Needle Roll

July 14, 2005

Last week Amanda and I got together and designed and sewed an awesome needle roll. We used four assorted fabrics from her stash, and a thin layer of quilt wadding to give it a really substancial feeling. I think it's beautiful and it's made me want to make one for myself! I made my picture to big to fit here accidentally so click here to see.

The fabrics were all different types that had been kicking around for years - Mostly cottons and one that was like a brushed cotton. They didn't seem to go together but then at the end, when it was all sewn up there was a real sense of harmony. We both thought a red ribbon might be more in order though - So change may be in the air for that.

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Ebony's Cushion Finished

June 08, 2005

I'm late posting the pic, but I did eventually finish off Ebony's cushion. Here it is complete with mouth and embroidered eyes. I'm told the recipient likes it very much.


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Top Secret No Danielle

If you're danielle, don't read further, the rest of you, wilkommen!

So I made these fab cushions on the weekend.

I embroidered some denim with three different designs and turned them into cushions. They remind me of levis jeans with the denim and the red and I'm altogether very pleased!

They are a gift for michael's sister who is coming to visit us next weekend from sunny Perth with her excellent Beau (and fiancee) Ahron. It will be the first time for Ahron visiting us in Melb and the first time for Danielle visiting us at our Maribyrnong residence. (doesn't that sound stuffy - "the residence").





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New quilting book

May 25, 2005

Oh yeah, last week before my few days of annual leave I bought a new quilting book, here it is.


I bought it for further technique hints, it's the first i've seen shoing you how to roll up the section you're not working on to fit the damn thing in the sewing machine, but now I'm really glad I bought it. It has lots of whimsical, shabby chic like projects, things I woudn't normally think I'd be into but now I actually really like. Esp as you can really vary it so much with choice of fabric and individual style.

I think I am going to make this pillow for a gift, and to practice technique. It will be my first go at applique (the flower in the centre is all appliqued) and I don't want another large project right now after wrangling with the quilt last week. It should also be a good one for making me be very precise with cutting, pieceing, etc.


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Holiday Quilt - Plan B

May 23, 2005

Plan A totally fell over, but here's plan B of the holiday quilt. It still needs a few bits and pieces done to it (hopefully wed) and these aren't the best pics, but it's a start. I'll take some daytime pics when it's finished off.




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Ebony Birthday Cushion

Ebony Birthday Cushion - Not quite finished (still needs a mouth!)

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Mothers Day Bag

May 15, 2005

This bag was for the lovely Sylvia on mothers day. It was made with some upholstery fabric for the outside, some ultra lovely printed satin for the inside, and a contrasting top stitch, my first time using the twin needle on the sewing machine. Tina mentioned to me I can get a different foot for my machine that will help align the twin needle to the edge which was the problem I had. I need to get a walking foot for quilting also so must look into this (perhaps this week while I'm on holidays??)


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My favourite part, this beautiful satin lining..


Close up of the tie - top


Overall gist of the thing


The pattern was in a get creative magazine, and intended to use a suede or denim fabric, self lined. But this works just as well (if not better).. Oh! this was also my first bag made with the benefit of the overlocker which was great. Being able to overlock the inside base (I'm always too lazy to bind, and just leave a messy edge) was fantastic.

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Mr Kitty

May 06, 2005


This is Mr Kitty who I made last Saturday. He was a birthday present for my good friend and trading buddy Andrejs who loves kitties! but can't have one as it's too much commitment, and his lovely gal is allergic.

He is made with the inspirational kitties I posted a few posts ago in mind.. I didn't have a pattern or much idea of what I was doing so I just winged it, and learn blanket stitch from the internet along the way - the rest of the "embroidery" I just made up.

I have certainly learnt a lot from it - a lot of what not to do - so next time will be better - but I am proud of him anyway and was proud to give him away to my friend.

Perhaps I will participate in a loobylu month of softies down the track - the inspirations for this all came from the vintage catwalk entries of a few months back.

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It's been a while.

April 20, 2005

So I'm not so good at this whole blogging thing! But today I am going to totally blog! I've just taken a bunch of photos and stuff and I am going to put them up.

Things to show off
- my new overlocker
- clapotis number two started
- new jean greenhowe knitted toy books
- new bendi shade card and leftover clapotis yarn
- finished french market bag, and pictures in progress
- Local lincraft closing down, stock totally gutted but was able to pick up a couple of bargains at 75% off today

and since I was taking photos, some cooking I'd just done! and some tops I'd just bought! All to be found in the extended entry so click-ez-vouz!

French Market Bag

french market bag from knitty. Modified the pattern significantly using 8mm instead of 4.5 or something like that specified in pattern. Shrunk the pattern down 4/5 in terms of stitches, but with much bigger needles it's come out much bigger of course. I used two strands of cosy wool held together, colours from stash (leftover from the cancelled kyoto!). It probably used eight ish balls all up.

All was going incredibly well and it had only taken less than a week when I got to the handles I wasn't paying attention, miscounted significantly (so I think I counted correctly then subtracted 20!) and everything went horribly wrong. So I ended up just casting off everything I could where I could (I won't explain the detail but it left me with millions of ends to weave in later).
I ended up just sewing a simple handle of my own design and making a knitting basket.

As my first felting experiment using yarn from stash, I'm happy enough. Considering Bendy rustic in one colour (probably red) and a considerably different shape for the next one, and I'll be doing it very soon me thinks. On the felting note, it was as simple as it sounds. Put in lingerie bag. Put in washing machine with a towel. Wash, and check every 10 minutes! I ended up having it in about 30 minutes. Next time, I'll err on the side of shrinking too much as it does stretch a bit when you are stuffing to the shape you want.

Stuffing it was probably the hardest bit - would be much easier if you had something the right shape to just let it dry on. I didn't, so I put clothing in lots of plastic bags and used them all to stuff it. It took two days ish to dry, longer than I expected..

anyway here's some photos.. starting, pre felting, and finished!




New overlocker!

I uhmed and ahhed after this for a long time and then finally bought it. $399 reduced from $599 in the janome sale. Haven't used it much yet though I have wanted to but been very busy. I am sure there will be lots to come v soon. Threading it was an extremely arduous task.

Clapotis # 2 started on Sunday

Not much to say yet. The yarn arrived from brooks farm last week (actually i think it was the week before). The colourway is beautiful, mostly browns and pinks (does not look at all like this picture) and it is very soft. I was not planning on getting started immediately, but with FMB off the needles so quickly and me yet to decide on yarn for the next, it's started! I am wearing clapotis # 1 practically every day at the moment and love it more every day.



This afternoon I cooked, and since I had the camera out.. I made Nikki's Zuchini slice (rechristened bacon quiche) .. I made 4/5 of the standard recipe as I only had 4 eggs, and it all fitted perfectly in my blue flan dish I bought during a xmas visit to Perth a few years ago, when I wanted to make a lime tart.

That was for our tea with a nice big greek salad, and I also made a big lasagne for tomorrow nights dinner. And, some anzac cookies. I looked on the web and found heaps of very similar recipes, will add a link to the one I used a bit later. I just made one batch as a test - will probably make a double or triple batch this weekend [anzac day!] to send in to my and michael's work. After we munched on a few and I gladwrapped some for Elizabeth our cleaner who is in today, M took the rest to work.



Jean Greenhowe Knitted Toy Books

I ordered these from the shearing shed in Canberra. I really wanted them! Will have more to say about them once I get onto a pattern or two.



Lincraft haul at 75% off

So they are closing down my local lincraft. They finally put some stuff on sale but that was after getting rid of all the yarn and fabric (must have found a buyer to take the whole lot) they had hardly anything left. But, today I did find the following for less than $15 all up! dpns in 5 and 6.5mm, a sewing book I had coveted but wasn't willing to pay $40 for, and some google eyes to use for my knitted toys in the future.


More Shopping

I also bought some generic wash and wear tops from suzanne gray and two new belts from army surplus. Yay!


New shade card from Bendi, leftover yarn from clapotis # 1

Was very exciting to receive this new shade card from bendigo wollen mills. I love bendi, that's where my alpaca was for clapotis # 1. This is how much yarn I had left over from two balls - quite a lot. I think I will make a matching hat. Just a plain one - not the clapotis hat over at that blog I can't think of right now..


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5 minute Bead/Wrap/Poncho thingie

February 09, 2005

Will provide content soon! The colours in these photos are waaaay off.

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Quilts for Xmas

My first sewing projects since sewing class in high school! Decided to get a sewing machine for birthday and make the kids back in Perth quilts for xmas (where I get these crazed ideas, I have no idea)..

Happiest with the second one though for a totally virgin effort the first one is Ok too.

I will write more about these projects, I really will. I just haven't yet.

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Cute handbag Family Circle Mag Pattern

Have made quite a few bags from this pattern out of a family circle mag so far.. I expect there will be more to come in the future as well! It's a great pattern! was my first experience with interfacing.

the first, red with cream lace detail

Love this fabric.. an upholstery remnant, and the lining a remnant as well. would definitely get more of both if I could! Used more of the upholstery remnant on anti bag. This one was gifted away.

Love this fabric too. Again a remnant, and picked up more again as a remnant. Wouldn't pay full price of $13 a metre for it unless I had something really good in mind! This one was gifted away. Same lining as above.

Happy Cat fabric bought from ebay for $3.50 a metre

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The Anti Bag

This was just a quick project to make a big satchel to holding knitting etc.. Having picked up a huge haul of fabric from lincraft @ 50% off I was keen to get some projects going but short on time (knitting kyoto as well).. And so was born the anti bag.

No lining, no measurements, all hastily zigzagged up and on most pieces not even hemmed, this was a quickie and total opposite of most other projects so far - hence calling it the Anti-Bag.

And the pocket inside

However I have since found that there's a reason all that extra effort goes in and need to resew up a few spots - firstly in the straps, secondly where i've sewn on pockets. V Cute though!

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