Wednesday, 2 January 2013

A "design wall" at last....
We've recently done a small renovation to have full length mirrored robes added to the spare bedroom. This meant having to have the wall ripped out and rebuilt. Lucky for me, the added bonus was that I now have a large flat wall in my work room just crying out for a "design wall".
My approach to patchwork is a bit like my approach to crochet. I don't plan, but rather let the design evolve as I go along. So without a design wall to put the work on and stand back to ponder the next step, I've been a bit restricted with what I can do. Not any more.
We had some polystyrene insulation panels left over from Mr's underfloor insulation installation, and they looked like the perfect thing to make the design wall from. So armed with a can of spray adhesive, I joined 4 panels together and lay them on a piece of cotton wadding. I've also attached a layer of cardboard just to give the joins on the panels a little more strength. It was a bit tricky to get just the right amount of spray adhesive to form a bond rather than dissolve the polystyrene, but with a little trial and error I was able to wrap the edges of the wadding over the sides of the panels to give a crisp edge.

I've used "Command Strips" to attach it to the wall, and probably over engineered things, but they were really easy to use and haven't failed yet.

Without Mr home to lend a hand, it was a bit of a fiddle to get it on the wall. (Could I wait until he got home from work? Yes, but once I was on a roll it just had to be done NOW!)  But with the help of the ironing board as a "level", I'm pretty happy with how it has worked out. The fabric pieces attached to the wadding nicely or I can pin into the polystyrene for a little more permanency.

No excuses now not to get back into patchwork!

1 comment:

  1. Well done Mrs Fixit.......didn't realise you were into patchwork too Megan. Look forward to seeing some wonderful creations this year.....
    Stay cool.....

    Claire :}


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