On the 123 stitch Message board that I frequent, I proposed a finishing SAL. I guess all the finishing I have been doing lately has gotten me more interested in exploring various techniques for finishing stitched objects ... be those methods simple or complex, and be those objects small, medium or large. I have begun to take more notice of other people's sewing finish photos on the blogs and message boards I frequent and am very impressed with the creativity of the members of the online stitching community. I have also become addicted to tutorials. Then, of course, there is the fact that wall space is at a premium in my 6 room townhouse and professional framing is a touch expensive.
In any case, this is what I envision:
Setting up a Group blog where the members can post their finishes, with brief descriptions of techniques and materials used and with links to any appropriate tutorials. There would be no limits as to type and number of finishes shared each month. In other words, September won't be flat fold month, October won't be mattress pin cushion month, etc. Members can do whatever finishing tasks come to hand, based on what they like to stitch. A member won't be dropped if they do only one finish a month as opposed to the obsessive compulsive types who do 2 or 3 a week.
Each member would introduce themselves in their first post by answering the following questions:
- How many cross stitch pieces requiring a sewing finish are currently in your sewing basket?
- What are your most common sewing projects, e.g.: pillows, ornaments, flat folds, bell pulls, wall hangings, biscornus, etc?
- List a few of your favorite suppliers [with links] of finishing materials, e.g.: fabrics, buttons, trims, hardware, etc.
- How much time each week or month are you willing to devote to sewing finishes?
- Are you a hand sewer, machine sewer or both?
- What will be your first finishing project?
If you are interested, post a comment. If there is sufficient interest, I'll try to get a blog up and running by the 15th.