Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sewing the Corners

















The crocheted lace compliments the smooth, tightly woven cotton fabric of the napkin. The lace adds visual depth and a sense of relaxation. This combination of color, pattern and texture delights me. I do not use a lot of pink in my home. But I am sewing this frilly lace onto this pink and cream fabric for my February tea. I will use this color theme throughout. I think it will be very attractive.

This sewing seems simple, but it's not. I'm having trouble with the cornering. I take a risk and attempt to sew the lace on at the same time as I sew the hem. If I sew slowly, all seems to work out fine...except for those corners. They require a reassessment of my approach and a trial of new methods.

In between moments of swearing and ripping seams, I discover that folding the fabric at a right angle gives me what I'm looking for.

I can't help but see the symbolism here - of how I prefer to turn corners in my life abruptly. But that often leads to puckered fabric as my life unfolds. Sometimes the puckers add visual interest, or I just don't have the chance to undo what I've done. Other times, I rip out the seams and begin anew...hopefully, with more patience and planning for the next corner.

7 comments:

Teafan said...

That's a very pretty picture and very pretty writing

sweetcakes said...

They look gorgeous! Great job!

Joyce said...

Everything looks so nice.....I'm sure the corners won't even matter. HA! Did you get the tea cozy done too? I was thinking of "starting" mine this weekend....not sure though. HA! I'll have to have my hubby drag out my sewing maching I haven't used in a million years. Blah.
Keep us posted on your tea party.
I can't wait to see and hear about it.

Alice said...

Oh, Stephanie, they are beautiful! How nice that you found a message in them too. Enjoy your tea party today and take lots of photos for us.

Frivolitea said...

You make my day!

VeeTea said...

Thanks for the link!

Glad to hear you're (mostly) enjoying your sewing project. My background is in textile design.

Angela McRae said...

The philosopher seamstress! I love it!