And here is the first one I made for myself.
The inspiration for this method of "sewing" fiber garments came from an episode of Simply Quilts featuring Marilyn Badger (instructions still available on the web.) She was making ponchos with this method. I had no desire to make a poncho, but I had a March wedding coming up on a cold weekend, and needed something dressy but warm. I just adapted Marilyn's methods to make a big shawl. I bought my Tussah Silk tops from Myrna Ficken's web site, A Quilters Choice.
I even wrote a three-part tutorial on how to make these shawls on the long-arm.
Now, you would think that someone who had a wonderful web resource like the Simply Quilts episode, and who had even written their own (provide favorite expletive) tutorial on the process, might actually refer to these instructions before attempting this project again. Ha Ha Ha! Big Mistake.
I decided to make a pretty curtain for my sewing room. The room is painted in peach and marbled with a yellow glaze, so it has a sunny, happy glow.
There is only one small window from this third floor room, but it overlooks a big hemlock and a woodsy back yard. I did not want to cover up this view with a big curtain.
So, I gathered up my yummy supplies of hand-dyed silk ribbons, Tussah silk tops, yarns, and Angelina in colors that I thought would be pretty in my sewing room if I made a lacy fiber valance.
Since this project would be only about fourteen inches wide, I brilliantly decided to just use the actual width of my Sulky Solvy and pin it to the long arm. Just one layer. Quick, quick.
This time I decided I would like some silk ribbons to form a vertical pattern, so I machine-basted them down to the water-soluble stabilizer with water-soluble thread (Vanish Extra).
Then, I started adding some more ribbons and fluffy yarns horizontally to build up this lacy fabric. Those are my actual canvas leaders on the long-arm just above and below the pretty stuff.
Can anyone guess the problem that occurred when I started stitching?
But not yet. I added in some Angelina in several shades of white, pink, yellow, and green. Oh, this is so pretty!
I did not take a picture of my last step, which is covering the whole works with another piece of Sulky Solvy Water-Soluble stabilizer. That is pinned down on top of everything. Then, I started basting across the top of this sandwich with the water-soluble thread to hold everything in place until I started stitching a grid with real thread.