Category: sewing

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

 

week 252

(Hello from the same blog with a slightly changed url. I officially own the blog now and there could be slight changes coming to it, but it’ll mostly stay the same.)

Another slow week. It’s hard to do anything when it’s over 26C and humidity is past 65%. I go into nap and wake up covered in sweat and disgusted with myself for sleeping all the time mode.

I’m slowly knitting the third piece of the pullover. It seems each piece is taking longer than the panel before it. First took four days, the second took a bit longer and this has taken even longer.

I’ve only reached the eighth stripe out of twenty-one. Still think there should have been less grey stripes but eh. Too late now and it still looks nice.

progress on third piece of knit pullover

 

For the quilt, I was shuffling things around and realised the leftover squares should make up the middle of the back, rather than add them to the sides. After the middle is done, add squares of the fabric originally meant to make up the back as planned.

middle of quilt back

This is the quilt top in all its glory without the edges altered.

I measured the top and it’s roughly 54″ by 47″, or 137cm by 119cm. Not sure how much I will lose when I attach all three layers together. It’s puckery, because there is material of all sorts, and because my sewing sometimes went in non-straight lines, but once the top and batting are together, I’m hand stitching over the top, so it’s a bit smoother.

It’s kind of nice to finally getting around to projects that were just sitting in my to do pile. And, I will be very happy once this thing is done as it’s taking an unnecessarily long time to go from cut pieces to a usable quilt. I don’t know how many pieces were cut before Dylan was even conceived. It’s been that long.

quilt top

week 251

For the longest time I had this project in a pile of WIPs. I finally just wanted to finish it.

It’s almost finished as I want to add random pom-poms all over.

This is the frogged yarn from the cardigan I knit and somehow made one side way too wide to be comfortable to wear. The yarn is doubled up, and when I was at the last yarn cake, I crocheted with both ends.

For some reason I didn’t feel like continuing the actual pattern planned out so made it on one side. especially since I wasn’t exactly paying attention to the holes made.

The more I look at it, I want to sew armholes and turn it back into a cardigan.

crochet shawl or something

It’s a bit blurry, but the quilt top is coming along.

After sewing the side pieces, noticed the middle part was too long, so needed to make it wider, rather than longer. Removed several rows from the bottom, and will attach them to the sides.

When everything is finally sewn together, going to sew over the rows, on the outside, firmly attaching the batting under the top, before making something for the back and attaching that.

And I roughly measured length and it’s 4 feet, or about 122cm. I figure it’s just as wide as it is long. If not, I can sew two pieces of batting together.

quilt squares

Started the third section of the pullover.

My straights are no15, Japanese needles, bought a long time ago. For the inside pieces, when I will pick up the stitches and attach them to each other, I wanted to use a circular needle.

Unfortunately I guesstimated and bought 6.0mm needles. I need 6.5mm. It’s a tiny little difference, but half mm does matter because the stitches could be a wee smaller.

start of the third knitted piece

Yarnbox is selling off skeins of yarn before they completely close up shop. I bought two and they are both so much prettier in person than in this photo. They’ll probably be forever in the stash but that’s normal.

two yarn skeins

week 248

When I know I’ll be sitting in a car, or just waiting in general, I bring a bit of yarn and either needles or a hook. Oftentimes, it’s just to keep my hands busy and a bunch of the things started end up getting frogged.

I tend to gravitate towards stripes and want to make a simple top using various yarns in my stash. It will be various purple yarns, one reddish purple one and a blue yarn on top. Part of me wants to put rows of grey between overlap and solo bits. Right now, it will be broken up into four parts then in the middle, which attaches pieces, will be crochet. I haven’t made anything than a basic layout, but it’s going to be whenever.

another striped knitting project with purple yarn

 

Progress on the weaving project.

I prefer it upside down, as it looks better this direction. I think it should end on green and white as it begins that way, instead of just blue, as planned.

progress on weaving project

 

These squares have been sitting there for a while, because I’ve been constantly putting it off. When I cut them out, I had them set up a certain way but didn’t even bother paying attention to that arrangement, while sewing them together. They’re all random and it’s slightly wonky. I need to sew the rectangles onto the sides then smooth it all out with an iron and sewing over the cover.

folded up middle of simple quilt top

 

This green yarn was originally used so I can practice making cables, but after messing up my count then trying to redo it and having yarn slide off the cable needle, I gave up and will attempt cables on a different yarn.

In case you’re curious, this and the purple yarn are Tahki Yarn’s Stacey Charles Lena. WEBS took over the line and the yarn is almost gone.

another crochet project

week 247

I started this a couple days ago and just randomly experimenting. The orange bit is crocheted then woven in, couple rows where I chained the yarn then wove that in, then the rest are just woven in. It looks odd but like the texture. I’m going to add a bit more orange then end on more blue. This looks good the way it is but unsure if it will be turned upside down. Depends after I attach fringe at bits.

(In case, you are wondering if I ever will get around to that blocked canvas on the left. I have not finished crushing up the crystals, so whenever I get around to doing that, then I can finally make paint and work on my painting.)

medium sized weaving project

 

The hat isn’t finished but this is nearly it done. I want to add a bit of netting, which should have been applied underneath the bits of flowers.

In case you want to know what I was aiming for, if you look at the corner underneath, is the original pattern envelope, with a picture of what is it supposed to look like.  Instead of leaving the middle space free, I covered as much of it as possible because I like it that way. I’m that bad at following directions especially when it’s just words and limited illustrations. I am not a milliner but have been watching a bunch of YouTube examples. It’s amazing, how once you know what you’re doing, it looks easy, but otherwise it’s just material and questioning at every step what you’re doing with all the material.

hat in progress

 

I had leftover ribbon from making some of the flowers and decided to make a floral bouquet with it. I plan on gifting it to someone I talk to on Twitter. I’m a bit excited it will belong to someone who lives in New Zealand, as I’ve never sent anything to anyone that lives there.

This is just step one, where they’ve taken on the shape of flowers. Basically, you take a bit of thread and thread across the bottom of a bit of ribbon, scrunch it up, sew the free ends of the ribbon together, then gather the bottom with the rest of the thread and tie off the thread. All the sewing is done on one side and you flip it over and have your “petals”.  I need to buy green floral tape before attaching the wire. Am going to attach some green crochet leaves, then that should be done and ready to send to her.

blue ribbon flowers

 

The not so secret block blanket is coming along, but has taken the odd shape. Need to add semi-triangular shapes to the sides, attach a few things and will be done.

This is the back.

crochet blocks blanket

It’s not obvious with this but I layered netting over the velvet. I tried to colour one piece with paint and got more paint on my hands than on the netting. After putting that down, I put two more pieces over that and didn’t bother gluing it down, as the next layer will keep it attached. Do I know what my next layer is? No.

layers on board: velvet ribbon, netting

 

week 244

I spent part of a day, last week, quickly putting these together but only one is in finished book form.

various paper and book covers

I got an idea to do a self-portrait and this is planning out what I’m doing. It’s impossible to sew fabric onto panel and this isn’t the end product. The actual thing will be on canvas, where there is no gluing fabric into place. I’m unsure if I should do an half is this and other half is this for the whole thing, or just partial, but it’s leaning towards half and half on top but the rest is whole.

self portrait idea

Finally sewing the squares together in the quilt top and part of them are together. Still quite a number of rows to add, and none of the squares line up. I’d be bothered if one lined up so just sewing everything together, row by row, without worrying too much.

partially sewn together quilt cover

Just had to share this image of my shoes contrasting with the fake grass. I was standing outside in a play area with my son and nephew, and just pointed down because I wanted some sort of proof I wore the shirtdress I made, and because those five or six dollar shoes are cute. This is the resulting image. I took another one but part of the slide was showing.

picture taken of my red shoes on green grass