Darlene’s Thread: Angel Hair Headband and More Projects!
Ever wonder what to do with those round bundles of playful prints? They’re 45″ x 3″ strips of inspiring colorful cottons that are usually made into a quilt of some sort, but who says you can’t use them to design apparel? On this sporty blouse I pulled all the blue/green prints and added a few strips of Dupion Silk to kick it up a notch and give your eyes a break.
After joining the strips on my Stylist Serger Item: 139-950, and a good steam press with the Singer Classic Finish Iron Item: 960-264, it was time to cut out the front pattern pieces. This front had a princess seam so you can see where the pieces met on the vertical bustline as an interesting pattern was formed. There weren’t enough blue/green strips for the back, so more blue Dupion to break up the patterns and serve as a yoke.
Once the front and back were joined at the shoulder seams, the plain blue seemed a bit stark and ‘awning like’ so I added a decorative stitch down the center to break it up. By this time, having used the scraps to cut the collar and cuffs, there was nothing left for the sleeves–unless I went pink which was not on my aesthetic radar so… I broke up the blue/green with some brown chiffon, chose the blue pearl buttons from my stash and checked off the challenge :)
No one’s perfect! That’s why having a set of permanent markers will come in handy! For starters, you can add color, accent, contour or highlight different areas of a quilt with pigments that won’t wash out. You can also use your fine tipped rainbow of colored markers to fill in any tiny gaps that may have occurred in machine embroidery. If you’d like to add them to your shopping basket with your next order, check out Item: 938-472 or Item: 904-782.
Angelina Fibers are fluffy, vibrant and versatile. Whether you’re punching the sparkling angel hair fibers into a project or pressing them into a sheet, their eye-catching twinkle will make you feel like a princess. For a whimsical accent in your next embroidery, follow these easy steps:
• Teflon Pressing Sheet
• Angelina Fibers
• Embroidery machine and a pre-determined border design
• Fabric and stabilizer. The design I chose was from Bertina Studio Elizabethan Blackwork Borders
1) Hoop Fabric and Stabilizer
2) Press a small wad of Angelina fibers approx: 6″ x2″ between two pressing sheet layers (you can fold your sheet in half)
3) Place pressed fibers sheet on hoop where design will stitch out and finger press in place
4) Machine Embroider Design
5) Carefully Trim excess Angelina from edges using duck billed applique scissors if you have them
6) Fold headband in half lengthwise with right sides together. Mark, stitch and trim seam allowance
7) Fasten Safety pin through the end of elastic and thread into the ‘headband hole’ being sure to stop when the edges are even. Pin in place. Stitch across end.
8) Use the saftey pin to pull the headband right side out and then remove the safety pin
9) Turn under a seam allowance and insert the raw edge of the elastic into the headbands opening. Stitch in place. Your AngelHair Headband is ready to wear!
TIP: Be careful not to overpress or use a setting that’s too hot for the fibers. If you do, they will lose their unique mother-of-pearl quality!
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