August 3, 2013
This commission from a fellow ‘textillite’ was very open-ended . Make a bag for all the sewing and knitting things for friend who loves harrysdesk and pink.
After getting permission I tried something that has been floating about in my mind for a while.
Many of the bags of bits and pieces from the op shop have the pieces from tapestries that have been forgotten about….some not even started.
This vintage style tapestry of Pierrot (Clown) and Horse was in perfect condition. It is most likely from the 80’s (some of you might remember) when pierrot had a bit of a resurgence. I am hoping the receiver has fond memories of the eighties!
Everything but the strapping of the handle was recliamed!
April 16, 2013
Sashiko is a Japanese embroidery technique that has it’s origins in mending.
Sashiko in Japanese means literally ‘little stabs.’
Traditionally done on navy Cotton/linen with white, ecru or cream thread, it is a simple running stitch used to create a pattern.
This week my students hand in their modern versions for marking, and I am really excited to see what they come up with.
Of course I cannot show you their work because that wouldn’t be the done thing, I thought I might show you some of the Sashiko I have collated on Pinterest.
Has anyone out there tried it?
Please let me know how you found it in the comments below, or tell me what theme you would like me to pin around for the next What’s so Pinteresting?.
October 7, 2012
September 29, 2012
Tutorial for A4 size monster…..
What you will need.
- a zipper (approx 49cm)
- 15cm x 100cm mouth fabric (red)
- 10cm x 50cm teeth fabric (white)
- an old blanket or bedspread with tasselled edge.
- small amount of fabric for eyeballs.
- 2 buttons.
- thick thread for sewing o the eyes.
How to make it.
hint: The further your fabric from the zipper the less likely it is to get caught when opening and closing….and exposes the zipper more, which is what we want in this case.
- Cut 4 (or more) 8cm x 8cm squares for the teeth.
BODY (Part1) :
- Cut 1 rectangle 49cm x 51cm. (blanket fabric)
- Cut another rectangle 49cm x 20cm.
- Machine (with right sides together) the rectangles on either side of the mouth piece along the 49cm edges.
3. Machine the sides together. Stitch the seam again where the arms are positioned to reinforce them.
2. With a ruler join up the dots and cut through both layers of blanket to create the leg shape. Machine together along the newly cut line. Seam allowance 1.5cm.
- Now for the top (horns). Coming diagonally down from the top corners about 3cm and put a dot ( don’t come lower than your eyes) draw a line from one dot to the other using a ruler. This is your machining line.
- Trim excess fabric from the corners being careful not the cut your stitching.
- Turn your monster inside out through the zipper hole.
- Push the horns and legs out with the end of your scissors to get a nice point.
September 5, 2012
If my mild case of madness wasn’t evidenced before now…. I think this weekends making will confirm it solidly.
I had so much fun making monsters from upcycled chenille bedspreads that a friend gave me, months ago. Thanks Belinda.
They are mostly for the upcoming school fete, and are quite addictive to make. I’m hoping some more chenille bedspreads will be donated (yes that’s a hint if you have any kicking around).
The girls gave suggestions like…. try making them just with a zipper mouth, and how about DS size or as a handbag.
Originally I was trying to come up with things boys might like, as there is always more craft items on the stall for girls and very few for boys.
I’m also trying to only use what I have in my cupboard, or donations from others.
Would you like a tutorial?
Watch this space……
August 18, 2012
It is my habit to only make one costume a year for book week and for all the rest to come from our dress-up box…. or someone else’s.
This keeps the cost and stress down, and helps the kids get creative about which character they want to be.
I though, just in time for this year I would share a tutorial of how I made the bib.
If you want to create one and don’t sew, you can follow the along, but just use cardboard as the base and instead of stitching the finishes on, use glue. If you do it this way there is no need for lining or binding and would be much less time consuming.
So with no further chatter……..
The Pharaoh Bib Tutorial
What you will need
- Cardboard or paper to make pattern
- base fabric ( I used blue velvet) a rich colour is best
- lining fabric (I used gold satin)
- bias binding (again gold)
- Iron-on stiff interfacing
- Large gold sequins
- Gold wool
- Gold thread
- Gold fabric paint tube
- Contrasting fabric to reverse applique (I used a gold silk)
- pencil, scissors, sewing machine and thread.
How to do it.
1. Start with a rectangle approx 42cm x 18cm
4. Cut another of these pattern pieces in the same way for both your lining and interfacing. You should now have 3 different coloured fabrics (base, lining and interfacing) all the same shape.
6. Put your lining to one side and just work with your base cloth (blue) and your interfacing now.
Iron the interfacing to your base cloth (wrong side of base fabric to shiny side of interfacing) using a dry iron.
7. Transfer your design onto the interfacing.
13. Turn bib so that the wrong sides are together. Give it a really good press with the iron. Be careful of the sequins as they can melt! Best to iron from the lining side.
Pin lining and base bib together at neck edge and outside edge.
15. Using slip stitch, hand sew the bias binding down on the lining side. Tie a knot in the neck edge bias strings to secure.
To complete the costume use the fabric and decorations you have left over to make a headband and armbands. Strips which velcro together. Wear over a long thin white dress (or a white sheet worn in a cylinder shape) with a straight black wig and go nuts with the eye make-up.
Let me know how you go. I’d love to see your creations.
August 6, 2012
August 4, 2012
Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on where to start creating again.
These are some shots from the classes so far.
I was a bit out of practise and unsure so I spent some time sketching, using the inspiration you all suggested.
This is what the first week produced.
During the second week I developed a couple of these ideas.
Using the pears and pomegranate I worked with crumpled handmade paper, collage, cross hatching, ink, pencil and stitching to start creating an artwork. It will take a while to finish….. lots of stitching to come.
I have decided to keep an online visual art diary with another blog. It’s called ‘Art is cheaper than therapy’
If you would like to follow along with the creations, that is the place to go.
I will link to it occasionally, and it will be purely notes and pictures.
I would love and welcome any feedback via comments….. even negative ones.
See you soon when you can help me decide where to go next.