Weather Pattern a.k.a. Temperature Project. January 2017 — Wabisabi Geeky Woven Bag

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 … Continue reading Weather Pattern a.k.a. Temperature Project. January 2017 — Wabisabi Geeky Woven Bag

Small Screen Printed Zipper Change or Card Holders

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 https://www.etsy.com/shop/juanitatortilla?section_id=18891153 Continue reading Small Screen Printed Zipper Change or Card Holders

Mixed Media Art – Screen printed Bird – Upcycled Collage – Textile Postcard or Wall Art

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. https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/juanitatortilla?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=16788543 Continue reading Mixed Media Art – Screen printed Bird – Upcycled Collage – Textile Postcard or Wall Art

So-called Reupholstering a.k.a. Giving The Chair A New Skin

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 … Continue reading So-called Reupholstering a.k.a. Giving The Chair A New Skin

Pastel + cats + floral = Shabby Chic Patchwork Scarf / Wrap / Shawl for the Cat Lady

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 Continue reading Pastel + cats + floral = Shabby Chic Patchwork Scarf / Wrap / Shawl for the Cat Lady

Random Crafty Plays in February

Some evidence of play in my workroom in the past month. One obvious objective for the start of the year is to declutter — I am slowly busting the stash of random vintage napkins, doilies and little scraps to start with. Even though these material aren’t obviously “my style”, it is important to play. Pickle prints have also been made, dark purple being created as a result — I like blending shades from primary colours. Continue reading Random Crafty Plays in February

Upcycled: Shabby Chic Bunting From Vintage Doilies, Handkerchieves, Tatted Bookmarks or Place Mats

What do you do with that pile of Nanna’s old hankies and table doilies? String them up and prettify the space. So boho and shabby chic. The ingredients to this project: old fabric keepsake pieces (size does not matter), your trusty steam iron good length of ribbon, fabric strip or bias tape sewing machine Method: Step 1- Press each doily to neaten. Step 2- Fold it into half. Note: To maintain the integrity of each precious piece of pretty, I left them uncut. It gives the bunting flag more weight and feel, in my opinion, and also admiration on both … Continue reading Upcycled: Shabby Chic Bunting From Vintage Doilies, Handkerchieves, Tatted Bookmarks or Place Mats