I had this post planned for Show & Tell Wednesday, but a class field trip and sick kiddos put me a day behind. So today I’m breaking out of the mold, going hog wild and doing Show & Tell on Thursday. What can I say, I’m wild, I’m a rebel (not really… in fact I’m the complete opposite of that. I am rule follower, because after all that’s what they’re for.)
This is a little sneak peak at some things I’ve been working on for the last week.
I was invited to take part in Ladies Night Out next Thursday night. Ladies Night Out is a fun event hosted at Jake’s Coffee in Ripon (CA). Vendors set up tables with their wears, and people are able to shop while enjoying fresh coffee and delicious coffee-house treats. It happens once a month, but this is my first time to participate and I am so excited! I’ve been busy making hair clips, infant headbands, pins and even doing a little sewing. I’m hoping to have some more Sunday-go-to-meetin’ bags done by Thursday as well.
A wide variety of hair clips in lots of fresh, fun colors. I really had fun this time experimenting with different techniques and materials. I pulled out everything I had! The sewing room was quite the site.
I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without any creative inspiration. So, I thought i would show you how to make a basic flower rosette.
I think these are even easier than the folded rose tutorial I did a few months ago. They’re fun little flowers that can be made to look dressy or playful. You can use a variety of fabrics (cotton, silk, satin, linen) and you can add little trinkets to the center.
The 2×32 inch measurement doesn’t need to be precise. You don’t have to get your straight edge and measuring tape out (unless you like that sort of thing, then by all means have at it). A strip this wide and long will make a rose that is about 3 inches in diameter. Longer and wider will make bigger and fatter roses.
Set your machine to the longest stitch setting it has. DO NOT backstitch! Leave a long tail string, you will need that to gather the material. Stitch the length of the strip. Sew closely to the unfinished edge of the material. Once you get to the end of the strip, do not backstitch, and leave another long tail string.
Hold your fabric in one hand and pull on one of the threads. Holding the thread tightly, carefully push and gather the layers of fabric with the other hand.
It will look like this when it’s all gathered up.
Have fun playing around and experimenting! ~April