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Monday, January 21, 2013
Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 3
Cajun Corner – Vol.
5, No. 3 – January 20, 2013
Jour!Welcome to Cajun
Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.
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 www.pensacolabeachmardigras.com
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
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.
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Found at http://www.ehow.com/how_7729544_diy-made-mardi-gras-beads.html
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.
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.
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
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
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
elastic is available at craft stores.
Gras beads are available online, at most costume shops or the costume section
at party supply stores.
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.