Saturday, May 8, 2010

Aaaah, bliss.....!!!!, ... not a spa.......or a massage..!!!...........a new cutting  :))))  and a new cutting board!!!

Isn't it  'heavenly'  when you use a new blade?  You wonder why you didn't get a new one sooner.....shops out of stock, or not getting to town doesn't help.....but I've got one at last  :)     Fortunately I also have a 'silver pencil' which is really handy to rule and mark lines on dark fabric, then cut the old fashioned way!

Measurements....?   ALWAYS check what you are using to measure, against each other, as not all are the same.....

Years ago, I did a sewing course using stretch fabric.  The ladies teaching, also owned the fabric shop.   One day, one of them cut some material, and when the other went to use it, said it was short of the measurement.   When measured by both ladies, they had different measurements.......their tape measures had stretched with!!!

What is the picture above of?  It is a cardboard drafting board.  It folds out 'concertina' style with grid measurements up to 100cm by 166cm.  They are fantastic!!   I had one years ago which eventually fell to pieces along the folds, and after a lot of searching managed to get another one.

It has a number of pattern lines on it for angles, circles, etc. , and to use it, lay your fabric and pattern on top, then 'stab' the pins into the board, then cut your fabric!  You can draw around the pattern first if you prefer.

Well, enough for now.  I hope your day 'measures up' to your plans  :)

Happy crafting,  Jenny


  1. You have a lot of good information to share..... thank you.
    You're so right about getting a new cutting blade, it makes a big difference to have a nice sharp one. Sure beats scissors!
    Have a great weekend and Mother's Day!

  2. hi jenny! i too am in bliss when i get a new shinny tool!!
    have a wonderful day too!!

  3. Yes I so know what you mean about working with blunt blades. I was sent some new pins with the pincushion swap and they were great, not like the cheap ones I was using!