Okay, children.....file in and take your seats. No talking in the back!! Today we will be having a lesson in how not to.
Please note that today's lesson is as a result of a life lesson that needs to be learned by all who aspire to stitch....all those who believe that the use of an iron is advantageous to same.
We begin with a stitcher - holed up in her sewing room, by herself, with no one to take her by the hand and guide her in the facts of life. Said stitcher is facing time constraints with the creation of items seemingly necessary for a 'certain' date that is just around the corner (and yes, children, sometimes Santa DOES need a helping hand).
Said stitcher has plans. Plans to create a number of crazy quilted postcards that require some sort of little Christmas-y picture on same. Said stitcher decided that a much easier (and thus faster) method to print said pictures was to simply use paper. Said stitcher, having screwed the dimmest of her light bulbs into her brain, did that very thing and then coated same with Mod Podge on front and back to (at least in her brain) render the paper tear-proof. So far, so good. Stitcher then carefully, and lightly, glued coated pictures onto fabric. Twelve of them.
Now children - can you guess what happened next? First we will have our recess, peruse some mumblings, and then I will tell you the rest of the story.
Before the mumblings of the day begin, I have a question for any of you who use invisible thread in your work. I'm looking for recommendations as to which brand is the best and would welcome input. Thank you in advance!
- THIS little fellow certainly fits under the 'awwwww' category!
- There are two great ideas HERE for decorating your door (and your refrigerator!) for Christmas. And THIS decorating idea made me smile - alas there are no banisters here for me to try it out.
- Have a look at the textile art of THIS artist (there are two galleries you can click on to see her amazing work).
- How about checking out the many links HERE to make your own Christmas-themed table runners and placemats. There are also links there to lists of stockings and other Christmas things.
Okay boys and girls, take your seats and we will continue the story. Did any of you guess what happened next?
Stitcher began to stitch the fabrics around the lovely Podged pictures and, as is usual with such an endeavour, needed to press the seams in place so they were nice and crisp.
What to her wondering eyes did appear but something closely akin to slime. Why was that you ask? Well it seems that heat from an iron applied to Mod Podge is a recipe for disaster and the Mod Podge simply melts and adheres all over the fabric AND the iron.
The moral in this story, children, is that a stitcher should learn never to cut corners and be smart enough to rely on the tried and true method of printing onto freezer paper'd fabric.
Today the quote is from Stephen Colbert...."Contrary to what people may say, there's no upper limit on stupidity"