Sunday, August 7, 2011
Sarah's Wedding Garter
Something old, something new,
something borrowed, something blue.
Old: the engagement ring was made from Wade's grandma's ring
New: the dress
The three fittings took all place in secret. Ha!
Borrowed: the brooch on the bouquet
The brooch was my mother's. She gave it to me many years ago. I am not ready to give it up yet.
Blue: the elastic and ribbon on the garter
Info for my lacemaking friends:
The Garter is a design by Sherry Graham. I used 34 pairs of linen 80/2 and 2 pairs with gimp.
This is what you get when you DON'T pre-prick your pattern. You also get a callus on your finger.
I found that a little more then 1 1/2 of the circumference is good. If it is too ruffled it doesn't show the pattern.
We know that is not were it is worn. Got to have some fun!
I could not find any blue elastic suitable for this ... so my friend Lise came to the rescue and mailed some to me from Missouri.
I cut it a little shorter then the circumference and attached a piece of matching ribbon to each end. Put it around the leg and tied a (secure) bow.
Now I have put it into a candle-holding glass tube for Sarah (Bed, Bath and Beyond).
The ends are tucked under and a little bow made from the ribbon pinned to each end. She seemed to be pleased.
The veil was home-made too ... but by machine. Sarah didn't want anything too elaborate because it would clash with the dress.
I bought tulle. There is quite a selection out there and relatively inexpensive.
I cut the right length (top and bottom layer in one piece) and rounded the four edges. I cut strips about 2 inches wide of Sulky Solvy lightweight water soluble stabilizer (with coupon about $4), used two to sandwich (ironing) the tulle edge all around.
Mistake: I only had white in the bottom bobbin not realizing first that when I would turn the top shorter layer of the veil over, the underside of the stitch would now be the top. It was easily corrected though. Just another five-minute job, haha.
Next time: Use silver thread for top AND bottom thread.
Moral of the story: So many things you do only once and the knowledge gained is wasted.
Trim the excess tulle/stabilizer next to the border carefully. Soak and rinse the whole thing well and iron dry. Test the heat setting on a piece of the scrap tulle. All the craft stores have the wire combs to attach it too. Satisfying work.