week 277

Lately, I seem to only focus on two projects per week, or mainly one and another to do while waiting on the other.

Been mainly focused on one project. Have been wanting to see what the end result if I use three specific things, has turned into four. Got two blank canvas board, then covered them in (Crayola) watercolour. Then, after that layer dried, covering them in painter’s tape (made the mistake of using packing tape which I’m not sure why I assumed it wouldn’t ruin the back), then on the exposed areas use oil pastels. Originally was going to just put fixative over it, but my genius brain thought to put linseed oil over it all, in hopes to smooth down the oil pastel as much as possible. Smoothing it out with my fingers still left spots where it wasn’t completely smooth. I didn’t use linseed oil, instead used drying poppy oil. Also, never leave the tape on the panel or such while it’s drying. Still. I have quite a bit of time on my hands while it finally reaches the stage where I can handle it without oil smothering my fingertips.

blue-green squarish and red-orange-yellow circular examples

This is how they look, after the tape has been removed. The tape slightly outlines the pastels on the right, which you can’t tell from this photo. To make the smaller circles, I used those circle label stickers. More than one popped off when I was rubbing the oil pastel over it. For the big one, I taped on one of the ends of the cardboard from a ribbon spool. Using yellow stickers under that colour was mildly comical as I had to remember where they were attached, so they could be removed. It’s also kind of annoying that my intention was that, positioned this way, it would be left leaning, but the size gets more attention than the intensity of colour. The cool colours were supposed to lean right, and the warm colours lean left. The official thing will be changed so it reflects that, and it’s obvious they will soften into each other, and not be hard like these examples. Right now, the materials is more important than anything else.

I’ve stuck thumbtacks in the boards for two reasons. I can safely lean them against each other without their accidentally touching, so they don’t smear onto each other. Also, that’s to give me a rough idea of the path where I’m applying the embroidery thread when it is finally safe to handle.

After everything is finished, I want to do a comparison and take the best elements from both and incorporate them into something more cohesive.

While they’re drying, a bit of playing with yarn.

red weaving

This is an experiment with different textures, as in changing the yarn so it’s crocheted or knit a bit before weaving it in, but staying with monochrome red yarns. It looks nice with the blue peeking out. My problem with weaving, thought, is I never get it tight enough so it doesn’t hang weird. Perhaps because I don’t have that bar underneath it.

week 276

It’s been a slow week as I’m trying to catch up on the piles of reading material and going through my closet, weeding things out, so it slightly cuts into doing other things with my hands. I tend to do that after a semi-huge project, where one thing is complete then sort of putter around then start another project.

I’ve only done a couple things.

One. These red beads have been in a container with other beads and they’re so pretty. I turned most of them into a necklace.

red two layer necklace

The clasp isn’t neat but it looks fine to me.

And two. The other thing is just making a scrap thing, after finding a whole bunch of yarn bits in a container in my closet.

scrap blanket or shawl

I’m not going in any colourway, just literally going “Okay. That one’s next.” The end product will be poo, but the process is always more important the result.

Currently, I’m trying to figure out a way to make holes in a canvas board, because the want to experiment with Dylan’s watercolours, some oil pastels (which I’ve had forever but never really use) and some embroidery thread.

week 275

Bit of a slow week as I’m reorganising personal items and it’s taking up space and time. Have only been able to focus on a few things. Well, two and another one, just wanted it done.

Yesterday, I undid the yarn on the neckline on the striped sweater and made the shoulder seams longer. Have yet to make a sweater closer to personal size, but oversized roomy jumpers are so nice to put on. This was sitting there and just wanted it finished, but need to put on some edging all around.

closeup of purple, grey and blue striped sweater

Okay. Remember how I got indecisive about the knitting of those two Yarnbox yarns?

It started off crochet, then was knitted. It’s crochet.

crochet green and purple variegated shawl

I love the way it looks as it does now, and not sure why I didn’t originally go with this. Started with the green then the purple with pink and white bits. It’s not clear in this picture because the light is washing out the shawl.

Also, didn’t realise but this may have taken a couple days to make.

So, the top using the sloper. My stitches are messy but it’s almost done.

almost finished lace and silk top
seam binding on neckline

I’m somewhat proud of this top although using white lace on a dark fabric shows the stitches and is a bit annoying but unavoidable. Originally the hem was going to be just lace but it made it so the top felt like a sweatshirt which wasn’t fun. I mirrored the hem with the top although the puffy side of the lace is reverse of the top front. Need to topstitch the hem and fix the cuffs then it will be finished. The lace was from an open jacket sitting in my closet, bought at Kmart, and the heavy silk floral fabric was bought at Joanns. Both purchased on a whim.

weeks 273-274

This is the first post of the year. Between the weekend before Christmas and New Year’s Day is this period of time that somehow becomes longer than it really is, where your focus isn’t really on any one thing, except just existing. It’s like the week before your birthday.

I was able to do a couple things, starting a few days back.

One is making a top. Drafting a top sloper seems fairly easy, if you have basic math skills and an extra long ruler. And if you take your time and actually measure yourself.

I was somewhat successful, after making a second sloper because the first time I didn’t measure the space between the bust and my waist. Four inches was the difference between the first sloper and the second one. Also forgot to measure between my waist and hips but added that to the second sloper. There’s something to be said for the quote “measure twice, cut once”.

Didn’t measure right but I’m making a top. Originally wanted something with a pleated angled bib in front but after making a mockup bib, and being indecisive about the number of pleats, decided to save that for something else.

Instead.

lace and silk top pieces

Using lace for a bib, then for cuffs. It looks nice and not sure why I put inch seams all around, but get the feeling more will be cut away on the sides. Especially on the oddly cut sleeves.

(Also, not sure why the picture turned out blurry. )

another crochet shawl to be

This began crocheted of don’t remember the stitch count, then knit a few rows of 110 stitches, then this is crochet of 120 stitches again. Have done a bit more rows than this, and the markers are solely for counting, so haven’t moved them because the number of stitches haven’t changed. When I change the colour and the number count changes, they’ll move.

The two yarns bought off of yarnbox are becoming a shawl. It probably won’t be as long as I hope, but it’s going to look nice when done. I tend to usually avoid mixing green and purple, because it’s not the greatest colour combo, but only one them is a solid colour while the other is varigated.

I do have one more project in the works, as there is a dress waiting to be made. It’s this beautiful golden lace fabric overlaid mint.

weeks 271-272

Have absolutely no idea what happened to the time last week, as everyday was spent running errands for whatever reason. 

Most of the time was spent working on the fascinator, which is finished.

first row of flowers attached to the fascinator

What the hat looked like on top with just one row of flowers added. It looked like a fancy cake.

I took a bunch of pictures, with this camera and the cell phone, and most of them were of me making a silly face, because there’s a certain amount of deliriousness that sets it when you’re finished with a project. And because my hair looked like trash.

This is the inside of the fascinator, and the comb alone just made it flop around. The elastic was taken from a mask that was lying around, unused.

There are leftover flowers, as twenty-four of the flowers were used for the fascinator. My stubbornness is insistent there should be a couple or three feathers hanging out to the side opposite the veiling.

Also, this needs a matching dress, or a dress in the same colour family.


book blocks and book outsides

I made several book blocks and had several of the cases already made, and just need to attach the blocks to inside the cases, then have several more hardbound notebooks. On the left, are the two already finished and just added to the pile, even though they’re already done.


start of another knitting project

I frogged the two parts and will just knit everything together, although the yarns will end at different points, but will keep knitting until all three yarns are used up. Have no idea what it will turn into, though.


beads and other jewelry pieces

Here are some jewelry bits, as I want to make myself several pairs of earrings. Hasn’t gotten very far, as other projects have put this on a backburner.

week 270

Absolutely slow week, as constant interruptions have been popping up.

For the third and final time, drafting a brim for the floppy hat proved to be a success. Stubbornness does pay off when you apply it to practical things.

Not sure why the first try, it’s too small, then the second try is too wide, and the third is between those sizes and fits perfectly.

finished black hat

Most of the week was spent making ribbon flowers. Didn’t realise such a tedious thing would take up so much time.


flowers made from blue, peach and brown ribbon

Do I know what they will end up on? No idea. Part of the peach flowers will be on a hat.

I purchased a few samples of peach fabric off the fabric dot com site and they arrived on Monday and they’re so pretty.

fabric samples

The one I was most looking forward to, the mesh one with the sparkles, will not do for what I want it to be, but would look nice as an overlay for a skirt. This gives me an idea for the bottom half of a dress, and the top would have to be plain. The flowers would look nice on a bolero or a mini-cape. One of these two fabrics on the right would look nice with the flowers on a fascinator.

weeks 268-269

finished hat
another picture of the finished hat

I spent the majority of Thanksgiving week trying to finish this hat and it still turned out not as great as I hoped. Initially the brim was made too narrow inside but then made the brim too wide inside, hence the huge ruffle. It’s lined with the fabric which was what the original hat was made with. The inside is slightly embarrassing because it didn’t occur to me, to sew on the flowers to the inside then sew down the seam binding, so it looks cleaner. The flowers are sewn onto the seam binding.

sleeves attached to pullover body

I detached the sleeves after removing the side seams so everything can be seamed together, then knit the middle panels and put a nice edging on the whole thing. This is taking much longer than it should have, as I’ve been struggling with finding the patience with everything.

another cardigan?

Finally want to make a cardigan with this yarn and started knitting. This one will be random so there isn’t much in the way of planning.

knitted scarf or shawl to be

Decided to combine these two knitting projects into a long scarf or shawl. Originally two separate things but setting them together, brought an idea into my head. Once the softly dyed yarn is at the last row, will put it on a holder. Once the grey and multi-coloured bit is long enough, knit a few more rows.  

self-portrait progress, "shirt "

Finally sewn the second half of the self-portrait shirt. It doesn’t line but wasn’t planned that the two halves are to be exact.

peach coloured ribbon and some finished flowers

After buying a bit of ribbon and making the flowers, I found three more spools and plan to make more ribbons. Have a plan for another hat and actually bought fabric samples from fabric dot com. 

Also, I’m that idiot that didn’t realise the cardboard that holds the ribbon is made in a longer roll and cut to size. I want to use the empty rolls for a holder and playing with two empty rolls and the lines matched up.

various boxes made from posterboard

Had bought posterboard on a whim to make a box and now made several. The two bigger boxes are slightly wonky but the slightly smaller ones are perfect, although closing them without tape doesn’t work. There was one more open top box but I filled it with threads and wires.

Have no idea what to put in them but they will be filled. Should have bought the things to put in them first then worked around that, instead of what can I put in them now.