I dream of a light pad that I see on some of the other blogs. What a cool thing to have. But, since I have nothing like that, I went searching my house to find something that would work. Taping it to a window might have worked when I was young but not now.
This is what I came up with. My faithful cutting board from the kitchen. It was wide enough and let just enough light through to be helpful.
Then I had to find something that would hold the fabric still while I traced. Cloths pins sort of worked but was sticking out in my way when I held the project. So I went with my office clippys. The cutting board was just thin enough for these to grab hold.
And so I taped the page from the Secret Garden book to the cutting board. Just the 4 corners worked fine. (Yes, I had to take the page out of the book, and I hate to do that.)
Then I stretched the fabric over top and clipped it all around. I used a regular pencil and a light hand and set in my comfy chair. I was extra careful tracing this and I think it took me about 3 hours.
Ta Da - all traced and ready to put on the stretcher bars. Here it is still on my pretend light pad.
I got some stretcher bars for this project. I have never used anything but hoops before but I want to see the whole project as I go along and not have to keep moving a hoop.
Make sure to drop by Mary Corbet's Needle N Thread http://www.needlenthread.com/
Mary is the one that started this beautiful project and is nice enough to help us all follow along with her. (Thanks Mary) She has also set up a group on Flickr.
Thank you for dropping by.
Smiles to you;