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.
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
Yesterday I’ve had the pleasure of working on a custom order purse. It is in memory of a boy Burmese cat who loved roses. He was smokey blue — the grey crushed velvet (that I stole from my apron) was most appropriate.
Sometimes the most random ideas can spring to mind before morning coffee.
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.
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
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 sides. Who knows, we may one day need whole pieces of granny doilies or napkins in a zombie apocalypse?!
Step 3- Place ribbon inside / between crease of folded doily.
Step 4- Stitch securely the doily-and-ribbon sandwich. Yay, you made your first flag!
Optional: Continue stitching along the ribbon to create a gap between flags.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to create your upcycled bunting.
For tie ends: have a length of “tail” before stitching first flag and after last flag.
For squarish handkerchieves — and to feature the embroidery at the corner — I made each flag like a trapezoid.
Have fun draping and watch the flags flutter!