Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Sewing with Fur - Part 1 Cutting out.
I've had a piece of fur sitting in my stash for about 3 years, it was a remnant and never knew what to do with it. Was going through my pattern stash recently, found a pattern with Yoga accessories. Simplicity 3583 which I think is now discontinued. Thought I'd make a Zafu, a meditation cushion.
With the point of the scissors under pile of the fur, take tiny snips, no longer than 5 mm, shorter if possible. It takes a while but it can be done. Can even use a blade to cut the backing, I tried with a box cutter but the blade wasn't sharp enough. The scissors were quicker.
With the seam cut, pull apart the fabric, should not haave any cut fur. In the picture the pile is running downwards, when cut correctly there will be a fringe of fur beyond the cut edge. On the top edge of the pattern the fur runs away from the cut, leaving no fringe.
Even with correct cutting there will be loose fur, you and your surroundings will be covered with fur. You will be asked if you've been cuddling a cat. Don't try to shake it off, it just spreads and in my case straight into my mouth. Pitoohey.
Coming soon will be the actual sewing, first time have sewn such thick fur. Could be interesting and perhaps entertaining, though I envisage lots of this @#$# being uttered.
Posted by Cheryl at 05:51