One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get to know my sewing machine’s feet and learn how to use them. I had previously been picking up some hand embroidery stitches and used a square of linen as a reasonably easy even-weave fabric to practice on and decorate. It lay sort of sad and almost discarded in my remnants and UFO basket until I looked at it again.
Then I remembered the Cording Foot! The cording (Janome H) foot has a little corrugated metal clasp that allows for one, two or three strands of different threads, floss, yarn etc to be stitched onto a fabric. You simply ‘thread’ the yarn leaving a tail behind of approx. 3″ and tuck it under the foot behind the black corrugated bit. I used a zig-zag stitch to oversew the yarn onto the fabric. For information, my machine is a Janome and I used a Utility stitch – S3 adjusted so that the stitch width was 3.5 and the stitch length was 1.
The linen square, with a quick press, quickly qualified for a pretty corded border. I used cotton knitting yarn and went for a three-strander in plum, raspberry and pink to create it! Ya-Haar! Then it became too pretty to be re-consigned to the dismal anonymity and disjectamenta of the remnant bag! Putting a backing onto the linen square would be easy enough and I had some calico that would do that job nicely and could then be filled with dried lavender for even more lovliness. Jean Luc said ‘Make it sew’ and I did!
Happy feet for me! Have started on a cushion cover with a dandelion motif using Angelina fibres and the cording foot with cream cotton yarn and white sewing thread. It looks so pretty and will post a photo when it’s finished. Angelina fibre is also very beautiful and must have dropped off an angel’s wings to be so lovely. It suits the project very well and I am in bliss. Namaste.
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra.
So, will post when I finish the cover which probably won’t be until the weekend now as I must get on with some other things and catch up to where I should be. Slacker, eh?! But I really can’t wait to get on with it. So gorgeous to do something that is an absolute joy to do.
Was watching the IT Crowd the other night and spotted Moz making a ‘Living Bra’ the ‘Abracadabra’ using a manual Singer sewing machine! Still going strong a hundred years on – amazing.