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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Learning about Clams..........

I hand stitched my first clamshell last night and learned later than it isn't necessary to stitch down anything but the circle part because the rest is hidden below the next clamshell......duh.......

Onward......

.....while browsing the internet for clamshell ideas I came across this interesting "short-cut" by Susan Stiff of Moda which uses a machine seam.........


So I decided to try to see if I might like this method...I tried several different ways of stitching and I think the most accurate for me was to actually stitch right next to the template, press over the template, turn the shell right side out and then press again with the template inside.




                                 


Here are my first 5 clams. 



I think I could even use this method with hand stitching....

.............(stay tuned for more of my clamming progress)......













8 comments:

White Rose said...

Hi Ida your clamshells are looking fantastic I will enjoy watching this project as I have always wanted to do something with clamshells,well done my friend on your beautiful work xx

Lynette said...

I had never even seen the clamshells before. Looks so pretty as it comes together. I like the colors you are using :)

Cheryll said...

That's a fantastic effort... I love the look of clam shells...xox

Helen said...

Wow very clever with making those beautiful clamshells. Love them.

Maria said...

Definitely a different way to make clamshells.
Looks good.

Needled Mom said...

Those will be so pretty. What would happen if you sewed two together with water soluble thread, the reverse and iron then while spritzing them with water. That makes them separate and you have two finished at the same time. Use regular thread in your bobbin. Does that make sense???

Hilachas said...

Your clam shells are beautiful. Coming right along. I’ve always wanted to do a clamshell something. I’ve even bought the templates. Looking good!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Great quote! I don't suppose I'll ever be doing clamshells myself but I am going to enjoy following your progress.