Friday, March 2, 2012

Farm Friend

The latest stuffed toy: a pig named Jasper (he's a boy). Made from pink terry with felt nostrils and eyes.

He's even got a curly pig tail:

He's really soft and loveable.

Pattern from Ikatbag.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Plush giraffes

I made these giraffes from a japanese craft book called "Animal Mascots"

They're made from wool felt with drawn on spots.

Wren from The Artful Bird

Long time, no post, I know...But I have been busy.

Here is the wren pattern from the book, "The Artful Bird". I painted the bird with fabric paint and tried to make it look like a Splendid Fairy Wren from Australia.

The body was surprisingly quick to put together. The wire legs took some effort and so did sewing the tail and wings to the body. My fingertips are a bit numb after that. All in all it was a very satisfying project.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

rock die.

Here it is.


Three little hens here courtesy of Ikat bag patterns.

The instructions were very good and the pieces fit together just right. I had my chickens lined up in an assembly line and they only took about 2 or 3 evenings of sewing. I used all felt instead of fleece.

Monday, May 23, 2011

experiments with dye: shibori inspired

In preparation for a larger project that I have in mind, I decided to test out some dying with a tutorial I found here.

I tried the "kumo" style within some glass marbles used for vases and rubber bands.

While researching different style of shibori, I cam across some videos on youtube that are really fascinating. They show people from the town of Arashi, Japan tying intricate patterns for fabric that will then be used for yukata and kimono. Really impressive. Be sure to look it up.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wiksten tank, take 3

I was a busy bee this weekend. Here is my latest wiksten garment, the tank in Joel Dewberry modern meadow, lake herringbone.

Making this tank again reminded me of how thoughtful the finishes are on the wiksten patterns. I'm really hoping she'll come out with others.