Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fabric Wrapped Bowls

What do you do when you wake up at 3:30 in the morning and you can't tell if the clocks in your house have already been moved forward for daylight savings time?  Waking up at 3:30 when you went to bed early (9 ish) is ok, but 2:30 is not!  So, I laid in bed and played on Pinterest on my smart phone.  I like the DYI and crafts section.  There is always something interesting to look at and find inspiring.  Some projects are a little too far out there, but I often find something to really get my creative juices flowing. 

Thread bowls were the inspiration this morning.  There are a number of pins and I'll post a few of the links later.
It starts with inspiration.   I have a bankers box with hand dyed fat quarters and scrap pieces.  Many of these fabric pieces were discards, pieces that didn't dye well, or the fabric looked Yuk when they were rinsed and pressed.  I couldn't throw them out, so into the box they went.  I also had a roll of cording.  Not the official clothes line that many use, but thick enough to do the job.

Next up is thread.  The thread shows on this project and it can make or break the finished look of the bowl.  I have seen some bowls stitched with what ever thread was on the machine.....not nice.  So, out comes the pink/red thread box.  One of two actually, to see what will work.  

I have chosen this red/pink/white variegated Silco thread from Wonderfil threads.    

Set up the machine with a fairly wide and long zig zag stitch. For this bowl, I used a stitch width of 4mm and a length of 3mm.  Best to experiment with your machine before you start.


  1. It looks great! So my question...did you start sewing at 2:30 am or did you wait til morning?

    I still have lots of your FQ of hand-dyes I bought at WR. They are lovingly hoarded! Little works of art!

  2. not sure what time I started sewing.....but I did get a lot done that morning! The box of hand dyes has not gone down much.....must make more bowls!

  3. I've been doing these for years. Here are my latest versions.