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Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Mon, Feb 19 2007, 10:50 PM
by Jim Foster
Thought some might like to see the second kite we made. The idea was Lynn's. She did all of the design, and sewing. The only help she got from me was the cutting of some of the squares and final assembly of hardware. All of the seams are on the black squares so that the squares appear the same size, even when the light is from the back. It was a very complicated sewing job, and she did a great job. She won a first place at WSIKF.

Jim

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Mon, Feb 19 2007, 11:20 PM
by Frodos Majik
WOW very KWEL!! :up:

and the WINNER is... :-)

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Mon, Feb 19 2007, 11:59 PM
by Jim Foster
Ya, Lynn does a very good job on the sewing machine. That year we got three first place ribbons at WSIKF. First in the co-operative class with the flamed quad, co-operative is where two or more people have a significant contribution (I designed, painted and assembled, Lynn helped with the flame layout, did all of the sewing and cutting). Lynn got first place in the individual catagory with the checkered quad and first in line accessories by flying our banner as "line laundry". The banner was the first thing we ever made out of ripstop.

We're having a great time with this hobby.

Jim

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Tue, Feb 20 2007, 05:16 AM
by Chris
Great looking kites! :up: Do you have any close-ups of the kite kids banner? Is any of it embroidered, or is it all applique?

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Tue, Feb 20 2007, 12:11 PM
by Jim Foster
Chris

These are the only close ups I have. Some of the lines, as you can see, are embroidered, the kite lines, some of the features. Most of the dark lines and all of the different colors are applique. The little "bow tie" parts of the kite tails are separate pieces, sewen at their center on the tail embroidery, on both sides of the banner, with their outsides left loose to flap a little in the wind.

Jim

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Tue, Feb 20 2007, 07:12 PM
by Chris
Thanks for the pics Jim! Excellent work! :up:

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Tue, Feb 20 2007, 10:27 PM
by Frodos Majik
Truly amazing!!! Words cannot describe the aw in the detail that is there!!

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Tue, Feb 20 2007, 11:12 PM
by Jim Foster
I was sitting at the picnic table at the park when Lynn was explaining to Rod Milburn, our sewing guru, what she had in mind for this banner, her first project. I saw him roll his eyes and lean back a little. I'm sure he thought she was getting in too deep for her first project. Not so, worked out fine.

If you like this stuff, you should see the quilted jackets she makes.

Thank you all for your kind words.

Jim :thanks:

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Wed, Feb 21 2007, 09:39 AM
by Mike
All very nice work. We have some really talented sewers in our club.

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Wed, Feb 21 2007, 09:50 AM
by Draftnik
Ooooh! Embroidery. That's the first I've seen on a kite.

I have about a zillion questions for Lynn...what kind and size of stitch, what weight of ripstop, what thread did she use, how'd she finish the sewing line (back tac? or tie?). There's more too, but I'll start with those. :) Oh, have you done any other embroidery on a kite or was it a one shot deal?

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Wed, Feb 21 2007, 02:56 PM
by Jim Foster
Draftnik

The stitch is a tight zigzag. On the hair, 2.0 width x 0.8 length. The kite lines, 2.5 width x 0.4 length. We use 3/4 oz ripstop for all od our kites, however, the center portion of this baanner, where the kids are, is "banner material" which we bought because if it's flesh tone. We hot cut the faces, arms, legs from it, then decided to use it for the center portion of the banner as we had so much of it. Don't know how ripstop would hold up with the tight zigzag. Might be OK, might rip like a postage stamp, don't know.
Everything is "back tac". Have not done any other embroidery. The thread we use for everything is Polyester Nu Bond, size 30, Black 9000 or White 1000. It is made by Synthetic Thread Co., Bethlehem, PA. I think we got this thread from kitebuilder or goodwinds.

Jim :revspin:

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Wed, Feb 21 2007, 03:22 PM
by Babbman
I can see now that the bar has just been raised...

good!

:up:

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Wed, Feb 21 2007, 09:23 PM
by Jim Foster
I have just posted details of some of Lynn's work in the "Sewing" section.

Enjoy, Jim :revspin:

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Thu, Feb 22 2007, 11:55 AM
by Draftnik
Thanks Jim and Lynn. I've got a kite in the idea bin that begging to come to life and it's gonna have alot of detail work involved. I've been kicking around the idea to applique some of it, and embroidery the rest.

Re: Lynn Foster's Checkerboard Quad

Posted: Wed, Nov 07 2007, 10:15 AM
by brownssl
very nice kites shawn