Monday, December 31, 2007

last day of 2007, first ever guest post

This is for you, anonymous commenter from my last post who asked how I made a shield out of felt. But since I didn't, I asked my crafty husband to weigh in. Here he is:

First, take a bamboo slat left over from building your backyard fence and bend it into a circle. (Soaking it in the warm bathtub your child has just vacated helps with flexibility). Pre-drill a couple of holes at the overlap, thread some hemp twine through them, and then whip the twine around the overlap for a firm fit. The diameter of this shield is about 20", a dimension determined more by the available felt and the flex of the bamboo than any other considerations.

Next, attach the felt to the bamboo frame, again with the twine. A tapestry needle is crucial here, as it punches a nicely-sized hole through the felt without any risk to your flesh. I don't know the name of the stitching I used, but you can see how it cinches the felt around the outside of the frame while tightly fitting within. A rustic look is good.

Stencil, paint, embroider, or otherwise decorate the felt; I stenciled it after sewing the felt to the frame in order to ensure a centered design. I would also note that Athena's shield was generally depicted with Medusa on it as well, but I didn't want serpentine overkill.

The cross-bracing was added to take the slack out of the felt, as well as to provide attachment for the handles. The tension of the bowing keeps the bamboo in place, but a little hot glue helps.

Wrap a short piece of bamboo with the twine and cut a narrow strip of leather, suede, or some other sturdy yet soft material to match. These are the handles. Actually, the arm goes through the former and only the latter is strictly a handle. I made the strap extra-long to accommodate future growth. I also tied the handle and strap to the cross-bracing, to allow for adjustment.

Then, take a couple of blurry pictures with your borrowed camera and post to your wife's blog for posterity.

Speaking of which, let's not end the year without a picture of the Christmas table linens Angelique made (yup, those are scraps from Iris' curtains all right):

Happy new year to all and to all a good night!


Blogger Sarah said...

I'm a little teary about the curtains. Yes, they make beautiful table linens (how could they not?)but oh, how I love them as curtains.

Awesome shield. I'll have to remember this for future Halloweens and other costume events. If you ask Lola and Astrid, everyday is a costume event. I need to make them pins that say "dress-up happens."

7:07 PM  
Blogger house on hill road said...

the shield just rocks. and so do the placemats - a great use for scraps.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous kirsten said...

good job, guest poster! you guys make excellent dress-ups!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, thanks! that was me! cant wait to try this for my boys. sorry about the anonymous, i was just too lazy to do it another way! typing one handed with babe in arms.

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