there has been crafting. The brioche scarf is almost done:
I've been resting and exercising mostly, but today I did venture into the sewing room for a bit. As a break from movies, books, and audio books, I've been watching "Sewing With Nancy" videos online. It's been nice, as I've gotten new ideas for sewing and ornaments for next year, though the unfortunate side effect is a "wish list" at Nancy's Notions of over $100. I suppose if one is going to make a living having a show on PBS, one probably has to have a sideline income and one that you can integrate with your show is really clever, but thank heavens for the buying ban!
I decided to experiment with a technique she called a "pizza" because, while I didn't like the way hers looked, I thought it could be the basis for an interesting ornament or two, so I dug out a scrap of blue plush fabric left over from the winter pillows,
When I bought the Husqvarna, I discovered 2 things:
1. When faced with a machine that can do all sorts of things you don't know how to do, it's so intimidating that one might temporarily be stumped as to what to actually DO with all this new technology, and
2. The fastest way to jam up a nice machine is to give it Coats and Clark thread.
Nothing against Coats and Clark. I've been told that it's wound the opposite direction as threads in Europe, and since my machines are European, it created jams, and that could very well be the case. The "jamming" part certainly was. A friend of mine in New Jersey had her mother's old sewing machine, so I packed up all my C&C thread and sent it to her. This worked great until she also decided to upgrade her machine, at which time she couldn't use it either but I had acquired a serger and the Bernina mechanical machine, so she sent it all back plus what she had added to it. So, I have a big box of inexpensive thread to play with. SCORE!
The "pizza" technique is basically to cover a piece of fabric with thread, trim, scrap material, or whatever takes your fancy, then cover it with water soluble stabilizer:
Zig-zagging was fine, but a bit dull,