What a Week and There is MORE to Come !!!!!

Hello A-Team !!!!!

The motivational quote of the day: Life is not measured by the breaths we take……..but by the moments that take our breath away…………………………………..

The October-November Threads magazine….in Joanne’s now…..is packed with so many things: How to protect your iron, feather stitching, lace sewing, collar tailoring, pants fitting. And a great website: www.moodfabrics.com. This is a great way to see what they got before you make the trip to LA. Don’t forget to check the ads out toward the end of the magazine. Very interesting………

Sewing Fundamentals: Last week, we learned seam finishes, seams, and darts. Next week we will learn more seams and have a lesson on what else the serger can do !!!!! Make sure you go out and buy your pattern: McCall’s M6972. You will need it for October 7th. Together we will do extraordinary things !!!!!! On Thursday, we really really had a treat. We were invited into Sfona Pelah’s printing class to see Linoleum Block printing going on. How fascinating !!!! Her student was printing on a T-Shirt !!!!

Sew Like a Pro: Last week, started off very innocently. We had the last 5 textile presentations. Last Wednesday, we made our personal textile books. Yes, I have my 2008 textile excel chart for you. I put it on my USB so that the next time we go into room 207, I can give it to you. I just could not get it on the blog in the right hand column. We do have at least one more textile presentation to go. At the end of the week, we had a fandango to Denny’s on the corner of Midway and Pt. Loma Blvd. There we had 2 guest speakers. What happened next we truly exciting. 18 students showed up for this fandango !!!! We are now all prepared for Module 2: Upcycling for Fit. I know…..you still have LOTS of questions. That is what I have planned for Monday night’s class. I will go over with you, what you want to do to upcycle your garments. Make SURE you clean your garments before next Wednesday. DO NOT WORK ON UNCLEAN GARMENTS. By Wednesday, you should have all your plans made and written down on paper. I do plan on showing you how to make a pattern to enlarge a shirt. This should give you ideas on making some patterns for your upcycled garment(s). Always remember: I am and always will be A NON-BIASED SECOND OPINION !!!!!!!

The following is Maureen’s recipe for her textile fabric glue:

From: Maureen

Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:36 PM

To: Joan McKenna

Subject: methylcellulose glue

My recipe calls for 8 Tbp of methylcellulose powder stirred into 1/2 cup of boiling water. Whisk to dissolve powder. Then add 1 cup of freezing water.

I put ice in a 1 cup measuring cup and add cold water stirring it to make the ice chips smaller. Add to the methylcellulose mixture whisking. It will turn clear. Can be thinned with a little bit more water.

This makes a lot of glue. For the fabric kit I cut it in half and still had more than I could use for this project.

Add the powder to the boiling water. The reverse gives you lumps.

The information I was given always stated that this mixture can turn moldy if left out in warm weather. Usually make a new batch with each new project. This is a wet glue. It is important to put wax paper between sheets until dry – something I forgot and a couple of pages stuck.

There is a web site http://ola-ssd.blogspot.com/2012/03/fix-it-friday-using-methyl-cellulose-in.html for making MC glue for bookbinding which has a little different variation for making and mixing this glue.


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