I have been seeing a lot of single letters used in decorating lately, (check out this amazing wall on the House on Hill Road Blog I saw, via Apartment Therapy) and thought I would jump on the bandwagon with an offering in fabric.
A photo tutorial that Kathy Mack put on her blog Pink Chalk Studio got me thinking about a way that I could do the inside “holes” in the letter. Kathy’s tutorial is for covering switch-plates, (the cover around the light switch). Decorative switch-plates is not something that you see much of in Australia, although my Brother-in-law and Sister-in-Law just bought a house with ceramic, hand-painted, floral switch-plates. Perhaps it is a trend that is yet to come?
Anyhoo here is the lovely practice letter….
The centres worked out just as I thought they should, and I was quite pleased with the effect, all except for one thing….it’s backwards! That’s why this poor little letter has not even been pressed.
At one vital point, I failed to place the front “right sides together”, because with the facing for the holes already attached, the front looked rough and I thought of it as the back.
I even took a picture before proceeding, without twigging that I was mucking it up, (see below).
So even though the back of it shows the letter the right way around, because of the method I chose, the back does not end up looking very nice.
Luckily, I have not really wasted any vital resources, as this was a test letter. The fabric I used was an off-cut from sheeting fabric I purchased over 10 years ago at the Queen Victoria Market, which I had made up into our first doona (duvet or continental quilt) cover when we got married. It was a piece that had irregular dying problems at the edge, which is why it was being sold at the market. I still love the colour – that almost-red orange. I remember being told by the stall holder that it was a “second” from the “Art Park” range, a home-wares range that had bold colours which I loved. Cath Derksema of Art Park went on to get together with Kirsten Junor to form Prints Charming, a beautifully bold fabric design studio. Their initial ranges were all hand printed, but they now have their work released internationally by Marcus and Free Spirit Fabrics.
So the fabric that I used for this poor backwards letter g was taken from the irregular dye lot stuff at the edge. It was never going to look that great, and now it looks a bit crumpled and confused.
Such is crafting, I will get it right the next time.
By the Way, did many of you turn your light out last night at 8pm for “Earth Hour“? We had a lovely little dinner party with friends, Peter and Lai Meng (hi guys). We sat in the cosy candlelight, after putting the kids to bed just in time for lights off.