Friday, January 08, 2010

Things I don't get.

So on the list of things I don't get (besides 80's crafts making a reappearance) is burlap. I love to look at blogs about sewing for your home, or fun decorating blogs, and I'm seeing TONS of burlap. I'm even seeing burlap purses out there. I bought some burlap yesterday (and this photo with the primrose is for you KathiD) and you know what, burlap is still scratchy....

...and will not get any better with washing. And drying. Although warning to those who might try, check that lint trap at regular intervals..that weird fuzzy stuff is after 5 minutes in the dryer. The strings are just what I trimmed off the end. I know, you're supposed to just let it hang dry but I had great hopes that I would have a burlap understanding at the end, and I don't. So if you know the secret, please, tell me.

On a very different and fun note, Jen is using my Come Around For Coffee pattern for a block of the month. Super cute job Jen! I love your Fig Tree cups!

Ok, have a great weekend special peeps!

31 Comments:

Blogger mascanlon said...

Happy Weekend Pam. I am hoping to get some time in sewing room.

5:58 AM  
Anonymous christine said...

coming out of lurkdosm to completely agree. about the 80s crafts and the burlap. i just don't feel the love. And why try to foster it when there is all that lovely soft cotton out there?

6:39 AM  
Blogger Minick and Simpson said...

Burlap?? Only if all the other fabric in the universe disappeared. Happy Weekend

Laurie

6:44 AM  
Blogger Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I'm not into burlap either. Too scratchy and too stiff to work with. Besides, all those holes !!!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Maybe it's just an inexpensive alternative to natural linen?

8:12 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I worked at Cloth World when I was in high school...and I used to dread customers coming in and asking for burlap. It was such a pain to get the rolls of the itchy stuff and cut it! To this day...I don't like burlap!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Miss Jean said...

Most people are using painters drop cloths I believe. I don't think (I could be wrong) that it's not burlap. It's very soft and drapey. Anyone out there know for sure?

8:29 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I like the primroses way better than the burlap. Besides being rough and itchy, I think it smells funny.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Pookie said...

Burlap? And to think I just got fabulous new Folksy Flannel pillowcases from my sister. I should give them back to her and demand she remake them out of trendy burlap.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Sarah and Jack said...

And it stinks!

10:42 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

Yeah, I am not fond of the smell!
WHAT 80's crafts are making a comeback?? Did I miss something?

12:12 PM  
Blogger Kathi D said...

THANKS! Now I recognize those--I have seen them before but I have never tried to grow any. Which is surely a good thing, since I barely manage to keep myself alive, let alone plants.

Luckily I trained the dogs to eat road kill. And kill the road kill first. So maybe it's not road kill, since sometimes they take down their food right in the yard. And the chickens are good at bug hunting. Rick is on his own.

As for burlap. What the hale? (That's hell as Bobby Ricky would say it. Or as I imagine he would say it.)

1:57 PM  
Blogger Mary-Kay said...

Last summer while on vacation in Northern MI, we went to a Goodwill store looking for some paint. In our wandering around, we started looking at buttons on dresses.On the dress rack by the wedding dresses, there was a burlap dress complete with an invisible zipper and it was lined. If it wasn't $10 I would have bought it.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Jen in NY said...

I was wondering why my blog traffic increased....yaay, you mentioned me in your blog! I am so honored! :-)

Burlap huh? What's next, macrame?

Love,
Jen

6:38 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Burlap is scratchy! Remember potato sack races?

6:42 PM  
Blogger Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

That's funny because just yesterday I saw a blog post where someone was using burlap on their hutch, and I was stunned. I couldn't stop wondering why burlap?

9:07 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

And burlap (or hessian as it is called here - Australia) makes your nose tickle with all the bits of fluff! (Your weird collection from the dryer I am guessing!) And.... what 80's crafts? (I just feel like I'm missing out!)

10:17 PM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

I must be living on a hole somewhere- 80's crafts? Oh, no! Does that mean stuffed fabric geese with blue ribbons about their necks, unfurled-paper-twist-glued-to-a-paper-bag baskets, salt dough decoratios that, no matter how much polyurethane you put on them, still looked like salt dough, candlewicked pillows and rabbits in dresses and suits? Ack!
And that fascination with burlap eludes me as well. I do love a nice wire-edged burlap ribbon, but I don't have to sit on it, wear it or put my head on it at night. Maybe it's just the whole rustic appeal that is making it popular. Whatever.
Hope you have a super burlap-less weekend.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I haven't purchased any burlap yet, though I know it's all the rage. I do remember years ago trying to launder it. A nightmare!
Brenda

9:58 AM  
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2:18 PM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

It was my understanding that all 80's crafts were locked in an underground silo deep in the Nevada desert. There's obviously been a breach in security!

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Aye! I love burlap...outside.

6:22 PM  
Blogger I am a quilter said...

I am a rug hooker and we use a primitive linen instead of burlap... The burlap rots after a few years... but like lots of crafts...use what you have...
Emily Gail

7:42 PM  
Blogger Sharon Lovejoy said...

My husband and I had a lively dinner tonight with my old friends Sue Branch and Joe Hall.

She told me that I "have to check out Pamkittymorning." and she wrote it on the edge of the table covering.

So here I am checking out your great posts.

I guess I'll see you at the February 6th gathering at the Farmstand. Sue is twisting my arm to sell my books and to mingle with all the great people.

'til then,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

8:59 PM  
Blogger Busy As Can Be said...

Burlap, I think I would only use it for sack races...LOL...I can't think of anything else to use it for.

8:59 PM  
Blogger the Material Girls Quilts said...

okay, on Saturday I had about 3 young moms ask for burlap. Of course I didn't have it, but never asked them what they wanted it for. Now I am curious?
Nadine:)

8:07 PM  
Blogger lifeinredshoes said...

Not only is bulap scratchy, but it stinks!
I love your taste in friend gifts...Pam, you are my new friend!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Yea, I am guilty of using burlap...but I don't wash it. The one thing I do NOT understand is WHY it is used to cover furniture. Peoples..it stretches! And you are right, it is scratchy!

xx
b

9:55 AM  
Blogger Angelina said...

It is obviously up to me to come to the defense of burlap. Burlap is not meant to be worn on bodies or on furniture. What burlap is is very durable which is why it is used for shipping many things like coffee beans. It's made of jute. It's cheap which is another attraction. It's rustic, which as many of you have surely noticed, is quite the rage (and has been for quite a while).

I don't have much use for it myself but I am just now in the middle of making market tote bags from it because though it won't hold a stiff shape, it also won't rip easily or wear out as fast as lovely soft cottons will when used day in and day out toting heavy groceries around.

One lesser known use for burlap is to use for self punishment in place of hair shirts. Hahahaha. (Just kidding)

6:04 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

OK Pam, thought about it and now I have pictures too: http://dustpanalley.com/home-ec/burlap-love-it-or-hate-it/index.html

burlap in design.

11:03 AM  
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