As a technical exercise, this worked well. Aesthetically, a bit of a disaster: 1) I have a bag of pieces marked ‘For Samples’ but there was a dearth of big enough plain pieces, hence the woven towel edge. 2) I didn’t give enough thought to where the different patterns would come.
Bound Edge with Pintucks.
This was better – I thought properly first!
I used the polyester satin for the pintucks (Bernina is very happy and produces a nice regular result). Having had some trouble with the Natesh threads (you may NOT laugh): they don’t like long periods of use on big pieces of work, they have been relegated to a box labelled ‘For Samples’ as they are fine for small pieces. I used two different pink ombre top threads for the pintucks and a plain red in the darkest shade for the pattern on the fabric edge. (This is calico with a stencilled mask using a diffuser.) I liked the result.
These also worked well and I particularly liked the green one before I cut the middles out, it looked like three little rugs.
Christmas is coming (No, no, help!) and I found some black Kunin felt with silver sparkles – can’t remember what I bought it for, so I used red and green threads.
I have an Antex Craft FabricMaster heat tool with seven tips, I used one with a tip like a big ball-point pen, which went through the felt like the proverbial hot knife! It took longer to heat up.
Felt Fringe – two things:
a) Stitching too close together
b) Sheer seems to be cotton: refused to melt or burn
This, on the other hand, was only too happy to melt.
Burnt sheers edge.
Sheers stitched onto transfer printed fabric and blasted with heat tool.
I don’t have a Cording Foot, so I used the Overlocker Foot instead. Not very easy to get round a corner with it – I probably should buy a Cording Foot if I’m going to need it a lot.
Procion-dyed flannel with soft cotton, perle and a procion-dyed boucle thread.
Swimsuit (!) fabric
Fine printed jersey
I don’t seem to be able to produce a good Lettuce edge. I used Foot 2, the overlock foot again.
I’ll give it another go with the layers.
‘Painted’ kitchen roll and free machined felt
Automatic patterns on linen
Mounted onto cotton twill
Purple twill with knotted braid
Felt with Eyelets
Laced Eyelets in calico
Buttonholes with sheer cords
Diagonal buttonholes with sheer cords
Layered edges with automatic patterns
I found that the Lettuce Edges were totally beyond me and both of the machines, which was a pity, as I liked the look of them a lot. Life caught up with me a bit, so it is now 2016, but I did manage a start on some of the bits for Chapter 4.