Category: crafting

weeks 315-317

These past three weeks have been extremely unproductive. Especially last week, for personal reasons.

I’ve started another crochet shawl, and have started and frogged twice. Erratic crafting leads to questioning your decision making.

It looks okay now so will continue with this.

black crochet shawl, beginning

I picked up the oddly cabled colourful cardigan again, and knitting the shoulders before binding them off. I still have sleeves to knit, then the bit for the buttons and not buttons. Used a small needle, because those needles are being used for something else. I’ve decided the rest of the year will be spent finishing up as many projects as possible. There’s too many, and really need to stop starting too many to handle.

one shoulder knit seam

Finally applied the last layer of gesso, using a brush. I applied three layers of gesso with a roller and it didn’t full cover it, as patches of the canvas peeked through.

It took longer to open the container, than apply the fourth layer. The hairdryer trick worked except it happened after watching the episode of SNL with Chance the Rapper and alternating between the hairdryer and an X-acto knife. The episode was over for two minutes before I was able to open it successfully. And after using it, I closed the container without wiping off the excess on the lid, so will have to do it again, when I next need to apply gesso.

gesso canvas

Finally put the small weavings in a frame. The white background was glaring, so washed a layer of pale grey on the white.

small weavings framed

week 314

I didn’t do much, if anything at all, over the past week. This post is embarrassing.

My first ever attempt at stretching canvas.

front view of stretched canvas
top left view of stretched canvas

It’s loose in areas, even after the third attempt. It’s not bad but it could be way better. It also didn’t help that the canvas has wrinkles that couldn’t be fully ironed out, after sitting in the bag it came in. If it came in rolls, it would probably be easier to tighten onto the bars.

Also, I bought something.

epoxy resin

I’m reading up about resin yellowing and don’t care much about that, because it’s just experiments and getting familiar with what to do at this point. Plus, it gives me an excuse to use up glitter. After watching a lot of YouTube videos, I am getting more comfortable about what to do.

week 313

Not sure why but the camera I use is taking rather blurry photos, so that’s why they’ve all been unclear for a while now.

The dress is pretty much done, although I do have to fiddle around with the neckline a bit more.

top part of the dress, showing the neckline with the crochet collar attached

I handsewn on the crochet collar onto the top, but feel I need to sew it all together, because it’s a bit loose. Also, it’s lopsided, and should have done a few less stitches, but it’s not an eyesore. The fact you see black stitching in the back does bother me a bit so need to fix that, then be officially done. Sure. No one will see it but myself, and whoever looks at this picture, but still.

skirt hem lifted to show lining hem

The hems for both are done. Originally was going to sew the main dress over the lining, so it’s one less hem, but sewn them separately, so both are on the wrong side, meaning if you lift the skirt, this is what you see.

shirt with shortened sleeves

I didn’t get much else done, but altered a readymade shirt my mum didn’t want it anymore and gave me, which was sitting in the closet for a while. Should have took in some fabric but like it being oversized. I shortened the sleeves to about half and turned one cuff and some sleeve material into an oddly shaped pocket.

I still have the others to alter, if you’re wondering.

week 312

The dress and lining needs to be hemmed but it’s almost finished. Slightly adjusted the front pocket because one corner was not attached. I’m tempted to add a crochet collar, along with crochet edging along the bottom of the main skirt. Need to buy some black crochet thread, though.

front of the dress
blurry pic of the lining and dress hems

The grey (but reads as blue) and orange painting experiment, in order to see if I liked the colours turned out to be ugly, but the colours mesh well. It doesn’t work because I should have left some space peach-coloured.

orange and grey (I swear it says concrete grey on the tube) paint experiment

weeks 309-311

I purposely didn’t post anything for the past two weeks. First, I was focused on making sure every bit of paperwork was turned in for Dylan’s triannual IEP last Friday. That, and have been working on a dress and wanted to finish it before posting anything about it, but it’s not finished and I’m still going to post about it since I’m nearing the finish line.

Various projects have weaved in and out of my hands.

The knitted vest, I’ve reached the point where I start binding off various stitches for one front panel, and keep calculating how much to bind off on each side.

orange knit vest back, with one of the front panels

While waiting for something to happen, wanted to keep my hands busy. It was circular but the stitches were twisted. Ended up frogging that, only to start this. I’m going to use this yarn and experiment, so unsure what the end result will be.

starting of another knittng project

Yet another thing to use up yarn, I started crocheting a shawl, but have since picked up stitches and want to either make cables or lace. This picture was (obviously) taken before transferring it onto knitting needles.

So..the dress. I’m a very avid Instagram user and post regularly. Sometimes every day, sometimes much less. Peppermint Magazine had a long-running stint with a company called In The Folds and I had one of their free patterns, #peppermintpeplumtop, as something I was following. Of course, myself likes to make things more complicated.

First of all, I prefer sleeves to sleeveless. I wanted to try my hand in making the top. I was using the top as an excuse to relax, and instead stressed out more and just kept adding steps to the whole process, which please don’t do that. I made the top into a dress and made a lining for the dress, which is way more than a simple sleeveless top with a ruffled bottom. I didn’t properly measure how long for the ruffle, and at first it was way more fabric than I can handle, so ended up taking off about three inches on each side, which made it much more manageable. Also, added a really long belt and some belt loops, although one got partially mangled while sewing the skirt to the top. I didn’t add any interfacing so it probably won’t last as long as it possibly can, but it still looks amazing.

This is what it looks like, as it is now. I have to sew the necklines together then the sleeve hems, hang it for a day or two, then hem the skirts separately. There is a picture of the dress, before sewing any of the lining together on my Instagram feed, along with a lot of pictures of the process, and I’m pretty chuffed about it. This is a horribly blurry photo but there isn’t much space between where it hung and where I stood. I’m not a selfie blaster that takes hundreds of pictures at a time, and will take up to five and usually the first one is the good one. In this case, also. It does look like it needs a bit of the lining trimmed but that’ll be after everything is sewn up.

By the way, I have about enough material to make one more top. And maybe that scene from Garden State, which has yet to be done.

dress hanging on a hanger with the inside lining on the outside

weeks 307-308

I was not in the mental place to do much of anything, and was quite scatterbrained and exhausted, but before then and after, when it started wearing off at the tail end of the week.

Just a bit more knitting.

stockinette stitch orange vest back

Was able to finish the back of the vest. From side to side it’s, if I remember right, is 25 inches/63.5cm. Vertically, it’s 18 inches/45.72cm.

start of a front panel of orange vest

Haven’t gotten far with one of the front panels. Not sure if I’ll get fancy with the fronts or not, but expect to have button packets added after they’re both nearly done.

two projects, frogged ball of yarn and beginning of crochet shawl

The top project, I have no memory if I said anything about working on this sleeve but after dropping a stitch and count being off, it was frogged. First sleeve is finished, but it’s messed up in the ribbed rows. The bottom crochet bit hasn’t changed because I’m unsure how to add the second yarn.

week 306

Need to stop starting new projects before finishing up older ones.

Before going into that, finally attached buttons to the elbow length candy-coloured cape. Was planning to make resin buttons after teaching myself how to use resin, but got impatient and bought buttons. They’re not exactly lined up, and didn’t realise it curves until looking at it after finishing. It generally looks asymmetrical all over, so it’s not an eyesore. I forget what this stitch is called but resembles starbursts.

buttoned stripey crochet cape

Never realised I default to this stitch, if I’m not doing a hdc/htc. Was going through yarn stashes under the bed, when coming across one of the knitting projects and going through notes and not being able to remember which one it was.

I forgot the direction the knitting was going by, so frogged the yarn and started over. Except, going on autopilot makes it slightly off.

start of another crochet project, using same stitch as the crochet cape

The orange bit being knit is finally at the length where I bound off a bit for the armholes and will finish up the back, binding off a bit more for the back neckline.

It’s not clear that I bound off ten stitches on each stitch, that my nerdbutt subconsciously ended up with 69 stitches. (Go ahead and say it.)

upside down back of orange vest