Tuesday, December 6, 2011

whatever works for ya

 Did you know this cute little ornament is actually hiding a dark and well kept secret? It's true.
 It's actually sitting atop a very handy dandy [and thoroughly washed] plastic juice container. Why you say?
Well, when I finish an ornament and secure it in it's hoop I trim the edge of the fabric and glue it to the inside edge of the hoop with an archival adhesive. I like the fabric to stay put while the glue dries and these Old Orchard juice containers happen to fit perfectly inside a 3 inch hoop. They keep the fabric nice and snug against the hoop as the adhesive dries then they slide right off when it's done. I'm guessing I'm not the first to have found a little household item that doubles as a crafting tool. So let's hear it, what works for you?

5 comments:

sakepuppets said...

This is a great idea! I use a chopstick to turn corners and as a tracing tool. No need to buy fancy tools, I say!

Melissa Crowe said...

I guess I've just been letting my edges look dumpy! This is a good idea!

AND I LOVE THE ORNAMENT.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Don't have a great idea to add..but I **LOVE** that snowman!!

Glenda said...

That ornament is adorable! I love the contrast (texture + color) the scarf and hat bring to it.

I use binder clips to hold the ribbon on my hoop when I'm ribbon-wrapping it -- handy-dee-dandy :-).

Bonnie said...

Hello there! I just found your blog! I love embroidery and I was wondering, how did you make the snowman white? Is that fabric paint?? That's really cool.