The end of another day. I have now done 15/26 items on the list.
It sounds like great progress, though tomorrow will be spent mostly on social commitments, and I haven’t yet started the behemoth on the list.
This is rug I bought many months ago when I desperately needed warmth. Though I wasn’t a big fan of the drab brown stripes, eventually I came up with a plan to use all my short yarn scraps to slowly make the stripes more colourful. I’ll show you more of that at a later date, but for now all I really wanted to get done was to fix the big ugly hole in it.
The random colours and woven stitch suits the rest of my stripes well.
Next was part of the green dying I did yesterday. This is an op shop skirt, with pockets, a thick waistband, and some pleats. Turns out I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo, but just imagine this with a white background and a lot more drab. The waistband was a little larger than I’d like, but the best way I could think of to correct this would take some major reconstruction. Instead I decided to hammer in some eyelets so I could lace up the back. Now it can be worn however I like it.
Finally, this is not a project I have finished yet, but I’m rather proud of tonight’s innovation. I want a flower type thing to put in my hair, something bright and a bit costumey. Below are the remnants of a silk skirt hem I took up. I just love this fabric, but haven’t found something worthy to use it for yet.
Unfortunately, as you can see, being a hem means that these pieces have been very heavily ironed, and it turns out we don’t have an iron (not one that I could find anyway), but hand sewing small petals with fabric in this condition would be a waste of time.
I had a think. My usual solution is to weigh stuff under books to flatten it, but that wouldn’t be fast enough to start sewing tonight. Something hot would be needed. Then I had the brilliant idea of just pouring boiling water over the fabric, while it was sitting on a flat smooth surface like the kitchen bench.
It worked perfectly! This isn’t something that would work for ironing your work shirts, but what do I care about your real world problems?
What you can’t see in the above photo is the steam coming off the fabric.