When Carol sent out the word about this hop I jumped in immediately. I thought from the start that I would do 3 pieces, one of each size ( only had to do one small item to participate). I thought I would maybe do something like a place mat for Small, a mug rug for smaller and a coaster for Smallest. All using the same type of design, say a house for example.
I started right away with the coaster. I had wanted to try to do some of the raw edge applique for awhile and this was a perfect opportunity. I had an issue. I think I liked the back better than the front.
Well at about the same time that I was pondering my smallests direction I discovered that I needed something to make ironing seams open a little easier. I've seen the sticks covered with fabric, but me who is into tools, really couldn't justify the price for a stick wrapped in fabric and making myself one really isn't the type of sewing I wanted to do.
My brain had a flashback to high school sewing class where I kinda sorta remember using a tailors ham. Do any of you remember them? Well I didn't see one at JoAnns or the local quilt shop so I Googled them. There are several You Tube video's about them, their uses and their construction. Yes there were Tailors Hams available for sale too, but by that time I didn't care. I was now up for a new challenge.
I found a nice size piece of green fabric in the stash.
I used wool to back the ham as is tradition.
One of the videos showed not only the making of a tailors ham but also of a tailors sleeve. The video was called Ham and Sausage.
Well I watched most of the videos, jumbled them all together and came up with my version of Ham and Sausage. I was able to make the tops match but I didn't have a piece of wool big enough for the back of the sausage. So the sausage is backed with muslin also from the stash.
You get it, I now have a small and smaller. In my readings I found that hams are not only backed with wool but are filled with saw dust. In one of the gazillion comments I read someone suggested using bunny litter which is made up of wood shavings. While I don't have anyone handy who saws, I was able to find bunny litter in my nearest grocery store. Win, win.
The toughest part of this project was stuffing to the max. I did pretty well on the Ham but the Sausage really needs to be opened and have a little more stuffing added. It will work as is so it may never get fixed.
I must say that this was a really fun project to take on and I believe much more satisfying than covering a stick with fabric.
OK, so from the beginning I wanted to do 3 pieces for this hop. I still needed a smallest. Silly took over. My brain started buzzing with the phrase "Green ham and eggs" but when I said it out loud it didn't sound right. I don't have kids or grand kids so I had to do research on this next piece. Google straightened me out, it's Green Eggs and Ham.
OK, it was silly but I really enjoyed making this over sized mug rug. It just makes me smile.
I hope you got as much enjoyment from this stop as I had creating the goodies for it.
Please stop by and visit all of the other creative ladies posting today and if you haven't done so yet, stop in and visit all of the hoppers. I'm listing them all here for your convenience.