Monday, July 16, 2012

Ham, in situ

I finished my tailor's ham on Saturday night!  Here it is nestled among some of my sewing things, from the cotton side:


And from the wool side:


Right next to my lovely pincushion from Pincushion Treats!

I'm so happy I finally have this pressing tool, and even more happy I was able to make it from scraps that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.  As I was doing all my sewing last week, I took all my serger cuttings and stuffed them into the ham as the little catcher box filled up.  I ended up using yet another toilet paper roll to make a little funnel for sliding the bits in easily.

And on the subject of toilet paper rolls, here's my stash of rolled up patterns I told you about last week.  This is one of the bedside tables in my guest room.  That room is slowly being taken over by sewing!


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  1. I love your ham! Oh, and isn't that really what guest rooms are for? : )

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  2. Ham! Man Friend finds it too hilarious that they're called hams and gets really excited when I use it. Simple pleasures...

    I'm glad you were able to put scraps to good use! And I have to say that your ham looks so completely you! The fabrics have a very "Gail" look to them! :)

    Will you try to indoctrinate your niece with the love of stitchin' this week?

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    1. So do I! Especially since I've been a vegetarian for 30 years - but I just had to have my ham, LOL! In my defense, I'm also hoping to make the kidney bean.

      I might try to indoctrinate Niecey-poo, but so far she hasn't been interested.

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  3. Great idea to use scraps. Is there a reason why one side is wool and the other cotton? I've never used a ham, but I'm pretty sure I would like to have one. I'll consider making one of these!

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    1. I think the wool side is used for fabrics that need more cushioning so that the seam doesn't get a ridge when you press it, like fine silks.

      I have found it makes such a difference in pressing curved seams! Supposed to be great for getting darts to the right shape too, although I haven't made anything with darts for a while.

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  4. I so need to make a ham. Yours came out so well. Looks so cute next to the pincushion.

    My guest room is also being taken over by my sewing. I had a guest recently and had to get creative with putting things away!

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    1. Hehehe! I'm really glad to know I'm not the only one!

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  5. Great storage idea, Gail! Looks as though your collection is growing, perhaps a cataloging system is going to have to be your next step :*)

    Your Ham looks to be perfection. Will be getting lots of use and will make your sewing life easier and more efficient, I'd think.

    Stay cool, gal.

    hugs

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    1. Yes, I'm starting to overflow my space on that nightstand! But there's another one on the other side of the bed ;-)

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  6. Honestly, it sounds like your guest room is a wonderland of crafty possibilities! I love it! I'm also so glad that you finished your mostly upcycled sewing tool, how clever you are!

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    1. It is that! My NEXT house will have a whole room for my crafty stuff, but that kind of space is hard to come by in the city.

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  7. It's a great ham Gail,and thank you for informing me as to its purpose. Love how you use your space, we all must do what we can for our craft! :)

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    1. My BFF also told me that she uses her for seaming her knits. Definitely going to be trying that!

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  8. What a pretty ham, haha. They are so useful. I read the wool side is what you're supposed to use to press wools? I don't know how it matters though!

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    1. The two sides certainly have different textures. The wool side is a little "stickier." I'm just going to experiment with it!

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