A Tale of Three Orts
Sounds like something from the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings doesn't it? Have you heard of ORTs? They are really handy to have around.
Do you remember when I shared this picture a couple of weeks ago? I said it was a project involving some hand sewing.
|Frames and Plastic Rims|
Long ago but not very far away, I came across a post on one of the blogs I was following about ORTs. Check out Melinda's tutorial here. They looked very interesting and I decided to make some. It only took me a few years to get around to it. I had put the supplies together but never got in the right mood to do the required hand work. Everything happens for a purpose right? Enter a bad knee and the lack of easy access to my studio. I decided that the time had come to work on them but being me, I wanted to try to make them a little differently.
Many years ago I purchased the 3 frames above from a clearance basket. They are the red and green ovals and the tan circles. They are plastic and were intended for framing small cross stitch projects. The 2 green circles are the rims from the lid and top edge of a small food container (think yogurt cup). The frames were like embroidery hoops with a inner and outer ring. The inner ring had 2 little inverted Vs that were to be used for hanging. I broke those off easily.
I suppose I should back up and define Ort for you. It is an old Middle English or Middle Low German word meaning a scrap or remainder of food from a meal. I've also seen it as an anagram for Odd Remaining Threads or Odd Random Things.
I took a few notes from Melinda's Tutorial HERE then proceeded to make mine. I started with the round one to make sure things would turn out then proceeded with the oval ones.
It worked pretty good so then I went on with the ovals. They were bigger so it took a little more stitching. Don't look too close the stitching isn't too even but it really doesn't matter.
|Inner and Outer Bottoms|
|I used plastic instead of cardboard.|
Fabric on left is glued down.
Right one has batting and is gathered by hand.
|Close up of stitching at the rim|
|Inside bottom is padded with batting and stitched down|
|Closed by Twisting|
|To get this one to close I had to turn the rim at 90 degrees |
from the base. I think it looks interesting that way.
|Bottom Stitched On|
|Hoop Inside and Edges Stitched Together|
|Two Rows of Basting for Gathering|
This could be done by hand.
|Rim Stitched in place|
|Bottom View Closed|
|Closed with a Twist|
|Two Oval Orts|
Now I have 3 nice little Orts to take with me and keep my work space neat and tidy. The hardest part will be deciding which one of these cuties should I use?
Most people use the small 3" or 4" embroidery hoops for them but I've been told the plastic container rims work fine too. They are easy to come by but take a little cutting out. I used the flat lid of a Cool Whip container for some of my bases. I'm not a fan of cardboard. If I do anymore I might add a little bit of weight to the base with either plastic doll filler pellets or a large metal washer or two.
I cut my fabric 12" in height for the little round Ort like in Melinda's instructions. For the ovals I was guessing and used 14". I should have used about an inch more on the larger hoop because it would not spin down and close until I moved the hoop at a 90 degree angle. I'm sure there is some formula in physics that would give the proper ratio of height to width but I don't know what it is. So if you plan to make some that are not round be prepared to experiment a little to get it right.
Do you think you will make one? Which one do you like best? Did you guess what they were from my previous post? Have you seen them before? Let me know what you think.
Linking with Saturday Sharing Day and Plum and June and Sew Much Ado and Quilt Story and Freshly Pieced