Thursday, 22 January 2015

My Garden Finally Finished!

It's only been almost 3 years in the making but
I am happy to say I have completed
My Garden by Lynette Anderson.....
It started out as a wall hanging project but I opted to make
 it into a European cushion cover for
the daybed in my sewing studio....
I love the colours of the fabrics in this and the gorgeous
 hand painted buttons finish each of the
nine blocks off beautifully...
Many hours have been spent on this little project,
 sometimes the smaller projects take
more time than whole quilts....
I scored this lovely linen doona cover
 at Recollections the other day.....
Reduced drastically because they couldn't find
 the pillow case and perfect for my daybed.....
Very cosy spot for sitting and stitching....I love it!
I have another European cushion to cover and a smaller round
 cushion as well, I am thinking I would like to use these
fabrics and lined for one of those but have not
completely decided on a design yet....
Until Next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The things that excite!

Today my friend Annalisa and I are taking a day trip to Ikea,
 neither of us have been there and we are both excited about the
 retail experience that is in store for us. I will be looking for
 some particular pieces for a project in my studio and am sure
 I will find a few more, I just had to have it's...LOL
Meanwhile while I am away shopping up a storm I thought
 I would share this little project with you, have a great day....
 
 
 
It's always nice to get a new iron and 
nicer when it's for your new Sewing Studio....
I used some of my Fly Buys points....
So even nicer again cause it didn't cost me anything....
Only problem is I don't like cords lying around to be tripped
 over, actually I don't like seeing cords at all if I can help it....
I called into the electrical wholesalers to see if they had some
 clips to screw under my cutting table to hook the cord up with...
The sales assistant suggested this little square channel.....
Perfect!
I screwed the main part up underneath my cutting table
and poked the extension cord up inside...
The fourth side just clipped back on over the edges
 and holds the cord in place perfectly....
I plugged one end into the power point on the wall at
the end of my bench and the iron into the other end 
and Yay it's all ready to go with the cord hanging 
tidy down the corner of the table out of the way....
No cord on the floor at the side of the cutting table
 for me to trip on while I am busy cutting....
Another job ticked off and another step closer to
 just sewing when I go out to my studio....
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Building A Design Wall Part Three

 
Here we are again with the third and final
post about building my Design Wall....
Pictured below are the necessary bits and
 pieces for the completion of my project...
I decided to make the silver side of the insulation boards
 the front and first step was to fold the wadding over the top
 edge of the board and run a row of staples
 along to hold it and firmly in place....
I also ran a length of packing tape along the edge of the
wadding for added strength and to hold the staples in place....
Because of the size and lack of space inside my Studio and the
fact that I decided to use spray adhesive, I asked Miss Molly to
help me move the board outside so I had plenty of room
to work. The glare from the insulation boards and the cream
wadding was quite blinding because it was in full sun...
 I recommend this be done in the shade if possible but of cause
 I couldn't wait so it was on with the sunglasses and straw hat.
I also changed the brown packing tape to clear on this side
of the insulation boards to avoid the brown tape line being
visible through the wadding once it was up on the wall. I
 gave the whole thing a good covering with spray adhesive....
Bit by bit I rolled stretched and smoothed the wadding onto the
 board spraying more adhesive as I went, I used up the whole
can and am really happy with how it stuck down....
I then called on the help of Miss Molly to help me move it
inside because as I said the glare was really blinding me....
 We placed it face down on my kitchen table and I then turned
 the other three sides over to the back and stapled and
 taped until it was all firm and nice and secure....
At this stage I could have just leant it up against the wall and it
would have been ready to go but I wanted it in a frame....
We carried it back out to the studio and slid the right hand side
 snugly behind the outer frame, I then nailed the top of the outer
 frame up to hold the top of the board securely into place....
It all fits together perfectly so by this stage I was getting really
excited about just how well it was looking....
Insert Happy Dance....LOL!
This pic shows the top corner on the left hand side....
See how it sits in behind the outer frame....
I then nailed the left hand side frame up and surprisingly it was
 the straightest bit of timber and required no real effort in the
 bending and pushing department....
Then I had a WOOPS moment and cut the bottom piece
of timber too short!!!! Duh!
I can assure you that Woops was definitely not the word
 I used but this is a family blog after all..
I think fatigue was setting in or too much excitement and lack
 of concentration....One or the other...LOL!
So a little patch up job was in order, luckily I had a piece left
over from the sides so I cut it to fit and nailed it on....
Putty Time! Almost there....Yay!
This putty was really easy to work with, I just pushed
it into the holes and joins with my finger and wiped
 off the excess with a damp cloth.....
BEAUTIFUL!!!!
I then went over the whole frame with a light
layer of stain to tie it all together....
I am so glad that I stained all the timber before putting it up
 on the wall, it made it so much easier once it was up....

Final step was to give the frame a really good wax with this...
This stuff smells amazing....
It was as simple as wax on with a piece
of cheesecloth all the way around...

And then a good buffing with another piece of cheesecloth....

The wax finished the timber off perfectly and has just the right
amount of sheen, it was the first time I have waxed anything
 and I am sure it won't be the last....
Here it is the finished product....
It turned out just how I wanted and far better
 than I had imagined it would....
Just goes to show if we set our minds to something then anything
 is possible with a bit of effort and determination....
All ready for some designing or creating!!!! Yay!
Can't wait to see "Natures Journey" up there....
I have cut the leftover piece of insulation board in two
and will cover those another time to make
 some portable mini design walls....
Maybe one that I can lie on its side and pop against the
 wall behind my sewing machine....
This corner of the Studio will be my next project....
I will be building a corner bench here with drawers at either
end for storage, I have the two white counter tops and am taking
 a day trip to Ikea tomorrow with my non sewing friend
 Annalisa(She is a great shopping friend though) to find some
 chests of drawers and maybe some type of
 shelving unit for overhead storage....
Watch this space.....
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed the
 process as much as I have, and just remember anything
 is possible if you set your mind to it....
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate
 
 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Building A Design Wall Part Two

Hello and welcome back to part two of my design wall
 tutorial, my inner frame is up on the wall and it is time to
 cut mitred corners in the bull nose maple for the outer frame...
I also stained the lengths first to save time afterwards....
 I have nailed the right hand side of the outer frame to the
 inner frame and once again pushed pulled and
 cursed until I got it as straight as possible....
I then slid one of the insulation boards in
behind the frame to see if it was a nice fit....
I hung a piece of white and a piece of natural
 coloured wadding over the board....
After a cup of tea and some careful deliberation I think
 I am going to go with the natural colour....
I don't think the white will be very forgiving
 with loose threads and fluff...
Next job was to cut a length from the second insulation board
to be joined to the first board to make up the required size...
I  cut it through with a stanley knife and ruler....
It is so light and nice and sturdy so very easy to work with...
Here is a pic of the two pieces sitting inside the frame...
I put the top frame up with a couple of nails to hold it all into
place while I taped the two parts together with packing tape...
I love how the foam sheeting looks like a giant cutting
board on this side, purely coincidental....
I ran a couple of layers of packing tape along
the join to hold the two pieces together....
The reverse side of the foam insulation boards are silver...
I pulled the boards out and ran another couple of
 layers of packing tape along the silver side....
I plan to use the offcut for smaller design boards
 but that will be a project for another time....
That's all for this post....
Stay tuned for the next post where it will all come together...
At least I hope it does....LOL!
I am off to purchase some wadding and will be having fun with
 my staple gun today while I attempt to cover that big board....
I am excited to see how it will turn out...
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Building A Design Wall Part One

I am building a design wall for my Studio and thought I would share the process with you all.
I did a bit of research on pinterest before starting this project and found quite a lot of options. A lot were foam insulation boards covered with wadding or flannelette sheets. Others were just fabric sheets hanging on the wall that you could pin to. I am going to use wadding to cover some foam insulation boards that I purchased from a builders supplier. I am making quite a large design wall and wanted it to be secure so I opted to build a frame around it. First job was to gather the necessary tools, timber and paint stain for the job. I chose maple with a bull nose edge for the outer frame and a basic rectangular maple for the inner frame......
 
This is the spot that I will be using to create my design wall....
Yay! Excited and nervous at this stage....
I took some measurements and it will be 186cm by 278cm....
Ruled a nice straight line to use as a guide for the first side...
I then used my tenon saw and box to cut nice square lines...
I was going to buy a drop saw but thought this
 option may have been a little safer....LOL 
I then stained the edges of the maple before I secured
 it to the wall so I didn't have to do it afterwards....
Then the fun and games began because not one length of
 timber was straight so lots of drilling and pulling
 and pushing to get it nice and level...
After many hours I finally had one side screwed up on the wall,
It was however very straight and very level....
This carpentry business is very hard work!!!!
Next I secured the top piece to the wall and used an offcut
 of timber and my spirit level to straighten it up.....Phew!
Bottom piece went on next and by now it was
 nice to sit on the floor and take a rest....
I wouldn't like to be paying me by the hour! 
Ta Dah! Inner frame up and as square and straight as possible.
Isn't it nice and big....Insert Happy Dance here :)
This is the foam insulation sheeting that I am using....
It is 120 by 270cm's and 16mm thick....
The foam is a few mm narrower than the timber I used so once
covered with wadding will fit snugly into the frame....
I will then put another frame over the top to hold it all together.
Call back tomorrow if you would like to see what I do next...
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

 
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