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Still working on pennants..

...but my serger is all wonky - the stitches are all loose or too tight and I have to spend some time w/the machine to figure out how to get it back in correct stitching format!

I use the serger for the entire pennant string - I serge all the individual pieces' edges, then I use a different foot to serge the string on the top.

Still working on pennants..

Here's a link to my flickr page where you can see a bunch more of my pennant strings.

I had plans to make a little portfolio of actual photographs - showing the photo I took of the pennants and then a photo of where the pennants now live.  Good idea, huh?  Well unfortunately the color print cartridges that I purchased are for crap - they were sold as 'new' but must have been re-done ones because the colors are all bland.  I do want to do this project at some point, but I have to purchase all new printer cartridges.


Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 5

It doesn't look so crappy anymore does it?  Actually it's FAR from done.  The bottom 'ring' is completed.  There are five vertical panels to this skirt.  I believe I'm going to do a reverse applique on one of the remaining panels, and then a double reverse applique, but we'll see.  I still have to do something with the hem, too.

What I find very fulfilling, other than the actual work of hand-stitching, is seeing my spools of thread go empty!

Here's a detail - my stitches are not equal yet - maybe one of these days!

Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 5

Sorry that this next photo is a little blurry - I changed lenses.

Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 5
One thing I realized while I was doing, is that I didn't cut out all the appliques at the same time.  So when I had to cut another strip of the greenish gauze, and draw more designs, the second time around they were much SMALLER than original.  So I cut them out larger and in those appliques you can see where I goofed. BUT I think I'll use the permanent marker to decorate inside the applique..
Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 5


Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 2

Here's what I accomplished last night.

Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 2
In the Alabama Chanin books, they state that they use embroidery floss to do the applique work.  Well, because I have so many spools of thread lying around, I decided to use a double strand of regular thread, and the double that up - so there are four strands of thread to do the applique stitching - like so:
Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 2
I did this stitching last night, while watching TV/movies with my husband.  I told him this morning that I'm going to ask him for his help - because stringing the needle takes up a lot of time - so henceforth when I have an empty needle, I'll pass it to him for him to re-string.  Smart, ain't I? 

Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique

Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique

I'm inspired by both Rice (http://voodoonotes.blogspot.com/) and the Alabama Chanin books.  I have this old ratty gauze-y skirt that is ripped at the bottom (due to bicycle riding) and has paint spots on it.  I figured that if I screwed up, it wouldn't matter because well, the skirt is a piece of yuck anyway.

Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique

I fused light interfacing on the back of some greenish color gauze.  Then drew a bunch of shapes, cut them out and started pinning.
Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique

Now to start stitching the appliques in place.  Check out tomorrow to see how far I have gotten.

BOOKS!!!Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 7Still working on pennants..Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 5In the meantime...Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique, day 2Crappy ratty gauze skirt applique

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