Because grommets that are used for boat canvas need to be either brass or stainless steel and mine were neither. If I'd been able to successfully install them, over time, they would have rusted.
So I went to a boat supply store and found the above grommets and since they are brass, I'll be ok.
So here's why mine wouldn't work and I really did feel stupid. Once you line up your grommet and washer (with your fabric sandwiched inbetween) and place the grommet tool over the whole thing, you then strike it a couple of times with a hammer. Well, I pounded the hell out of mine and nothing happened; the grommet and fabric all fell away from each other every time.
But during my garage sale when Hans and I were sitting in the driveway (fending off offers of 50 cents for things like my lawn mower etc...) I had a brain storm. Into the house I went, and out I came with a huge hammer (not my little one), and proceeded to beat the hell out of a grommet right there in my driveway.
It worked like magic (and caused my neighbors to roll there eyes yet once again).
All I needed was a bigger hammer and that's all! I'll finish the pod cover the next time we head down to the boat.
I bought this fabric after work yesterday and the colors are a lot prettier in person. They will hopefully, magically transform into a purse sometime this weekend. And do you see what the fabric is hanging off of?
An ironing board!!
Believe it or not, I didn't have one. At least not a full size one, mine was one of those tiny wooden ones and it was a pain to use. I was strolling through WalMart last night and saw ironing boards with a big $10.00 each sign, and before I could worry about how I'm going to fit in Hans' apartment this winter, I snapped it right up!!
Right underneath the board you can see Chlorox peeking at me. She has not left my side since I got home. She doesn't care to make another trip to the Big City anytime soon. Here is The Beast aka Harry Houdini. There is no locked door that can hold this girl back!