Today I did a lot of tasks that I had been putting off for a while. First, I sprayed the soles of the slippers that I made for my husband and I. This task had to be put off because it was too cold to spray before this. It was a warm, sunny day, so I took them outside. So far, I’ve done 5 coats. I think I’ll do a few more until the can runs out.
I did a little felting after that but I’ll show you that next week on the Felting and Fiber Studio blog. When I bought my Pfaff sewing machine in June 2012, I was told that I could get a free cleaning and tune up if I brought the machine in before two years was up. So I decided I should get that taken care of and also learn how to use the embroidery unit on the machine. I was offered three free classes to learn how to use the machine which I never used. So, since I was already taking the machine in, I decided I should take a class as well.
Here’s the embroidery piece that I did during the “class”. Essentially, the woman just showed me the basics of how the embroidery unit works. I’m not sure I will use it much but I thought I should at least know the basics. The patterns aren’t exactly what I would normally use and it costs $2,200.00 to buy the software package that allows you to develop your own designs. So I guess if I do use it, I’ll be using what came with the machine.
I haven’t gotten much work done on my felted landscape but I have started the stitching in the tree section. If you click on the photo and enlarge it, you’ll be able to see the stitching a bit better. It still needs a lot of stitching. I’m not sure why I haven’t been working on this one but somehow, I’m not too excited about it. But I’ll get it done eventually. What have you been putting off?
Procrastination…yes, I am guilty! Nearly two years ago, I attended my first wet felting workshop and over a period of several days, I created several large vessels. These vessels were to become lamps, and one of them actually did turn into a very nice lamp. The other two have been sitting in a large plastic bag, awaiting some kind of transformation.
Recently on the Forum, there was a discussion about bird feeders or bird pods or nesters, and I thought I could either make a feeder or turn one of the vessels into a feeder. So today, inspired by Ruth’s blog, I am turning my vessel into a bird feeder. Promise to post a photo when complete!
Good for you – it is hard to finish UFO’s (unfinished objects) and it’s great that you’re going to make a bird feeder. Looking forward to the photo.
Finished and hung birdhouse
$2,200 for a sewing machine software package? You’d have to do a serious amount of machine embroidery to justify that outlay.
I know you’ll finish that embroidery and I’m wondering if it needs just a smidgeon of a bright colour to get you excited about it?
I know – I thought that was a crazy amount to pay for it. I’m certainly not considering it. I will be adding bright white to the trees for some snow on the tree tops but I’ve got to get all the green in first. Perhaps I should add a different color into the trees besides green though. That might help.
Well, I have piles and boxes of things that need finishing. I guess it’s not as much fun as making it. :-). There’s always something new to try…
Very true Marilyn!
Procrastination? I was going to post a response to this before, but I kept putting it off. 😉
I think your free form embroidery is great as it is – I’m sure you don’t need a $2,200 program to do it for you. Where’s the fun in that?!
I totally agree – I have no intention of getting the program but I couldn’t believe it was that expensive either. I’ll just stick with my free motion capabilities.