Monday, March 23, 2009

Tool Tip...Rotary Cutters

I began using rotary cutters when I started quilting several years ago. They are wonderful when it comes to cutting anything you want really straight. A nice clean cut edge is easier to overcast with the sewing machine. I use one when ever I cut bias strips, skirt pieces, waist bands, belts, etc.

While working on a commission the other day, I got a chance to use a new rotary cutter that I had just purchased. I didn't buy this new cutter because there was something wrong with the old one, all I really needed was a new blade. The cutter was new because it was on clearance at my local sewing store and cheaper than a new blade would have been.

What a pleasure it was to use it for the first time. The difference between this new sharp blade and my dull old blade was amazing. It cut thought the fabric with such ease. Just the slightest touch to get across the fabric. No bearing down so hard that it felt like labor. Made me wonder why I had waited so long to replace the darn thing to begin with. Price probably, I think they are way too expensive for what they are.

This new cutter is very different from others that I have owned. It has an ergonomic handle which feels very good in your hand and it is more comfortable to using. The handle is also very colorful too; robin's egg blue and chocolate brown in a filigree pattern. Very different for the school bus orange one that I've had for so long.

So if you don't use a rotary cutter now, try one. It will make the task of cutting out some things noticeably easier and quicker. If you have one, change the blade often. It will remind you of why you had a cutter to begin with.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

First Post

I am new to blogging. I really don't know much about it either, just that it is a popular thing to do these days in this highly interactive world.

The web has gotten very "social" it seems. A great place to keep up with your friends and family and to let the world keep up with you. Take Facebook for example; I keep in touch with my children (yes i do that at home too, don't worry) and most of my friends (it's better than the phone sometimes as I hate to talk on the phone). I even "friended" one of my favorite authors.

Another place I visit everyday is Carepages. There I read the progress of one of my friends and her sister. The sister has cancer and my friend donated bone marrow. I get emails every time the blog is updated so I click the link and read about a very intimate battle between the sisters and their family and cancer. It's very interesting , very emotional and can easily be equated with internet voyeurism.

I'm not sure i will be very good at this or keep it up. My journal is a good example. I've had it for at least 5 years and I don't think I've written more than 15 pages. I find it too personal. But isn't that what a journal is supposed to be, personal. I mean who's going to read it anyway? It's not like anybody but me knows I have one, well, that is until now anyway. I just feels very weird to me to be writing about me to me. So why in Gods green earth would I want to write a blog? I guess because there is a chance that someone will read it. Albeit a very small chance but there is a chance. Maybe I need an audience? In English class in college I was told that when you write you should consider who your audience is and speak to them. Maybe that was the problem with my journal, I had no audience except myself. I just find that really weird. I don't need to write about me to me. I already now what's going on don't I?

So what will I be writing about here? What else, my sewing. I love to sew. I love to make things. People tell me I make very nice things too.

Currently I am sewing doll clothes and selling them on eBay and also taking commissions. My business name is Thread and Treadle Doll Costuming. I sew for modern, vintage and modern dolls. Right now I am making outfits for the Kish Chrysalis line of dolls by doll artist Helen Kish. I have made 11 outfits and sold all but 3. The outfits have earned excellent feedback and have also generated a couple commissions.

I create in other mediums too. I learned to knit, crochet and embroider as a child just as I learned to sew. Sock knitting has my attention right now and I am just about done with my first pair of socks. I am attracted to the colorful yarns that are currently available especially the self- patterning ones. They are great fun.

Since I have a lot of time on my hands right now as I am currently unemployed, I am taking the opportunity to brush up some of my skills in embroidery and learn some new ones. I am teaching myself smocking and silk ribbon embroidery. After I have developed some proficiency I will incorporate these skills in my doll designs adding a new dimension to them and hopefully increased value.

So how was my first attempt at blogging? Boring, banal, immature or fresh, interesting...ok who cares, it's not like anybody else is going to read this, or is there? Meg Ryan in the movie "You've Got Mail" wrote in an email to "newyork152", aka Tom Hanks, something about writing about an idea and throwing it out into the cosmic void (or something like that). Not to be commented upon, no, she just wanted it to be "out there" here goes.....