And now for something completely different.
I wanted to do something different. I am a bit tired of sewing little running stitches by hand or machine, at least for the moment. I have been following Karen Ruane for some time and I really wanted to take her online class on making buttons and puffs. You can see all this here. However, I didn't sign up and time has marched on etc. The puffs look like they are made from Yo-Yo's. I have known how to make Yo-Yo's for years (haven't we all!) and I recently bought a cute little gadget for making them (I have no idea why!). All this is to say that I decided to make some "puffs" on my own, try out the new Yo-Yo maker while referring to Karen's photos for help. Big mistake. Let me say right here that I should have taken the class! It took me all day to make the ones you see in the photo plus a couple of others that are not pictured. I tried a new method on each one. I stuck myself every time I picked up the needle. My remarks all day consisted of "ouch", #@%*&&" and the like. I think I did everything wrong. One "Puff" is so tiny I could barely hold it. One is too big. None of them are "just right". I don't know how Karen does that wonderful embroidery on hers. I tried doing it before I gathered them and after. I stuffed them too much or too little. What a day. On the plus side, I did learn a lot. One of the things I learned is how much easier it would have been toTAKE THE CLASS.