Monday, January 12, 2015

Have to Thrift

I can't go long without stopping at a thrift shop. Even on vacation.
I apologize to anyone that wants to order from my Etsy shop.  
Please email or convo me if you have any questions.
I'll be shipping again at the end of January.

How'd I do today thrifting?
I think this is a rare pattern of Franciscanware, Wildflower.
Franciscanware Wildflower
According to a guide by someone named
 Madison Grace on Amazon's Know More
this pattern of Franciscanware
 was produced for 3 only years in the 1930s.
And more here at Replacements Ltd.

I'd love to hear from someone that knows 
more about this plate. 
 My first question being; what is this bowl shape known as?
January 13th update, thank you Lynn at SDQuilter, my dish is a relish dish.
Pretty darn big relish's 12 inches long!
Now we know there are at least two in the world, the other one is on eBay for $179..95 USD
I suppose I won't use it to keep my scissors and crafty floatsam on my cutting table in order.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Woolie Pentagons Sewing Box - One Dodecahedron Tutorial

Want to make a woolie pentagon box for your sewing notions?
This is a Dodecahedron.
(don't say that with a mouthful of popcorn!)
  12 pentagons, 30 edges, and 20 vertices (points)!

You will need:
Lightweight cardboard,
 cut 12 cardboard pentagon shapes. 

Cotton quilt batt scraps cut to the same size as cardboard,
 please cut 13 pentagons, the extra will be for the inside of the lid.

Lightweight mismatched felted wools for the faces,
cut 12 pentagons, 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger than the cardboard. 

Lightweight wool or flannel of one colour to use as lining,
cut 12 pentagons, 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger than the cardboard.

This is my favourite quick method for fusing the layers,
 Cut pieces of fusible hem tape to the length of a side. 
Now trim that piece in half lengthwise.
 Layer the batting between the cardboard and wool fabric.
 Carefully place trimmed fusing tape on cardboard, fold over the wool fabric and iron. Repeat on all 5 sides.
 Trim the corners

Press again
Now press a hem on the lining pieces.
Use the cardboard as a template, work around all sides

Here are 12 covered and batted pieces with 12 liners ready to stitch.
 To reduce bulk, trim away the corners on the lining.
Be careful not to trim past the ironed hem. 
 Leave just a smidge for stitching.
 Pin lining to the cardboard side of the wool and batt pieces.
 Use a neutral coloured thread and 
make small whip stitches to join the sides.
I used Coates and Clark polyester, brown #8360. 
***Stop here and decide which shape will be the lid, use the extra, or 13th piece of batting for the lining side of the cardboard***

Lay out the finished pieces 
I chose the red piece to be my lid.
It has batting on both sides of the cardboard.

 Join each side with small whip stitches.
Stitch on the right side of the pentagons.
 Six pieces joined, place right sides down.
 Now bring up the sides and stitch one side at a time.

(Stop now if you want a bowl!)
 Add a row around the bowl
Keep going all the way around the bowl, using 5 more shapes.
  The last shape is your lid.
This is the piece that has batting on both sides.
The perfect spot to hold needles and pins!
 Not finished yet. 
Time to personalize and pretty it up a bit.
Work a feather stitch,
 which is an adaption of a blanket stitch,
 along all the edges.  
Embroider with one colour, or a combination of thread colours.

Add a fob to hold the lid down.
I used a bobbin, a woolie strawberry, and a button!
You could use one, or all, or any weighty dangle thing of your choice.
What will you keep in your

I will be making wool pieced kits for this project, no thread.
I'm playing with the shapes to get just the right sized opening.
Let me know if you are interested.
 Happy New Year!

Monday, September 29, 2014

What's up?

Not much.

I just realized that summer is over! And it was a beautiful one.

During one of the hottest dog days of August 
I made up one of Maggie Bonamoni's pieces,
from her Buttonwood Farm book.
 I love geraniums, they remind me of my grandma.
In the early spring she always had her kitchen windowsills filled with snips
of old geraniums, starting new ones.
 I enjoyed making this piece, I used cotton thread as is Maggie's way 
and happily whipped my stitches with no cares about straightness,
 it was a freeing happy experience to whip along. 
 It will either be framed or made into a pillow.
Then came early September and a trip to Alaska, 
I love Alaska.
Here's the Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm  Awesome.
And the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau below
 after an 8 kilometer bike ride, where's the beer?
Yes, lots of it afterwards, did I say I love Alaska?
I really love the Alaska White Ale!

 It was cold and damp most of the week
We did some fun things, this doesn't look like fun but the 4x4 ride was!
Do you see the bear? Step back just a bit...just kidding.
We were up a mountain in Haines.

 Has anyone been to Tracy's KING Crab Shack in Juneau?
How did we ever miss this before? Make sure you try the bisque, yum!
OMG was that ever good crab!
And I know good crab.
 My sister and I would get up at the break of dawn when we were kids 
to walk out to the tide in White Rock, about a mile to the U.S. border marker,
with our dad to scoop up the big ones, but never the size of a King Crab!
Those crab feasts are great memories.
 Oh yeah......wool...
Look what I found last weekend
for 50 cents!
It was a wool skirt someone had taken the waistband off.
Thank goodness they donated it to the thrift shop.
The clerk actually thought I was going to put the waistband back on.
It was a bit moth chewed.
I thought it was pieced but once I pulled apart the pleats 
it revealed to be yardage with four blended colours.
It washed up lovely and the wool is gorgeous!

  I was cutting petals this past weekend for the flower rug.
I counted wrong, sniff, so I only have one kit in my Etsy shop.
It is as photographed below, however two times what you see.
If anyone is interested in a kit, please let me know.
You'll receive a minimum of 25 x 12 matching 3/4" pennies, 
plus a grab bag of mixed 3/4 pennies to use for centers.
You will use 6 of one colour per flower and an alternate center.
The rest of the rug is up to you, i.e. thread and 3" pennies.
check my five part YouTube Tutorial for inspiration and instructions.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pin Cushion Passion

Who doesn't love pincushions!

I enjoy following Pinterest boards dedicated to pincushions.

 I'm always on the look out for the old tomatoe style.  

These are my current favourite pin cushions.
I really like the built in tape measure on the top tomatoe.

 And these are my absolute current favs!
I've listed a new batch of 
Penny Rug Adjustable Ring Pin Cushions 
in my Etsy shop, have a look.

 I've also added a few more Moravian Star kits.
 They won't last long!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

How to assemble those self backed penny stacks

Happy Easter Everyone!

  My Easter treat to you is a lesson about
assembling a rug of self backed stacks.

This is my favourite way to make rugs.  
And a very easy method for beginners.
You can make a pleasing, useful mat.

First arrange your stacks into a shape you like.
Then turn them over.
Join one stack at a time, with a whip stitch.
Joining the stacks.
Make two or three stitches in the same place 
picking up just the backing wool fabric.

Glide and pass your needle inside the stack to attach another stack.
Join all the penny stacks together forming a row.
Repeat until you have all the rows assembled.
Then take two rows and join them together in a sort of zig zag fashion.
I do this on my lap.
Again gliding the needle inside the stack to the next whip stitch position.
Join this row, then another, and so on. (Ha! sew on...)
When you're done joining the rows, your mat is assembled!
 I soaked my rug in cold water...
Warning, if your fabric bleeds be very cautious when soaking or washing.  
Always use cold water and mild detergents. 
 Here I will soak and dry the rug so that I can press it.  
I press sometimes and sometimes not, it depends on how I feel about the rug.
(What do I think it needs)

This step is entirely up to you, you do not have to soak and press. 
If you want to; follow this method,
 rinsing and squishing gently, if you need to wash your rug.

 I squished out most of the water and placed it on a fluffy towel.
(Warning again, if your rug bleeds dye, use old towels!)
  Next add another towel on top and roll it up to remove even more moisture.
Resting the rolled towels to pull out the moisture... 
press your hands along the roll to hasten this process and remove more moisture.
You may want to change the towels once or twice.
Remove the wet towels to the laundry.
 Let your roll rest while you watch the hummingbirds......
Can you count three?  
There is a fourth one, but he was too fast for the camera!
Warm up your iron.
Now press, with dry fluffy towels. 
One on top and one underneath.
Afterward I left this rug on a dry towel in a warm spot, 
overnight, to dry completely.
In the morning I gave it another press.
  It's a beauty! 

 I have been known to take a completed rug 
and toss into the dye pot!  

Who knows, this one might become another colour!
Done for now, on to the next one!