It's so satisfying sewing these strips together and then pressing them. I've developed a crush on my iron over the last couple weeks (blush).
I hear sewing the binding on a quilt is what kills you, though. But, I wonder if the people who say that ever had to rip out a partially completed sweater and roll it back up into a ball of yarn? It's all relative right?
And, that makes me wonder if the people who embroider roll their eyes at people like me who bemoan ripping out a crochet project - as they untangle teeny tiny knots from their embroidery thread. (Like the feeling stitchy folks - check those amazing people out.)
All that to say, please let the binding be tedious (as expected) but not too frustrating and ultimately worth it. I'll let you know how it goes.
I've been busy crafting and have much to report. But I have no time to do it this morning. I'm headed out to find a dress for my sister-in-law's wedding. What do you buy for a champagne reception?
In the meantime - here's a photo shoot of last weekend.
All this fabric is for several projects. I managed to finish one of them. Behold...my new bedroom wall (very much inspired by this.) So many crafters have done this is their homes - I wonder if there is a flickr group for it? All I know is making these is so satisfying and super addictive. I didn't stop until I ran out of embroidery hoops.
I can't wait to add more. Perfect reason to add to my fabric stash.
It's so satisfying to make something with your hands. I was telling Sean the other night, one of the reasons I love knitting and crochet so much is because you hold the yarn in your hands the whole way through, so when you're finished you have this blanket or sweater that you've touched every square inch of from before it was ever even itself. (You can imagine how much he loves it when I have a few drinks and get emotional about my projects. I can't decide if he loves that more, or that I enlist him for photo shoots like this in front of our building.)
(I don't know why the picture is sideways)
Sewing is a little different. I suppose I could have missed touching at least one spec of a spot on this fabric, but I don't know. It would have been difficult. I held, cut, ironed, pinned, pressed, poked, ironed, and stitched this fabric for two whole classes that were six hours each. The skirt turned out cute and wearable. But, I loved the process, and the fact that I can make this now, more than the finished product. I'm glad I used less expensive fabric, because after making this I want to make it again, but with some of the changes in shape that I think I can swing now that I've taken the class. But this time with the beloved Amy Butler fabric.
And, I loved loved loved my sewing teacher Antoinette. She's this amazing, creative woman with sort of a sewing boot camp attitude about the whole thing. I should have taken pictures of her and the other women's skirts. Next time. She's doing a beginner quilting class in the fall.
Questions: Do you like the pink lace sticking out or does it look like a mistake? It's a vintage slip. Should I wear it to work like that?
It looks like a white skirt from afar, so here's a little close up of the fabric.
They have just about every type of sewing class you could imagine. Quilting, embellishments, pants-making, pattern making, shirt construction, and technique classes for things like zippers. Hmmm, what should I take next. Maybe the pattern-making class. They teach you how to create a pattern specifically for your body, and then how to alter it for different garments later on.
22 hours of travel (woke at 3:45am and arrived back home at 1:45am the next morning) on Thursday meant a lot of time with my blanket. I started to crochet the circles together as the pattern instructed, but I just wasn't loving the chain-like feel the whole thing had. Then I realized Lucy's hexagon instructions at Attic24 would work perfectly so I ripped everything out and started over. Happily, it was the exactly the right medicine for these circles, which are now technically hexagons.
Then, I ran out of white because the hexagons take up way more yarn than the chained version my book called for. Since that will delay its debut, I wanted to give a sneak peak. Also, I am so in love with this blanket that I can't not show it off.
ok, a little more.
The fabric underneath is for the second and final installment of my sewing class tomorrow. Amy Butler's coriander fabric in ivory. love.
It will soon be a skirt. I'll have help from the miracle worker that is my sewing instructor. Anyone who can teach me how to properly sew a zipper into a skirt reaches goddess-like status in my world. Really and truly, zippers scared the crap out of me before last weekend. No more!
I'm making my way through weaving in all the ends of the crocheted circles for the japanese crochet quilt. While tedious, it's also surprisingly satisfying. Each little circle starts out with uneven strings hanging off and a little on the crumpled side from sitting in the pile o' circles. After sewing all the loose threads in and smoothing it out, it looks like a little flower bud. And, then when you stack them all up, they look like little crocheted cakes. Anyway, to my surprise, I'm enjoying this part. Here's a little morning preview.