Once I stopped shaking, I pulled out the very last spring table runner to finish,
Andy is putting together a small party for my birthday next weekend, and we're doing Make Your Own Pizza. I have wanted to make a chalk board table runner, so I thought this would be the perfect reason to finally get it done.
Nancy's Notions had a "special" where if you ordered two yards of chalkboard fabric, you received the project book
The BEST thing about the project is that at least I didn't try it while on speed.
I don't know if I was still a bit fuzzy or what the problem was, but I didn't find the directions in the little booklet all that clear, so I found the program on Youtube:
Interestingly, the fabric has to be "cured" before it can be used,
You've heard of pet shaming? Meet project shaming:
There is NOTHING like a frustrating project to prompt me to throw things away (or just throw them), so this morning I dug out my Red Heart acrylic stash and dumped all the colors I won't use again:
In the meantime, I have started cutting out the new Christmas stockings,
Being too big of a softie to move him, I decided just to keep cutting. I have strips ready for a set of 4 kimono ornaments, and
these, and I swear it isn't just because I want a ruffler--though, of course, I do. But I'll be making the first ones by hand just to make sure I like them. However, thinking about it, I thought one could also use the same technique to make large rosettes/flowers for the tree (or maybe centerpieces?). I couldn't remember how tight I could get ruffles by changing my differential feed on the serger, so I tried out two 3-inch strips to see what happened. Initially what happened was finding out that I have sewn so little in the last couple years that I couldn't remember how to change anything on the serger, so the serger workbook and I spent some quality time together, and while I did get it to work, to try out the rosettes I'll need to pull them by hand as the above ruffles are as tight as the serger goes. However, I thought these were rather fun, and am now thinking about lowering the differential feed a bit for a slightly more relaxed ruffle, and making a garland that way. What do you think? I used my wavy blade for the outside edges to reduce the raveling, though I could always finish the edges with a rolled edge. Or I could kick Theo off my ironing board and try the other garland first...........