Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Working on a new rug

It's been a busy life lately
I've been over on Facebook building my new page

  I'm working on a new rug in my spare time away from work,
 which seems like never (!)

Here is my inspiration and you'll see my progress so far.

The inspiration:
 I call it "the Tom rug".
As found in Country Living about Tom Pryor's interior design. 
If you haven't already seen it, 

"Colleen's rug" I will make from Tom's photo.

The lesson is, if you see a rug you want to recreate, you can.
Study any photo and make it up as you go.

I found out that I don't like to make bias tape.
So I bought one of those bias tape machines.

I tried using the bias fold metal tips that you feed bias strips through,
I was lousy at it.
 Then I found this bias tape tutorial on the web at
 Creative Little Daisy using a straight pin.
If you are really frugal and patient, give it a go.
 It turns out I can't make tape this way either.
Well I can, but it's lousy bias tape.
I was hopeless.
Cee says I like gadgets, she's right. 
I bought the Simplicity machine.
It's working for me, 
I had to make some adjustments to the roller right out of the box. 
I'm not saying I recommend it yet.
Hoping that it will speed up the process 
so that you'll see this rug completed in the very near future.

I will use all plaid wools on a red wool base,  
the bias tape will be mixed cottons and flannel plaids on the tongues.
The base had many trials, it was first going to be a canvas,
then it was going to be red velvet.
Now I'm back to wool, I found the perfect piece.

I have a friend that says I'm out of control,
my studio is a mess from pulling out plaids for this rug.
I think she's worried about me.

Too much wool, not enough room.

Here is a sneak peek at the progress.

The off white linen bias tape lost out, it is not going to happen.

 Here's the layout using scotch tape to hold my rows after I lift them away.
I number the rows with a sharpie.
I like to keep the numbered piece on the last penny,
so that I remember what row it was.
The tongues will be as varied and mixed as the pennies.
 Two inch pennies, two by  four inch tongues.
10 rows of 10 pennies.


It only happens on sunny weekends at the lake.

 One stitch at a time 
 what's the hurry?


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Deconstructing Thrift Store Finds

Deconstructing thrift store finds. 
It's the time of year to find wool clothing marked down. 
 I found 6 lovely black, wool and cashmere blended coats 
and several skirts.
Choose wisely, check labels carefully.

When I have a large batch like this I want to get the cleaning and fulling done quickly.
(remember not to bring used wool clothing into your home, keep it in your car trunk or garage until you are ready to clean it) 

For coats, I snip into the lining and rip it out as quickly as possible.
Removing the shoulder pads and any other inside constructive pieces.
I do not do this work inside my home or garage.
 I choose a nice day, or find shelter and get outside.

I've found that if I take the time to open every seam and remove interfacing I will have small pieces that bunch up in the wash. Ultimately with permanent scrunches or folds 
that I can't steam iron out.
My quick method is to leave the garment in one piece,
 interfacing intact.
And the bonus is you can store the garment 
on a hanger until ready to use!
I like to save the wool mark and designer labels, is that just me?

Remove the buttons and cut out the zippers.

Skirts are much easier.  I quickly cut out the zipper first. 
Then cut off the waistband and remove the lining.

Toss all parts in for a warm wash, cold rinse.
Keep like colours together.  
If you get a "bleeder" you don't want to accidentally over-dye the other fabrics.
Afterwards, I painstakingly remove the fabric from the zippers,
but easily trim and open the waistbands.
These smaller wool pieces will be cut into small pennies.  No waste.
The zippers go into my zipper stash for other projects.

If you think the fabric needs more felting,
 try a hot wash, cold rinse for a second wash.
Always use just a tiny bit of soap or you'll have a washer full of suds.

Remember to clean your lint traps after every load.
Most importantly, remember to have fun!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

5" Pentagon Box Listed!

I've listed 5" Pentagon Box Kits
There are only 6 in my Etsy Shop
check in and order while they last
 If you miss out request a custom order.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

More templates!

Templates for the Pentagon Sewing Box are ready
 and listed in my Etsy Shop 

I'll be working on kits and
will let you know when they are listed.

Two finished sizes, 5" and 6"
so be sure you get the size you want. 

Dodecahedron template

Lots of fun to make and great storage.


 Don't forget to shop for the penny ring pin cushion, I've loaded my shop with more.

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 dish....it'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.