Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Here is something that I have been wanting to try and was somewhat ambivalent about because of my fear. Fabric Dying. I have seen it before with lots of cool ideas... snow dying salt dying, etc. Over the weekend I went to a retreat. One of the ladies in our group gave a class on fabric dying. I joined to give it a go as it is much easier to jump into something you are afraid about with someone holding your hand- is it not?
I still wasn't quite sure about it. Silly me. I LOVED it. While I do not have tons of money to jump right out and buy some dyes, I will be open to classes in the future. I think I may do some natural dying- beets and all and see what I came up with.
We used a cotton that is prepared or shall I say not prepared for dying (called PFD). It is natural cotton fabric without dyes or sizing or anything like that. If you use a Kona cotton for example, you will have to scour it to get any chemicals off of it that might be present.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Lucky me, I went on retreat this past weekend. Our quilting group has a retreat twice a year, Spring and Fall. I have been very lucky to be a part of it, thanks to my friend Jan. It is a wonderful group of ladies that getaway for a weekend of sewing and fellowship. I had the BEST time!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
When she agreed to do the colors and design I wanted, it was a bit of a stretch for her. Granted it still is simple in design but I had to pick something that she would be willing to do. She kept asking me- are you sure you don"t want another color (like cream)? Or are you sure you just want stripes? (I love stripes and darn if I can't get my husband to wear rugby shirts.) No, Ma, I am good where we are.
I think it is perfect and she surprised herself by liking it.
|You can not tell here but there are two light blues- one is periwinkle where the other is a heather blue.|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Over the summer my daughter and I made these. She did such a great job sewing. She was very careful as she went around curves and was pretty precise the whole time. I couldnt have been more proud.
I really wanted to make something for this weeks challenge but instead I have only this past project to show you. The piece that I was going to make is sitting on my sewing table, incomplete. When I get a ball point needle for knits, I will finish it.
I really can't submit this to the group but I will share it. We drew pictures, cut them out and used them as templates.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I have to secretly tell you about my newest adventure. Making Barbie clothes. I tell you in secret as they will be for Christmas for my girls. This one, although I followed the Just Crafty Enough idea of the week for Project Project Runway, I will not be joining. I just don't want to commit to something I may not be able to do at this time.
I have been spending my time finding patterns for Barbie clothes on the internet and at some time I will post them. This one I just made without a pattern.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Thanks Kat, et al.
You can find this group and others on Just Crafty Enough. Come on, join the fun.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Any suggestions on where to go from here?
Friday, October 7, 2011
The older fabric/Civil war type stuff and Americana is not my style. While I like to look at it and have an appreciation, it just doesn't fit in my house. Eventually I will find the right person to give it too.