Improved Trim Options

Amazing what a stroll around Joann's can do for ones creative juices. First I found white rattail which would make a smaller, smoother piping. Duh! Why didn't I think of that? I have actually used rattail for piping before, too! Another senile moment sets in. Then, after lots of searching, I found a small piece of that silvery organza in the red tag fabrics. Snatched that up for insurance! Then I came upon a tiny little trim that I think will work nicely as well, kind of little flowerettes (heirloom term). So I am rarin' to go. Tonite will be a sewing night, at least till I get punchy. I don't like to sew at night but you gotta do what you gotta do. So I am psyched.
ETA: My sewing friend, Nonie, asked if I always make samples. I pretty much do. I try out the tensions, needles, etc on just about all my ideas. I don't like sewing surprises. So pretty much everything gets a sample tried out, even just plain straight stitching on cotton. You have to see the differences in stitch length, etc...
Nonie also asked where I get my ideas. They just pop into my head. I dont' think I have any better explanation. I see one thing, whether fabric , trim, or whatever, and that jump starts something in my head and I go from there. It just happens.

This lovely lace is one of my favorites. It truly is just a film. It is so sheer and so special. I hope you like it.


  1. That lace is so pretty *sigh*

    Secret I learned from quilters who make tiny piping: brickies string.

    (Um, that's bricklayer, Aussies are notorious for using diminutives! It's the string they use to mark out where the courses of brick will go.)

    I buy it in 1000metre rolls from the hardware shop - it's very tightly woven, and has no little fraying fibres to get caught.

  2. What a fabulous idea, Caity! I will search that out when I go to the Depot this week. That is a big store where we have all the hardware 'stuff" in the US.

  3. I make samples too, for my art garments. Ideas always seem to pop in my head, too, and I don't have any better explanation than you. It's just there and I make it happen.

  4. That lace is just exquisite. What are you going to do with it? And I love what you're doing with the piped organza trim as well. Looking forward to seeing that dress.



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