Thursday, April 29, 2010
I have been swamped with sewing projects lately. I even managed to get a sewing project done that is a gift for MYSELF. That doesn't happen very often, so I'm really excited. I just have one more small detail to finish on it before I can show you what it is. But that can all wait, because of course, I know what you are really interested to find out -- the dates for the pattern sale at the JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
In preparing the example of buttonholes above, I was also struck by the appearance of the buttonhole even before use. Notice that the fabric fibers on the right buttonhole were stabilized, and therefore did not shift or stetch as the buttonhole was being sewn.
Another thing that can be seen from the above photo, is that the stess of cutting the buttonhole also was minimized in the interfaced buttonhole. One more little note about interfacing is illustrated in the photo above, and that is the importance of using the proper weight of interfacing for your projects. When the weight of the interfacing matches your fabric weight you will not see the interfacing "shadow" that is evident in the photo above. If you see "where the interfacing has been used", you need to be using a lighter weight interfacing.
I'm running a little short on time here, so I'm going to address how I keep the knots from slipping through the buttonholes in another post.
Hope this helps.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Okay, I make a confession here. I love sewing patterns!!! And as you can see from the picture above, I love to horde patterns, too. A close look at these patterns and it is easy to see that the price has gone up and up and up. (Just like everything else!!!)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I never realized how much I must like blue until I began to gather some objects for my photo shoot. As I began gathering, I realized that these were some of my very favorite decorations around our house. Since our Magnolia tree is now in bloom, I added a few of the blossoms to some of the shots. I like the contrast they create and the way that they "break up" all that blue.
I took a gazillion pictures. Rather than bore ya'll to death by listing them separately, I stole an idea from someone else, who a week or so ago presented a collage. (I apologize to whoever did this first, but your idea was just too good to pass up.) I wanted to achieve two very different feels to the two collages. I wanted the first collage at the top of the page to feel serene and to have a simple elegance about it. I wanted the one below to have a more down-home country feel. I had a lot of fun playing with and combining the photos until I thought they had the "feeling" that I was trying to convey.
This last shot was from my photo archives. It was taken in January of 2009. I included it because I love the shade of the blue sky and the play of the lights.
We're all just amateurs who are trying to improve our photo skills, and we would love for you to add your pics to ours.
Click on the Foto Friday Challenge button below, and join us for a great time.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
5 and these, of course are the after shots. 6
She donated the hair to Locks of Love.
Seven years ago, as a 12 year old she made her first donation after hearing of other children who had lost their hair due to illness. Realizing she had plenty to spare (she's always had VERY thick hair), she asked to have her hair cut to help other children who needed wigs.
Way back then, this was the before shot. . .