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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Wooo my 130th post!!!

I know I've only been blogging for a few months...I tend to post at least every day. On some days there were two posts. Crazy huh!
I think for the 150th I'll have a little giveaway. 20 more posts to go =D

Today there was no mail ='(.
There was frustration! Jano was being his moody self once again. There I was trying to machine bind one of the Granny quilts. Would he cooparate! NO! It took me a good hour just to sew on the front. The thread kept breaking, or coming out of the lever arm.  I even had to cut all the binding off and start again! I was not amused. I had to unpick some of it. I really felt like throwing him out of the window!  I gave up after a while and hand sewed the rest on....so it's half machine, half hand bound...I'll show you proper pictures tomorrow....for now I'll leave you with these happy pictures!

 I had to make more binding thanks to Jano!


During the binding process was round two of fabric dyeing with tea/coffee. The Older Giant kindly left his tea bag for me to use. I threw some coffee into the tub and a fruit(sorrel and ginger) tea bag in too. I placed the fabric in to take on some of the colour of the fruit tea bag then added more water.
I sprinkled some coffee granules over the top of the fabric and  forgot about  left it to soak. I came back to it and the water was cold -_-. So I tipped most of the water into a pan and let it boil. Then put the fabrics in and left it.
With the binding getting on my nerves I went to check the fabric. Rinsed then washed it with some soap powder and fabric softener.
I had to rinse it a few times as there was soap powder still on the fabric! Eventually most of it  it was all washed off and I put it in the conservatory to dry.
An hour or so later the fabric was dry....I soaked it in cold water and a teaspoon or so of vinegar for 20mins or so, to set the colour in. Rung it out then back into the conservatory to dry.
After dinner I took them up to iron...they smell of fruity coffee...

You can see the difference in shade. It's hard to see in these pictures, but where the fruit tea bag/coffee granules rested there are some darker blotches and patches on the fabric and a scattered speckle effect too.
I'm happy with how they turned out and they are ready for the next step.



At the moment I'm enjoying this delicious yogurt! Sometimes it's great being Lactose-Intolerant

Well that's all from me tonight. Siya =D