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Cross backed Aprons

Tuesday I went to  fabulous class at the Moore Botanical Gardens in Lake City. I will talk about that more in an upcoming post. I was so inspired and obsessed by my carpool friend, Barbara. She wore THE cutiest apron. It was steel grey linen and crossed in the back.  I had to have a new apron!

This was the first one I made. I used fabric scraps left over from altering chef coats. I dyed the white fabric pieces lavender, sewed them together in and stitched them down. That sounds like a lot, but I had already pieced the fabric together before my apron whim. All I did was cut one large rectangle for the apron, attached straps and added a pocket…I like the design, however the twill fabric is too stiff, I liked Barbara’s Linen fabric… so try number two:

I recycled a long linen skirt I had and instead of square across the front I made more of a neckline, which I really like… I used it last night to cook dinner and then again this morning (thus the wrinkles) and I’m very happy with this one! but…

I have a pile of T-shirts to reuse so, apron number 3:

A little reverse applique! I want to add some hand stitching, around the flower next, maybe. I think this will be my most useful one, not too long, easy to throw on, and it’s already spotted so I don’t care if more cooking splatters happen!

So… What’s under the aprons??? The dress form was already in use before I needed it to model the aprons. I’m creating another knit outfit and here’s a sneak peek, overlook dangling threads, unfinished hems etc….

Here’s a close up of the in process skirt, I have more freehand machine stitching to do to add petals and some hand stitching needs to be added…

 

Feltmaking

Feltmaking is Fun!

Had a great day with Cindy Valentine and Friends making felt.

After making felt we let it dry and went to lunch at PF Changs. Oh yum! then we came back to her house and created little sewing/needle carriers.

Thanks Cindy for a fun day!!

Craft Bag copy

I have used the multicolored “Thirty One bag” for about 4 years. I keep a travel hand project, either sewing or knitting ready to go at all times. It’s been everywhere and it’s starting to shred along the bottom seam.

I copy ready made garments so making a pattern from this bag was just measuring rectangles.  The best part of sewing your own garments or projects is making it your own and better than the original! Naturally I had some upgrades in mind. I changed the front pockets. The original ones were an odd size, my lipstick tube would get lost down them and it was tricky getting back out. Pens were too skinny and they would fall out. I think the open pockets will prove to be more useful in my new bag.

Adding a zippered pocket was my first plan. The bag is designed to be an open design which is terrific for knitting and projects, not so good for things you might want to keep out of sight or safe. Thus the zippered pocket. I also added a long inside pocket with snap closure to keep directions or patterns for easy reach and less likely to get crumbled.

I also added a back pocket. I can’t believe the original Thirty One bag didn’t have one, so I added that too by fussing cutting a blue bike from the fabric.

I just love this fabric, I found 4 yards of it in my stash so I must have loved it when I bought it. Can not think where I bought it though. It made for an enjoyable rainy Saturday afternoon.

Fabric Pouch

 

I found a terrific, fast and easy tutorial on-line this morning (link is posted at bottom.) The pattern calls for 4 fat quarters, I didn’t have any that I wanted to use, but I had leftover scraps and bits in a pile on my cutting table. I pieced randomly into a shape that was larger than the  pattern.

I cut the pattern out and then decorated each seam with a different decorative stitch on a machine I was testing out for a friend. The rest of the bag went together fast and easy. In about an hour I had it finished in put to use!

This is a perfect little carrier for the handwork left on more T-Shirts!

Here is the link :

Thank you so much to Jennifer Bosworth and her tutorial. Make sure to click “Like!”

Tuck and Point Guide

I searched all afternoon for these original directions for Eloise’s ruler. I scanned them in and posted them for you to use along with your ruler.

Enjoy!

 

The tuck and point guide by Eloise T. Smith…

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SATB 2016 Kids Class

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I don’t know how this photo got deleted from my post… but here it is….

Outstanding group!!

Stockings from a sweater

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I hadn’t had a chance to begin Christmas decorating until yesterday afternoon. I started with these stockings. I had a sweater and it was just enough to make four matching stockings

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I had these red wooden buttons and sewed them on to hold a tag made of recycled cardboard

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Merry Christmas

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My Destiny

I’m am not writing a post about my ultimate fate and future, rather I am writing about my new sewing machine. I finally updated my well loved Viking for a Babylock Destiny.

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Hello new friend! I preordered her back the first week in September, and she finally came last week. We got off to a rocky start and she needed the online update to run properly but the web page was down for half the week. Once I got the update and installed it she was much happier and so was I. There are a few other things I see that Babylock will have to update in the future, but for now I’m learning a new machine and having fun.

Sunday afternoon was the first block of time I had to spend trying out new things. I had planned a project back in September to be the first thing to make and do and it was all cut and ready to go. I made  linen Skirt, back in September this was a great idea, but here and November it’s a bit too cold to wear my skirt, but it was a great learning project.

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I laid the skirt out on the breezy, cold deck so you could see the front and backs of the designs. I made the faux cutwork design on the  machine itself . I had the triangular floral design. I combined two designs, then added an applique’ border around the edges so I could cut the bottom hem. I used a prewound black bobbin and black polyneon thread in the top. I was pleased with the turn out, but the water-soluble stabilizer is a bit tricky to get out… I need another soak to get rid of the remaining stick. Even with all the stadium lighting and the camera I still had trouble seeing to line up the design, but I didn’t want to print out a template, I wanted to see if it could all be accomplished without a computer. I’ll get more familiar with lining up on the next project.

The next project I wanted to try out the scanning feature. I found a line drawing of the Eiffel Tower. I scanned it in just like the directions said to and voila it turned out terrific. I didn’t need my digitizing program or an outside computer to edit the design in anyway. I’m not a fan of the auto digitizer on my software program as I like to manually digitize my designs.  I really didn’t think an auto digitizer on a machine using an open scanner would do much better than my computer program but BOY was I wrong! Now this was a simple and clean drawing keep that in mind, I wouldn’t do logo design work yet.

I added the “Bonjour” from the designs that came on the machine and ran a test stitch out to see how it turned out.

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The Back ground fabric is scraps that I stitched together so there are seams that the tower had to sew over and still it turned out even and smooth on top. Here’s the kicker. I forgot to change out the black bobbin thread and it ran out. I changed it to a white Bobbin and you can’t tell a difference on the top thread… so the tension is nicely balanced!

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I’ll post more as I learn…..

 

Pillow crazy

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I wanted to spruce up around the house since my spinning group is meeting here tomorrow and pillows are a fast and easy project
Now you could go through your fabric stash or you could go through your closet.
Here’s the back of the pillow

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That’s right!! It looks like what was once the front of a button down linen shirt.
Now look at this pillow using the back of a linen shirt for the front if the pillow and the front of the shirt for the back of the pillow. Pocket and all!

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I got the ideas for the pillow fronts from looking around Pinterest and I forgot to link the pins.

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I made these pillow the other day to dress up an outside bench and it rained on them so they were sopping wet when i snapped this photo. Thankfully I stuff outside pillows with plastic bags. They’ll dry out fast!

Fun spun trim

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I made this outdoor pillow from a coffee burlap bag using needle felting for the flower and for the trim I used an overspun yarn I made while learning to spin.
I simply zig-zag stitched over the yarn.

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I’m showing how I made the trim however I sewed directly on the fabric and that photo was too dark so this is on a piece of white fabric.

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This is a close up of the flower which was first needle felt then free motion stitched on top to give some definition.