weeks 348-352

This will be quick. I’ve not really been creating much in the past month because part of me has felt that what I do is trivial, compared with what is going on in the world. Black Lives Matter and have been educating myself on being a better person. It’s been an almost lifelong effort and continues to this day, and will keep going until I’m dead. The hard part is letting your ego not be part of the equation. Actually, the hard part is being in a family full of racist transphobes under the guise of pious Christians/Catholics.

Also, I’m in the process of reorganising everything, so my tools and such have a home. Documenting my weekly crafting will return soon.

week 347

The suit isn’t finished but turned a majority of the leftover fabric into an elastic waist skirt. Everything is still hanging in the closet. There is still a tiny bit of fabric left and unsure what to do with those scraps.

Unhemmed red elastic waistband velvet skirt

Just finished attaching the buttons to this example shirt. Haven’t tried it on so unsure if it fits.

Back or front of floral shirt, side with buttons
Back or front of floral shirt, side without buttons

I’ve gotten it into my head to make slippers. So far, only the cushion bits of the slipper are done.

Slipper cushions

I traced one foot onto some cardboard then cut out matching parts on stiff interfacing, then each side gets eight layers of knit fabric. The next plan is to encase it all in fabric then attach the top parts. Hopefully they turn out like my head has imagined.

It’s my mission to use up as much of my yarn stash by end of the year and recently got Yarntelier’s Shawls, Wraps and Scarves and was inspired to experiment and make a shawl using up a few yarns, and some clear beads.

one grey and two blue yarns

Lastly, the green laceweight mohair yarn I bought on sale on Knitpicks has finally been settled. Yes, I cut knots out so some are in small pieces but I want to make flowers from all of the yarn. It’s stashed with the embroidery thread.

weeks 344-346

I’ve mostly been focused on one huge project and wanted to be able to show it off in it’s entirety. Is the red velvet suit completed? Nope. Pants aren’t done then I want to top stitch everything, so everything lies flatter. I’m hoping to actually be finished by next week. Not bad considering it’s been almost two weeks since I sucked it up and cut out the velvet pieces on May 5th. I thought the velvet would be the hard part but tweaking the lining or having the lining ruffle while sewing them together is making it take longer.

The blazer part is pretty much finished. It needs a button or two, and a bit of a top stitch. It somewhat shows but didn’t iron every step, just the interfaced bits you don’t see. It fits perfectly although I had to keep tweaking the armholes because my shoulders insist on being wider than everything else on my body.

Red velvet  blazer without closure

I bagged the lining and my handstitching needs work.

The pants need the waistband finished and the zipper side of the pants seam needs to be fix so the dip isn’t obvious. Also, the hems need to be fixed. I kind of want to do what was done on the sleeves, where I attached an extra interfaced part, so the lining wasn’t going ‘oh hey guys’ but unsure the length to make them. I don’t wear heels unless they’re in boot form, so will most likely make them just past my ankles. By the way, the pattern directions was to put on the interfaced side of the waistband, before attaching the zipper, and it’s way easier to put in the zipper before bothering with the waistband.

unfinished red velvet pants

I finished using up the yarn my cousin bought me and it’s like a wee rug. My counting was all over the map and the top is much wider than the bottom.

Striped wavey rug

Leftover bit made a fluffy pom-pom.

Yarn pom pom

I’ve been wanting another flower bouquet so started making them out of leftover lining fabric for the the suit. (Still have enough velvet and lining fabric to make a simple skirt.) Need wire in order to do the next step because they’re currently like this.

ribbon flowers without stems

weeks 341-343

Time is just a construct by now, only marked by Dylan showering every night and remembering to shower every other day. Days are mostly filled online, struggling through emails, and an Autistic kid struggling with having his schedule messed up, while weekends are mostly online streaming concerts.

I’m trying to finish off as many sewing projects as possible. Also procrastinating on cutting the red velvet for the suit.

multicolour striped shirt

I told my dad he could go through one drawer of fabric to use for facemasks. In that drawer was this one and immediately wanted a tshirt. So I drafted a pattern for a super roomy shirt and this is the end result. Some bits aren’t sewn perfect but, nonetheless, am currently wearing it. Should have made the sleeves a bit longer as they’re around the elbows.

Lace and lined with velvet cape

It looks jacked up but it’s done and just wanted it done. Should have sewn it then turned it inside out.

Back of red and white apron

I didn’t take a picture but changed the pink apron and the straps cross in the back. This other apron still needs the snap closures.

Front of floral shirt
Back of floral shirt without buttons
Slight idea of what the floral shirt without buttons

I found the pieces of this shirt in one of the current projects bin and sewn up part of it. I need to pop in the buttonholes and attach some buttons then fix the hem and it’s finished. Not sure if I’m going to affix the bow since the buttons are to be worn at the back so probably will make the bow detachable so it could be worn on each side.

Oh the bit I’m crocheting.

Two yarn striped whatever this is

This is the progress on that project. The bottom row has bobbles but everything else is basic counting.

weeks 339-340

I’m slowly getting back into some sort of groove then it’s followed by a few days where I want to do absolutely nothing. It doesn’t help every weekend there are online concerts, which I absolutely love as music sustains me, but it has completely thrown off my sleep patterns and I’m constantly exhausted, as it’s based in an Australian timezone.

I’ve gotten a wee bit done.

Since buying fabric online, for a Christmas present to myself, it sat in a bin together. I have the lining of a blazer and pants finished.

blazer lining

It looks a bit squat but they both fit decently. Until all the main fabric pieces for the blazer are assembled, then I’ll know where to put the button/buttonhole or buttons/buttonholes in front. I haven’t cut into the velvet yet.

Pants lining

Without the waistband on the pants, it’s a bit below where I’d like it. Also, it zips on the side.

(I have no idea what sort of blouse or top to be worn with a velvet burgundy suit, once it’s finished, though.)

Oh I’m using this pattern and just not bothering with edits and making sure it fits perfectly, as I’m trying on stuff as I go and it seems fine. I’m doing A with pockets and E. I probably can do a skirt with the leftover fabrics of both the lining and main.

Day one,dark grey on white panel boards

Spent some time throwing some paint on panel boards. You get ideas and want to see if it’s something you actually want to pursue further or it’s just going to stay an idea. I’m glad I bought a lot of panel boards from Arteza because small doesn’t always translate to something to be done on a bigger scale.

Then with added colour

I intentionally made one dark so the strokes aren’t obvious unless you’re close by, and the other was trying to make a lighter pink but it turned out more vivid.

weeks 337-338

Two weeks later. So many thoughts going through my head. Hopefully, wherever you are, reading this, that you’re safe and sound. Until the beginning of this week, I couldn’t focus on anything. Still can’t focus on anything for long periods of time but am slowly returning to being able to cope in my own way. It’s just an odd time as the whole world is affected.

Some knitting happened. I’m using up the yarns my cousin gave me, and adding a bit of white. This is only half of one of them.

Purple knitted back with a row of white

So…spent the last three days, on and off, trying to open a jar of gesso. Alternately used a hairdryer and tried to pry it open with a nail file. Neither worked. Then, finally caved and ran hot water over the container for two minutes. I recorded my reaction because frustration and was so relieved, when it finally opened.

Canvases. One layer of white gesso on left, leftover dyed canvas on right

One layer of gesso on the left canvas. Also I applied some of the gesso while it was on the glass. Luckily the dried on gesso easily came off.

I’m starting to return to clothing. Also, I know it’s cost effect for patternmakers to do this for books, but trying to trace the pattern pieces needed was a bit confusing. (The bit of hair at the bottom is Dylan.) Fyi, all the hospitals near me refuse handmade masks and I don’t have anything they truly need to donate to them.

week 336

I’ve run out of the main yarn and unsure what yarn to do the sleeves in, because I’ve run out. The top folds down to make a small collar and it’s cap sleeved. It’s a bit of an origami top but fits rather nicely. Originally, it was going to be open in front but didn’t feel like making button bands. Yarn is gorgeous and it’s a discontinued Deborah Norville cotton-silk.

Front of cap sleeved top using multicolour cotton-silk yarn

Leftover of that yarn. Not sure what to do with them. Earrings? Closure? Embellishment for another project?

Leftover multicolour cotton-silk yarn

Made another beret and tinkered a bit with embellishments. Front bits need to be tacked down because the tops are floppy. Also want to stick a flower or two, slightly tucked behind the front. I’m not a milliner but practicing is still fun.

Red felt beret with red cut out embellishments attached in front

weeks 334-335

Spent most of last week sewing a bag for my niece and it came out so wonky. She didn’t mind. It was more she was around and wanted it finished before she left. The mesh was supposed to be on the outside but kept turning it inside out backwards, so it stayed that way. It just looks awful and it’s embarrassing but she loved it.

Insides
Front

Didn’t get much embroidery done.

Bit more embroidery added to canvas

Lately, my focus has been finally deciding on what to do with this. It will be a cardigan with another yarn as the sleeves and collar, and possibly edging all around. But right now just have the oversized back and one front finished. The yarn has gone from knitting to crochet back to knitting and it will be crochet. First row is hdc/htc but the rest are alternating hdc/htc and then going into the stitch below and front loop of next stitch, and hdc/htc that stitch. Not sure if that’s clear.

week 333

The painting is finished. Added orange tinged pink paint in a few spots. It took longer to apply the gesso layers than painting over it. Both white and black gesso have their plusses so think I’m using both from now on.

Can’t stop fussing with the hats but it’s finally at the point one is actually pretty much done. Stitching is a bit wonky but bought red feathers and can sew some onto the pillbox. I also redid the lining.

Redid the main part of the other hat and kept the brim. It fits better but need to add some ribbon to cover the raw edges inside.

 two red hats

Started embroidering onto the canvas using the dyed fabric. I’m not sure if it’s obvious what it is at this point. One person was able to figure it out without my telling them first.

Dyed canvas with embroidery on it

I used up the rest of the resin and made a couple things. The one I call the glitter vomit dome was cast in some rounded plastic container with a few dents and it’s kind of nice but need to sand off the bottom a bit more (did a light sanding while watching The BRIT Awards) and put felt underneath so I can use it as a paperweight. The other one was a bunch of Halloween bits and bobs because I got tired of going through Dylan’s toy bin and finding them in there. Especially the wee plastic spiders. I didn’t let the parts sit and am not too fussed about the bubbly cloudy nature of either one.

Sideview of resin objects
Upside down view of the front of the resin objects

week 332

The hats are not great.

Top views of hats
Front views of hats

On the left, the hat doesn’t quite fit and I need to resew the inside so it does. The pillbox would be nicer if it wasn’t so stiff but probably needs to be handwashed then hung up to dry.

Progress on the painting. Guessing they’re leaves and thinking out the exact layout of the second layer over them. Decided on using salmon pink, or something more orangey, because I refuse to use red and make it Christmasy.

Painting with stencils taped over it

Made Valentine’s cards for Dylan’s classroom. I temporarily forgot the school policy that treats for the kids have to be storebought and was planning on making heart shaped choccy bikkies for them but just bought them Starbursts. For the adults, I made white chocolate topped milk chocolate fudge with hundreds and thousands sprinkled on top.

Envelope with heart sticker
A red bag to carry them
Fudge cut into bite size pieces