Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Deep Diamond Tufting.

I'm not sure why I wanted to make a tufted headboard. Maybe I saw one in a film or something but before too long I was combing through every tutorial or YouTube video I could find about it. That was a year ago. So this weekend I put my big girl panties on and summoned the courage to finally build my headboard. My favorite tutorials found here, and here. Mine certainly won't be as good as theirs so I'll keep it brief. I think my total for all materials came to around $85 but then again my math is horrible so... 
Make sure you take advantage of JoAnn's incredible sales. I think I saved $60 dollars when I went. I scored on my fabric too, only $9 a yard. 

The most annoying part of this process, as all blogs stated, was the buttons. And I'd have to agree with them. They were so small. The fabric was so thick. The little tool that pushes the button together sucks so... with Mummy's help, my solution was pliers. Just use pliers. It will save your fingers and hopefully you'll not loose ten buttons in the process. (Buy extra button covers!)

At Home Depot I had them cut down the pegboard to the size I wanted for my full bed. In retrospect I would've made sure that it was cut evenly over the holes. It will save you a ton of time trying to space out the tufts properly. 

After putting marks on both sides of the pegboard I glued the foam down. A blog I read a year ago said 2" foam would be enough. Then recently I read one that said you really needed 3" to make it a deep tuft. I figured if I was gonna make one I was gonna do it right so I bought another inch of foam. The top layer of foam ended up being more squishy than the bottom so it worked out nicely. So yes, I think you would need 3". If you only have 2" then maybe add some fiberfill in the middle of each tuft.

I used a sharp cutco knife to cut out a hole for each button to sit against the pegboard. (The trick for all good deep diamond tufting.) An electric knife just wasn't cutting it for me. (Pun intended) After working on the tufting I realized that the way I had cut out some of the holes effected how the fabric was laying. So don't get too crazy and cut out too much. Try and make the holes as uniform as possible.

At this point I'd run into a problem that I didn't anticipate. The staple gun that I had borrowed didn't staple into the pegboard. So at this point I should have added a wooden frame on the back, before I started on the tufting. But I was impatient so I glued it on after I was finished. Learn from my mistakes.

And so it began. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous at this point.

I hate those buttons. (Secret: I glued some of the button covers on after they popped off while I was tufting.)

Some blogs said to tuft each row then work on the diamonds, others said to just go every which way, but all said to start in the center and work out to the edges. It took a couple tufts to get the right tension on the fabric. Some buttons ended up being deeper in the fabric than others. I guess you can't really tell at the end so I wouldn't worry about it.

Mummy leant me some random buttons for the back to secure each tuft. This is where your fingers will start hurting and you'll wonder why you decided to make a tufted headboard. Stay with me. The end is  near.

Almost finished. Mostly the diamond pattern just fell into place but I did have to help the folds along a little. And if the tension is off it's easy to take it out and redo a tuft, which I had to do a couple times. 

Done with the tufts. Such a relief.

Adding the simple frame on the back. Used gorilla glue since I couldn't easily nail it down. If you were smart and made a frame before tufting this step would be breezy.

Folding the fabric over the edges took me a long time. Traditional tufting makes horizontal and vertical folds out from the center of each tuft to the edge. My fabric didn't want to work that way and it was naturally going into a diamond pattern so I just stuck with it.

To attach it above my bed I put three nails into the wall and hung it very simply from the wood frame. I left about a pillows width from my mattress to the bottom of the headboard. 
You'll be so pleased with the finished product. I think its certainly worth the time and effort. 
I am more than willing to answer any questions. Good luck and happy tufting!


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Thirty Five Thousand Pennies.

[Jeans] American Eagle [Top + Shoes] Target [Sweater] Old Navy [Jewelry] Forever21, Etsy [Bag] Vera Bradley

Leopard print coming back in style is probably the best and worst thing that happened to 2012. Best because it gave birth to these. Worst because I now know thirty five thousand pennies stand in between me and the shoes of my dreams.


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Double Dug.

In the farming process I'm told that the preparation of the soil is the most important part. It's good then that we realized hidden only inches below the top soil on our land is a thick layer of solid red clay. The artist in me was glad to see an endless supply of clay to throw with but the new 'rural' me saw an issue with the growth of our soon to be veggies. Chap began the epic 'double-digging' technique for our crops. He tells me this step need only be done once but as he calculated the time it would take for him to dig the modest plot he came to a total of six months. Yikes. We may need to make it a group effort to speed up the process. Double digging is an old English technique. Farmers realized that if they dug deeper into the ground to turn up the soil the plants grew better. Obviously a tedious task as we soon learned when cutting through compacted clay. (Now we know why East Texans ditched this idea) We took off the top soil layer, then dug down one spades length while breaking up the clay, then using a fork we dug down another spades length and mixed the soil. Eventually Chap will add compost to the red soil and make it a little more black looking. Exciting beginning. Very tired arms. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Nikon or Fuji?

Buying a new camera sucks. Especially when you realize how much a good one costs. I currently own two Canon models. The classic film AE- 1, and the snap and shoot Powershot SD 1400 IS. Both have been wonderful cameras. I've used the Powershot for a couple years now and its taken some excellent photographs. I'm just wanting a little more though but realizing its going to cost me. 
I've done a lot of research, taken some tips from friends
 and come up with two of my favorites which happen to be polar opposites. Nikon's are always good, never heard or read a bad thing about them, they just work. But when I laid eyes on the Fuji X-E1 I fell in love. Fujifilm have designed a solid framework in a fab retro design. Only thing is it's double the price of the Nikon. Anyone have any tips? Favorite cameras or recommendations? Also does any have $1000 I can borrow?
'Preciate cha. 


Friday, 4 January 2013

Four Favorites.

1. Found this awesome display of children's artwork at Barney's in Dallas. Love the bright colors and obviously the subject matter. I'm partial to Cinderella. 
2. Something I've been working on at school. Carving into a slab using my favorite animal. No brainer.
3. The sky was a beautiful pink color the other night. They've been pretty fantastic out here.
4. My favorite two year old. Boy loves his chocolate milk. But his reflexes are awfully too quick for my camera. 

Last weekend before starting up a new semester of school on Monday. I plan on lots of film watching, sleeping, and chillaxin. People still say that right?


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Gold Elephant.

Normally I wouldn't be so braggy about my Christmas gifts but I was blessed with some good ones this year. Teenager knows I love Elephants. It's always the first place I want to go at a zoo, and its my dream pet. Who wouldn't want a pet elephant roaming their backyard? She got me this super cute gold elephant pendant necklace from Etsy. She's a pro at gift giving.
And Mummy over heard me talking about gloves that have cut off fingers and because she is a pro at knitting made me these. Thank you Mummy. My Princess sister is the kind of person who, after buying something or receiving a gift, will put it away for weeks at a time until the right moment comes along for her to wear it. I on the other hand am an immediate use kind of girl. None of this waiting for the right time business. I would put it on and wear it out of the store if I could. Christmas gifts are no different.

[Coat] 11 years old, bought in London [Dress] Zara [Boots] Thrifted Nine West [Jewelry] Etsy [Nails] OPI Lincoln Park After Dark