I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
confessions of a fabric obsessive
Monthly Archives: October 2011
Every single self-respecting craft blogger has tutorials on their blog, and I’ve been wondering for ages what to do for my first tutorial.
Give away a trade secret? Show off something related to crafting but not my speciality?
As you already know, I’m passionate about fabric and colour, so when I decided to cover a very boring pinboard with fabric, I thought “That’s it! It can be my first tutorial. I’ll need to take lots of photos, and then write it up when it’s all done and then bob’s your uncle! It’ll be great!”
Oh dear, oh dear.
Here are the photos with a little commentary by me.
Re-wet the whole lot, peel fabric off pinboard, start again with more glue (lots). Discover that the back of this particular pinboard is corrugated cardboard and bows when it’s wet. Put a weight on the board on top of a plastic bag, so the glue doesn’t stick the weight to the pinboard. Smooth out the wrinkles in the glue next day, and wait for it to dry.
Vow to never, ever use craft glue to stick fabric on a pinboard ever again.
Stick to spray-on adhesive, like I used to cover the drawer fronts of my filing cabinet.
Find another boring pinboard, and some more pretty fabric.
…and they all lived happily ever after!
It is, it is, I promise. I just got a little sidetracked for a while and life got in the way of sewing.
OK, this update is slightly overdue. I have been a very bad hexalonger and not worked on my hexagon quilt for so long.
Here’s a photo of what I have so far.
I love the fabrics individually, but I’m not digging the scrappy hexes look, know what I mean? And because I don’t like how it’s working out, I’m not working on it.
I think the triangles sewn into hexagons may have been a mistake.
Basically the whole thing, as a whole thing, isn’t working for me and I’m probably going to unstitch everything and start again.
What I was aiming for is something that I just found out (literally, I’m typing this in one tab on my browser and listening to the tutorial on youtube on another tab) is bargello.
If you want to know what the bargello technique is, look at these quilts.
(yay to me for working out how to embed videos in my blog, don’t you think?)
I’m not quite that ambitious, but I was aiming for a “wave” of different colours. Can you imagine little hexagons of colour instead of squares and rectangles (all the same size, of course, the hexes wouldn’t fit together otherwise, even I know that)?
Help! Advice and opinions please!
Confused Claire Bear