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Friday, April 28, 2017

Felted things

By about 8pm every day, I wander down to the living room to catch a movie or series episode on the idiot box. While I do that, I am usually knitting or working on some kind of needlework project. Just can’t sit still can I. If I did just sit, I would be asleep in about 2 minutes flat.

These little projects are what I’ve been working on at night. My plan is to make stacks of these in different styles for the coffee and end tables. I like the look, they are easy to care for by just lightly hand washing, roll in a towel to squish out excess water and lay flat to dry. They can also be ironed with no trouble.

I mostly use National Non-Woven felt, as it is stronger and a better quality. If you can afford it, spend the little extra to use that. The $ store brand is just a craft quality and won’t hold up that well to use.

So here are some candle mats. I made two of the cat ones from a designer whose Etsy site seems to have gone now. But the design is inspired by Laurel Burch, it’s called Fat Cat Candle Mat by Millersburg Country Stitchery.

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This candle mat is a design called Rainbows and Wellies, by Graces Favours on Etsy. Click here. This is so cute and perfect for the kind of weather we get for many months of the year. It’s so bright  and cheerful.

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You know, at one time the mobile phones were huge, just look at an older movie to see people using them. Hilarious. Then they started getting smaller and smaller, like a competition to see who could get the most technology into the smallest space.

Now however, they seem to be growing in size again.  My neighbour gets the new iPhone as they come out, so needless to say, she need a new phone cozy each time to fit them. This is the newest one I made for her. She likes that pouch in the back. It’s good for just carrying a bit of loose change or paper money, ear buds and so on. Hopefully she’ll use if a while…lol  ;o~

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ultimate Art Organizer – Contest Entry

This is my second entry in the bag contest. It’s a tricky bag for a beginner and if anyone with intermediate/advanced skills would have no problem seeing a beginner had mad this. So glad you can’t see the insides of the panels. ;o~

But seriously, I really did enjoy making this. I used a panel of Laurel Burch fabric, and cut out part of the design for the front and back of the case, the inside panels are from another of her fabric line.

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I did get stuck near the end, so poor Sara had to spend some emails to help me sort out what it was I stuck on. It finally clicked and it all came together, finally.

This is great project if you have art pencils, pens or ??? The first inside pocket as you can see, has a mesh pocket. Then what follows are 4 panels of pencil/pens or other similar items that will fit. The last panel has two zippered compartments. I made it like the pattern since it was my first effort.

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It can be easily adapted to be used for other things. One sample I saw, the lady had made the elastic wider and across instead of up and down and put all her sewing machine needle cases in there. Other panels were used for other sewing accessories. I snipped this picture from Sara’s site (hope she’s okay with that), and wanted to show you the one I really liked for sewing accessories. Smart….

I mean really, how sweet is this. Even the fabric is sewing related. She used the elastic across to the hold the needle cases. There are see through vinyl pockets for zipper feet, a notepad on another panel and other pockets for more accessories. I seriously need to make one like this. This is so cool.

That’s it for now. I have been doing some hand sewing as well, so will post that maybe Monday or sooner. Enjoy, ;o)

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Amethyst Bag–Contest Entry

Sew Sweetness is having a bag making contest open to everyone. You can read the details here. Sew Sweetness

I’m planning to do at least a couple of entries. This is my first one, called The Amethyst Bag. You have to use one or more of her patterns and it can either be a bag or accessory bag.

i work so much with my hands, that by the time i was almost through this bag I had a very sore left hand, primarily the index finger, where I had strained the tendons I guess. That seems to be the one we all favour when we work on projects. After icing it for a day or two and taking part of part of bag apart because i hated what i had done, it’s now finally done, and the hand is good to go again. So back to work.

How do I like her patterns???? Very much. From the supply page onward, everything is very clearly laid out. Sara has put everything in sections in the supply list which makes it easy to go through and cut out the pieces in order and you can tick off as you go.

When putting the parts together, that was also easy to understand. I’m a beginner making bags having only made the odd shopping bag which is generally two sides, the straps and making corners. These bags are far more involved, but what you have at the end is a well made bag that will last. I did have to re-read a couple of spots and hold things together to understand what was intended, but that’s because I’m a beginner. After more bags, that shouldn’t be so much of an issue, she says so confidently.

Sunglasses on for viewing this one. Here we go. I used three co-ordinated prints for this bag. A floral, a polka dot and a stripe. The size of the bag measures approx. 14” square X 3” deep. A zipper all around, and when open, two sides for storage.

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On one side, are two pockets and elastic strips for holding utensils. One pocket is all fabric and goes 1/2 way across, with the elastic on the other side. If you are experienced, you could modify what you do. I kept it pretty much to the pattern. The lower pocket is all the way across and is made with a mesh front. Both have zippers.

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This is how it looks when things are put into the various places.

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In the lower half, I didn’t fare quite so well. I originally used an adhesive (I think it’s called stitch witchery) because my stiffening product wasn’t fusible. Then I discovered that the lining wasn’t fitting properly. My fault, I didn’t sew the seams larger as I was supposed to. I took that apart and this is how I ended up.

It’s fine, it works, but just isn’t adhered to the underside on the base and kind of wrinkly on the sides, but not bad for my first time. I was worried I would repeat my mistake and decided to leave well enough alone or risk damage to the fabric trying to undo something again. Fabric can only take so much pulling and tugging, just like doll making.

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Once I added some felt fabric to demonstrate how things are held in place, you really don’t notice the lining so much. The elastic is narrower than what is recommended but I has this floral one and it went better with the fabric than a white elastic. It’s a shame elastic doesn’t come in more colours. Maybe I should experiment with dying some.

In another project I will know better how to deal with the lining. That has been a problem for me even trying to add a lining to clothes. I think it’s one of those things that you have to do more often to get the hang of it well.

But anyway, the last picture below this one, shows it all together and I’m pretty happy with how it all came together. It’s a fun colour and I’ll use to go to my monthly get together with a group of hookers. (LOL….rug hookers). I’m the only doll maker, but I take needlework projects mostly to work on, dolls for show and tell. And now this bag for the next show and tell. ;o) Back soon with more.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nigel the Golfer

The name Nigel, apparently means… Nigel is a Gaelic baby name. In Gaelic the meaning of the name Nigel is: Champion From the Irish and Scottish Niall”

After you see him, you might be thinking he looks more like a Guido, but I named him Nigel when I started and he got used to it, no going back now.

So here he is. This is a new designer, Norma Inkster. You can find her patterns at DMJ on Etsy. I made some changes along the way if you compare it to Norma’s doll.

First the face, I like to add eyelids to many of my dolls and I used pencils to colour the face. The facial hair is less, but that’s what dolls will tell you as you work. A little more here, oh, not so much there, it’s how they roll. My guy has darker hair, maybe just starting his retirement a bit early.

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I gave him a dickey which he doesn’t have in the instructions, but it was either that or a bare neck, and somehow he just looked like that was what was needed for the look. I also gave him an arm band on the non gloved hand. I don’t like completely bare arms, so a band it is. The glove and band are made with a faux ultra suede fabric. Not even quite a faux suede actually, just feels that way.

His clothing otherwise is all cotton prints and baby pin corduroy. (Thanks Diane for having that in stock!)

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His shoes are made with leather scraps, tied with pearl cotton embroidery cotton. The instructions were for paper clay shoes and painted like saddle shoes, I just like making shoes, so that’s why I made these.

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The base of the golf club, is quickly formed with paper clay, left to dry and painted with metallic silver and black at the top.

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And finally, like 99% of the bases I make, the underside is covered with felt. I didn’t cover the sides on this one. The grass effect is made using moss that I gathered around my yard (we get so much rain), it’s dried and then I put tons of glue (much like Fabri-tac) and pressed the moss really well into the glue. it’s solid, with only a bit of the dirt dust to shake off after it was dry.

I’m taking Nigel to the gallery at Tulista Park with me on Friday, so if you see this and you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to him. He’s a very outgoing kind of guy. There is one more picture below this.

I have also been working on other projects, just need to take some pictures etc. will post them in the next day or two. Enjoy…;o)

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Monday, March 6, 2017

FiFi

I took a little break from making dolls and thought about teddy bears. I’ve only ever made a couple so wasn’t too sure how this would go. I have supplies (what good doll/teddy maker doesn’t), but just haven’t touched them for a while.

So this is Fifi, a Monica Spicer design. You can find Monica’s patterns HERE. She told me she’s getting ready to move, but over the next few months, she plans to upload a lot more of her designs, so check back. I might give myself a treat sometime to buy one of her Elegant Ladies Patterns….. Love the details.

She’s 8” tall when sitting.

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Although it doesn’t show in the pictures, the print of her skirt, has fairies on it. The daisies are a Venice lace. I tried a bunch of different tie options for around her head, then finally decided to cut a strip of the skirt fabric. Then it finally came together what I should use for her head piece.

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Her trousers, which also become the bodice at the front, are made with a royal purple velvet.

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On the front, I added these turquoise ribbon roses and a little fuchsia coloured bead in the center to help tie colours together from the skirt.

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Finally, her shoes. I love these little sneakers (aka..key ring shoes). Please don’t tell her she’s wearing two right feet. She won’t even know unless she attempts to stand up and walk. On the plus side, maybe she’ll be so excited about her purple sneakers, she’ll just continue to look at them… ;o))

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