Saturday, December 1, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
I've been rather busy since starting at the Stitch & Sew Studio. It's been so much getting to know the studio members and the ladies who come for Sip & Sew and demo nights. There is nothing like being around creative, inspiring people every day.
The only down side, if there is a down side, to working at the studio is not having as much time or energy to work on projects at home. But sometimes inspiration is overwhelming and you just have to sew. Here's what I did on my day off.
We had a box at the studio of some of the actual items photographed in Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders. I especially loved the bags. The Monster Backpack is absolutely adorable. The Retro Bag is on my list of things to make. But it was the Charming Bag that I decided I needed to have right now. I used quilting cotton, reinforced by a sturdy fusible interfacing, both from West Seattle Fabric Co. The fun button is from Seattle Yarn.
"Modernology" by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
There's a lot of tissue paper to wade through for the One-Yard-Wonder patterns.
Guiding this through the machine would have been too painful. I chose to hand baste.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Today was the first day of open sewing at the West Seattle Stitch & Sew Studio. There was one member there sewing while I was learning the basic operations this morning. After countless hours of sewing alone at my dining room table, words cannot express how incredible it is to be part of a creative, stitching community. The studio is a beautiful, stress-free, craft home away from home.
Here are some pics...
Monday, October 15, 2012
Today I finally started working on the pink 'Baby' dress. (Halloween is just a couple weeks away.) We decided to use the pattern that came with 'The Couture Dress' class (Vogue 8648).
There are lots of pieces and many of them are cut on the bias; but it went together smoothly--maybe because I've spent hours watching Susan Khalje working on in the Craftsy videos. I basted the top together so that I can do a fitting before adding the lining. And I added pockets, because all dresses should have pockets.
It's so pink!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I love to start new projects much more than I love to finish old ones. What eventually happens is I get bogged down in too many ambitious, long-term projects. (Embroidering state flowers, making Dresden plates, sewing dresses...) I feel like I'm barely treading water, working hard but with little finished product to show for it. That why it's so great to find quick, finish in less than a day projects that give a rush of creative energy. The journal I made last Friday was just that. It went together in just a couple hours (while watching TV) and I'm really happy with the result. I followed this tutorial that I discovered on Pinterest: http://jamesdarrow.deviantart.com/art/Bookbinding-Tutorial-292237490
I used 60lb drawing paper. The sheets were 9x12-in. and I folded them in half to make a 9x6-in. book. I found a couple sheets of vintage-y scrap paper, a sheet of "artist craft paper" (I couldn't find chipboard), embroidery floss, and some fun fall fabric from West Seattle Fabric Co.
The tutorial claims that sewing the signatures together is the most difficult part. But I found that the hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry so that I could enjoy my book.