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Steampunk seamstress cuff

April 11, 2014

Later this month I am going to WonderCon, a pop-culture convention, kind of a junior Comic Con. I have wanted a steampunk outfit for a very, very long time so this gave me a perfect excuse to make one. I decided my character was going to be a steampunk seamstress who works out of Lady Judith's Sewing Emporium. As it is always handy to have your tools close at hand, I decided to make a bracer. I gathered up some appropriate 'stuff', like bobbins, scissors, thread, and a needle holder and then I laid them out on some batting so see how it worked and if it would fit my arm. I actually have a historical pattern from Butterick that had a good base pattern to use. Saved me trying to draft one.

Steampunk has to have gears and gauges, but they have to make sense to me. I don't believe in putting on random gears just for looks. It has to have some sort of function. So my wonderful husband helped me build a Bobbin Fill indicator. Soldering a bottle cap to a brass tube was not easy. Glad I did not have to do this on my own. He also taught me how to cut and form the leather. I could not have done this without him! When I went to the store to buy the leather dye, I found a great pair of scissors, so my stork embroidery scissors got changed out with these. Much happier with them. This is the leather layout.

Leather cuff in progress

And here it is completed. My friend Judy Skeel gave me a great hint from her son who is a leather worker. She said to use sandpaper to age it. My husband didn't think that was a good idea so I waited until he went to bed and then I got out the sandpaper. I got the idea to use the acorn nuts from my Steampunk Gears, Gadgets and Gizmos book. I lined it with some orange fleece and it fits perfectly now. I love how this came out!

Steampunk seamstress cuff

 

 

This and that

March 31, 2014

I have a few things to share today. I am working on a steampunk skirt – for me and not a doll! It has layers of ruffles and I am just a little pin obssesive, lol. This didn't move an inch!

 
I got a little frustrated while putting in the zipper, took me two tries, so I took a time out and made these little cards to put in my 'Happy Mail'. Basically swapping ephemera with other like minded souls.
 
Lastly, the Documented Life's challenge for this week is to write your name and embellish it. I started a page last night but I'm not loving it. Goofing around with some scrap paper this morning I came up with a design I like a whole lot better. I will try to recreate this tonight on my mixed media paper. Wish me luck!
 
 

 

 

Hand carved stamps

March 20, 2014

Thought I'd post a photo of the hand carved stamps that I made last weekend. I'm really happy with how most of them came out. Years ago one of the girls in my doll club taught us how to make these. I had all the stuff on hand because, as usual, when I get excited about something I buy, buy, buy. Then I lose interest and the supplies sit for years, because as we all know, as soon as you throw it out you will want or need it!

So these are carved onto a material called Soap Eraser that I got from Dick Blick. The tools I used were a speedball carving tool and an exacto knife. They are kind of primitive but I like it!

 

 

A bag of my own

January 3, 2014

I was bad. I actually made this bag for someone else but liked it so much I ended up keeping it. This is one of my favorite bag patterns, it’s an old freebie from Lazy Girls Designs. It reminds me of a Blue Moon bag, which are popular knitting bags. This is the perfect size for socks, cowls, or other small projects. It is made with stash fabrics, the brown is some type of woven that feels like suede and I added an overlay of embroidered sheer on two of the panels. Used a bright orange lining and the only thing I’m not happy with are the straps, they feel a bit thick. But I imagine they will soften up a bit with use. Maybe. Merry Xmas to me.

 

Link to bag: The pattern isn’t offered anymore at Lazy Girl Designs but I found it here (click- this is a link).

 

It’s a wrap!

December 22, 2013

Sorry about the heading, I just couldn’t resist saying that. I have been seeing a lot of ads for wrap bracelets on my various feeds ever since I clicked on an ad for a wrapped bracelet watch. I don’t think the advertisers had this in mind though, I decided to make my own rather than buy one. I found a great tutorial to follow from a site called Lima Beads (great name, by the way) and away I went. I have to say that I was a bit apprehensive about working with 20 foot of beading thread and I wasn’t disappointed. I had a few tangles along the way but luckily was able to get them out each time. I really learned that you get what you pay for with this project though. I had bought my beads in JoAnns and even though it said they were 6mm glass beads, the quality just wasn’t there. The shapes were off, the lengths and widths of each bead varied, they were just cheap. If I make another I’ll use the good beads from the beading shop.


Beaded wrap bracelet

Just a little tip

April 21, 2013

Just opened a new 10 pound box of stuffing. You can see that the box is ready to explode, lol. I don’t know who I got this tip from but cutting a hole in the box just big enough to grab stuffing out of is the best idea ever.
Polyfill

Foam Core Bulletin Board

January 27, 2013

There are lots of tutorials out there on how to make a bulletin board using foam core so I’m just going to quickly show you what I did. Remember my old ‘bulletin board’? It was the back of a flannel tablecloth.


old bulletin board

I didn’t want to do that again so I figured I’d make myself a giant bulletin board.

Step 1 – Buy a foam core board that is so big it is taller than your room.


BB1

Step 2- Get your husband to cut it down to size. Note that we were smart enough to put a piece of wood under it so we didn’t slice up the new flooring. 🙂


BB2

Step 3- Try to staple the batting and flannel to it and find out it doesn’t work. Nothing to bite into. So get out the spray adhesive and glue that sucker down. Trim the batting to size when it’s dry.

BB3

Step 4- Use a mix of spray adhesive and duct tape to affix the flannel to the board. I use flannel rather than cotton because I like to have cotton cling to it (I have a collection of fabric faces from when I started doll making I display). I also glued a thin strip of left over underlayment to the top to help screw it to the wall. This was hubby’s idea.

BB4

Step 5 – I bought enough ribbon to do that criss-cross thing you see on some bulletin boards but in all honestly I don’t really care for it. Instead I used it for a ‘frame’. Here it is screwed to the wall. My husband wasn’t happy when one screw got all bound up in the batting. There’s a mess you can’t see under the ribbon on one side! OOPS.

BB5

and .. TA DA .. all loaded up with my treasures. Gifts from friends, swap pieces, stuff I made. It’s so full I need to make another one already!

BB6

Window Cushion -Part 2

October 4, 2012

So I finally managed to get a picture of both the cushion and the bag I made. I had a heck of a time with it. The cushion works well but there were construction woes. It turned out that I didn’t make the piping wide enough so wasn’t able to sew the final seams at the proper width. That meant the cover wasn’t as tight as it should have been. It’s rather wrinkly. But no one but me ever notices it.

Window Cushion and bag

The bag I just love. It came out perfectly. But I don’t care for the shape of the very bottom so will be tweaking the pattern for the next one. This is now my everyday knitting bag. This is the gorgeous fabric Shashi bought for me in India.

Knitting bag

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Cushions

July 2, 2012

cushion.JPGMy new office has huge 5 foot square windows with a lovely 12 inch deep windowsill. I love the view but the office is small and there is only room for one guest chair. One window is on the south side so I can’t put plants in it – they would die from the heat. One is behind me and I’ve filled that with files. I’ve noticed that when people come to talk to me sometimes they sit on the windowsill on the south side of the office. So I decided to make a window seat. Now, I’ve never made one of those fancy cushions with the piping and gussets and all before. So what am I attempting? A five foot long cushion instead of a little one. Luckily there are some really good tutorials online. So far I’ve made my piping (my bias strips didn’t come out so great but I got enough to be usable) and I’ve covered the foam in batting and made the muslin cover. That’s the picture above. I have actually sewn the piping to the top and next is sewing the piping onto the bottom. Then I’m going to have to put a huge zipper in the gusset. I don’t do zippers. I have no idea why I am doing this, lol, other than I envision this beautiful lime green window seat in my office. We’ll see what the results are in a week or two! Wish me luck!!!!!

Still kicking

June 15, 2012

maya bag.JPGHaven’t written a post in forever! I’ve been so busy lately but that’s really no excuse. I have been making a few things here and there. The latest is a lovely silky bag based on a Lantern Moon bag (photo to the left of the bag I am trying to copy). I used a free Lazy Girl Design pattern (photo below) and it needs to be tweaked to make it more like the Lantern Moon bag. I just have to narrow the bottom a bit and add the outside pocket. I used some lovely fabric that Shashi bought me in India a few years ago and it just won’t photograph well because there is so much shine to it. One of these days I’ll get a new photo tent so I can take better photos. I tend to cheat and use my iPhone now. But back to the bag, I really do love it. It’s nice to have a pretty bag rather than the cotton drawstring bags I’ve been making. The pattern isn’t offered anymore at Lazy Girl Designs but I found it here (click- this is a link). It makes up to about 12″ so it’s a nice size for a knitting bag (if you’re a sock knitter!) or even an evening bag.

Knitting bag