Jude inspired some dotty thinkings. Not quite sure, but curious about how the swiss dots/clipped spots might work, I decided to give it a whirl, because what's not to love about dots?
Jude described the making of them as "...extra threads are loose woven all the way across the cloth and just caught in certain spots. They are clipped back later." So, it started with threads going across. Because of the tiny gap from each stitch, I worried that the dots would open up to the sides when they were cut, rather than stand straight up. Going back and forth at different angles seemed like a possible solution.
The first few were made with lots of little loops which were then trimmed down. After these, the quest for success went all over the place. The best ones were stitched by pulling the needle all the way through to the back of the cloth, and then bringing the needle straight back up as close as possible, allowing the threads to be packed into the same hole.
Insecurity made me tie a knot through the gathered threads with the last stitch. (My trust issues need more work.)
What will be carried into the next attempt: They took longer than imagined, and a lot of thread. They'll be made further apart. I'd like to try the line method again, this time with the needle passing all the way through to each side with each stitch, or maybe working them from the center out, spiraling rather than in lines. So many ways to go...
I'm sure this was a wackadoodle way of going about this- but they are cute, quite fuzzy, fun to touch, and it was really good to play.