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- I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Kraftex picture frames
I will be writing soon on my recent family visits over the last ten days. But right now want to show a little fun project I have been working on between busy times.
I have been framing some vintage sewing pattern envelopes with strips of Kraftex for sewing room decor:
I decided to use strips rather than cutting out a frame because:
1. This was just so much easier. I was in the mood for not expending any great intellectual effort or manual skill. Most of these little units were made when I should have been upstairs peeling potatoes or something.
2. This was a more efficient use of the Kraftex. It's a cool material and I want to preserve every last little bit.
3. I love the appearance of sewing machine stitches and I wanted to have those show.
I used two kinds of Kraftex.
One was the straight up unwashed version for the backing of pictures:
I used the washed version, the one that looks like leather, for the framing strips. I cut the strips 2 1/2"
Really there aren't any instructions needed for this. But here was my process:
1. I clipped the strips to the perimeter of the backing piece and stitched around the outside edges to hold them still.
2. I slipped the pattern envelope into the frame and then stitched close to the inner edge of the strips with a long stitch length, right through the edge of the pattern envelope. I used my edge-stitching foot for accuracy and to eliminate the having to think factor, which is sometimes nice.
In one of the envelopes I had to slide it over to disguise a ragged tear, meaning one poor girl got sort of cut off, but I liked the middle outfit best so I can live with that. Hope she can too:
For such a simple little project I am very pleased with myself over these pictures. To me a fabric store is more exciting than any museum. To me pattern envelopes are art.
I think these pictures are beautiful.
As far as hanging goes I just put on one of the fabric clips I used in construction at the top. The back of the clip has a little hole in it and that's going to be perfect for hanging.
It can be hard to find an easy way to frame the little things that matter. I am thinking now that I am going to do this exact same thing but leave the frame empty and not stitch the top closed so I can hang kid's art on the fridge.
All I will have to do is glue gun some magnets onto the back. What do you think?