Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blueberry Coiled Fabric Basket

Here is my first coiled fabric basket. It measures 8 inches across the top and is 3 inches high. I used the same blueberry fabric as the coasters. For the handles, I looped the coils as I was sewing and then afterwards secured them by hand. Embroidery scissors were just the right tool to use to snip any loose threads after completing the basket.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Tips for Fabric Coiling - Machine Sewing

  1. Use a Thread Color the same color as your pattern and not the background.
  2. If machine sewing, after tailing off your coil, only cut one thread short. Pull some thread from the spool and then cut with a length of thread attached to your project. Thread through a hand sewing needle. Then hand sew the tail snug and tight to the last coil to help blending in the end point.
  3. Walmart is a good place to find 3/16" fabric clothesline. It is half the price there than at my local hardware store.
  4. In a pinch, the top of a glue stick makes a great substitute for a thimble.

I will be adding to the list as I discover useful tips for fabric coiling.

Books reviews on fabric coiling. I have just bought a second book on fabric coiling. I will review them both books about fabric coiling in my blog once I have had a chance to read the second book.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Another Coiled Fabric Coaster - Practice Makes Perfect!

So, I made my second coaster today. It was easier the second time. I actually reversed the stitch length and width and like how it came out better. Also, I used blue thread which goes with the pattern instead of the background; so it accents the blueberries well. So, I learned to use a thread color that matches the pattern and not the background. I measured the cording today and figure that one coaster takes about 7.5 feet of length. I think that I will make two more coasters with this fabric to get some more practice before I start the bowls. We'll see ... I really want to make a bowl ;)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Coiled Fabric Adventure - My first creation

So, I was going to make a plate for my first coiled fabric project. However, we could really use some baby friendly coasters at my house, so I stopped the coiling at the size of a coaster. I am going to make a few more and experiment with the length and width of my stitch as well. The inner coil is the toughest part to get; so making a few more coasters will give me more practice with that as well. He is a photo of my first coaster.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Coiled Fabric - My latest crafting adventure

My latest interest is fabric coiling. I was in the fabric store this week and saw a book on this topic, It's a Wrap. I knew that this was something that I wanted to try out. So, I bought the book and the necessary materials to get started on my latest crafting adventure. I am currently in the process of wrapping fabric on clothes line. Then the line will be coiled to make plates, bowls, baskets, bags, whatever. Of course I am starting with the most basic, the plate. I hope to make some more progress on it today! Here is what the coiling process looks like. I'll post more pictures when it's done.