Monday, December 03, 2007

Learn something new every day

I totally sewed piping.

The details might just be too glorious, nay, too exciting for you. Reading them might cause such a state of euphoria as to render you useless in your day-to-day goings-on. And I care for you and your goings, so no details. (This is also a part of a holiday gift, so that little peek is all you're getting for now.)

However. Allow me to reiterate: I totally sewed piping.

Also, thank you SO much for all your tips and comments on the placemats. Every bit of your experience, advice, and support really helped! (It was touch and go there for a minute.) It seems only fair that you should get to see what the tops look like in the sunlight:


These are much more representative of how they look than the last set of shots.

I've purchased the backing fabric (from a dude who was so complimentary about my work that I felt like I was being grifted), and I should finish these pretty soon. I'm gonna use a different thread in the bobbin than on the top, and never having done that before, I'm looking forward to some boo-hooing about that in the process -- e..g., "Boo hoo, how come this looks like crap? Boo hoo, what was I thinking? Boo hoo. Boo hoo. Oh, boo."

Won't that be awesome?

Learning new stuff. I'm all for it!

12 comments:

Stella said...

I sewed piping once, and I think I even wore the resulting skirt once. Neither was a good decision.

Yours seems to have gone much better...

Minnie~Knits said...

I use different colors in my bobbin all the time!
If you are running into problems with the wrong color showing up on a particular side, it just means the tension on your machine is off.
But be careful if you adjust it, do it slowly. The tension knob is very touchy, at least on my machine.

Nora said...

Sewing piping elevates you to genius material! Totally!

I'm sorry I missed your previous post but it looks like you managed just fine. ;) They're perfect.

Nora

tiennieknits said...

Woohoo on the piping! Go for it on the different threads - just make sure your tension is spot on.

Cactusneedles said...

I've never sewed piping, so great job! I used different colors, too! I like the way it contrasts with the fabrics!

kim said...

Is that velvet piping on linen? It looks awesome. And the bird - very cool.

Ramona said...

What lovely placemats! I wish I had the talent/patience/time for that kind of sewing.

Ronni said...

Woo Hoo You! Congrats on the piping! And the placemats look gorgeous. Lucky recipients!

Felicia said...

Part of crafting is the long, painful learning experience. Good for you for sewing that piping!

kelp! said...

I love, love, love the way you pieced the Echino fabric! I have some of the same print, and I've been at a loss as what to do with it to maximize its awesomeness...

Dr. B. said...

Kelp! - Thank you so much for the love! Cutting that fabric to maximize its awesomeness was such an ordeal... I didn't write about it here, but I think it's only fair I warn you -- getting just the green "leafy" part and making sure I had enough for all the mats? Yeah. That was really so much harder than I'd expected. May you not have the same problem. (I just didn't want to lead you into hellfire without warning.)

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty damned impressed. Nice job!

diana
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