YAY!!! How exciting!! Today is the first day of Summer, the first day to have a treat from the advent calendar and the first day to put up the Christmas tree!! The first real taste of the festive season and I can't wait to get the tree all spiffy this afternoon!
Which also brings me to thoughts of presents.... hmm I must get to that! Actually I am more organised than most years and am happy to say that I think I'm at least half way done... I have had a lot of fun etsy shopping but am yet to hit the shops for a present buying session - why do today what I can put off until the 24th??!!. I haven't gotten very far with my Rudy making adventures after a bit of a hand injury last week, so even the handmade gifts are falling behind, but I have at least sewn on two antlers and one ear to be able to bring you the next Tips & Tricks Tuesday!! Below is my mini tutorial for ladder stitching something onto your softie. I am using Rudy as a demo but of course this is applicable for any attachments such as arms, saddles, etc.
Stuff your antler, ensuring that you turn in the raw ends before reaching the end of your stuffing. It is extremely important that you stuff both your Rudy and your Antler very firmly or you may end up with floppy antlers. Once you have turned in the ends (pictured) then firmly stuff the remaining section of the antler until you reach the opening.
Ladder stitch the horn into place as you ladder stitched closed the turning gap (from last tutorial). Take your next small stitch into the horn base (folded under edge) entering the horn at your point of exit from the head.
Unlike with ladder stitching the opening, I suggest that you pull your thread and stitches tight after every stitch along the way. Once you have gone completely around the horn I recommend going around a second time for strength. Once complete, tie a knot close to the base of your thread.
And then sink the knot into Rudy's head!
Once you have sewn the front edge to Rudy's ear, lay the ear down the opposite way and sew along the back edge of the ear so that the ear is securely attached and will stand up straight. Tie and sink a knot and - Ta-da!
I hope that again this has helped someone!! And to those who already know all of the tricks and methods, I am sorry that I have been very lazy at posting on the blog in-between my tutorials. Maybe it will soon be time to move to TTTF (Tips & Tricks Tuesday Fortnight!)
As for me, I need to go and find that tree in the store room.... How exciting!