Game Bags, was RE: [HNW] stitching knotwork
maggie.gene at justinanimator.com
Wed Apr 13 11:38:00 PDT 2005
Mellissa Allison stepped close to the microphone and whispered:
>Genie spake thusly:
> > Any more questions?
> Yes, actually... :-)
> Did you have charts for the game boards or did you design them yourself?
See my other post. We just found a design online, and printed it off to
the correct size. Some people just copied them onto the fabric following
the threads, which is what I did. I decided that I wanted each section to
be so many inches, and then measured that out. I used a regular pencil to
draw a line down between threads, so that I wouldn't cross threads. I have
a thing about a design being square to the even weave fabric.
>How did you measure the circles (fold fabric into quarters, string and
>chalk, tracing a huge salad bowl)?
I used the string and chalk method, but I really was not scientific about
it. I figured that they didn't have to be perfect circles.
>Would it be easy to sew piping around
>the edge to dress it up?
Yes. I personally hate the stuff, but since you are basically sewing a
round pillow that will never get stuffed, you can just put it into the seam.
>Did you stay stitch the edge of the circle?
Yes. I just zig-zagged the edges. I used one of the 'pretty' stitches
that my machine has, and I hardly ever use, right against the outside seam
after turning it right sides out, I think I used the feather-like one, to
keep it flat, and close off the open part. The board itself, I zig-zagged
and then turned it under a half inch or so and used the same stitch to
aplique it on (of course I did that before sewing front to back.)
>you secure the ties to the bags, or did you secure them at all?
We first tried to make a channel around the edge with a draw string, but
the string we were using did not slip at all. Since it was hand made, and
donated, we decided to just attach it (I used a zig-zag with stitch length
at 0) at one place about an inch or so down from the edge on the outside,
and tied it around a gathered up circle.
>your ties constructed of?
She did lucet cord out of wool.
>Would lucet cord work well for this?
>project lend itself well to handsewing?
Yes. Very much so, since you would then be able to do a nice applique with
the board itself, and then be more exact with the sewing of the edges together.
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