Well, there are only two more classes left, and I’m excited to be done, but despite all of the things that I have found challenging, I think I’m really going to miss taking it too!
I got there early and started to trim and wire the brim I draped at the last class, along with helping to arrange chairs, assisting another student, and a few other puttering things.
So in class today we spent the first half (maybe more than half?) working on satin roses. You basically take four 5″ squares, and four 4″ squares. You can also use even smaller (or larger) squares, though the smaller you go, the harder it is. You can do two ‘layers’ (or sets) or three; it all depends on the fabric.
For the first set:
- Fold each of the squares in half diagonally
- Press a turn-back about 1cm deep along the folded edge.
- Repeat for the remaining three squares
- Arrange with folds towards the middle back into a square shape, with the turn backs ‘open’ (rather than folded)
- Layer like folding a box top – when you fold the top panels so a box stays closed without taping it
- Gather on each side from crease to crease, not over the turn-backs
- Repeat for second set, and put the two sets together.
- We can then add a stamen of whatever kind we want, finish the bottom of the rose, etc. We didn’t do this in class.
For the second half (or perhaps less than half, it felt like less time) we steamed and shaped our straw hoods. Unfortunately most of the ideas I had from my Straw Ideas post weren’t workable with the blocks available/in my size/ with the straw hoods we had. Still I blocked one of them (a light blue woven straw) which I think I’m generally satisfied with, and another (a grey woven straw) that is still a work in progress. The straws were reasonably easy to steam and shape, although the shape isn’t a crisp shape like with the buckram. I can’t figure out if I like this, or dislike it – though I have a feeling that with different straws the result might be slight different as well – since straws loose moisture and become more brittle with age – and these are largely vintage hoods we’re using to start out with. Hoods with a little less age behind them might react somewhat differently. I’ll be finishing both of the straws at home, and then also have two more hoods (a black, and a green/white/purple) to work with at home as well.