Obi Belt

July 16, 2016

Got two bags of leather today. JoAnns.


Some I will use for trimming a jacket, soft and pliable, others for belts and accessories and just to have on hand.

I stitched through tissue paper on the regular machine and putting the pieces together was ok. Topstitching around the edges, a two hour nightmare. Hand stitching did not work either, sonI just gave up topstitching and left it bare, after cutting all the mistakes out. The initial plan was to have a much wider belt, where the fronts overlapped, but I now have to loose weight for that to happend.


The tassels were easy to make, but take a rectangle and cut slices, by leaving the edge intact, then roll and glue.

The rest of the pieces were glued, stitched or tacked in place.


Wool Felt Hole Patches

June 25, 2016

So I had this polyester velvet blanket from Ikea. It was used in the garage and cut with a blade. It seemed to match the carpet in my bedroom really well color wise, so I decided to finally patch it up.I used the patcher stitch first on the sewing machin with the buttonhole foot. The stitches showed through and it looked pretty ugly.


With the hand felting needle tool from Clover over a brush, I added the wool rocing over the fabric, with some wool yarn and arranged it into the irises bouquet. On the wrong side I layed the yarn down in concentric circles and added pink in the center and around it. I mixed in some lightweight tulle net.


Using the Huskwarna felting machine I “stitched” it all down from both sides.


This machine is just like my daughter’s Sewcool.


It does the same thing, mashes fibers together.

So, here it is, no more holes in the blanket.


Linen and Silk Blue Ruffles

March 11, 2016

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The Burda Style Ruffled dress, same as the pink silk one.

This done I used linen and silk organza for the ruffles, a serger roller hem and cross stitched embroidery with the variegated thread.


Little Blue Dress

March 11, 2016

 

I do not recall the pattern number, but it is Burda, I will look it up.

The fabric is a thin cotton from Ikea, leftovers from the tent project.

The flounces are silk and mommy has a dress with the same ruffles in blue that I hope to post soon.

I’ve added a few lines of embroidery using the build in designs on the HE120 in a variegated thread and flat buttons in the back.

I have sewn this at the end of last summer, and now it is a perfect fit, not for long as she grows so fast. Time to get started again on another one😉


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.

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Sew some pockets on the underside of the tent.

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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.

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Mix 2 parts acrylic, 1 part textile medium

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

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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Irasos, written stitches from Kalotaszegi

September 2, 2014

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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.

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