Hello Blog Buddies, hope this Tuesday finds you well??
Apologies for the lack of posts recently. Real life has got in the way (like it should). Not only in the way of blog posts but also of craftiness in general. Not a lot going on here. I haven’t even picked up the crochet in the evening much, my head is elsewhere right now.
Last Tuesday I finally got round to ordering some new background fabric for the patchy houses. I had searched about and found a local Yorkshire weaving mill where I could buy some untreated calico for a good price. I had ordered a load of samples to check which was right so I ordered 11m (to cover their minimum order requirement). I thought it might take up to 10 days for delivery but it came on Thursday – yay! I should have taken a photo at this point so you could have seen it in all its glorious perfectly flatness – it was like it had been run over by a steamroller, perfect except for the folds when it was packed, but I didn’t expect what followed.
Did you notice the word before calico?? Yep… untreated. That means not preshrunk. So I thought I would stick it in the washing machine before getting stuck in to sewing. Don’t want anyone getting upset when they have to wash something in the future. I did that on Friday morning. It was hideously creased when I got it out of the machine but I decided to dry it slightly then iron it when damp. I managed to get it on the line for a while in between showers then brought it in for ironing. Have a look at how bad the creases were….
Looking better but still with some very stubborn creases. Not bad eh?? Oh but it is bad… very bad. That ironed piece you can see on the right of the above picture is only about a foot wide and just over a metre long… and it took TWENTY minutes to get it to this state. There are ELEVEN metres of the stuff….. Sob!
Right there and then I gave up. Nope. Not going there. Not ironing it all in one go. I have better things to do with my time. So wish I hadn’t washed it! Mr P found me a piece of left over shower rail and I rolled it all onto that. I will iron it as I need it. Can you tell that ironing is not my favourite thing???
After a lovely, busy, ordinary, family weekend I was itching to cut into it yesterday but I had some bags to finish first. Here they are..
Inspiration from Eclectic Gypsyland. Apologies for dingy photos. You can see the shoots are there but the button plants have not yet flowered! Here’s the other…
So once they were all sewn I could get on to my new calico. With 11m to play with you might think I would go large. No. Mrs Patch always has to be contrary. I wanted to see how small I could go. I’m thinking card size?? Here’s my effort…
Left the scissors and pencil so you can get an idea of scale. Buttons awaiting attachment again. Just look at those evil, stubborn creases. Grrrrrrrr!!!!! Just need a card blank to mount it on. Might try a teeny three house village next, so the houses will have to get smaller still. Less detailed I think.
If anybody has any amazing ideas for crease removal I would LOVE to hear them. One of my friends suggested putting it under the mattress and i might have to try it! Enjoy your day everyone.