Saturday, 10 October 2009
Monday, 31 August 2009
And tidying my living space!! Garage, loft, living and sleeping rooms...nearly sparkling like a new pin! BUT all this clearing and cleaning is showing up the things that need repairs!!
Oh well back to work (paid!?) this or next week...just shows you how out of touch I am...I'll have to ring the Supply agency up!!!
On to better stuff...these are the things that make me happy!!! And I'm happy with the results...what do you think?
First up are my Stitch Keepers....
I love my Stitch Keepers I just think they are so useful and beautiful....and they look better in use!!
But I had a problem....they looked handmade instead of handcrafted...you know what I mean?!
So I set about designing the packaging for them....my logo and a little info on a luggage tag....something evocative about a luggage tag...travel i love it...and how to put these elements together......the magic Transparent PVC Film, self adhesive from The Inkjet Paper Girl on Ebay!!
All you card crafters probably have already used or know about it. It's a sticky back plastic sheet that can be printed on and then stuck onto to anything......
This is one of the latest Stitch Keeper designs. They have rubbery spectacle holders on the ends. The rubbery textured ends grip onto the needles so no slipping off which keeps stitches on in transit or storage. The jewel drops are all individual.
It's a scarf which flows downward into loose waves. This one has striking Amethyst hues and I have Deep Summer Greens made up too. The skeins are made of assorted lush, and luxury yarns ensuring an elegantly textural design.
The longest UFO ever!!! Nearly 3 years would you believe it! The problem was the collar I found sewing the two sections on the seam so hard to match up!!! AND it didn't help the instructions being in Spanish!!
This dress is nearly finished barring a hem, belt loops and a belt....now I'm not sure I like the fabric pattern...although the fabric type is perfect...swishy when you move thus showing off the kick box pleats on the skirt!
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Monday, 13 July 2009
Yes good for the body and soul!
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
I was looking for something and found this picture (as you do!). She's dressed in one of my first attempts of dressmaking....as I remember there was a hat and she little red wellies (yes I know paddington bear!!)
I was very proud of my achievement!
When waiting at a bus stop one day an older lady remarked,
"Is'nt it lovely the things you can buy them these days"!!!!!!!
Arrh enough of memory lane!
Here's some more making stages of Hot in the City!
This was where I was up to last post. I still did not like it, it felt incohesive?!? Well scruffy! And I wanted it to glisten.
I played about a bit.
I know I wanted more gold mesh. I like the effects of the mesh on the gold organza rather than the burnt orange.
I also wanted to solidify the pattern which meant to me that bold strips across, going with the base fabric could bring it all together.
Then I pressed it like mad until it was pan flat!
Y0u know I was thinking that the fabric did look like a cityscape of roads and houses. I thought of the images when you see the car head lights in darkness moving at high speed.....a red glitsy thick embroidery yarn, couched with the orange thread was added....
The whole fabric got another pressing and it's time to cut out the bags peices...this is where I'm up to now!
Well this is where it's been up to for the past week as I'm waiting to purchase some magnetic bag clasps. I'm working on a oversized under the arm clutch bag with the larger section....I'll post pics of that next time...I think I really like it!!!!
So this is my life in my sewing world to date!
Don't forget if you stop by please say hello....'til next time take it easy and enjoy your moments,
Thursday, 4 June 2009
These close up photo's are of the closure treatment...wire crochet and a button, bead. The dream of finding a real pearl in those beautiful waters around Croatia did seem real!!
The coin purse sits inside.The person who bought it is going to a posh doo on Saturday and she will be using it...it never even made it for public view!!
Hot in the City, Hot in the City....tonight....(wish I knew how to get the sound track on!!!).
After that success I decided to make another fabric....perhaps this is my niche??
So I thought I would challenge myself (oh dear!) I was to use colours that I'm not so attached too and I would try to make half a metre of it in one full piece HA!
So I swirly free-hand machine embroider over the organza and then artistically (!) cut away to revel the base cloth.
.............to this....with organza overlay.....I'm now considering my next move....red sparkly thread....red thick wool...have got some handmade organza ribbon, red or yellow ribbon, gold sequins.....ooooo the possibilities!!
Watch this space for the next layer of surface treatment of 'Hot in the City'!!
Friday, 15 May 2009
This fabric is beautiful!
What a wonderful print of zebras, fawns and trees! So distinctive!
It's look favours the Linen side, so you are getting the crisp summery appearance. However, you get the soft feel to the skin and the easy iron qualities of the cotton content!
And this fabric is beautiful too!
What a fabulous print of trees and flowers on a purple stripe background! Really unique!
This striking fabric has a soft feel to the skin and the easy iron qualities of the cotton content!
Suggested projects by Darling Daughter: Shift dresses, blouses, tops.
Sunday, 3 May 2009
I think it turned out well.....I sent it Friday just gone so I'm waiting all anticipating nervously like for her feedback!!!!!
Errmm...!!Oh and this brooch came from......
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Well I won the Sewing Forum challenge with my clutch bag!
I couldn't believe it...I tell you I have never won a single thing...barring ten pound....I have never gotten an excellent on anything or manage an `A' score!
Ha ha ha I am ssooo pleased!! And with the other talented fabric lovers beautiful and brilliant offerings I don't know how I did!
Technology let down
I am really frustrated with my computer (grrrr). The new computer monitor blacks out within minutes of turning on......so sorry no photo's of makes this time as I'm on my old laptop....xp and really snaily slow!
I'm back at work and getting dusty! I teach children how to make things (yes I know a mixed blessing job!) Actually I am enjoying it! Working from home can be a little isolating and lonely! So now my week days are filled with noisy and fast working little people (and not so little 6ft- ers!!)
So for now see ya
P.S please feel free to comment
P.P.S join in if you too don't manage to win things as I can sympathise and tell you there is hope!!!!
Sunday, 8 March 2009
On there is a thingy taking you to somewhere (!) for your own Fairy name....This is mine....I must tell you I wasnt very impressed with the Goblin bit (:(.
Your fairy is called Tangle Goblinshimmer
She is a bringer of riches and wealth.
She lives at the bottom of tangled gardens and in hedgerows.
She is only seen when the first flowers begin to blossom.
She wears tangled dresses of multicoloured petals. She has gentle green wings like a butterfly.
Reading it though and looking at my neglected garden it does ring true a little! So strange too as my birthday is Spring time!!!
Right I'm off I have to `do' my roast potaoes...we always have dinner late on a Sunday....
Friday, 6 March 2009
Did you remember to say white rabbits three times on March 1st morning!? I did! It suppose to be good luck!
I am a member of the Sewing Forum (TSF)(very Chris Evans!!).
Anyway I've signed myself up for the Mother's Day challenge! A little something to make for Mumsy!! She actually wants earings to match the necklace I made her for Xmas! I will make them!! Oops I better get a move on with them too!
I know what I wanted to do.
Firstly I wanted to use the fabric I'd made for the Easter Egg because I just loved the pattern and the colourways of the fabric.
Secondly I had down loaded a FREE clutch bag pattern from the Kwik Sew patterns website!
I reduced the pattern by 50% as that's all that was left of the fabric after I'd cut out the egg sections!
And there's the finished mini clutch bag! Perfect for evening..just big enough for phone, lipstick, make-up mirror and taxi fare!!
Cute eh!!! The picture below shows some details....the blue closure is a shaped button onto a wire crochet back. It's lined and piped around the edges with purple Taffeta.
I'm hoping when she has her face, arms and clothes she will be fabulous!