Warm weather is here and that means it’s time to change out the storm windows for screens. We’ve been putting it off but I think Warren finally got tired of me complaining of being too hot and decided to make time to put the screens in.
I mean, it’s bad enough to have hot flashes but then to have no way to open a window and cool off is just cruel and unusual punishment. Right?
Unfortunately, when he took this screen down it had several holes in it. He was going to just put the screen away and not replace the storm window in that window when I offered to repair the screen. The rest of the convo went something like this.
Him: You’ll repair it?
Me: Yeah, can I put hearts on it?
Him: You can put butterflies on it for all I care.
He started to explain that the RIGHT way to repair a screen was to cut a patch, fray the screen and then bend the wires on the patch to go through…
My eyes glazed over about this point and I can’t begin to tell you the rest of the process but I think it went something along the lines of this How to Repair or Replace a Screen.
Meanwhile I was all… Butterflies?
I thought I could stitch a patch on using embroidery floss but then I immediately nixed the idea for a few reasons. 1. embroidery floss would get all hung up on the frayed edges of the patch, 2. the stitches would have to be PERFECT or it would look really bad, and 3. If the embroidery floss got wet it would look like Hades.
Hmmm. I decided butterflies would be too intricate so I went back to hearts.
I ended up using pieces of metal screen that I had left from another project and Fireline fishing line (I ♥ that stuff!).
I cut a heart shape out of screen and stitched it to the screen over the holes. The Fireline worked really great because you can hardly see it and it didn’t get caught on the frayed edges… much. Also, it’s FISHING LINE. It’s meant to get wet. Unlike embroidery floss.
At some point the whole screen will need replaced but for right now we can still get some cool air.
Maybe when I replace the screen I can stitch up something like this.
Only on my bedroom windows it will say, “SHHHH”!
But then the aliens will know where I’m sleeping so maybe not.