It’s been a bit bonkers this week, as my routine has been messed with so I got to 9pm last night, realised I hadn’t written a post (or taken any photos) and gave up on producing a Wednesday post. My focus this week has mainly been on slippers and finishing WIPs, so I’m going to write a little bit about the part between them being a proper WIP and an FO.
After finishing the slippers, adding buttons and sewing in ends, I apply sock stop to the soles. (For anyone that doesn’t know what it is, it’s basically liquid latex.) To do this, I use a range of complex and technical equipment to ensure it is applied well and has the required time to dry (undisturbed). First of all I rummage around in the cereal cupboard to find the most empty box so that I can cut it up and just put the bag of cereal back. You see, the soles need to have some support whilst the liquid is being applied and cereal boxes are the perfect thing for the job. (As I’ve made so many sizes now, I’m actually building up quite a good collection of cardboard sole strengtheners!) I also employ the use of tins of peas and carrots to place in the ankle part of the slippers to hold them up and keep them in position whilst they dry. The small tins are perfect for child sized slippers, and the larger ones are great for adult sizes. My set up works surprisingly well!
I am also eternally grateful to Mr C for building a frame for the washer and tumble dryer in the conservatory and putting a worktop on it as it provides a perfect space for me to use for these jobs without them being in the way. It takes around 24 hours for the sock stop to dry fully, so they need to be where no one will knock them.
I’ve delivered 6 snowmen to new owners this week. Now I just need to make a lot more, and some other decorations to sell at the craft fair. I also have some routine sewing jobs to do (including sewing badges onto my little boy’s new Beavers uniform!)
What have you been working on? How do you make use of household items when you are crafting?