Since my foray onto sewing I have been eager to incorporate fabric into my wax and wire designs too. The Ladybugs with fabric scraps are holding up well. Then a few weeks ago while popping by Evanston Sticthworks Amalia asked me about making scarf pins. I had already designed a safety pin for a friend, which was well-received.
I sat down with that design and made a prototype for Amalia to test.
Then the pin-top got dremeled and filed a bit to ensure no one pokes themselves.
We both like the result.
I was given a lovely array of fabrics to experiment with.
Last week I sat down and created a bunch of clasp-y designs.
I freewheeled with Brenda’s Now That’s a Jig! pegs, not anchoring them to her jig but just wrapping shapes by hand.
Then I added the fabrics that wanted to be paired with the shapes.
Each type of fabric has its own reaction to heat and wax, but on the whole the designs worked.
I delivered 7 pins to Stitchworks on Tuesday, and a customer already called dibs on two!
We arranged them on a lovely hand-knit sweater.
The prototype goes beautifully with Amalia’s hand-knit scarf.
I also prototyped some stitch markers and got feedback on which ones Amalia thinks are most useful for her purposes, so I have some homework to do!
Exacto knives don’t work well with warmed waxed fabric, so I got some special scissors to use on the next designs.
There is a plethora of other fabrics to make pins out of, and lots of different wire designs to experiment with!
Evanston Stitchworks offers a wide array of artisan designed fabrics, great sewing patterns, hand-dyed yarns and all the knitting supplies you need with those.
The store is located at 906 Sherman Avenue in Evanston and offers a variety of excellent workshops as well.
Can you pick a favorite out of these lovely fabrics?
They’re all so lovely in their own way, even if I say so myself.
I’m excited to add more to this collection, and figure out the stitch marker assignment too!