Archive for November, 2012

Round Tuit 10

November 19, 2012

I am happy to report another one of my backlogged projects was completed yesterday:

My husband was designated as “Official Tote Holder” for the photo session.  It’s really a purse, but I was worried he’d balk at being the “Official Purse Holder” and it could be a tote, honest it could.  LOL

This was a pattern in an old AQS magazine, and I really wanted to try the 2 color tuck technique.  Tried it, am not sure I like it, but I tried it.  That left me with a tucked purse insert.  What to do with that insert?  Make the purse, of course.

It was a more complicated project than I thought – lots of top stitching, lots of inserts, a pieced lining – that was my choice, and a zipper that had a zipper placket and a zipper facing.  All techniques I’ve never tried before.   The straps even have fancy stitching down the center – all straight from the instructions.

Will I make another one of these?  No way, no how.  I like bigger purses, less structured purses, and purses with pockets, lots and lots of loverly pockets.  Am I glad I made this purse?  Oh yes.  I stretched my brain by learning some new sewing techniques.   It is oh so good to learn something new everyday, and I learned lots with this project.




Ogden Art Group November 2012 Decolourant

November 18, 2012

We had a wonderful time at our meeting this month.   Show and Tell was sparse for some reason, but Lucy brought a pillow she made showcasing her Under the Surface piece she made last month:

She used pieces of the lace that was under the fabric on top in the upper left corner.  That was a great design decision.

We then moved directly to our workshop – experimenting with deColourant and deColourant Plus.  deColourant removes the color from natural fabrics with very little smell, and deColourant Plus not only removes the base color, but lays another color on top – all in one step.  This product is non-toxic, has very little odor, and is much easier to use than Thiox or Cholorine bleach to discharge/remove color from fabric.

Karen chose to try the deColourant on her Under the Surface piece she started last month:

You really couldn’t see much texture in her piece as she used a busy fabric with lots of color for the top layer.  Now the sun – complete with radiating rays,  and the tree with it’s curling branches are visible.  What a great solution to highlight the texture.  Brava, Karen!!!

Sue had some great stencils.  We all loved her rose one the best.  Here is a picture of what the deColourant looks like after it has been applied to the fabric:

And here is what it looks like after it has been ironed:

And here is what it looks like with the deColourant plus – two colors mixed together:

Lucy created a beautiful piece:

I’m not sure if you can see the gorgeous bronzes and purples in that piece but they are there.

And here is a picture of 3 small pieces I made:

We all thought that hand dyed fabrics worked great (that was my top orange piece), that colors that read as solids but are mottled work great (like Sue’s and Lucy’s fabrics), and were thrilled my Kona black stayed discharged, as another friend we know tried deColourant on some black fabric, and when she washed it, the black color came back.

Speaking of washing, all the deColourant residue totally washes out with a little soap and water, and you are left with no change to the fabric hand.  It is as soft and nice to stitch on as untreated fabric.  I have to say, we were one happy group of artists last week.  This is a product we all want to use again.  Try it, you’ll like it!!!


Odgen Art Group October 2012

November 1, 2012

I arrived at the meeting really late last month, so missed Show and Tell, but it was very nice of everybody to pull their pieces out of bags, and let me see their work.  I had to drop my husband off at the auto body shop to pick up our little RV, and had to drive over 6 train crossings.  Luckily, I only got stuck waiting for one train, but it just so happened to be the longest train crossing in the world.  Such is life.

Janet made a gorgeous jacket for a client:

And Lucy just so happened to make a  jacket too:

She knit the wool fabric on her knitting machine, felted it, and created that wonderful graphic design.

Jan showed some gorgeous jewelry cuffs she made, but I forgot to take  photos of any of them.

Sue signed up for the same Craftsy class I did – Stupendous Stitching, and she has made good progress on her piece:

Then onto our workshop.  We decided to try Diane Savona’s techinque stitching around shapes.  Here is Sue’s before:

And here is her WIP (work in progress) after:

The basic concept is to put 3 dimensional objects on top of thick wool felt, cover it with a good quality fabric – damask napkin, handkerchief linen – something that will stretch a bit – and sew tightly around it.  You end up with lots of lovely texture.

Not one of us had the 1/4″ wool felt in our fabric collection so we improvised.  We used felted wool sweaters.   Some were thicker than others, so I created a mini sandwich using  two thinner pieces of wool felt with a felted sweater in the middle.

This is Jan’s piece with a belt buckle and some washers showing:

Janet’s piece had a nice assortment of found treasures:

Karen was ambitious and laid out a large piece:

It was a great layout, using foam cut out shapes and cording, but unfortunately, she used a patterned fabric on top, and you really couldn’t see the texture after she did some stitching.

Lucy and I both got in touch with our feminine side.  She used a piece of lace:

And I used a doily:

I plan on painting my doily piece and have no clue what I’ll make with it.  Lucy has already finished a pillow with her lace piece.  Hopefully, I’ll have pictures to share after the November meeting..

Today was the November RAFA meeting, and I was going to go, but got up late.  The meeting starts at 9:30 am and I woke up at 9 am – not good – especially since it’s 30 minutes from my house.  Rushing around trying to get ready for a late arrival, I succeeding in dropping a full 64 oz bottle of juice – all over my counter.  Okay, the counter was full of “stuff” and after a few choice expletives, I was making progress with the clean-up, when my husband – full of good intentions – came out to help.  He helped by carrying the dripping wet objects to the sink.

Now that sounds nice, doesn’t it?  But unlike fuss potty me, he didn’t put a towel underneath the dripping wet objects, or put his hand underneath to catch the drips.  Of course, I didn’t realize he was dripping his way to the sink, until I stepped into the wet path he had created, and got sticky shoes.  More expletives were uttered.  An hour later, I had a very clean, cleared up counter, a washed floor, and clean shoes.   Next month, I’ll wise up and set the alarm clock.  I do not want to miss another meeting.