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'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!