Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
- Be prepared ahead of time [don't spend the first 5-10 minutes gathering all your supplies together as the kids get bored & into mischief VERY fast!].
- If you are doing paper craft of some type, have the card cut ahead of time [see no. 1 for why].
- Don't try to get any of your own cards done at the same time, this will only lead to your frustration & them making a mess.
- Pray that the baby stays asleep so you have both hands free while making cards.
- Children like to 'complete' a project, so when you realise it's dinner time & you haven't started cooking & tell them to pack up cause we can always finish the cards at another time, expect a tantrum or 3.
- When your toddler is behaving like a monster, remember that it's dinner time & you haven't started cooking & therefore she's very hungry.
- Don't expect help to pack up without having to yell & scream at them [see no. 5 for why].
- Crafting really is fun & it's good for them to do this with you!! Just be prepared ahead of time...
You'd think I would have learned my lesson after the last time I scrapbooked with them! If you missed that, you can find it in my archives or here: http://sewfrog.blogspot.com/2009/10/scrapbooking-with-children.html
[I still need help with these hyperlinks - somebody please help me].
Now I still have to finish off the cards with them another day... wish me luck!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Great blog to read, & the fabric in her store is gorgeous.
I'm sorry I don't know how to embed web addresses as hyperlinks [I'm a sewer not a computer expert] If anyone can let me know I'd appreciate it. But check out her blog first!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
1. Make up a solution of strong tea in a bowl or saucepan - I can't tell you how many tea bags or what volume of water - it depends on the colour depth you want to achieve, and how much fabric you are dyeing. You can always repeat the process if it's not dark enough, or wash/bleach if it's too dark.
REMOVE THE TEA BAGS before going any further, or you will get extra colour in the areas up against them.
2. Wet fabric with plain tap water. Whenever you are dyeing fabric or garments you should do this to ensure even take up of the dye.
3. Place into tea solution and stir with spoon to ensure tea touches all parts of fabric. The more the fabric can move around freely in the pot, the more even your colour will turn out [NOTE THIS POT IS TOO FULL].
5. Rinse under tap [a lot of colour will come out, this is normal] until water runs clear. This step is very important. You can add a couple of drops of dishwashing detergent, if desired.
4. Leave in for a minimum of 10 minutes, and then take out to check, remembering the colour is always darker when wet [leave overnight if you want a really strong colour].
6. Wring out or spin in machine to get as much water out as possible.
7. Dry in dryer [heat helps to set the colour] or iron when line dry.
Fabric dyeing is extremely addictive. Once you start experimenting with different strengths of tea, different types of tea [yes, green tea gives a green dye], different methods of fabric preparation [tying, dipping, leaving fabric dry, not stirring], different lengths of time the fabric is in the solution etc etc you will be hooked!
Monday, November 9, 2009
You will need:
- a hanger
- tracing paper
- fabric [I used just over 1 metre of 150cm wide fabric but the amount depends on the length you want your garment bag to be]
- contrasting bias binding, either prepurchased [like I used] or make your own
- a long zip [the exact length isn't critical as it depends how long you want to make your bag
What I did:
Insert zip using your preferred method.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Now I'm off to transfer everything from my old bag into it.