Thursday, November 5, 2015

homemade bias tape


The other day I suddenly remembered the Taproot Tunic cut out so long ago, before my sewing machine went on the blink and gardens needed planting and replanting and whatever else happened to make me forget about it. And I love it. Mostly because it fits perfectly but also because it was so easy and fun to make. The pattern called for making double-folded bias tape, which only increased the job satisfaction level. I couldn't decide which print to use so decided to piece together both and that is the one I'll use. More later when it's all finished (and ironed). 

I'm thinking up ways to use homemade bias tape now. I can definitely see myself in the sewing room some night very soon listening to podcasts and using up all my leftover fabrics to make yards and yards of bias tape. I need bias tape makers in every size, I do. And more sticks.

Fall hasn't really kicked in completely here yet -- the milk thistle, Silybum marianum, shows no sign of decline and the same goes for ornamental kale in a big clay pot. Serviceberry leaves are taking their time as well.  If anything, some things look better now than ever in spite of their much slower pace. I hope to adopt this same kind of attitude particularly the part about looking better than ever.

There's absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush. Everybody should be free to go very slow...~Robert Frost


Nancy said...

How on earth do you always come up with cloth, plant, season (and usually food, I might add) that all fall together in such a visually pleasing way? You realize how I love this part of the artist in you, right?!! Love the cloth, I am not a clothes maker, so I look on in amazement. Nice quote.

deanna7trees said...

such beautiful fabric in that tunic and wonderful bias tape making. it will be a joy to wear.

liniecat said...

Milk Thistle? Never heard of it but the leaves are divine!
Such vibrant colours for this time of the year, what a great bonus.
We are having mild temperatures here as well, so the garden doesn't yet loo as devoid as it can do come winter.
I love to see bias with different fabrics like that!
What a great pattern too : )

handstories said...

Beautiful fabrics & the combination of them, too. My tunic is not nearly as exciting as yours!

Chip Butter said...

I do like the Robert Frost quote. A slower pace is what the colder months are all about, don't you think? Your colors from outside and in are simply scrumptious. I have four sizes of Clover Tape, so fun! Happy tape making! (I should have known...ranching roots!)

Juniper said...

Thanks for sharing stories of fall; it makes it easy to enjoy from afar with your beautiful images and words. I can almost smell the crisp air!

Peggy said...

Nancy, thanks -- I'm not exactly a clothes maker either but I'm trying!

Deanna, thank you, this is leftover fabric from another project, next time I hope to use linen...

Lyn, milk thistle leaves are pretty and sharp and prickly! -- the seeds are medicinal for the liver. It's an easy pattern to lengthen, shorten, etc.

Cindy, oh yes yours is! This is the short version of the taproot tunic, wanted to try it out before I made a longer one out of linen.

Mary, thank you -- haven't had a chance to make any more bias tape yet but hopefully very soon!

Juniper, it's been a beautiful fall, wish you were here to experience it. Expecting snow on Wednesday though so that may be the end.

Ms. said...

I'm finally healing after a long October, and then the Rx of November Azrithromycin when I gave up my nature cures because I couldn't stand it...and now probiotics to get some good bacteria back in my stripped system, so I doubly love seeing Fall beauty here dear Peggy. The temperature's been mighty mild all this time, but it just turned chill and rainy. The farmers almanac predicts a turbulent time for a while, a back and forth before the real thing sets in with frost and thoughts of caldrons of soup bubbling and firesides for them that has 'em. Gratitude once more to you for all your precious gifts. I may be dyeing in December after my Thanksgiving in Massachusetts at the end of the month. All blessings upon you and yours.