It might surprise you to learn that I have a rather large number of projects in progress. Of course, only if you haven't seen my sewing room or followed this blog for more than a day or ever MET me, but still there IS a remote chance you could be surprised.
Sometimes a project gets set aside because I have found something more interesting to work on. Sometimes one gets set aside because I am about to send it through the food processor if I have to be around it for even another second. And sometimes it's because I have reached a part of the project which intimidates me. Which is where our story begins today.
Back in 2010, I started working on a mitten garland for winter/Christmas. It's actually been a fun project because craft felt is wildly inexpensive, so it was the perfect time to play around with techniques and ideas. I learned to gimp, tried using decorative thread in the bobbin, played with decorative stitching, and have pretty much just had a great time with them:
A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me a knitting spool, which makes a lovely i-cord and I thought it would make the perfect garland. And it probably would if I were going to live that long. 4 years later, I have 5 inches done. Yep, fabulous idea for a 25-foot garland. Then I had the idea of putting two ribbons together and sewing them together using one of my decorative stitches and a wing needle. I lined up two colors of grosgrain ribbon.....and lost my nerve.
Finally a couple weeks ago, I decided enough was enough, tracked down a wing needle, and decided to either get the darn garland made or destroy some ribbon trying.
If you've never seen a wing needle, the following picture isn't going to help much:
After a few false starts (such as trying it on just one ribbon, which destroyed the ribbon AS WELL AS shoving it down into the bobbin area), I finally got things going:
Which is what I'm using to make this: