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Filler Project

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Do you find that there is sometimes a little lag between projects, or during a project while you’re waiting for the next step to become clear in your mind?  I also sometimes have to give myself some “thinking” time for the next inspiration, or “research” time to learn a new technique.

I must be in that stage right now–I think it’s related to making a decision about prioritizing.  Do I want to do THIS before THAT.  Sometimes cleaning and organizing the studio is enough, but yesterday I felt like my brain needed a little more time before I was ready to focus in on “the next big thing”.

So, I’ve started a scrappy little project!  Nothing complicated, in fact sort of mindless.  In the end it will be something functional and useful.  I’ll be able to set it aside if needed once my brain decides to focus in on a more weighty project. But for now, I’ll spend a little time making this wrapped and coiled project which might turn out to be either a rug or basket–haven’t really decided yet.

I always pull out my older heavy duty Singer for coiled projects as it can handle the thickness of the cording, and has a nice big bobbin which allows me to sew longer.  So far, I’m up to approx. 13″ x 18″ on the same bobbin using a moderate zigzag with poly thread which is strong and fine.  She how I fold the strip of fabric over the end of the cord to keep it from fraying, and then start wrapping the cord counter-clockwise to start the coil.  Hold, or pin the coil in place to start, and as the coil gets bigger it is easier to handle.  I’ll show you a finish once I get to that stage, but for now, some good music and thinking time!