Sunday, June 07, 2009

It makes me happy

This picture makes me very happy for two reasons.

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1) Firstly, I am making the purse pattern bought on Friday. The intent was to make it using oddments different stash fabrics, so I selected some stash to make it with, photographed the fabric and ironed it. But when I unfolded this L-shaped piece, I realised that the fat leg was exactly 6.5 inches wide: I have a long-term project that involves squares of fabric that have sides 6 to 7 inches long.

Reviewing the sizes needed for the purse, I could cut out two pieces (marked 1 and 2 in the picture), the 6.5 inch square (marked 3) and that would leave me a selvage piece (marked 5) and a single other piece which was approximately 14 inches by 2.5 inches (marked 4). Having such neat pieces left over makes me feel happy.

2) Secondly I now know more about using the GIMP graphics program then I did this morning. (Noted here for future reference.)

To draw the straight lines, you go to the Tools menu on the image pane and select "Paths". Click on the original image for the first end, and then again at the other end. This effectively shows the ruler you are about to draw along.

Then go to the edit menu, and select "Stroke Path". This gives a pop up window, allowing you a variety of options for the line. I selected "Sroke with a paint tool" and my tool was pencil.

The numbers were added using the text tool.


catdownunder said...

Miaou! This is the Cat - coming to you via the Fidra blog because you mentioned other passion (after writing and saving good children's books).
Actually I was caught up in Jane's pitch party (from over at How Publishing Really Works) and decided to call in on Vanessa on the way home. Ignore the intrusion if you wish but you sounded fun.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I *love* GIMP. I use it all the time! There are oodles of tutorials and scripts available and they are all's great.

scarletti said...

Looks very clever and you have just taught me something new tonight. Thanks :)