I have 2 running projects for my #TemperatureProject2017: fabric weaving and beads.
Beads, because I have a box full of beads from the past taunting me, and my goal is to de-clutter, working with what I have. The fun bit was sorting out the beads and assigning the temperature gradient.
12 necklaces for 12 bags. How matchy-matchy.
Late last year, Friend Sue planted this crafty seed in my head: create something according to the daily temperature, inspired by the ‘Temperature Blanket’ crochet or knitted projects that have made their presence on the interweb.
The inner geek and stash-busting crafter in me accepted the challenge. Boom! Done. We have our daily maximum recorded temperature data* for all 31 days of January 2017 presented on this wabisabi weaving.
I have decided to make this project more bite-sized and relevant to my style and work since large projects such as blankets, quilts and scarves aren’t my cup of tea…
Behold Miss January 2017. 1st Jan begins at the top.
Onward to 11 more bags!
*Based on my home location 500m above sea level.
Small, but not so small zipper pouches. Little happy things that I enjoyed working on.
What may have instigated this was the request for:
something small to put a gift voucher in; or
something flat and light and/or Australian-inspired* to mail overseas; or
something handmade and unique as a Kris Kringle / Secret Santa present for this gift-giving season!
*Chicken and cats do not count :D
To pick a favourite from the multi-step process is not possible. They were all enjoyable — from sketching the birds, cutting the stencil, pressing the ink through the silk screen and finally piecing the little bird fabrics on to cardboard.
OK, so my least favourite would be cutting the stencil part :D
The end result of superimposing prints surprises me!
Little postcard-sized pieces of art, I’d proclaim.
Created a handful of bird illustrations in keeping with the ‘Put a bird on it’ theme… The first stencil I made was of the Crimson Rosella. It is a very colourful bird which I thought would best fit the rainbow patchwork tote.
For now, the other feather friends — the Laughing Kookaburra, Galah, Magpie and Chook — are safely stored in my sketchbook for amusement’s sake. They have been fun to draw!
The cold dark days are truly upon us. The knitting projects cast on earlier in the warm seasons have finally been cast off, ready to wear. The yak wool dress has been through a couple of dress / sweater versions, hopefully this is the last! The grey poncho was heavily inspired by a tan version friend Jess gave me. You can say I am crazy about ponchos — it’s warm and cozy and hides everything that needs to be hidden!
There’s still more yummy wool to get through in my stash. What will we make?
So you’ve waited a long time to gather enough confidence and pride in your work, fussed over your product and display photography, think ‘go for broke’ for said renown event as you submit the online application with a bated breath.
What’s the worst that could happen? A severely bruised ego from rejection, that is all.
Being rejected by the trendy and reputable market event saw a few good things, in retrospect. For one, now I can put this good money to other use: workshops, supplies and other markets. Two, it has been made very obvious to me that JuanitaTortilla is not about being on-trend and commercial. How fun will that be? And on that note, I am determined to continue steering my work on the off-beaten track, revelling on more playfulness and individuality.
Raising my glass to hip-hip-hooray being different and doing what we like!
Dipped my toes into re-upholstering, in this case, giving new skin to a grubby chair.
I took the seat off to see if it was worth rescuing, paying attention to the foam.
With all systems a-go, I went ahead and plotted on colour schemes. This is where hoarding random upholstery remnants and samples pay off. (In my opinion.)
There were curves and many pins involved. It is very 3-dimensional, I gave up on measuring.
I also basted the seams when too many pins got in the way… This was then lifted off to be machine-sewn and seams overlocked.
The bottom bit almost stopped me in my tracks. But that’ll do. I imagine a proper slip cover would skirt the bottom of the seat.
By some fluke accident, the bottom flap got stuck on the velcro, making things look tidy on the outside.
Did I do that? Beginner’s luck, maybe. Woven fabric can be forgiving when stretched on foam.
The seat was probably the fun bit, with no sewing but tools getting involved.
The ugly bottom will just be a secret between you and me.
Sometimes, we need to give Procrastination a butt-kicking. I had been sitting on the idea of patch-worked up-cycled and Pickle stamped scarves for a very long time and it felt good to finally crack the whip.
A cotton scarf + cotton/synthetic-blend remnants — washed, pressed and sliced ‘n’ diced these fabrics to create four shabby chic wraps (or shawls or scarves), each so different! And each one long enough to wrap and knot.
Please tell me that pastel + cats + floral is a winning combination?
Scarf 1: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/260729769/shabby-chic-patchwork-cat-scarf-shawl?ref=shop_home_active_4
Scarf 2: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/260730113/shabby-chic-patchwork-cat-scarf-shawl?ref=shop_home_active_3
Scarf 3: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/259766584/shabby-chic-patchwork-cat-scarf-shawl?ref=shop_home_active_5
Scarf 4: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/274027500/shabby-chic-patchwork-cat-scarf-shawl?ref=shop_home_active_1