Millions upon millions of people each year flock to live theater performances at locations across the planet. The Stratford Festival of Ontario, Canada is an event that stands in a class by itself. People are in awe of the collective talent who create the productions offered there, but often are not often aware of the amazing creativity and artistry that goes on behind the scenes.
In the video below, step into the creative process behind the scenes of wardrobe and costume creation, from concept to the stage by the designers and sewists of The Stratford Festival.
Those who sew and quilt have mounds of excess fabric. Some pieces are too small for future projects and are discarded. How can you upcyle or recycle these tiny scraps of fabric? The tutorial video below illustrates a very simple way to turn fabric scraps into spools of twine. A simple, easy, DIY project!
ShopJoya wishes you a very happy and creative holiday!
To create…to make art…is a desire to clothe inspiration.
A great artist is but a conduit for an expression that resonates with something that is greater than him or herself. When we craft beauty, our creation is the utterance of inspiration. When we are creating, we are conduits, mediums, instruments being played to serve as inspiration to the greater good.
VIDEO: Where Does Creativity Come From by Jason Silva
HOW TO CALCULATE FABRIC YARDAGE FOR DRAPES AND CURTAINS
1. Measure from the top of your curtain rod to where you want your drapes to fall. Some people prefer drapes that end below the window, while others prefer floor-length window treatments. Write this length measurement onto your paper.
2. Measure from one end of your curtain rod to the other to determine the width of your window. This is more accurate than measuring the window itself because your rod likely extends a bit to the left and right of the actual window frame. Write the width measurement down.
3. Add 3-4 inches top & bottom (6-8″ total) to the length measurement to account for seams, a slightly stiffer header to be hung from rings and material used for sewing a rod pocket. For instance, if you need 90-inch drapes, your material will need to be 98 inches long.
4. Multiply the width measurement by 2.5 to account for the fullness needed in proper window treatments. Add 2 inches to this number to account for seams. For instance, if your width measurement is 80 inches, your lengths of material will need to add up to 202 inches wide.
5. Divide your final length measurement by 36 to determine the necessary yardage. There are 36 inches in a yard. If you need 98 inches of length, that is the same as 2.72 yards of fabric.
6. Divide your final width measurement by the width of the fabric you are purchasing. Since most upholstery material is 54 inches in width, you can estimate that you would need about four 2.72-yard lengths of it, or a total of 10.88 yards of material. Most fabric stores will simply round that up to 11 yards of material.
7. Multiply the length of each panel by the amount of panels to get your total yardage.
Threads, threads, and more threads! Why are there so many different kinds and types of thread?! Not all thread is created equal. There are more factors into selecting thread then just matching the thread color. Trying to sort out what is what can be overwhelming for anyone. Picking the right thread can make or break your project as well as your sanity.
So let us start with the basics. When it comes to thread there are a few rules to help guide you. However, as with all rules, they seem to be made just to be then broken! These rules are very general and there is always someone out there that does it differently.
MATCH YOUR THREAD TO YOUR FABRIC SHADE
In an act of breaking the first rule…I actually go one to two shades darker. It tends to blend in much more once it is sewn up. Something to remember is that colors will vary between brands. “Canary” color in one brand will not be the same in another brand or even a different dye lot of the same brand. When buying thread, buy enough to complete your project. Taking the chance of running out of thread and getting a different dye lot may ruin your project. This is especially true with machine embroidery. Not to mention that if you are like me and sew at 1:00 am while the kids are in bed is not convenient to run out of the thread at that time!
MATCH YOUR THREAD TO YOUR MATERIAL
Next is to match your thread with your material and use. For example, silk thread for silk fabric and cotton for quilting cotton woven, etc. This is where it can get murky. It is hard to know what your material consists of in this day of up-cycling.
If you are unsure, sticking with all-purpose polyester such as Mettler Metrosene Plus is probably your best bet. Generally, garment sewers like to also use all-purpose polyester like Metrosene Plus.
DO NOT USE CHEAP OR OLD THREAD
This next rule I never break. Don’t use cheap or old thread. As cute as it is to have grandmothers wooden spool of thread on your machine, it will break repeatedly, leave a ton of lint inside your machine which leads to more repairs. The money you save buying cheap thread will be sucked up in your purchase of Advil in order to be able to deal with all the thread dilemmas you have granted yourself. This I have learned from experience!
I love the online images of highly organized sewing and craft rooms. In reality, sewing rooms rarely look like that. We try to but it just doesn’t happen! It reminds me of when you see pictures of a beautiful newborn baby and there is mom…hair done, make-up flawless, no bags under the eyes, fully dressed and not in P.J.s. Yeah right! In real life, our sewing rooms are a mess and we invest just as much time trying to keep it organized (or at least entertaining the thought) then we do actually using the room. It is very pretty to see an entire wall decorated with a rainbow of threads. Pinterest is absolutely covered with awesome craft rooms like that.
DUST FREE THREAD AND FABRIC ARE A MUST
However pretty and convenient, sewing rooms are hard to keep clean and nothing will age your thread faster than dust! Dust on threads will be carried into your tension disks of your machine and lead to repairs. Although it is easy to see all your threads on the wall, keeping them in some kind of container dust free is best. Sulky as well as other thread manufactures make boxes to keep the threads organized, labeled, and dust free such as Sulky Slimline box.