March Sewing Blog
|Hello Sewing Friends,Proms, weddings, Easter and springtime are just ahead and this year we will celebrate the season with plenty of lemon yellow, seashore blues and accents of salmon rose.March is National Crafting Month and the perfect time to get together with all of our crafting friends. There are many things we all have in common. 1) We enjoy the satisfaction of making things ourselves. 2) We’re coordinated and work well with our hands. 3) We’re visual, tactile learners. 4) We need a creative outlet. 5) We like to think out of the box and HAVE FUN!Crafting is an adventure. I remember when my husband George and our son George lV and I decided to make plaster face masks for Christmas presents one year when we had no money. George lV was only six years old when we covered the living room floor with newspapers and put straws wrapped in cotton up our noses. Then we took turns covering our faces with Vaseline, sprinkling them with powder, and lay quiet and still while the plaster mold heated up and set on our faces. (My over enthusiastic husband had to cut my bangs and sideburns away to get my mask off!) What a scary messy memory of family crafting time!!!The results captured a moment in time in 1995 and I’m thrilled that I have a three dimensional face of our (now age 20) son George lV when he was a little boy.
Anyway, I’ll keep my day job~ and continue to sew.
There are many ways to marry sewing and crafting. Sewing a tote and then stamping it, making napkins and then painting them, completing a new machine embroidery design and adding Glamour Gems iron-on rhinestones, etc…. Challenge yourself to come up with something new by expanding your world of creativity to crafting. Stitch a few scrapbook pages, sew a few postcards or make a scrapbook quilt or pillow.
This is a home décor project that can interest crafters and sewers alike. Made with inexpensive ribbon purchased by the spool, a little hand manipulation and one sewing machine stitch, the unique table runner will definitely add surface interest to any table-scape.
Enjoy your new Runner! It’s amazing what one stitch and a little assembling can accomplish!
There are many types and weights of stabilizer and the choice you make will be determined by the type and weight of the fabric that you are using and the embroidery design. Listed are four of the basics to get you started. SULKY offers a nice value on a variety pack that will get you started and keep you going! Item # 257-815
Tear-Away – This stabilizer comes in light, medium and heavy and is used with woven fabrics to make a sturdy foundation that will stay with the item for the life of the design. It should tear away from the main design easily. For best results, use on a substantial fabric (nothing too flimsy) with a medium design (not too many holes and spaces—they don’t tear out well)
Cut-Away – Comes in a variety of weights from light polymesh to heavy and white, beige and black. Use the lightest one that will work without changing the hand of the fabric. Cut-Away should be trimmed to within ¼” from the design edges. Choose the cut-away color that will least likely show through.
Heat-Away – Best for delicates and sheers that are non-washable. There are several versions. The film type is great as a topper, (monogramming towels so they terry doesn’t poke through the stitches) while the woven version is good when making lace or creating a fabric with only threads. It will crumble when heated with a dry iron.
Wash-Away -This magic stabilizer can be used as a backing and a topper. It is available in many forms such as woven, paper, plastic film and liquid. All of these will wash away with water so the item must be washable. Manufacturers call for different water temperatures so read the instructions carefully.
Thread – MELROSE tri-lobal 40 wt. Polyester thread is a superb choice for embroidering with the Futura. It is durable, strong, colors won’t run or fade and it won’t shrink and distort your designs. Check it out on our website.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Q: Why do I need special embroidery scissors?
WHEN TO WATCH:
March 1—2am, 4pm and 11pm
I’m looking forward to seeing your creations posted in our SHARE section on the crafting page. Look for the pink box and upload your finished project today!!
Continue to Sew Your Dreams,