Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Annifurrsery #10

"Hey, mom! Could U wash mai face? Me gotz dust on it!" Sure, Bhu. I think it only adds to your handsomeness, though. "Me wantsta say Happy Annifurrsery to U and poppy!" Well, thanks, Bhu. We have been married for ten years, but we've been together for 27. "Wow! Twentee Seven is a LONG TIME!" Can't get too much of a good thing, you know!
This summer I tried to sign up for a weaving class, mostly because I wanted to make rugs from fabric scraps. In order to take the class, I had to sign up and wait for the instructor to contact me because spaces were limited and because they wanted to make sure I was really going to put the effort into learning and showing up for each class. So I waited and waited and the day of the class came and no one ever called me. Two weeks later, someone called and asked if I thought I was going to be able to come to the next class, since I'd missed the first two! HUH? So, I took matters into my own hands and decided to teach myself how to weave and make fabric scrap rugs and here is the result of test #1. Whaddya think??
All I did was take 1-1/2" to 2" strips of fabric and fold them around 1" strips of scrap batting. Then I zigzagged down the middle. I wanted to make a 2 ft x 3 ft rug to start, so I cut a foundation and tacked it to the bassement sewing room door. I then pinned the strips across the foundation until it was wide enough. Then I took more 1-1/2 to 2" strips of fabric, folded and zigzagged (no batting fill) and wove them as you can see. It was really difficult to keep the weaving from "shrinking" in the middle because I was fairly intent on having a tight weave. At one point I had to go back and unweave half of what I had done. However, at no point during this process did I ever feel it was tedious. I enjoyed every minute of it. After I had the length, I had to bind it top, bottom and sides. What a fun project!
Another project that is in the final stages of completion is #3 in the series of Amy Butler quilts. For the backing I sewed together 12 fat quarters of Amy fabrics. I'm not really fond of this technique, but I'm tired of buying fabric when I already have enough to clothe an entire village!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?!? YIKES! xxoo Patty


Kea said...

The rug is fabulous! And you didn't even need the class after all. Well done! Our mom can't even sew a button on properly and has almost no creative talents. We only keep her around to open the cans of stinky goodness.

Bhu, you haven't explained why you have dust on your face! ;-)

Kea said...

P.S. Happy anniversary to your humans! 27 years (10 officially) is a long time to put up someone else's quirks! MOL!

Sweet Praline said...

the rugs are lovely.

Bhu - it's great to see you today. I hope you are doing well.

Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad.

Angel and Kirby said...

You did a very good job teaching yourself to weave. Did you have any instructions or did you invent your own?

The quilt is pretty. I am not familiar with Amy Butler quilts so Googled it. She has some neat designs! She has some cute kitty pillows!

Stacey said...

Happy Anniversary! :) Your kitty is so cute. Wow, that is a pretty rug that you made. I like the fact that it's really colorful. I have a similar one! I wish I knew hot to make a rug! :)

Anonymous said...

Yu iz wonnerful self-teacher! The weaving is great!


Happy belated AnniFursary! Awesome photo of Bhu too! Love those baby blues!


OH, forgot to tell you that your rug is awesome too!!! I was temporarily in a trans looking into those baby blues! lol

Pattyskypants said...

Mom, when you gonna get back "on the air?" xxoo Bhu