Okay, so not all challenges. Definitely not ones that include getting covered in dirt and eating disgusting food. YUK!
But I do love challenges when I am given a topic or a material or a deadline or a puzzle.
I recently fell head over heels for a challenge proposed by one of the ASG neighborhood groups I sometimes attend. The challenge was to document a very expensive item and then recreate it for pennies.
Yahoo! I knew what I was going to do even before I left the meeting in January when this challenge was proposed.
In the August/September 2010 Threads magazine there was an article on how to construct a hard sided clutch.
I wanted to try this out and came up with a couple of examples of little hard sided bags, one of which was going to be my inspiration.
So far so good.
Four days before the challenge was due I sat down and began to construct a hard sided clutch and here are the results from two hours before it was due to be presented:
Yup... I tossed it while it was still in pieces. The instructions seemed easy but I forgot Rule Number One when it comes to trying new techniques.
RULE NUMBER ONE
READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
Once again I read some of the instructions and followed some of the instructions and came out with a useless result.
Where did I go wrong specifically:
- Cut all the fabric to what I thought was the right size and, of the seven pieces of fabric needed for this project, three were cut too small.
- Used extra heavy duty fusible web when light duty was recommended thus the glue seeped through the silk fabric and made it stiffer than petrified wood.
- Cut the chip board interior boards raggedly so the edges curled a little for a too loose fit.
- Thought that hard Timtex could replace soft felt padding.
My dollar investment was less than $3.00 for the chip board and I have enough left over to try again. Everything else was already in the stash and were primarily leftovers from other projects.
Next time I try this I will start off with one tool not mentioned in the instructions: a strong person (read Paul) to cut the chip board. My hands are not that strong any more and I really mangled the cutting process.
Until then, on to my next challenge of trying to figure out why Alex and Kelis are so stressed this afternoon.
Could it be because I am eating pretzels while writing this?
I may need to do an experiment to solve this mystery....NOT!