Tracing Paper Troubles

tracing1I had to take a break from making my wallet because the pattern has oodles of fold lines and guide dots that needs to be marked on the fabric. When I was doing redwork, I used a makeshift light-box to trace the designs on my fabric. That method won’t work with my printed fabric. I decided to use tracing paper to make sure I get the placement guides and fold lines in the right spots.

I have a pack of tracing paper that I bought about 1985. I used tracing paper a lot in them days. I sewed constantly back then making toys and clothes. I went to my old sewing box and got out my old tracing paper and my tracing wheels. I lined the tracing paper in the fabric and pattern. And began to trace a test spot… imagine my surprise when no line was on my fabric. I tried a dark color and again no marks.
Well, horse-feathers I reckon that after 3 decades my old tracing paper doesn’t work anymore. Imagine that? :/

Time to go shopping:
I went to 2 different department stores: they had fabric, patterns, pins, scissors, buttons and many other notions, but not nary a bit of tracing paper. ~bummer~

I know that sewing is a fairly big industry since so many folks are running home businesses selling homesewn bags, clothes, accessories, etc… A lot of patterns have fold lines and guides that needs to be marked or traced.  I think tracing paper is best for that task. I went online and nosed around to see what the sewers are using now-a-days. Well, I discovered that the favorite suggestions was to either use a long baste stitch along the pattern guides or take a sheet of paper and heavily scribble/color on it making it tracing paper; they did warn that it was awfully hard to remove the traced color lines from your fabric.
Um, nope… I don’t want to fight with removing color marks from my fabric. If the color lines won’t come off, the newly sewn project would be odd looking.
*I’ve always used a baste stitch for darts. However, I choose not to use basting stitches for marking oodles of fold lines and guides.

tracing2I shopped online and ordered some tracing paper. I had to wait for a few days for it to arrive.  Of course when I have to wait, I get sidetracked with other projects. Finally, the tracing paper arrived, but I haven’t used it yet.  At least it’s on hand whenever I need it. Hopefully, I’ll have an updated sewing post on my wallet soon.

Do you use tracing paper or something else for guides, fold lines or darts on patterns, when you sew?

Do you have problems finding supplies for your crafts and creations in your area or do you have to order them online like me?

Wishing you all much success in your creative projects.

*Just an added note here:
I haven’t finished my redwork project. I stopped working on it in early 2014. I put it away until I’m ready to work on it again. I hope to get back to it and finish it someday.

Misc Monday

IMG_7414We were shopping at our local department store and my husband decided that our Shelibean deserved a new toy since he hadn’t got one in a couple weeks (since our toy fake-off plan). So he picked out a fuzzy ground hog type critter that makes a pig grunty sound. Sheli was thrilled to get the new toy. And even though it’s about half his size he played and played with it. He had a jolly romp with it this morning on his favorite rug. I tried to snap a few photos, but they mostly blurred except for this one. IMG_7407We went to an everything-for-a-buck store this weekend. I discovered, They have bags of some sort of moss. I thought it may be something I could use in one of my crafts, so I got a bag of it and put in a little store-tote-basket. After shopping a bit, we went to the check out.
The clerk was having a jolly good time laughing and cutting up with a co-worker and discussing their wonderful food choices at a restaurant they’d been too.
I put the tote-basket on the counter and she began ringing up our items like an other normal checker would do.
When she picked up this bag of moss she did something odd, in a loud rude voice she asks, “You two aren’t going to smoke this are you?” she sternly looks at my husband and at me.
It embarrassed us. I quickly replied in just as loud a snarky voice, “No! I’m going to glue it on a wreath!”
She smirked and repeated in a lower voice, “Glue it on a wreath!”
My husband and I looked at each other and shook our heads, but didn’t respond.
She rang up the moss and in a quieter slightly confused voice she repeated, “Glue it on a wreath?” and she looked at me like she wanted me to explain.
0123meI didn’t say a word. I just smiled and gave her a ‘knowing look’.  I wasn’t about to dignify her rudeness by giving her an explanation.
Anyway, I realize we could have reported her to the company, but we pick our battles carefully. I try to keep my husband from getting too stressed because he’s still healing and recovering. So to me, It just didn’t seem worth wasting a perfectly good day out of our life to teach her some manners.
We laughed about it and let it go.

IMG_7363-2On a more positive note: Back in November when my husband had heart surgery, our 8 year old great niece is a sweetheart and when she found out about my husband having to have surgery she gave him a 4 leaf clover that she’d found and preserved. I bought a frame for it this weekend and have it proudly displayed. We love our great niece and this precious reminder of the sweet innocence of a child sending her Great Uncle an extra bit of luck and love to get well soon. (I edited their names out of the photo. 😉 )


How was your weekend?
I hope it was pleasant and you had a laugh or two.
Have a great week.