really wanted to get these letters done today so I can start hand appliqueing them over the coming weeks. I’m very tempted to get out my Sizzix Cutting machine and do them through that but I can’t have alternate colours with that like I can with my ScanNCut.

I’m actually thinking last resort might be get out my lightbox and trace them the old fashion way. I have 3 sets of letters to do this could take a while…

2nd Attempt Drawing With Brother ScanNCut

Drawing Attempt 2


Take 2 on the drawing with Brother ScanNCut. After my 1st attempt at drawing I did things a little differently second time around. This time I cut my fabric and stabilizer down so they easily fitted within the grid on the scanning mat. I scanned my background fabric in first so I could see the placement of the design on the actual fabric. It fed through the machine with ease this time. The pen drew easily and I just sat back and watched it do its magic. I was at first thinking that it had missed some of outside of the design until I looked at the paper design once it was finished and realised that the outside lines it had drawn were actually the sides of the cut paper pattern I’d scanned into the machine. Also there is a few odd marks in the middle which I realised was where there the paper pattern had staple marks or fold lines. As the ink will wash out it doesn’t matter they are there however next time I might delete them like I did a label that was on the original paper pattern.

So important things to remember when drawing onto fabric

  • Ensure your fabric is within the gridlines so that it feeds easy
  • Use the blue marking pen if you want the drawn picture to stay on your fabric for any length of time as the purple pen only lasts a couple of days
  • If possible delete any sections and lines you don’t want the machine to draw in
  • Relax its not a scary process and with the water soluble and air soluble pens any mistakes will disappear


Washing Out ScanNCut Blue Marking Pen



After my 1st attempt at drawing with my ScanNCut machine I backstitched around one shape to use as a test piece to see how easily the blue marking pen would wash out. I’ve never used an erasable marker so I contacted Brother to ask how to do it as in the box there is no instructions and I couldn’t find anywhere on the net that said it. The staff were really helpful and told me that I could either wash it out in warm or cold water and use detergent.



I decided to rinse it under cold water and was amazed at how the ink just disappeared in front of my very eyes. I was like a kid watching a magic trick as it was that instant. People who are used to using water soluble markers would probably think nothing of this but as mentioned I’ve never done it before and was worried at what and how to do. I’m really happy now cause I can go ahead with the project I have in mind now.

Sashiko Finished

Sashiko Finished

I have finished my Sashiko panel. Its only took me 4 weeks. I love the finished pattern. I’m a very geometric person so that is why I was drawn to this design. It will be turned into a pillow at some point.

The back looks fairly interesting too. I don’t know if I did the correct Sashiko knots to end and start the thread but it doesn’t look too messy on the back.

Sashiko Back

I will definitely do another Sashiko piece at some point but I’m not sure when. I have another stitchery planned before I can think of any other needlework.

My 1st Blogoversary


Wow I can’t believe its 1 year since I did my first post. I had no idea what I was doing then and to be honest 12 months on I still have no idea :-) After day 1 at Urban Stitches last year I thought I’d love to have a craft blog and within weeks I’d made it happen.

I go about my crafting and its only when I reflect back on things I see how much I’ve done. Some days and weeks I really have my Craft-jo happening and get a lot done other weeks I struggle. I still try and do something every day even if I don’t have time or not in the mood. I miss my craft if I don’t get a chance to do any. As I say to anyone who’ll listen crafting is my stress release. I’m calmer with craft in my hands.

Nanna Sukie's Tea Set

I’ve really enjoyed blogging about my craft adventures. Something’s turn out good some don’t. Blogging has also made me more accountable to finishing projects. If I blog about something I start then its motivation for me to finish it.

The blogging community is fantastic and so are the readers who take the time to comment. I may never meet you in person but I consider you friends as we share our craft journey with each other. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment over the last 12 months. I look forward to many more years blogging with you all