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.
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.
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.
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.
Leftover of that yarn. Not sure what to do with them. Earrings? Closure? Embellishment for another project?
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.
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.
Didn’t get much embroidery done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have been on a bit of a kick of trying to make hats out of red felt because it’s what I bought. This is my way to protest um someone ruining red baseball caps. Also it’s nice to make accessories which take up less time than anything else wearable. Basically, accessories are appetizers and dresses are the main meal. Besides my next huge project is the red velvet suit and it would nice to have a matching but not exactly matching, if that makes sense, something to wear alongside.
First done was a beret. It took a few hours and tried to make the top a heart but it looked awful so, the next day, made the shape a more rounded off triangle.
Second hat was supposed to be something else. Tried to make something else but kept cutting the inside circle of the brim and it became too big so had to scrap that. The pillbox is the leftover from that one.
Thought I was nearly done with this yesterday but the stitches looked messy and picked them all out and basted stitches and will sew it all together then fix the binding to the inside.
After screwing up, bought more felt and trying again to make a trilby or whatever it’s called. It’s in pieces still. The brim is currently wide but the outside edge could be trimmed a bit.
Just a hint of Valentines for Dylan’s classroom. I plan on making them paper and felt hearts and making chocolate biscuits plus white and milk chocolate swirled fudge for the adults. I’m not lining the hearts but attaching them to paper.
Haven’t covered the canvas with black gesso but imagine this covered in black gesso and the lightweight cardboard cutout spaces in variant amounts of yellow, pink and white. I sprayed the canvas back with hot water but it’s still a bit wrinkly on the bars.
By the way, Cheap Joe’s sent the cross braces and I don’t think they fit the stretcher bars. Supposedly anything bigger than 24” needs braces in the back and I just need to suck it up and learn how to build my own stretcher frames if I want to paint anything huge.
Making this dress has been such a pain to get it in the state where I’m completely happy with it. I’ve finally reached that point where the skirts need to be hemmed and it’s completely finished. It looks wider and compared a pullover shirt and it’s just the way it looks. Need to attach something so the dress doesn’t keep falling off the hanger.
The cape that sat on a hanger in the closet is nearing completion, also. Need to finish sewing up the collar and put the bottom on it, then cut the ribbon apart.
Continued crocheting this wee thing. I have no idea what it will be so assuming it’s a shawl at this point. It’s too thick to be a scarf.
Have no idea where this is going but experimenting with shades of green, using blue, yellow and light pink
I’m still getting more practice stretching canvas and the corners annoy me. Need to spray them with hot water. Would hot water affect the dyed one? Probably.
Oh and I finally opened the resin and made this, as an experiment. Used dried old flowers which will eventually lose all its purple and become yucky brown. I need to sand it all over but doubt it will become glass clear. I used the correct measurements but it was around 15C and wasn’t careful about the bubbles forming. Also I sprayed a leftover packaging for banana clips with the mold release spray twice and still destroyed it because I got excited and removed it an hour earlier than I should have.
My focus has only been on getting the dress done. For a short bit, I was overthinking it and decided to do something different with the skirt, but decided to revert back to how it was originally, because the skirts would have made it hard to walk.
I’m finally at this stage. Attaching the top and bottom together. Finally.
Nothing really else but last Friday I picked up a box from UPS. They decided to hold my package at a different place. Perhaps because last time was a pain in the ass.
But everything I bought with the giftcard, plus just over $2, was in the box. Bit of red felt, small bag of glitter, gold ribbon and stretcher bars. Two pairs of 16”, one 20” and 30”. I might not have measured the dyed fabric correctly so probably be 16×16, instead of the 20×30.
Took a break from the dress and my focus has turned to other things in the meantime.
Finally painted the canvas. Cut out some circles and half circles from cardboard then attached them with tape.
Then painted over all the open space using various amounts of black, yellow and blue paint.
Then removed the circles and added various amounts of red, yellow and the tiniest amount of white. Used only acrylic paint so after two hours, got impatient and removed all the blue tape. It looks nice but feel it needs something else but unsure what. Something between the four middle half circles.
There was leftover red and yellow paint mixture so just put it on a blank canvas panel. Not sure if it’s obvious that some of the paint is a slightly different shade. It’s intentionally in different directions. Also didn’t care that it was progressively thicker when more paint was mixed in.
I used my Michaels giftcard from my sister-in-law’s Christmas present to me and bought stretcher bars, ribbon, glitter and a bit of red felt. Want to make a fascinator and/or possibly a hat from the felt. Waiting on the glitter to finally crack open the resin and make cuff bracelets. The ribbon is for the dress neckline.
One of the stretcher bars, I plan on using the canvas that sat in the flower dye. My embroidery skills are subpar but something will result. For comparison, the dyed canvas is a few shades darker than the original canvas colour.
Have finally started going through the piles of unfinished sewing projects hanging in my closet and finally made a shirt from the kimono that was bought for about ten bucks. Sewn down the open front asymmetrically. Neckline is a bit wonky, after putting bias tape, but a thorough ironing should fix it. It’s cropped but feels good and hits right below my belly button.
It’s surprising I’ve not done any knitting or crochet, but it happens every so often. Also, I’ve been wanting to experiment with black gesso lately so will eventually cave and buy some at some point.
Christmas and New Year’s has passed and we’ve rolled into 2020. I planned on posting on New Year’s Day but between December 30 to January 1 was an emotional rollercoaster. If we’re going to continue into the year, from what was happening at midnight, in two separate time zones. According to Brisbane time, I’m going to be angry and it will be full of misunderstandings, and I will definitely be single by the time the days reset to one when 2021 comes. (By the way, him and his family is safe, away from the fires.) According to California time, it will be listening to music and struggling through emails, and not single, maybe. So, I guess it will start off rocky then smooth out towards the end. I just want to be less stressed out about everything.
I didn’t get much done between that limbo space of Christmas and New Year’s because, really, the rare person does. After the year reset, I’ve decided that I need to do things a bit differently. Every month I will start and finish a project. Instead of having multiple projects going on at once and quite a few unfinished, it will be easier to focus on fewer. Three seems like a good number, instead of indefinite. I also need to finish the various other WIPs. So, instead of starting more, I need to play catch up.
I’ve been wanting to make a tulle circle skirt since my son turned nine. And finally got brave enough to pull out a certain fabric that’s been sitting on a hanger in one closet. The end goal has always been a dress. And I’m nearly at completion. I didn’t use a pattern, drafting pieces using my measurements, and it’s coming out nicer than I hoped. Either way, I’m crying at the result. I didn’t feel like fussing with buttons or zippers, so made it slightly larger so I’m not struggling pulling it on and off, because none of the material is stretchy.
I need to fix the neckline then attach the skirt to the top then fix the six (lace, four of tulle, and lining) skirt layers.
The funny thing is a few times, while it was in the closet, I would whisper to it,”Soon, my precious.” This month I saw a hashtag on Instagram #sewtheprecious which is to celebrate the special fabric you’ve bought and stashed, to actually use it so you can wear it.
The next project after this is the red velvet suit, which I want to wear on my birthday in April. Perhaps with a fascinator. Still want to wear a sequin shirt with it but will most likely be something else.
Not much else beyond focusing on the dress, but in the process of frogging the purple pullover. I didn’t make it big enough for my shoulders, which is the widest part of me. Shoulders should not be four inches wider than my hips but my body is my body. Top down evades me, so always start bottom upwards.