I’ve been making these larger flowers and leaves this week and having lots of fun in the process.
Making fabric coffee pots, tea pots, and cups and saucers from heavy duty interfacing sandwiched between various fabrics to use in a display seemed like a good idea when I first thought of it but now I’m not so sure. The tea pots are roughly 10cm high, the coffee pots 12cm. After I’d stitched them all, I stiffened a couple with PVA glue but the fabric puckered as the glue dried and spoiled them I think and one that I sprayed with starch now refuses to uncurl and appears in the photo to be mishapen (the gold one bottom right). Perhaps there are too many patterns or the patterns are too big? Should the same fabric have been used throughout? Perhaps the cups and saucers are too big relative to the size of the pots? In any case, until I finally decide what to do next with them I’ve stuck them to the wall at the work room door so that I will have no ‘out of sight, out of mind’ excuses for this project to remain unfinished. Excuse the quality of the picture – the light is very poor today.
A very simple box/tray made today. Poly cotton fabric sandwiching two layers of heavy-duty interfacing then quilted diagonally. Unfortunately it’s not firm enough to keep its shape properly when anything too heavy is placed in it but it was a good exercise in box construction. I made the cord from acrylic yarn in the colours of the fabric and then handstitched it around the top.
My intention today was to make more wired flowers or a coiled pot or two using fabric I bought on Friday. Instead, I used some existing stash fabric to make a lined and lidded fabric box using Fast, Fun and Easy Fabric Boxes, a book by Linda Johansen which I bought from a local charity shop a couple of years ago. I’ve looked through the book many times but had never made a box until today and I’m glad I finally did. It took several hours from start to finish but there’s nothing difficult about the processes involved. This box is just over 4″ square and 3″ high and the book provides instructions for making boxes of different shapes and sizes and I’ve got one or two ideas of my own, particularly with regard to embellishment, so I’m sure that this box won’t be the only one that I make.
The good: I collected my newly-serviced sewing machine late on Saturday afternoon and it seems to be running even quieter than I remember it did when I first used it nearly two years ago. It’s almost purring. The service man also filed away the nicks and gouges that the needle-plate had sustained over the past few months of abuse from me. No before and after images so you’ll just have to take my word for it that the needle-plate looks almost as good as new.
The bad: I’m normally extremely careful when using blades of any description but yesterday all my normal caution went awol when a stubborn nub of twiggy wood refused to be removed. I knew I shouldn’t be cutting by pulling the craft knife blade towards me, of course I knew it, and of course it slipped. The blade first removed the nub on the twig and then continued on its speedy path right into my right thumb and index finger. There then followed a sharp intake of breath. Then there was swearing. Then a grab for a handful of tissues. Then more swearing. There was blood. Lots of blood, and a large flap of flesh along one side of the thumbnail where there shouldn’t be a flap at all. I thought that a trip to A&E for stitches might be in order but once the wound was cleaned, dressed and had stopped bleeding some time later, I decided against it and took my mind off it for the rest of the evening by watching lots of episodes of House of Cards. I show you only a photograph of the flowers I made from the twigs, not of the injuries – I’m too ashamed.
I think my fabric pot demonstration on Wednesday was well received. The ladies who attended were polite enough to say that they’d enjoyed it and at least one of them accompanied me to buy core cord to try making one herself.
I’ve been compiling a how-to sheet for the Janome group since then and a couple of times I’ve turned round to check a setting or test something on my sewing machine to find only this:
Tomorrow is the day that the monthly Janome owners group meets and I’ll be attempting to demonstrate how I make the fabric pots. I made this one yesterday to show how easy it is to incorporate a little variety. Except that’s not quite true. I had something completely different in mind when I began it – this is just what it morphed into when I realised I wouldn’t have enough of the fabric to complete my original idea. When I was taking the photo earlier, the shape reminded me of the church collection plates I remember from my childhood. Do they still use collection plates in churches? I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that you can pay through Paypal or Mastercard these days.
I’ll be using my own sewing machine at the group meeting and then leaving it behind for a proper service. What will I do without it for possibly two whole weeks????
This is post number 300 and it’s taken me longer to get here than I thought it might but it’s another milestone of sorts I suppose. Many thanks to all of you who continue to follow me and particularly to those who take the time to write comments – it’s all appreciated, I assure you.