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Bias Tape – a love & hate relationship

Dear fellow Sewers, Crafters & Hobbyists out there,

I have a confession to make. I am not sure if I love working with Bias-tape or absolutely hate it.

Here’s why:

I did the dreadful and looked up Pinterest to find a new craft project for myself and stumbled upon Make a Case for your Hot Iron (hair straighter or roller).

I admit, I was in a dire need of one, as when I travel, just before leaving for the airport, do my hair only to realize that the hot iron is too hot to pack in my bag so I give it another 15 minutes to cool down just enough to NOT-burn my other belongings in the bag.

Here’s the method I decided on from Sew 4 Home.

I picked out two coordinating fabrics. Cut the layers as measured, sandwiched the layers together, stitch them together and  then quilt them with straight lines.

Then came the part I was really looking forward to. Sew 4 Home made using bias-tape to hide edges, look so easy. My previous experience with bias-tape was with making bunting or flags and with making blankets which by-the-way use very broad blanket bias-tape.

I used two coloured ones to give it some edge. Purple and Red. First, I bias-taped the top of the two layered fabric with purple bias-tape.

I struggled the most with the red.

When I had to turn around the edges, my knuckles hurt from having to keep  it pulled enough to get caught in the machine stitching. Needless to say I did not have any fancy quilting clips or pins that other crafters use. Then, of course for some reason the pink fabric escaped the bias-tape while stitching. So I had to unthread a whole side, cut the fabric and the batting to fit-to-size and again stitch them together.

The edges nearly drove me crazy.hot iron case 1

On the last edge, my machine needle broke with only an inch to finish the project. Changed the needle and  finished the remaining inch (that seemed like a mile left) to extreme satisfaction.

However, I LOVED how it turned out. The bias-tape gave it such a nice cut, crisp and fine-looking shape.

I’ll let you be the judge of it! Viola.

hot iron case 2

 

 

Sunday Art Market and more

After I got my feet wet with my first experience at the Middle Eastern Bazaar, I was courageous enough to try three trade and craft shows during the pre Christmas season. I have to admit every show enlightened me with a different experience me as a vendor and taught me a different lesson too. Here are the shows I did:

–  Early Bird Christmas Wish List Show at Conexus Arts Centre on Nov. 2, 2013

– Francis Christmas Craft Sale, Francis, SK on Nov. 30. 2013

– Sunday Art Market at Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre on Dec. 22, 2013

Things I enjoyed:

– The variety of vendors at the Conexus show and at Sunday Art Market

– Visit by Santa at the Francis Craft Sale

– Sunday Art Market had a totally different vibe with artists creating art live and live entertainment with drum beats and innovative instruments

Lessons I learnt:

– Do your homework

– Network with other vendors and learn from their experiences

– Attend other shows. Even if you are not a vendor there, you can be one in the future

– Don’t invest in travelling to the rural towns just yet, if its your first year doing trade shows. It will be worth it when you have enough clients there.

Here are the pictures:

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