Monday, January 21, 2013

Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 3

Cajun Corner – Vol. 5, No. 3 – January 20, 2013


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Friday night was one spectacular Moon Pie Party.  I learned that my King is even more social than I am.  When I awoke very late Saturday morning my body screamed “PAIN.”  My knees and back were throbbing.  It was nothing an Advil couldn’t cure.  There are pictures of the party all over the internet but if you really want to see some good pictures go to and look in the Photo Gallery.

It turns out that my King John lives only 2 or 3 blocks from my home.  John is a wonderful King and I wouldn’t trade him for all the tea in China.  However, he has me going to so many parties that I don’t know if I can keep up with him.  Not to mention he is very artistic and began decorating our Krewe Den and has started bringing costume pieces to my house.  Whoa there, Your Highness.  Pace yourself.

No joke it is wonderful being Queen and, as you can imagine, I’m making the most of it.  The krewe is my Royal Court and each has a Royal Title, as well as each has their own little tiara.  Hey, I couldn’t be queen without these girls.  They should share some of the glory.

As a little sideline to the Moon Pie Party, when George and I were leaving the house on Friday we saw a gray truck pull up in front of our house.  Something about it looked suspicious and the further we got down the road, the more bothered we were.  We contacted neighbors and conveyed our concerns and were able to continue to the party without worry.  It is good to know and befriend your neighbors.  They’ve come to our rescue more than once.

For most people tomorrow is a holiday but I will be working on a beautiful antique linen bedcover.  Hopefully it will be finished this week.  It is just beautiful.  The project has been ongoing for several weeks and poses a real embroidery challenge.  I surprise myself when one of these projects that “couldn’t be done” is finished and the customer is pleased.  There is a great sense of satisfaction.

We did hit a bump in the embroidery road, though.  One of our embroidery machines is acting up and George is on a quest to fix the thing.  Tomorrow will be day three of this quest.  If it isn’t fixed by Tuesday, I guess we have to either send it to Tampa or get a tech to come here.  Either way is very expensive.  We need it fixed because George is in the middle of a pretty large order and more in line after that one is done.  If it doesn’t get fixed soon, he’ll have to use my Amaya which will stop my work flow.  Thank goodness we have two machines.


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler


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Beaded Headdress Made From Mardi Gras Beads
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o                                1

Measure the circumference of your head at the level just above your eyebrows using the cloth measuring tape. If you know your hat-size in inches (or cm.), you can use that figure instead.

o                                2

Cut a length of black elastic equal to the circumference you measured for your head plus 1/2-inch. Sew up the extra length by overlapping one end over the other end to form a closed loop that will fit around your head snugly. To ensure that it doesn't come apart, sew the two ends securely together, stitching in a square pattern and then stitching an "X" through it.

o                                3

Attach the end of one string of beads to the outside surface of the elastic headband so that the other end hangs down freely. Use a small quantity of hot glue to do this, making sure that you use enough to securely attach the beads without making it a gloppy mess. Glue more beads at small, even intervals around the outside of the headband until you get back to the first one. You may prefer to sew a stitch or two around the base of each bead to secure each one to the headband (before applying the glue). This may be stronger than glue alone, if you know you'll be wearing the headband for long hours.

o                                4

In one part of the headband (about 1/3 of its total length), cut off the strings of beads a few inches below the elastic. This will be the front of the headdress, with the bead strings cut short to keep from obstructing your vision .

o                                5

Glue strings of beads across the circumference of the headband, from one side to the other in a cross-hatch pattern to form the top of the headdress. Make sure there is enough extra length in these bead strings to fit across the top of your head.

Tips & Warnings

·         Black elastic is available at craft stores.
·         Mardi Gras beads are available online, at most costume shops or the costume section at party supply stores.
·         If you like, you can use a pattern other than cross-hatching for the top of the headdress. This detail is important because it will both conform to the shape of the top of your head and keep the elastic from sliding down due to the weight of the beads attached to it.

C’est tout, mes amis
Peggy Henshall
Cajun Stitchery
(850) 261-2462
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