Sunday, July 17, 2011

Block #2

My birds don't have feet yet. Or beaks. I dread them. I tried, but .... how do you keep the fabric from fraying too much while struggling it into the little shapes? I might not be doing myself a favour, skipping the little stuff till the last end, but it makes my sanity last for a little longer:)

9 comments:

  1. Lene your block looks very good. I can see now one can easily skip the feet and the beaks. It looks like the bird is turning the other way and no feet, looks like the bird is sitting down and feeling comfy :-) The beaks are not difficult but I find the feet are terrible to make.
    Happy stitching
    Paula

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  2. Try wool for the beaks and feet Lene or perhaps embroider them..
    Looking lovely though..
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  3. Starch, starch and more starch in the prep of the pieces.... at least that is what I have heard.

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  4. Another option for the feet and beaks is ultrasuede. It is a bit hard to find but is great to work with and no fraying.

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  5. Lene,
    I agree with Lizzie and Heather. The easiest way to make the beaks and feet are with wool or ultrasuede. It is much less stressful I found. A friend of mine also used wool for the strawberry tops as she wanted to avoid all the pointy points. Looks great so far. Good Luck!

    judy

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  6. Mary in TennesseeJuly 20, 2011 at 4:12 AM

    I ordered a scrap bag of Ultrasuede from Field's Fabrics. Ultrasuede does not fray, is washable, and is unbeatable for teeny, weeny pieces like beaks and feet resistant to needleturn. Simply cut out element to be appliqued and stitch with matching thread - no tears, no drama. I have no affiliation with Field's beyond being a satisfied customer.

    Mary in Tennessee

    Mary in Tennessee

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  7. Thanks for the good advices, fellow Brides. I will do some testing.

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  8. Nice block! Thee's nothing wrong with saving the feet until you are inspired with a way to proceed...much better than repetitive picking out, which is what I did with some of the feet!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  9. Okay, now I can't wait to make this block. I love your birds with their red wings.

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