Sunday 24 October 2010

Scrappy {Hoop} Swap – sneak peek {Blogtoberfest #24}


I’m so excited to be taking part in my first ever hoop swap … it’s organised by the brilliant & amazingly organised Kerri @ sewdeerlyloved/lovelylittlehandmades & Heather @ alamode.  

There are so many gorgeous hoops and mosaics on the flickr group (you really should go and have a look!) … that I thought I’d better get my @ss in gear and put some time in for my partner.

… fussy cut … discard … fussy cut … discard 
-- repeat until thoroughly demotivated --
I had a really hard time keeping things simple – at one point my raw enthusiasm made me attempt several different projects at once, all on the same poor piece of fabric.

Then … I feel slightly queasy even typing this … I was forced to admit … [in this case] 

Less is More
There’ll be other hoops to swap.  I don’t need to put everything in now. 
So, I gulped hard and pulled out 3 or 4 fabrics I thought would work best with the base  (a fantastic heavy linen I bought over 10 years ago at Capsicum - a wonderful shop in Amsterdam).  Then I searched for some suitable selvage snips to write a message for the back of the hoop, and got to work.

It all came together quite well and then I had a bit of a bondaweb nightmare - I’d already cut the teeny tiny little fabric pieces ) but all was just about ok in the end.  It's going to start fraying just as soon as I start embroidering, but hey - it says {Scrappy} right?

There’s still some embellishment to do, but it’s pretty much there now
Fingers crossed

… stay tuned … 


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