Stitches

September 8, 2014

Some of these stitches are used on the Kalotaszegi work edging and filling the spaces in between stitches.

Some you’ll find on Romanian blouses as well.


Ikea Hula Hoop Tent

September 2, 2014

So much fun to have my daughter back from vacation.

She enjoys this tent a lot, brought all her stuffed animals, mommy and daddy inside, and wants to sleep in it…

Got the fabrics from Ikea, a hula hoop for 3$ at Walmart, the smallest I could find… i didn’t want it to take up the whole room space, butI think a larger one would have been more roomy.

IMG_1944

 

Sew some pockets on the underside of the tent.

IMG_1945

IMG_1949

It needs a big round foam pillow…on the to do list.

It is pretty dark inside, I do not think of it appropriate for reading…

I could add a window.

I also want to hang a birds mobile inside, since I already have the birds all sewn up and the embroidery hoops.

http://www.ecabonline.com/2010/07/diy-bird-mobile.html

Here’s a simpler tutorial:

http://bluehousejoys.com/2013/05/hula-hoop-tent-tutorial/

 

Here’s a ready made version…on the expensive side:


Kalotaszegi Print on T-Shirt

September 2, 2014

Kaloraszegi stitches take way too long.

Here’s a quick way to get the design onto a t shirt:

Print the Kalotaszegi design onto multiple A4 papers tiled, copy it to the freezer paper on the paper side not the plastic side, cut the outline using an xActo knife.

IMG_1847

IMG_1851

Mix 2 parts acrylic, 1 part textile medium

Iron on the freezer paper stencil, plastic side down towards the fabric

 

IMG_1852

Place a piece of plastic or cardboard under the design, in between the layers of the shirt.

Using a foam brush, paint over the paper to cover the fabric really well.

IMG_1853

IMG_1854

Let dry and then iron it on the backside to treat the paint and fix it to the fabric.

It has been in the washer/dryer a few times, lasts pretty well, but the paint will crack if the fabric is stretched.

 

 

 

IMG_1855


Irasos, written stitches from Kalotaszegi

September 2, 2014

IMG_1814 IMG_1822 IMG_1823 IMG_1824 IMG_1827 IMG_1829

Stitches with cotton over hemp or linen fabric, from the region of Kalotaszegi, or Calata, close to my home town of Cluj.

This is a traditional hungarian/romanian stitch.

I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing Hungarian neighbours, living next door to my mom in Cluj. I’ve got fabric (hemp), yarn (heavy cotton) and a two hour sewing lesson.

Above is a bookmark I started with, sewn on the plane ride home.

There’s a large table cloth in progress, which is almost done. I’ve been sewing it over the last 2 1/5 months…


My Version of the Maramures Shirt

August 29, 2014

From Burda 03/2009.

 

A girl’s top transformed into what resembles a traditional Romanian shirt from the region of Maramures.

Added lace under the neckbands and around the gathered sleeves and a woven colored ribbon at the neckline and sleeve ends.

This is my first version of the top, proudly worn by my best friend’s girl:


Lace Waist Dress – without the lace

August 8, 2014

Finished sewing this dress finally! In black and white flowers print.
Had to stitch closed the darts in the upper and lower back to reduce puffiness and take it in about 1cm on each side.

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/lace-waist-dress-052013


White Jersey

July 29, 2014

A top from Burda in white jersey, sewn a few years ago.

Vintage necklace made out of cut peach seeds with copper links, made by a friend’s dad.

IMG_7367 IMG_7369 IMG_7379 IMG_7380 IMG_7387 IMG_7388


Silk from India

July 29, 2014

 

 

My friend Joytsna went to India for vacation and got me this gorgeous pink silk fabric.

I combined it with the red floral print silk organza and used a Burda pattern to sew it.

I left the edges of the flounces unfinished and fraying on purpose, it gives it a light feel.

Picture are from Roxana’s Baptism in 2012 (I was still pregnant at that time, hence the big belly)

IMG_7255

IMG_7256

DSCF1282


July 29, 2014

A metallic blue jeans dress made from a Burda pattern, can’t even remember which.

From Michael’s Baptism in 2012. yup I was pregnant :)

DSCF1259

DSCF1147

DSCF1275


Sonia’s Baptism

July 28, 2014

 

Photos from 2012 at Sonia’s Baptism. She is 2 years old now.

IMG_4145

IMG_4075

 

The dress is made out of cotton sateen based on the same La Mia Boutique Pattern.

 

Sonia is wearing a traditional Romanian dress made by grandma with hand stitched embroidery.

IMG_3944


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 34 other followers