A Wonderful Thread Catcher

I’ve been sewing for only about 22 years now and I’ve never had a thread catcher.

Say WHAT??

I know, right??

So, since I’ve been a good little crafter lately, I decided I just needed one. Something about the resident almost 2 year old loving thread piles….

What do you think??

There are only about 30 free tutorials out in internetland of how to make one, but I just loved the Thread Catcher Bag that Rachel Griffith did.

You should make one, you’ll love it too!

The outer fabric is a Robert Kaufman print, the lining is a Denise Schmit Free Market Fancy print, and the accent/base was a scrap of something I’m not sure of.

This is a great Attack Your Scraps project since the largest piece is only 6 1/2″ by 17 1/2″. It also utilizes fusible fleece, which is one of my most favorite products!

What’s that in the background you ask? Just a little pattern testing, post coming soon.

Teflon Pressing Sheets

I had never even heard of a teflon pressing sheet until about 2 weeks ago.

Debra Gabel was the guest speaker for our last guild meeting, this woman is absolutely amazing fyi, and at the end of her lecture she gave a short demo for her workshop she was holding the following day. As part of this demo, she showed us her teflon pressing sheets.

My thought was, oh just another quilting accessory that I don’t really need/won’t really use. So, of course I was hesitant.

And, naturally, when I went to JoAnn’s last weekend I saw a plastic-y looking pressing sheet and bought it (only about $7, so would only be out-ed a little $ if I didn’t like it).

This morning as I was pressing all my projects I’m trying to wrap up, my 8-year old’s library tote came upon the ironing board with it’s soon-to-be attached Fancy Nancy patch.

Normally when I am dealing with fusible, I have a cheese cloth that I put under the piece before I initially attach the fusible so I don’t get sticky’s all over my ironing board. Today I put my new-fangled pressing sheet.

I iron.

I lift Miss Fancy Nancy off of the pressing cloth and all the glue around her is now stuck on my pressing sheet. Moment of panic. Crap, I just ruined it.

Throw it on the floor in sheer disgust.

I finish ironing on Miss Nancy, then put books on top of her because her hands and feet just are not cooperating (another issue to pair with this moment of irritation of wasting money, and on my first use too, err).

I come back to the new ‘ruined’ pressing sheet. All the glue has dried, stuck forever I think.

Not quite, it all starts to flake off.

Genius.

Go buy one, seriously.

How to Make a Beaded Stitch Marker

These are such a wonderful gift to give to any knitter you know! And they are a great beginner beading project- your loops don’t have to be perfect since certain beads will cover them mostly.
What you will need:

-Silver-plated Memory Wire

-Ring large enough to go on knitting needle- I used Metals Clasps, they came 3 rings joined together with the stick parts separate.

-Wire Cutter

-Round Tip Pliers
-Needle Nose Pliers

– Beads of your choice- I like about 3 per Marker

First, take apart the rings of the Metal Clasps by opening the jump rings holding the larger rings together, set aside jump rings and stick parts of clasp- they will not be needed. Also, cut a piece of wire about 2 1/2 inches long.

Next, take the round-nose pliers and make a small loop in one end of the wire, and thread your beads on. I find that holding the wire about 1 inch from the end with the needle nose pliers give you a better grip and makes the loop easier to make. Whatever method works for you. Then, trim the wire leaving about 1/2 inch on the end for making a loop to put the ring on. (This is where the needle-nose pliers REALLY help with grip.) Use the needle-nose pliers to hold onto the intial loop you made first. Make a loop on the end a little larger than the other. Now use the needle-nose pliers to twist the loop you just made open just enough to put the ring on.

(Please excuse the dry hands- they’re really bad when I’m preggo)

Finally, use the needle-nose pliers again to twist the loop back closed, and Ta-Da your done!