December 14, 2009

Try, try again!



Well I found something out! My camera runs on AA's! Just not for as long. So, hot dog(!), I was able to take a few photos of my second attempt at shirring. I took the advice of some readers and threaded the bobbin loosely(by hand), and it worked wonderfully! (Thank you!)
Lots more ruffles.

This is the scarf I was originally going to do, but I couldn't find it at the time (Toddlers! They're like ferrets!). It's just a plain wool one that I've had for ages.


Ta-da! Ruffly! *shiver* they're so beautiful!!



I have to show you the original, uncropped version of this last photo sometime. Hil. ar. i. ous.


Some of you asked on the last post what kind of thread you use up top. You just use your normal thread in whichever color matches your fabric! Happy shirring! :o)
I'm off to bake Christmas goodies with a friend! Fun!

25 comments:

  1. Beautiful! as always! Happy Baking!

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  2. That scarf turned out so cute. I am going to have to try that on a scarf that needs a little something extra. It is a bit plain in its original form! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This scarf is so pretty! I have a fleece one lying around that needs some attention. Will shirring work on fleece too?

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  4. ooooo...looks so cozy! i love it and it looks beautiful on you! Merry Christmas!

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  5. I really like the way this looks!!! I'm going to go dig through my scarves for one to use. Did you do 2 or 3 lines of stitching? I really like the way the ruffles look on this scarf. :)

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  6. I used three lines of shirring, and yes, it will work on fleece! As far as I know, it will work on pretty much anything that isn't too crazy thick/stiff.

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  7. LOVE IT... wish i could get away with wearing scarves like that.

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  8. Goo! I tried this once to no avail, I was hoping that winding tight was the answer... not so huh? Back to the drawing board!

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  9. First, I love your blog. Second, you are gorgeous!!

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  10. Thank you for this wonderful blog! I found it while scrounging around on Threadbanger and am sooo happy! Your daughter is adorable also :) And am happy to find a lady with a similar style and who loves Jesus! (You are also soo pretty!)

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  11. beautiful, but i am confused. when you say loosely wind it. do you mean by hand?? i really want to try it. thanks for sharing.
    ~danni

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  12. Thanks for the ideas. I can't wait to try it.

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  13. Hmm, I want to try this. The scarf looks so cute!

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  14. Oh my gosh - I LOVE THAT!!! It is sew sew cute!!!

    ;-) Robelyn

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  15. I have just started doing this too! I was surprised how easy it is and wish I would've done it long ago!
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog a few weeks ago, I appreciated it :)

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  16. Very cute. You make shirring look so easy:)

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  17. Oh man!! I wish it'd work for me!! I wanted to try it so bad, and thought I did everything right, but it just pulled and wrinkled, and didn't stretch at all!!!! Way to do, the scarf is cute :)

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  18. The scarf turned out so nicely! I bought one shirring scarf this season and I love it! I love it so much that I want to make my own but am afraid to try it.
    Reading your blog (along with the nice pictures) makes me wanna try so bad! Maybe I will give it a try, thank you for sharing the tips!

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  19. I think it's a great idea, but might work out even better, if you'd use a rubber thread. I guess you can find it at a fabric store (i'm from another country, so i'm not sure). Anyway, I've done lots of ruffles using rubber thread and it works out perfectly every time and the most important thing, it stretches back to it's original size (which is pretty important in a project like this one). And what's more, it is really easy to do this with a sewing machine, you just thread the upper part (through the needle) with a regular thread and the bottom part with rubber thread and sew with a long stitch. Later you can tighten the rubber thread as much as you like and bind the ends of the threads. Easy!

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  20. Cute cute scarf - I love it!! I've just brought some shirring elastic to make a Burda WOF / pregnancy top, for some reason they want me to zig-zag OVER the elastic instead of putting it in a bobbin? I might try you way first :) Do you pull the elastic threads afterwards to get the shirring effect (like gathering)?

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  21. oh my... i do have to try this! I thnk I have a scarf of my grandpa some where!!! will look....
    love Miranda

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  22. To answer KateS, I usually pull/stretch the rubber thread a bit when threading the bobbin, which i do manually, so that it makes ruffles without even having to pull the ends after sewing, but sometimes you still need to do that in order to get as many ruffles as you need. (hope you understand what i'm saying, can't find the right words)

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  23. Thanks Hapa - havent seen rubber thread for sale here but will keep an eye out from now on! Have some shirring elastic so will try that first, hoping it will work kind of the same...

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  24. You are way too cute Disney! and I love your scarf too :)

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