Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
- Use a Thread Color the same color as your pattern and not the background.
- 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.
- Walmart is a good place to find 3/16" fabric clothesline. It is half the price there than at my local hardware store.
- 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
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
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
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.