I have been preparing some of my silk and silk- blend textiles as shawls and scarves for my shows this December. But my carpal tunnel and arthritis is acting up, thus sewing by hand will be torture for a while until it flares down again… Some of my solutions meantime:
1. Dharma Trading pre-rolled hem on silk-wool blend…but I wondered (too late, I admit )about the age of the stitchers and the thought made me uneasy…
2. Hmm. So I rolled my own on another silk-wool blend, cut yardage this time:
3. When the handwork gave much stress on my wrist, I elected to use (for the first time) the blind hemmer attachment that came with my sewing machine …But said an incantation, lit a candle and did a dance around the studio first:
4. The above ritual worked about 70% of the time but not well at the corners – though often better if I slipped some watersoluble paper under the foot when I started stitching…The hardest textile to sew was the 8mm or 10,, silk habotai.
5. So next I tried running stitch by hand, CTS be damned (using variegated rayon thread):
6. Then I gave the wrist a rest again, skipped the blind hemmer for a turned hem and tried simple straight stitching along raw edges instead for an “edgy” look:
7. I did two rows of stitching in variegated rayon thread to suggest embroidery; then for another type of finish, some zig-zagging along raw edges:
8. Finally, some creative repair when I snipped the eco bundle strings with scissors instead of unwinding them by hand (no patience that day…) and cut into the silk:
I will repeat the machine stitching over the surface -might have to forego the hand embroidery for a while!
Next post: Last eco prints of 2011!
Christmas blessings to all.