Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Selling My Dish Cloths at a New Location

Two ladies in my church are opening up a store near my house for about a month. They are going to let me sell my dish cloths there and maybe some other items of mine. If you live locally by me, please email me for more information. Some of the other items besides dish cloths that I made that might be there are dish scrubbies, little "sun hats" for the top of glass pan lids, reusable cloth napkins, and a yellow scarf. The two ladies will be selling their artwork and other crafts.

All my dish cloths ready to go to the store

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pictures of my Work

One of my mom's friend asked me to post pictures of my work. These are all the different dish cloths that I've made so far this fall. I've made duplicates of many of them. The fish is my favorite!

The pattern for this fish dish cloth can be found here.
The rest of the patterns I made up myself and/or edited from a different pattern.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blocking Dish Cloths

On Saturday I started blocking all my dish cloths. I could only fit 15 on the board at once, plus if I kept going I would have run out of pins. On Sunday I took the 15 dish cloths off the board and put eight more on. Monday morning the dish cloths were dry so I took them off the board. Several people have asked me how to block so I am going to explain it in my first post.

Me blocking a dish cloth

How to Block Dish Cloths

Step 1: Find a medium sized tub or container, and fill it with cold water and a little bit of soap if your dish cloth smells.

Step 2: Put a finished dish cloth into the water and soak completly.

Step 3: Take dish cloth out of water and sqeeze it, do not wring it to remove most of the water. Lay flat on a towel, and roll towel up tightly to remove excess water. (Dish cloth should still be damp.)

Step 4: Lay out on a sewing cut-out board (cardboard) and stretch to right size. Put sewing pins (pins with bigger heads work better) in all four corners making sure it's square.

Step 5: Chose a side to start with, and put a pin in the middle of that side. Put one pin in the middle of each of those sections. Put a pin in the middle of each of thoses sections. (9 pins on each side.)

Step 6: Repeat Step 5 on all side adding more pins if needed. Make sure you are stretching it as you're going to make sure the sides are even and straight.

Step 7: Start a fan, so it is blowing on dish cloth. (This will prevent cardboard from getting to damp.) If wanted, block other dish clothes. Clean up. Leave cardboard with dish cloth out to dry overnight with fan blowing on it.

Step 8: (When dry) Pull out pins and fold dish cloth neatly.

Blocking dish clothes is very easy, it just takes a while when you have to block 15! Use this same method for other projects, just add the necessary amount of pins.