It appears I have overcome my previous shyness; I couldn't wait to write this post up. Why, you ask? Well, I felt it was an important contribution to the preservation of crafters around the world.
It also contains one of my most favourite traits about myself & others. The things that make us authentic. Numptiness. What is numptiness? Well lets refer to the urban dictionary for an answer:
What is it? My hair. In a bobbin. Wound tightly.
HOW? Well, according to Jeni from Handmade Love, it's because I'm a Numpty. I must stress that this was said as a form of endearment.
So, now I've made that crystal clear, you'd probably like me to explain the technique for winding your hair into a bobbin. I know you love my tutorials. So here's a quick one:
How To Wind Your Hair Into a Bobbin:
1. Run out of bobbin thread halfway through sewing an important accessory piece at midnight.
2. Remove empty bobbin from case, and set up to rewind with the thread of your choice.
3. Whilst winding more thread onto the bobbin, take some time to rest your HEAD on top of the sewing machine. Ensure your hair is nice & frizzy. If it's not, it won't catch as easily.
4. Freak out when you realise your hair is winding you closer & closer to the bobbin spool.
5. Yank you head away in a panic so a chunk stays with the bobbin and can be integrated nicely into the thread.
6. Continue sewing as usual. You'll put a little piece of yourself into everything you sew.
After such an enlightening and wonderful crash course on what NOT to do around my sewing machine...it got me thinking. I mean, I've had some major crash & burns (yes, I'm actually being literal there) in the Joallie Petit studio. Perhaps I should compile a list of the top 5 Numpty no-no's for your crafty benefit.
THE TOP FIVE NUMPTY NO-NO'S
1. DON'T rest your head on top of a sewing machine whilst winding a bobbin. I think we've said enough on this matter.
2. DON'T spray any kind of adhesive spray onto your appliques when on the carpeted floor in your studio room. The memory of a bad tree shape will continue to haunt you forever. Or until you buy a rug.
3. DO NOT attempt to seal grosgrain hair ribbon if you already applied glue to it. The result is truly singe-a-riffic.
4. DO NOT watch t.v.whilst sewing. The result could mean someone has to walk around on their hands in order to wear your clothing.
5. DO NOT think you'll pick up that pin/needle off the floor after you've done XXX. Chances are, your foot will find it for you.
Like my list? Guess what? ALL of these are from personal experience. I've had chunks of hair missing, singed eyebrows, a permanent mark on my carpet that will forever haunt me, unwearable attempts at clothing, and two trips to the local ED to remove pins from my foot. And the doctors weren't even hot. Sigh.
And I'm still going. Why? Because I'm a Numpty, obviously!
Now it's your turn. Pleeeeease share your numpty experiences with me (I know I already have a couple in common with some of you...hehehhee). There will be a prize for the best one. A pair of my new shoe clips:
No injury was sustained in making them. Just watch out for the hair, though.
Post your comments under here, and I will choose the best one next Friday!