Archive for September, 2014

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:

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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…