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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.

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…


February 17, 2008
Bike Action, originally uploaded by mariuspopovici.

To my first bike that I really loved…

I hope you end up breaking the neck of whoever stole you this week! Seriously!

I’ll never find a prettier red K2 T Nine Ruby bike with hibiscus flowers on it…:(

BurdaStyle – Open Source Sewing Patterns

March 1, 2007

Check out this news on Burda’s website:


There’s a new member of the Burda fashion family –

Launched in early 2007 by Nora Abousteit and Benedikta Karaisl von Karais, BurdaStyle is based in New York City and dedicated to carrying on the Aenne Burda legacy: Bringing high style to the broadest possible audience. Employing a pioneering open-source model, the website provides members of the BurdaStyle community with patterns they can download and sew at home, as well as the latest style news and sewing how-tos in photo and video. Members can also post photos of their creations, check out what other users have made, compare notes on the discussion boards and add their own sewing tips and tricks to BurdaStyle’s Sewpedia. Plus, BurdaStyle offers users the exclusive opportunity to sell what they sew in limited editions through partner website

Partners with Etsy, should be the perfect launching path for anyone that sews from Burda and wants to sell on Etsy, since they share the same office space.
So they are in Beta version right now, and already have lots of features, and I assume that they are working on perfecting it and adding on.
I met another talented Romanian who sings, sews and makes jewelry on their forum.

I really like the idea of uploading instructional videos, one can learn so much more that way, instead of reading “right top side of front overlaps the left side, so that the lateral edges align” or other alien language. If a picture says a thousand words, imagine how many words there are in a video.
I’ve showed off some of my creations and how to’s. I’ll come up with more sewing tips and tricks in the future, on how to sew stretch fabrics, maybe overlocking, how knows. I would like to see that database of how tos grow.

They are out there! and they are doing everything to let us know.
My colleague at work asked me if I know about it, their link appeared among the suggested delicious references under Crafts.
This is going to be so cool!

Thanks to Nora and Benedikta, great idea to start this! Good luck!