Well while my camera battery is dead, I can post about this scarf that I made my fantastic sister-in-law yesterday!
I've been wanting to try shirring for so long now, and I have no idea why I was so afraid of it. Maybe because it seemed too easy. I have a way of messing those things up :o)
I made this from some super-soft white (fur?) fabric that I've had in my stash for quite a while, just waiting for the right project!
I added some black lace trimming around the edges to keep it from fraying, and then shirred it twice in the middle. Pretty stinkin' easy! It needs a brooch or a big black silk bow though, I think.
I have to tell you about my sister-in-law, Larissa. Several years ago her family moved to town and went to the same Church as us, and Riss and I were almost instantly the best of friends. Later on, we decided that she should marry my brother, and I guess we must be pretty convincing ladies, 'cause that's exactly what happened! Now they have the sweetest little boy, Jack, and Paige loves to play with him and boss him around. (poor Jack!)
Anyway, back to shirring! If you've never done it, go do it right now! Or, soon, at least. All you do is get yourself some elastic thread ($1.50 at Walmart!) and thread it (fairly) tightly in your bobbin, then sew with a long strait stitch! I'm thinking next time I will wind my thread a little more tightly, to get more ruffly ruffles, but not bad for a first try!