Remember that saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”? I know it’s true and today I had to put it into practice.
I’m making a book mark as a gift for some one I know who is a voracious reader! In fact, he has a HUGE pile of books next to his chair in the living room.
Transferring the design onto the fabric, I decided to use a long narrow piece of linen since the design is long and narrow – like a bookmark. I knew I would mount it on a frame and I DIDN’T MEASURE the length of the fabric to see if it was long enough for the length of the frame. Of course it wasn’t! Measure twice cut once. I know better but I was in a hurry to get started, I was tired of the tedious job of setting up new projects, I was hungry, I didn’t have time…the excuses are many and all as ridiculous as “The dog ate my homework!” excuse from a student. I was just careless. Period. And…I could use some more frames that are between 11 – 15 inches so I can have more than one project on the go…:-)
So, here I was, faced with a dilemma.
Did I take the fabric off the frame and use a hoop or call on the Mother Of Invention? I didn’t have to call – she appeared! Remembering the pictures I’d seen of fabric bound to frames using thread, I tried it and it worked. I wouldn’t recommend a combination of tacks and thread when attaching fabric to a frame, but in a pinch it seems to be working fine.
Why didn’t I use a hoop? Because the design is linear and needs to be kept straight as I stitch. My hoop isn’t large enough so I would be moving the fabric in the hoop as I worked and I was worried that it would twist or lie unevenly at some point and cause the stitching to be wonky. (wonky – not straight, out of kilter, off balance)
The design elements for the bookmark come from the fantastic book Ricamo Estense by Elisabeth Holzer Spinelli. Her designs are based on the Graffito ceramics from Ferrara, Italy. The book is full of great ideas. My favorites, though, are the richly textured borders. I’ll be using two of these borders combined for the bookmark.
The thread she suggests using is called Ritorto Fiorentino or Pearl Cotton #8. I’ll be using pearl cotton #8 because they are threads I already have!
Time to get back to stitching!