Practising my sewing skills. Had a go at free motion sewing but am torn between ‘controlling’ it and letting go and giving myself free rein to go beserk and ‘scribble’ . I used fusible paper – not sure what’s it’s called as I lost the packaging ages go – but it lets you iron the fabric onto it. You then trace or draw the elements to be cut and then, when you peel the backing paper off, iron onto your main fabric.
Doesn’t r-e-a-l-l-y need stitching down. Except that it does.
It will start to curl at the edges and catch after a few washes. But it IS excellent for keeping the applique elements in place to be stitched down. It was all going well except the small wheel was just too small to get the points of my scissors in and cut away from the spokes. So I thought ‘Sod that for a game of soldiers’ and cut the spokes away altogether and thought, in my cleverness, I could stitch in some spokes instead. Wrong! Looks pretty naff. Still, it was a good learning exercise and I did enjoy hooping up the fabric and having a go.
There was a Home Made with Kirsty Allsop on Telly a while ago – think I’ll check out 4OD and see if I can find a download. She followed a technique of drawing on tracing paper and then sewing the tracings onto fabric. Much wilder and freer. Sounds like much more fun.
Then I quickly made this little set of hearts. A friend gave me a bag of dried lavender and I have been dying to use it! It smells fabulous and always carries me back to the days when I was pregnant with my first. I went mad for the smell of lavender. Soap, talc, body spray, bath bubbles, air freshener, you name it. If it was lavender, I wanted it. A few days after he was born, the obsession with lavender went right away but the memory of a very happy pregnancy and those beautiful early days with my baby is indelibly linked with lavender. It’s still a ‘favourite’ smell but only the real thing these days. I still like to crush a small spike of lavender as I pass it in the garden and have a sniff. They smell lovely and will hang up in my wardrobe.
Talking of sniffing, though… I bought some hemp twine from a garden centre. Much cheaper than the twine you buy in craft shops. It was on a spool and ‘sealed’ in shrink plastic stuff. I opened it to make the hanging loop but OMG… it stinks! Like a freshly fertilised field! On a warm day! Now I know why it was cheaper. It will do for the garden though.
Had another go at applique. The canvas bag was just €1 in a sale at Dunnes. I bought two. One keeps my Clover pom-pom makers in and this one is for crochet hooks so it didn’t matter if they turned out less than stellar. I like the ‘love’ but not sure the butterfly works. The colour of the wings doesn’t quite go but it does the job I want it for. The bag is light weight and smallish and can hang up without taking too much space.
Think I’ll applique something for the other bag this coming week end. Will have a think what to do next!
Bye for now