Monday, January 21, 2008
Today was just what I needed - time with Dylan all day as Nat had to take Kieran for his 6 month (My God where did that time go?) vaccinations. Although not yet 3, Dylan's linguistic talents are astounding (not that I am biased!) He informed me today as he draped a piece of my precious jacket fabric (for MOB outfit) over the lamp that he "Need my cwocodile scissors to cut out this special top for mummy's wedding."
Sunday, January 20, 2008
OK. First matter of business, a brief tute on the baby shower/gift bouquet that seems so resoundingly popular. Strange, isn't it - I am not a fan of them particularly but the recipients rave. Oh well, if you are curious - first have a look at this http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=b554932aa64a5110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=baby%20gift&rsc=header_21 where Martha gives a pretty full on description of the process. The only difference was that I used flowers made, first from fabric paper (very thick petals, so u need less) and then from the interfacing thingy I showed last post. I also did a little experiment recently, using the same principles but I made my own little floral bowl and put a block of florists' foam into it. Then I inserted the flower and leaf stems and the rolled up gifties to make a kind of arrangement.
Stupidly, I was in such a rush to finish that I forgot a photo. BUT, it goes thusly:
1. Make shape to mould your bowl over. I upturned a smallish, flatish bowl and taped a square of florists foam to the base. You can slick Vaseline over if you are worried about removal later.
2. Sandwich a piece of water soluble stabiliser between two pieces of sheer fabric.
3. OPTIONAL - scatter some threads, chopped up bits and bobs and FME to hold them down.
4. Work out the overall size of "circle" you are going to need (sorry u need some Math). and cut out from the fabric.
5. Machine stitch around the edge.
6. Carefully rinse out the stabiliser and slap the thing on your mould - preferably out in the sun.
7. Very, extremely generously slop on some fabric stiffening liquid (I guess starch might work - the real stuff, not the spray). Two coats can be useful.
8. Allow to dry very much to a crisp (oh, yeah you will need to kind of fold the top bits to fit both the foam piece and the rounded bowl edge fairly closely). If you wish, after removal, you can varnish the bowl inside and out, but you don't have to if you have made it very firm.
Here's a picture of a similar bowl that I made some time ago and embellished round the edge after with wire and beads.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here beginnith the tutorial on making a bouquet gift using "flowers" made of fabric paper and other unusual stuff. Having made several of these with fabric paper in the past, I found it very stiff and rather bulky to manipulate - which is fine, but time consuming and not quite the result I wanted. So, I decided to see what I could do with the idea from QA magazine using my own interpretation.
Notice, I only used the three primary colours but look at the multitude of interesting shapes and colours I got. I think it also picked up some of the white stiffener and whirled it through giving it almost neon brightness in some areas. Bottom picture is closeup of one area. Heat set the fabric, after brushing/picking off as many of the excess crystals remaining as you can. I used a sheet of baking paper to protect my iron and a setting of wool, 3 to 5 seconds per area.
The fabric needs to be cold water rinsed throroughly until you feel as if you have got rid of the salt completely. Be gentle, it is very delicate. A bit of disappointment sets in now as a lot of the ink seems to wash out and the whole starts looking a bit pale. Fear not, I was pretty happy with the outcome, after pegging it on my clothesline to dry:
I feel that a lot of the stiffener could have also rinsed out. Next time, I think I will try thicker interfacing and maybe begin with a few drops of white ink as one of my colours.
Next post, I will show how I made the baby shower bouquets.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
And finally, beginning under that we see the joke known as the abundant storage areas in the formal lounge and dining rooms. I could not even begin to list what horrors lie within. On that note, I leave to watch a Sunday movie about, appropriately enough, tsunamis.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Can you guess what these pics are? I have been playing with Picasa.