Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 14

Cajun Corner – Vol. 4, No. 14 – April 14, 2012

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Easter was a wonderful day.  George and I dyed eggs the night before and when visiting our friends on Easter Sunday, we hid the eggs in their yard.  The eggs were located and we hid them, again, throughout the house.  It was a lot of fun.

It has been a sad week.  One of the attorneys I worked with many years ago passed away in a drowning accident.  What makes matters even worse is that one of his daughters passed away last Saturday.  My heart and prayers goes out to this family.  They were a very close knit family.   The ray of sunshine from this horrible situation is that I was able to reconnect with some very dear friends from the law firm.

The scalloping edges are coming along.  I did another shirt with a scalloped edge and a design which turned out okay.  There were problems along the way with thread and needle breaks, but that is just more of me learning the new machine, I think.  All of the scallops that I have done so far have been on jersey tee shirts.  The first attempt was on the pink tee shirt and the second attempt was on the navy tee shirt.  Wovens will be much easier.

Have I ever discussed puff embroidery?  Puff embroidery is made using foam.  The foam is the same foam that you see when you go to a craft store or department.  Sometimes they are cut in the shape of little animals.  Sometimes they are larger circles or squares.  They even have visors made from the foam.  Puff embroidery uses a satin stitch, so, it cannot be very wide or the satin stitches will loosen and get caught on things.  It is also difficult to take a photograph of an item using puff embroidery and actually showing the effect.  The effect is that the stitch covered foam heightens the embroidery.  It is a texture that you can feel.  The design must be digitized for puff embroidery by eliminating the underlay.  At the point in the embroidery where the foam is used, the machine will stop.  The foam is then placed in the area for the puff embroidery and the machine begins stitching a dense satin stitch, thus perforating the foam.  When the area of puff is completed, just lift off the remaining foam and it is done.  Sounds easy, huh?  There are some complications with foam.  One is that sometimes little pieces of the foam protrude through the stitches.  This is resolved by using a pin to push the foam under the stitching.  It is always a good idea to use the same colored foam as your thread.  Another method is a magic marker pen in the same color as the thread.

Puff embroidery is great for outlines or even something less than ½ inch wide or so, but what if you want a larger area raised in your embroidery?  How would that be accomplished?  It can be done, you know.  The method is trapunto.  According to Wikipedia:

“Trapunto, from the Italian for "to embroider," is a method of quilting that is also called "stuffed technique." A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.”

The trapunto method can be used on modern embroidery machines.  I’ve never tried it but the instructions make sense and seem to be fairly easy. 

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Found this at

How to make duct tape wallets

Supplies and tools
·                 duct tape (Duck brand is available at The Home Depot, Michaels, and many other stores. carries the widest selection of duct tape I have seen, including Platypus Designer Duct Tape.)
·                 craft knife (X-Acto or other utility knife. We used these mini cutters)
·                 self-healing cutting mat or other cutting surface (we used sheets of Plexiglass from my salvaged window project)
·                 credit card/driver’s license
·                 3- by 4-inch piece of clear plastic for ID window (I cut up a roll of clear plastic I had on hand)
·                 12-inch ruler with metal edge

Main fabric:
1. Tear off four pieces of tape that are at least 9 inches long. (Don’t use scissors. Don’t use your knife. Rip it!) Place them sticky-side-up on your cutting surface. Stick them to each other (front-to-back), overlapping about 1/2 inch.
2. Tear off four more pieces the same length. Starting about 1/2 inch from the top, adhere one piece at a time (back-to-back). The last piece should overlap about 1/2 inch. (The reason you start 1/2-inch down is to stagger the thicker parts of the duct tape “fabric” you’re making. If you don’t, some parts of the fabric will be four layers thick, which is difficult to fold.)
3. Fold over the top and bottom edges. Your fabric should now be about 6 inches tall.
4. Using your ruler and knife, cut a clean edge on the left side. Always use your ruler when cutting with your knife.
5. Then measure 8-1/2 inches and trim the other edge. Set aside.

Credit card pockets:
6. Tear off two pieces of tape about 5 inches long. Overlap them the same as step 1.
7. Tear off two more 5-inch pieces and adhere the same as step 2.
8. Fold over the top and bottom edges the same as step 3. This large pocket should be about 3 inches tall.
9. Using your ruler and knife, cut a clean edge on the left side.
10. Then measure 4 inches and trim the other edge. Set aside.
11. Tear off two pieces these are about 9 inches long. Stick them directly back-to-back.
12. Cut this double-sided piece into two 4-inch long pieces. These are your smaller pockets.
13. Tear off a 5-inch piece of tape. Rip it lengthwise down the middle. (Yes, I said rip it. Fast. You can do it. Don’t worry if it’s not exactly down the middle.)
14. Use two of the ripped pieces to make a top border on each of the small pockets. Tape the top edge, then fold over. Trim the excess.
15. Tear off a 4-inch piece of tape. Rip it lengthwise down the middle.
16. Stack the pockets on top of each other. Stagger the height of the two smaller ones evenly.
17. Place a credit card on top of the stacked pockets to make sure you leave enough space for your cards. Using one of your ripped pieces, tape the left side of your pockets right up to the edge of the credit card. Fold it over to the back side and trim the excess with your ruler and knife. Do not tape the right side yet.

ID window:

18. Use another ripped piece to tape the right edge of your window. Fold it over and trim the excess. Do not tape any other edge yet. Set aside.

Final assembly:

19. Fold your main fabric in half lengthwise. Make sure the height of your pockets, window, and wallet are all the same height (3 inches). If not, trim them as necessary.
20. Unfold the main fabric. Place the window and pockets in opposite upper corners of your main fabric. Rip a 9-inch piece of tape lengthwise. Option 1: Use one piece to tape the top edge all the way across. Or option 2: Using your knife and ruler, cut one of the pieces in half endwise. Tape the window down, lining up the cut edge with the right side of the window. Then tape the pockets down, lining up the cut edge with the left side of the pockets. Trim off the excess.
21. Tear off another 4-inch piece of tape. Rip it lengthwise down the middle.
22. Refold your main fabric. Place a credit card on top of the pockets. Using one of the ripped pieces, tape the right side of your wallet right up against the edge of your credit card. Fold it over the entire wallet. Trim the excess with your knife.
23. Tape the left edge (window side) of your wallet the same way. Trim the excess.
24. Following either option 1 or 2 in step 20, tape the bottom edge the same way. This piece will show on the outside of your wallet, so follow option 1 if you want a contrasting border. (You can cut out a notch on the inside, if you prefer.)
25. Fold your wallet in half endwise, then press it flat.
26. Add decoration with duct tape as desired. You’re done!

C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

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