I have no idea why my sister and I chose this, thread catching, fabric to be used in a thread infested sewing room, but I suspect it was because it was what we had on hand, at the time. This is my sewing room, go-to stool. The one without casters, that I stand on constantly because I am not quite tall enough to reach the high shelves and the rolly chair is a little risky. I can not tell you how long it has looked this way, but I am sure it has been more than 10 years since we found this cool stool and decided to recover it. After looking, and cringing, at this pitiful fixture, every day, I finally made a decision on what to use and recovered it, again. I definitely do not remember needing 4 hands to take it apart and put it back together again, but maybe subconsciously I did, that is why it took so long to get it done! I stitched together some of the selvages with interesting names. I pulled the longer lengthed ones, so I didn’t need to stitch short ones together, from my overflowing tub, and just overlapped and topstitched them together, leaving some of the color showing. I didn’t really see a need for a backing fabric, to stitch them to, not in this application, anyway. If you haven’t started collecting selvedges (what is the proper American English spelling, anyway??) but want to start, I’d suggest you leave at least 1″ of color when you trim them off. Some of mine only had 1/4″ of the actual fabric and those aren’t really usable. Of course, I could have trimmed them like that because that is what we have always done to get rid of the tightly woven, unusable because it shrinks at a different rate, edge of the fabric. It is fun remembering all the different projects these fabrics were used in. I spy placemats, a travel bag, raincoat lining, a bathrobe, a couple of quilt backs, a pair of slippers, an ironing board cover, another travel bag….. And, of course, all the scraps of these fabrics have all been used in any number of quilts. Now to decide what to do with the rest of them! Have you created any selvage projects? Have any you are planning on making? Anything cool I should know about???
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