Friday, December 11, 2009

Batting Terminology-Word of the Day

Siliconized- Treating fibers with silicon to make them softer, slicker and easier to needle.

I need to hear from all of you!

What brands of batting have you tried? What are your favorites? Do you use the same brand over and over like I did afraid to try somthing new because you were unsure of the results? Have you tried a batting and had a bad experience? What went wrong? Please let me hear from you!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Scouring-The use of high temperatures and caustic agents to remove seed wastes, oils. lanolins and debris to prepare fibers for bleaching or dying.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Batting Terminology-Word of the Day

Scrim- A very thin, sheer layer of polypropylene that is needle punched to one or both sides of a batting that helps to hold the fibers together and make it more stable. Generally makes it more difficult to hand needle.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Batting Terminology-Word of the Day

Shrinkage- When exposed to water and heat the batting draws up and becomes smaller, this will be referred to in percentages.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Batting Terminology-Word of the Day

Resin- A resin coating sprayed to one or both sides of carded/garnetted fibers, this coating is then dried and cured to form a bonded batting, generally referred to as bonding or bonded. This is used on a wide variety of fibers including polyester, cotton, wool, etc. This bonded batting resists bearding better than any other type of batting. There are many different types of fiber and resin combinations to give the desired “look” and”hand”. Combining processes, fibers and resins makes the resin bonded process the most versatile.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Here is Caprice showing her animals the house she made.

Hope this finds you all are making holiday memories with your dear ones too!

...and that makes TWO gingerbread houses this weekend!

Well I baked off another house for my grandaughter to decorate. Boy we are is the Christmas spirit now! Caprice did a very good job on her first Gingerbread house. I am off to put my feet up and reload all my software into my computer. Whew, am I ever tired!

The 2009 Gingerbread House

Let the decorating begin!

Holiday Mayhem

During the month of December we normally have a family get together for the annual orange harvest and OJ squeezin'! Everyone picks the tree in our backyard clean and we all squeeze gallons of fresh orange juice. We celebrate my daughters birthday on the 11th and we build & decorate our Christmas gingerbread house. Somehow we managed to do all those things this weekend. I kept my grandson last night for a sleepover and we made the gingerbread for the house. I made a big holiday breakfast this morning and called my daughter and her husband and said "Breakfast is ready!" They came over and we decorated the gingerbread house, picked oranges, juiced them and because Katrina & her husbands family will all be going away to Disney for her birthday we went ahead and did that too. I thought I would share some of our holiday with all of you. (You'll have to excuse my grandsons haircut he cut his own hair the day before Thankgiving and a buzz cut was the only option, it has actually grown quite a bit)