Heather Shore: November 2011 Archives
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! I hope this note finds you well and preparing for a terrific Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
As I reflect back on all that has transpired this year, I am overwhelmed with a deep feeling of gratitude for the many blessings I have received. I have been blessed with good health in my immediate and extended family. Our "Fabric.com family" here in Marietta has grown beyond my wildest dreams. Today, we are able to provide good and meaningful jobs to almost 200 people! Our larger extended family of customers has also expanded beyond anything I could have ever thought possible. Today, over 150,000 people from all over the world visit each and every week. How could we possibly say "Thank You" enough to all of you for your friendship and support! You are our reason for existing and I hope our commitment to serve you is evident in everything we do.
This Thanksgiving celebration will be particularly meaningful for our immediate family. Our oldest daughter, Alexandra, has gone off to college in Philadelphia, which feels a long, long way from Marietta. We will get to spend 4 days with her, and my wife's extended family, during our annual Thanksgiving visit to Joliet, IL. To say that we are excited to all be together is a huge understatement. It seems like only a year of two ago when I was sharing details with you about her early days as a swimmer in junior high school. The time passes so fast.
On behalf of everyone here at Fabric.com, please accept my warmest personal wishes to you and your entire family for a happy, meaningful, and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
All the best,
You will need a pinking shears/pinking rotary cutter, an awl or icepick, Styrofoam cones and some fabric glue for the top. This was an extremely quick project and took less than 30 minutes once I had pulled all my materials together.
For the Green tree:
I began by cutting 2x4 inch squares of fabric. I put them in
the tree randomly and was deliberate about where I put them on each row. Once I
completed going all the way around the tree, I moved up about a ½ inch and
inserted another strip of fabric into the Styrofoam. I pushed the fabric in
with the awl (no glue necessary). If the fabric did not stay, I pushed a little
more in to hold it in place. I ran into issues at the top of the tree when I pushed
too hard and the top break. With a little Arlene's Glue, put it back together
and glued the last few pieces at the top together.
For the Scraps tree:
My mom helped with this one - we took scraps from other projects and then started randomly putting them into the tree. She cut strips of scrap fabrics and I inserted them into the tree, with no rhyme or reason. I started at the bottom of the tree and worked my way up. We used pins when I got to the top - the Styrofoam was weak there and the pins help the fabric in place.
Other thoughts and suggestions:
You could do an entire tree with pins which might allow you to make color designs with the fabric. I plan on adding a copper star to the top that I will be cutting out of a copper sheet of metal. For those that do not have a space for a large tree, this is a great way to bring a little holiday spirit to your desk or home.