Around to it.

 

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I finally completed my road trip journal.  Not bad – only a month and a bit late!  I might share a few pages here in due course, but for now, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite pages because I’m sure you will feel better for a little Schiller.  Auf Deutsch, of course. (It’s from Wilhelm Tell and was scribed on the wall of the steamer we took on the lake that afternoon)

 

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So, with an afternoon to myself, I cracked open the box of goodies bought in La Droguerie, Lille: the makings of a scarf.  Everything included, this should be a breeze, I thought.

 

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Aha!  En Français!   Pas de problème!

 

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I knew how to “surfiler”, bien sûr

 

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But what about the colours?  “Bleu Canard”?  “Bleu Klein”?  My hero was brought in as a second opinion and we studied picture and materials and worked it out together.

 

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Actually, I’d already sewn the pieces together by then and fortunately, had got it right!

 

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The ends of the scarf are finished with a double piped edge, really clever, especially when someone has already done the first step of the piping!  I stitched one edge in place before realising that this is tricky – the fabric was stretchy and needed more care.  I got out my Clover clips and found them very useful indeed as I had another go, taking it slowly and carefully.

 

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Actually, I needed several goes before I could get the stitching close enough to the piping cord for it to look acceptable.

 

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Having completed all four piped ends, I sewed one long edge and pressed the seam open, as per instructions.

 

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Time to apply the spots.  Each one was cut from fabric with a thin vilene backing.  Having sorted them out and distributed the colours, I pinned them in place ready to sew.

 

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So far so good.  I considered getting out the 505 spray adhesive instead of pins but thought I’d continue as the instructions told me to.  With hindsight though, I ought to have done that – it would have made the next step much easier.

 

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Zigzagging around circles isn’t easy.  The small, one inch circles especially so and having completed two or three, I wished I’d handsewn them, or even done some more free-style embroidery scribbles instead.  Never mind.  In true blogging tradition, I have included the photograph of the best one.  Just imagine they are all like that!

 

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Twenty four circles later, and I was glad to be finished with that.  Time to sew the other long edge up and finish the ends.

 

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The piping is a really neat feature of this scarf and it’s something I’ll keep in mind for future.  Not only does it add a little personality to the otherwise simple rectangle, it adds weight to the ends and also conceals the hand stitched closing seam.

 

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Weird colours in this photograph – it really is the same scarf!  But it shows the end result with the double piped seam.  Neat!

 

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And there it was, done!

 

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I’m really pleased with the finished scarf, not only the colour combination but the individuality too.  La Droguerie do come up with these good ideas with a little French “pizazz” and elegance.

 

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Best of all is the fabric.  It’s cotton sateen, has a rich sheen and depth of colour and was very enjoyable to sew.  Worst thing was stitching those pesky circles to a single layer of fabric without any stabiliser.  Next time, I’ll add another layer of something underneath, just to hold it all together a little more.

Not bad for an afternoon’s work though?

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