Thursday, April 30, 2009
This version has ribbon "pocket" sewn along the bottom flap to hold cards or slips of paper. Note, top of notepad is covered with decorative paper to camouflage manufacturer's logo.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Yay, 6 more drawers for my organizational compulsion!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Stitch a square base. I cut a square shape from a hard plastic expired gift card and inserted between the two ties to stabilize the base.
Straight stitch the 2 open sides. You won't be able to stitch all the way down the base so start a 1/4" from the bottom and stitch toward the broad tie points.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Mallys goes to Jo-Ann Fabric on Sunday for on-sale flannel. ($2.00/yd for solid. $2.99/yd for print.)
Mallys is bored. This always spells trouble--and garish clothing creations--in a fabric store.
Mallys selects a pajama pattern ($1.99 on sale). Mallys selects bright (no, I mean BRIGHT) orange flannel for pajama pants, to go with the bright orange flannel she's selected for a pajama shirt. Bright orange, with skulls and checkered flags, deeper orange flames, and almost-red lettering, reading "Bad to the Bone."
Mallys gets to the cutting counter and requests a yard of this, a couple yards of that, etc.
The Jo-Ann employees are chatty. Annoyingly chatty. I think it's in the employee handbook that they're required to ask you what you're making and to comment on how "cute" or how "pretty" it will be.
I heard her say to a woman who was purchasing yards of **JOHN DEERE TRACTOR PRINT FLEECE**, "Oh, that will be really pretty. That will be really cute."
Jo-Ann Employee: What are you making?
Mallys, dreading: Just some pajamas.
JAE: Oh, those will be really cute. Really cute. Like for a 9-12 year old boy, these would be great. What age are you making these pajamas for?
Mallys: The bored 39-year-old standing right in front of you.
JAE: Oh. Oh. Uh. . . . Oh. Uh. . . . Those will be really cute.
Last night, I sewed cat-print pajama shorts. I wish I could say they helped me sleep better. They helped me sleep funnier.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Iron-on frog pattern from Dimensional Craft's Savvy Stitches kit called "Fun Things" with couched thread outline.
Monkey image from the same kit, above.
Sleeve detail with my favorite and super easy embellishment.
Run 1 strand of floss under the hem stitches
for a cute serpentine or almost rick-rack effect.
Fleur-de-lis stencil from same freezer paper stencil technique.
Sponged on with terra cotta color and topped with gold glittery paint.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I used a modified zig-zag stitch.
Trim fabric from back of image.
cut carefully and SLOWLY!
It will look even better after laundering
because the knit edges will roll back.
T-shirt knit fabric would give more stretch
than the appliqued gingham.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Go to this handy online cross stitch caption maker for a freebie chart and stitch yours now.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Practically every time I purchase bias tape, I ask a clerk to explain the difference between the choices and most of the time I get home to unwrap the sealed package to find that the clerk was wrong. So I had HAD IT and fired off this missive to customer service representative at http://www.wrights.com/Dear marketing or packaging dept.:
You must hate your customers.
Otherwise, why would you package your items with no explanation or graphic demonstrating the difference between double fold and single fold bias tape?
Why would your packaging feature an aging female wearing an unattractive blouse with no correlation to the enclosed product?
Does the blouse feature bias tape? No.
Does the old lady blouse have piping? Not that I can see.
Does the withering woman's top show lace? Nope.
Does the doddering dowager have hem facing on that tired rag?
What the heck, people?
Your inserts provide no further information.
Do you assume that your customers KNOW how to sew? Assume they don't.
How would a new sewing enthusiast know what hem facing is? Your package imparts nothing for explanation. There is an impressive underground growth of women out there that are teaching themselves to sew and your product is not an asset to learning.
And if you can believe it, the nice folks at Wright's responded.
Thank you for your comments and concerns. I will pass your suggestions along to the correct department where I am sure they will take it under advisement. If we can be of further assistance please feel free to contact us any time.
It was a generic response but and I almost felt bad that unloaded on them. Almost.
Their packaging is still retarded.