Category: sewing

week 267

The pumpkin dye made for a very pale yellow which is nice. I took fabrics out at different times and the fabric I took out a few days later, look somewhat stained, which I don’t mind. pile of dyed material

Not sure why but using my camera makes them look paler than they do. The fabrics I threw in the washer and put it in the spin cycle then air dried everything.

The yarn I took out yesterday after it’s been soaking up the dark buttery yellow. It came out last because everytime I looked, it didn’t look uniform enough. If I had another dye, this is the point it would get painted or slapped on in some way.

It’s all going to be turned into a shawl.

dyed yarn

This is slowly coming together. These are pieces for the hat, and I feel like I should have made the outside with felt, so it would be stiffer but applied interfacing to the lining pieces so hopefully, that’ll stiffen it a bit. Haven’t cut out the brim part of the hat and don’t have anything to interface it with.

pieces for a hat

The doll body is coming along but have no idea how to attach the head without it slumping over like someone full of shame. Suppose it’s a matter of shifting the stuffing around.

semi-stuffed doll body

Keep adding blocks of colour to this and a bit indecisive over what colour to add next.

crochet colourblocked blanket

And some blurry pom-poms for good measure.

blurry pom-poms

A few more rows on the second sleeve. Not sure why it’s taking so long.

progress on second purple and grey pullover

week 266

Dilemma is either finish one thing or start a lot, so either there’s nothing or trying to balance several projects at the same time.

I should have kept the yarn bought at the thrift store, on the cone. Just randomly thought the yarns would make a nice scarf. Originally was crocheting but frogged it when the stitches didn’t look right. It looks nice and the colours are much more clear.

knitted grey and multi-colour scarf

Did a few more rows of the second sleeve, of the purple and grey pullover, but this part will be taking forever to finish. Haven’t decided on the middle panels on the front and back.

second sleeve of purple striped pullover

It’s not clear but will be using these yarns for a pullover. Two pieces that will be from cuff to center, which half of the center will be seamed together. The bottom of the cuff have bobbles, which will be also in the center. (Not sure why this is blurry, though)

beginning of another crochet pullover

 

This has been sitting in the closet and the decision and desire to make a hat, that would be actually be worn, with the pieces already there, but redesigned and not the mess it had been. Probably won’t use all the wire bits. And, maybe, more blue ribbon flowers.

hat in pieces, to be reworked

 

Starting with the main part. This is the circle to make the top. Purposely covering up the picture I’m semi-following, the brim will be slightly narrow than the picture.

I’m using Eugenia Kim’s book about hatmaking. Half the book is buy a hat then add an embellishment but it still has easy enough directions to make a simple hat that an idiot like myself can follow, that it’s worth the money. Then again, I have not been able to make a cloche the right size for my head, because I’m not making the pattern piece the exact size needed. Also, since I don’t own a hat block, I’m trying to make do with pattern pieces and bowls. And stubbornness.

circular pattern piece

 

So..about Gertrude. Not sure if she/it had a name last post. But…

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I’m about to cut into Gertrude #goodbyepumpkin

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If anybody questions what sort of humour I have, this is the video to be used as an example.

(Forgot to take pictures for this bit.)

The pulp was scrapped after popping it into the oven and roasting for about 45 minutes. It’s all in bags, in the freezer.

For the past few days, since Sunday, I’ve spent trying to extract dye from the rest of it. Couple days I would boil all the contents with extra water for an hour or so then let it sit outside. Yesterday, filled a bucket with hot tap water and added vinegar and alum powder and a bit of salt and had various fabrics and lace and let it sit for around an hour then added everything together, having to dump out some of the water onto spaces between plants in the backyard, and picking out the pumpkin bits and putting that in the material to be recycled for compost. I boiled the fabric and the dyes and such for an hour then have been letting the dye and such soak into the material, since yesterday. From time to time, have been taking a peek and most of it has been taking on a pale buttery yellow. The lace isn’t changing colour, only because my dumb ass forgot it’s not cotton. Polyester and acrylic material doesn’t soak up the colour.

The plan is to use the material to make a scarf or shawl. I also plan on texting one of my friends a lot of pictures of the material after taking it out and properly laundering it.

 

week 263-264

Not sure if I had the worst output for the past, it’s been…two weeks. (hehe) On the plus side, I spent a disproportionate amount of time shredding a stack of paper and every bit of it was bagged, while watching playlists from the Victoria and Albert Museum channel. That, and I had wanted to spend free time cooking rather than doing any bit of crafting.

I literally only finished the other earring and didn’t do much else. Need to attach wire mesh, usually used for door frames, to a plain wood picture frame, so there’s a place to hang jewelry, but just lazy and it’s convenient to hang everything on the wall with thumbtacks.

bracelet and matching earrings

Scaling a pattern out of a book seems to not be my forte as I’m out of practice with scaling things, up to a certain percentage. I swear the hat on top was scaled up 20%, but it’s too small and fits Dylan’s head. The lining underneathe is a hood. The perfect size is somewhere in-between.

one hat finished and the other just the inside lining

 

Having a bit of fabric leftover and decided to make a doll body. This is the lower half and it’s not stuffed yet.

bottom half of a doll figure, unstuffed

And the top half is not sewn together. There is no head yet, which probably should have been done first, but oh well. unsewn top half of a doll body

 

This crochet block is done, and it’s obvious where I connected more yarn, as I didn’t make it smooth. Now have no idea what to do with it. Probably will make more blocks and connect them all together.

semi-rectangular block of crochet

Finished this bit and was going to connect it to the other striped one, with almost the same colours, but the first one is too wide, or not tall enough. So, two separate blankets. Now, I’m running out of space and need to…start clearing space.

small green and white striped blanket

week 261-262

I found it impossible to post anything last week as my energy level dropped and patience was almost non-existent.

This part was finished some time last week. I originally connected the sleeve where the seam was on top, but fixed it so both the side and sleeve seams are in (almost) one line. Still have to knit the other sleeve then the middle bits, connect everything and then block it all.

half the pullover

I frogged a project and will reuse the yarn for something else, that I have no idea the end result. There have been sketches done that shows a starting point, but things rarely finish as it looks in the preliminary sketch. Starting with the green then use the blue. Can’t remember the yarn name except it’s not been made in a really long time, and that the website it was bought on, doesn’t exist anymore.

start of another project

Finally getting around to sewing the final pattern pieces for the dress. Most of them were drafted from measurements and constant trying it on, but the skirt was traced from a Simplicity skirt pattern piece. Depending on the result, might make the skirt more a-line. The sleeves might change, and will probably be longer.

dress pattern pieces

This bracelet has been in pieces, sitting in the desk for the longest time, so finally just put it all together. Took two tries as the first one was too wide, and would have easily flown off my wrist during sudden hand movements.

bracelet and earrings

week 259

purple doll in simple dress

I found a use for Dylan’s shirt that had a huge hole in the sleeve. Cut it and made a dress for the doll. This is just the first step to clothing them.

Need to put a face and dress them a bit more.

painting in progress

Slowly making progress on the painting. The figure should have been more to the left but it’s not that big of a deal. I’m only using three colours, (a dark brown, peach and a mustardy yellow) but feel like I’m going to have to add white and black into the mix for the background/around the figure.

For some reason, the figure looks a bit off because I made them a bit more round-backed than planned, so their back arm looks more like an afterthought. The afterthought was actually the arm in front. The back arm was supposed to be more angled. Putting her in a cold-shouldered top is supposed to make like her arms mostly disappear into it. Have been using  myself as an example, by posing in the mirror and checking if it looks possible. You don’t see their front so it’s entirely possible to position yourself like this.

some of the flowers

I’m making another ribbon flower bouquet. Gold and white striped, white scrolls on brown ones and one white spots on red flower bouquet. Since finding out I can do it, I plan on making more. Ribbon is quite fiddly so they always turn out a bit different based on material and if they’re wired or not, also length of material matters.

progress of knitted sleeve

I haven’t gotten very far in knitting the first sleeve, as you can tell, but this should give you an idea of what I’m doing.

week 258

After undoing most of this green open cardigan, I frogged it until it was at the bottom green block and will use the yarn to make another blanket.

Seem to have completely bypassed making scarves, which was a really short period of learning, and blankets are the easiest things to default to, in making items.

It will alternate between the dark and this melon colour.

green blanket

I’m starting another painting and realised having a completely white background is more distracting than anything, so painted it a pale peach acrylic, adding water to thin it out. It has slight streaks but not that important when the next layer is added.

painting, first layer

 

Finally sewn the doll parts together. I wasn’t able to sew over the seams of the arms and legs but it seems to add to it, plus it will be covered. I was going to add a separate bit for a head but it didn’t look right so just sewn it up at the top, and it seems to look fine as is. Need to add clothes and a face, then it’ll be done.

stuffed doll without clothes and a face

For the striped pullover, I didn’t take a picture but the first sleeve is on the third colour.

week 256

This will be a quicker than usual post as I completely lost track of time today.

Most of the past week, I’ve spent a good chunk of time semi-reorganising and frogging yarn.

This is the corner as it is now. I was aiming to buy a desk but realised buying a coffee table would suit me better. I prefer sitting on the floor, but have a place to set projects down now. The cart was somewhere else in the room and moved it to this corner.

I took apart the green jacket and decided just to make another small blanket with the yarn.

coffee table and that corner of the room

Speaking of small blankets, I finally sewn the numbers onto the bottom and a couple pom-poms on each side.

numbers and attached to bottom of blnket

I keep seeing as these rad dolls people make and decided to make a one off, using scraps after I shortened something of my mum’s that was too long.

Without the body, this is the head, arms and legs.

non-stuffed doll head, arms and legs

After they’ve been stuffed.

partially stuffed doll head, and stuffed arms and legs

And, about the sew the main body together. I originally sewn the front and back main body with stitches from the appendages on view and realised that was wrong, so undid the whole thing.

Hence. It looks like this until it’s attached and I stuff the body and attach the head. Then the fun part will happen and giving the doll a personality.

arms and legs included before attaching the front of the body