Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tuesday Cables || Looks Like Snow

Last week was SO busy but now I'm back on track. We were supposed to get a huge snowstorm a week ago Monday night but only ended up with about 6 inches. Not enough to make cleaning up a big pain. (It was still a little pain.) and just enough to go sledding!! The birds don't seem to mind too much. It looks pretty chilly though.


I finally finished my doily and now when I look at it all I can picture is one giant snowflake.  I really enjoyed this pattern. The only thing I didn't like were the "chain 6" instructions for the mesh at the edges. When I started going around and having to slip stitch the following rows, I had to tweak some things to make it look even because, obviously,  6 has no center. It turned out alright. The stitches are pretty tight but I think that could have been fixed by using one hook size larger. I think I'm going to use one size up on the next pattern with this thread.


And about the aprons, I finished the second one and am just about done with the third. Making the same pattern three times in a row is pretty amazing for me. Usually I never enjoy making the same thing twice, but these were fairly simple and enjoyable to sew. I'm hoping to have all three aprons posted on Etsy by the end of this week and hopefully get out and buy a little more fabric. Not sure if I'll be making more aprons or if I'll try something else. It is much more exciting to think about sewing now that I have a fully functioning machine!! Knock on wood.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Cables || Four Things

This morning I woke up with a stiff neck. I have no idea what happened. I woke up when my alarm went off and felt a little twinge when I reached for my phone to turn it off. I noticed I wasn't laying funny at all. My head was on the pillow and I was on my right side. I got up and went about my normal morning routine of getting cereal and yo...ouch.  I turned my head slightly to the left when I opened the fridge. You  don't realize how much you turn your head a certain direction until you are in pain. Trust me. This short summary of my morning bears significance. Continue reading.

1. Needle Felting. Today, I tried needle felting. I found out it takes more patience than I had this morning. The cardinal I was going to attempt to make is still a very loose handful of wool roving. Natural color, I didn't even finish the core, wool roving. I was looking down for bout 20 minutes poking the needle in and out of the wool and the foam block. When I looked up my neck made it very clear that it was not really into o needle felting. I do hope to give it a real go when I no longer need a hot pack on my neck so please, stay tuned for needle felting adventures at a later date.

2. Crochet. I'm crocheting a 1942 Doily pattern that I found on allcraftsblogs.com. I love crocheting doilies! Some patterns are stunning! They are almost an instant gratification project. It usually takes me about a week to finish one about 12 inches wide. Smaller doilies sometimes only take a few hours! I'm on the home stretch with this one. Just 4 1/2 more rows to go! Of course, the larger the circumference of the doily gets, the longer it takes to complete a row. The little green wire is an ornament hook I'm using to mark the beginning of each row.



3. Sewing. Sewing. Sewing. I need to get back to this. I stopped on Thursday because the sewing machine is still not behaving properly. I did some Google searching and found out that the take up lever might be too shallow. I have another machine to try but haven't sat down to figure out another new (to me) machine yet. Anyway, I was making the sewing part work the best that I could and using my serger to finish the edges when suddenly BAM! -- A serger needle broke. I now have all the necessary materials to fix that problem, but I had to stop for the rest of Thursday when it happened because I had no spare needles!


4. Cross Stitch. Since last October, with a fairly long break in November, I've been working on a Christmas cross stitch to give to my mother. My husband is going to make the coat hanger part of it. What I have so far is not even worth showing. I only have the outline of the boarder mostly done. So you get to see the picture fomr "101 Christmas Cross Stitch Creations." I'm really enjoying it and I have another cross stitch to start when I'm finished with this one, and yet another still in one of my moving boxes that has been in progress for about 2 years! I think my goal is to complete them all before the end of this year.

That about catches you all up on what's been going on craft-wise in my life. Now I realize that I need to get caught up craft-wise myself. A lot of things started and not so many completed. In fact, I just got shoe box the other day and labeled it to be my Works in Progress box. I think I'll be in good shape as long as the box stays less than completely full!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tuesday Things Friday

Friday again so soon! It has become clear to me over the past few weeks that I really need to either A) Write my Tuesday posts on some other day so all there is to do on Tuesday is click "publish." Or B) Change my Tuesday posts to some other day altogether!

Craft-wise here is what's been happening. Aprons. Going slowly. I think I'm going to try my own design for the next one. I used a pattern for this one but absolutely loathe sewing the flounce on the bottom. I'm also learning how to use my mother-in-law's Singer Inspiration sewing machine which is quite a bit different from my Brother machine. 

I love these pins! They remind me of gumballs! Yes, I am very easily amused.


There seems to be a problem with thread tension because the bottom thread keeps bunching up. It may be the bobbin too, but I won't be able to find out until I use up all the thread on my current bobbin and wind a different one. The (not so) funny thing is that the thread bunching only happens when I'm sewing in reverse. 

Here's what I've finished so far. It's only a half apron so that waistband is all that's left. Hopefully I can figure out the thread tension issue before I start the next one! I didn't realize I was still styling my wrist pincushion until after I took the picture.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Happy New Year

Well, 2014 was quite a year! I was busy around Christmas, but not so much with handmaking gifts. I did at least manage to finish a simple neck warmer that I gave to my dad. I might make myself one sometime too. The yarn I used is 100% wool so it is nice and warm! 

I was given a JoAnn Fabrics gift card for Christmas and there are some plans in the works for what I purchased with that, though that's more for a Tuesday post...which I've been terrible at keeping up with lately. New and different traditions with my husband's family made for a bit of a funky schedule the past couple of weeks. 


Now, I can't wait for things to slow down just a bit so I can develop a little better routine and continue on with the job hunting. And yes, I can't wait to start sewing again!! 
My treasures from today:


Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Girls in White Dresses

This is going to have to be short today because I just cast on a Christmas project and I am such a slow knitter.

In Monday's post I said that I used Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress patter to make my wedding dress. I did not add the lower sleeve puff and I lengthened the skirt. I went to a seamstress to have it fitted because I only started using a machine a few years ago and am just not confident enough to make any important alterations yet.  I had some pictures on a camera card of constructing the entire dress but I can't seem to find them right now! 

This is the full dress before I put in the zipper and without the pearl bead sash. It was so much fun to sew and to see the whole thing come together. I had just guessed at the amount of fabric I would need to lengthen the skirt and I was so surprised when I ended up having the perfect amount with enough scraps left over to make a ring bearer pillow! 


This is just before walking down the aisle. I was trying to pin a broken pendant with an edelweiss flower to my bouquet when my mother snapped this picture. My veil is home sewn as well. Just a couple yards of 108 inch wide tulle and about 8 yards of satin ribbon. My mother in law gave me some pretty silver and pearl combs that I used to hold the veil in my hair. The metal combs didn't hold securely enough to make me feel like the veil wouldn't fall off, so I also ended up using the plastic comb from my mother's wedding veil that she had worn 30 years earlier when she got married at the same church.


I really need to thank Katrina of Edelweiss Patterns who made this beautiful dress pattern (And perhaps even Dorothy Jeakins, the Sound of Music costume designer.) ;) Cheryl, the seamstress who fitted and hemmed my dress was so sweet and full of lots of encouragement and tips for my future sewing!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello

Well, after about an 8 week break, I'm back. The reason from my long break? I got married! 

I was in a long distance relationship for 5 years and engaged for just under two months. We had actually talked about getting married less than one month after we started dating and both agreed that we would want a short engagement if we decided to get married some day. God's timing is certainly best. We never would have thought that after waiting 5 years to get engaged that we would be married less than two months afterwards. 

Following the wedding I moved more than 300 miles, so I'm still trying to get my bearings straight here, but there are a few posts in the works. I sewed my wedding dress from Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress. I added wedding/love Bible verses to the backs of index card sized painting of bluebirds that are pictured in another post on here, and there may be a tutorial for a blue bird banner.

The past few months have been an incredible journey and I'm very excited to share some of that with all of you in the upcoming posts!

I'm still planning on keeping my Tuesday and Friday schedule, so please subscribe and check back for new posts! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Cables || One of Those Posts Again...

Yet again, it's late Tuesday night and I'm taking a grainy picture with my iPad and trying to bring spur of the moment ideas to life. That's basically the general process of how each post comes into being. I'll get a little more organized someday, I hope.

The spur of the moment idea is a new series for Tuesdays. Life is getting busier. I have a 45 hour work week between both jobs next week. That is a 17 hour jump from what I will be working this week! The influx of posts that I thought might happen, well, that was before I check my schedule!  Anyway, I thought a series would be good. Something I can write a post for any day when I have some free time. Check back next Tuesday for something both fashion and crafting related. I'm pretty excited about it!

Here's a fun little survey in the meantime.
 
1. What is the closest thing to you right now that is red? A stitch counter. Seriously. 

2. What is your ring tone? I always have my phone on vibrate. It was Moon River on my old phone.

3. What color is your favorite pillow? Um, white. My pillow cases vary. I use two pillows and don't have any matching pillowcases so they're always different colors. I don't have a favorite. I love both my pillows equally.

4. Is there an animal that creeps you out? Yeah! Aye-ayes. That one long claw they have...their faces...their fur...pardon me while I shudder. 

5. Ever have stitches? Only when I had my wisdom teeth removed.

6. Have you ever seen northern lights? Yes, faintly one Halloween they were visible I don't really remember it all that well though. 

7. Are you wearing nail polish? Yep, on my toes, L'oreal Lacey Lilac. 

8. What shoes did you wear today? Men's sneakers. When I got hired at JoAnn Fabrics I needed comfortable black shoes. K-Mart didn't have any women's sneakers in black and I didn't have anytime to shop around. They're really comfortable though!
 
9. What’s one thing you’re really good at cooking? Ha! I like baking treats, which I do more often than "cooking" meals and stuff. I love using our 1950s cookie press to make orange shortbread cookies. I haven't done it for a while though. I'm not patient enough to let the dough chill long enough.

10. What is your dream job? I always wanted to do musical theatre but I get way too nervous at auditions. I recently found out that you can apprentice to become a seamstress so I think I will be looking into that pretty soon!

11. Where were you 3 hours ago? Eating supper in my room and checking Facebook. 

12. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? Ha! My room is pink! I'm pretty sure all 4 walls are within 10 feet of me.

13. What are you wearing right now? Bright coral-y orange sweat pants and a New York City T-shirt.

14. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? No, but I made one.

15. What do you want to know about the future? I'll leave that in Gods hands.

Thanks for reading!



Sunday, August 24, 2014

~Outfit Post~More Paisley

Lately I've been sewing a lot and finding myself doing random things and thinking, "Oh, I'd like to share that...Hm, that would be fun to post about." So if things from The Wizard of Odds and Ends start popping up on your reading list more often than Tuesday and Friday it's just me letting my fingers go crazy on the keyboard, well, touch screen. Still saving up for a laptop. Anyway, I hope you enjoy what may turn out to be an influx of posts in the next couple of weeks!

In a previous post I had mentioned that I had sewn a few things lately, so I thought I'd do an outfit post instead of making it a Tuesday Cables post like last week. I'm hoping to post a tutorial for this skirt at some point. It's written out, I just didn't plan on making a tutorial when I sewed the skirt so there aren't any pictures!! I'm excited to have to make another one!

My shirt is a little big and the shade doesn't really go with a lot of my clothes, but when I finished sewing this skirt I knew it would match almost perfectly and since I could tuck it in it wouldn't look quite so baggy and shapeless.


I loved the fall hues in the paisley and how the black background made the bright colors pop even more!


This skirt is so comfortable because it's made out of knit fabric. I didn't even have to hem it! This is definitely going to be worn many times in the next few months!


Shirt: J.Jill / $0.21
Skirt: Made by me / $5
Sandals: TJ Maxx / $15
Bracelets: Gift

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Paisley

Back in February I mentioned that I'd bought a serger. I used it to sew a dress (and many more things since then) that turned out a little too big for me. I let it sit for the past six months and just a few days ago took it out of my closet and decided to fit it. I don't have much experience fitting things. At all. I put the dress inside out on my dress form and pulled the side seams until the dress was snug and pinned it together. Next, I followed the pins with a chalk liner and serged the new edges. It fit perfectly! 


I wish I had taken pictures of the process, but I only have a couple of outfit pictures from after church. I used a paisley quilting cotton that I can't remember the name of now. I'm getting a little braver with prints and vintage inspired. This is a very busy print, but I'm happy with how the dress turned out, even though it took six months to finish.  

Last week I went a little crazy with sewing and made a couple other articles of clothing. I haven't had a chance to take pictures of them yet, so check back next week to see what else I've made. :)



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Favorite Things....Friday/Saturday

Not much to say. I'm working on plenty for a Tuesday post and loving it! Lots of classic movie watching along with pattern cutting, sewing, etc. I've already finished a shirt. That's not pictured because it's in the dryer. Here is my mess right now. I'm going to need to vacuum later!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Scarves and Satin Binding

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of fabric I was going to use to make a blanket for my nephew. I finished it shortly after and gave it to hi for his birthday! This was the first blanket I ever made with batting! One of my co workers was marvelous in suggesting different ways I could make the blanket. I ended up choosing what I thought was the simplest way, but goodness, tying every other square was a tedious job, thought it was well worth it! 


Around the same time I made the blanket a coworker at the library asked if I could alter some scarves for her. She didn't like the width of them and wondered if I could cut each scarf in half and hem up the edges. The fabric proved to be a little bit difficult to work with so I kept trying different stitches and methods of hemming on one scarf until I got it! She picked out some beautiful scarves! I loved sewing them! She also let me keep the other halves of the scarves which was SO generous of her!

Side note about my "Checking In" post: I totally forgot to write 10 questions for the Liebster Award! I didn't officially nominate anyone either, so I guess that' short of okay. Ha, I feel so silly about it though. The Summer Reading Program is over now so hopefully I can collect my thoughts and the remainder of my sanity and work on my blog a little more!

Do you know how to run a sewing machine? How old were you when you learned?
Have you ever handmade a gift for anyone? (It can be anything, doesn't have to be sewn.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Keeping Myself in Stitches

The past week was full of stitches of all kinds. Thankfully none of said stitches are of the medical designation. 

When July 4th was coming up I decided some patriotic yarn stash busting would be quite appropriate! I always have an image in my head of being able to make a giant granny square afghan which, of course, is never the case with leftovers. I used three strands of yarn and just went around....asquare?...until I ran out! As you can see compared to my Clementine feet (Her shoes were number 9 ;) ) it's not very big, but it's a decent lapghan. I'm testing it out right now!

I also pulled out a counted cross stitch that I started a year and a half ago! I bought it at Hobby Lobby when I went to visit my friend in Jacksonville in January of 2013. I'm hoping to finish it soonish. More than a year is way too long to be working on a counted cross stitch that's only 5 by 7 inches. So, we shall see how this goes.

And lastly, I'm going to be making a blanket. One of my co workers who quilts gave me a quick rundown on working with batting, and tying, and binding, etc. I have a feeling YouTube is going to help out a great deal while I am constructing this blanket. Stay tuned!

Crochet stitches, cross stitches, and sewing stitches. Which type is your favorite?
Did any of you see the super moon the other night?! It was so cool!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Sew-Bots

Let's see, a blessing today was getting a extra shift at work. Work may not be the most thrilling place to be, but it's always nice to be able to put a little extra money in the bank. :) --and I wouldn't have found out about the adorable twill fabric!

I think I might start  each blog that way from now on. Sort of counting my blessings and sort of just a happy thought or nice thing that has happened that day or sometime during the week. 

Now, I know, I'm late again. It is the wee small hours of Wednesday where I am and I am just posting for Tuesday now. I'm going to meet my nephew for the first time soon and he is almost 1 already! Wow that year flew by!! I'm trying to buy a few things that he might need when he's here that can't easily be brought on a plane. I already bought some sippy cups. Well, I'm sure you could bring those on a plane but it not like every kid travels with his own personal supply of sippy cups. Today I bought and sewed a pattern for a travel high chair!

Yesterday (Monday) when I was at work I saw the pattern for a travel high chair and it didn't take much fabric and was really easy to sew. I put it back because it said it should be made from duck cloth, light denim, or twill. I couldn't think of any of those fabrics off the top of my head that would actually make it cute. Actually, I wasn't even sure we had any twill. Ha, not good that I don't know what is in stock!  Today a woman brought a few bolts of fabric up to the cutting counter and one was an adorable kid's twill fabric that had owls wearing baseball caps on it! When I finished cutting her fabric I brought the twill bolt back to see what else there was and saw the robot print. I grabbed the bolt, which had just enough for the pattern left on it, and found the pattern again and happily made my purchase after I punched out.

The pattern was a breeze to sew. It's just one pattern piece and you only have to cut three pieces total. Technically it should take just a couple of hours to complete, but I am a master at getting distracted. During one distracted moment I started singing a song from the Harvey Girls, which I hadn't watched in ages so I finally put in my Harvey Girls DVD and got down to business on the travel high chair...after I took a picture of my TV screen.

I can't get enough of this robot fabric!!

Now, you'll have to use your imagination for this last picture. Unfortunately I didn't have an adorable baby model on hand  so I used a shirt. You get the picture though, right?


I'm so excited for my nephew to use this when he's here! 



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tuesday Cables || T Minus Costume Time

Thank you to Paige of Sunday Best and All The Rest for thinking up the "Tuesday Cables" name! I really liked all of the suggestions! I  knew wanted something craft themed since Tuesdays are technically supposed to be my little summary of what I've been up to crafting-wise during the week. I wrote down all of the suggestions I received in the  comments and had my mother circle her three favorites. Once it was narrowed down the just three, I chose my favorite from those. Tuesday Cables reminds me of both knitting and old fashioned telegrams. I thought it fit pretty well. :)

Now, for my fun little story:
My boss at the library, aka the Children's Room Librarian, called me up about 5:00 last night and explained that she had thought that costumes were all squared away for school visits for the Summer Reading Program. (There was some miscommunication and some of us thought we weren't wearing costumes to the school visit this year.) she asked if I had anything medieval looking in my closet. I couldn't thing of anything so I quickly Googled medieval dress while she described how we could put together some sort of Robin Hood thing with green felt and leggings. Meanwhile, I saw a dress on Google images and said, "I still have my prom dress. I could go to JoAnn Fabrics and buy some tulle and make drapey sleeves."She asked if I could finished it by the next day. I said, "Yeah."

I grabbed the dress, hanger and all, out of my closet and carried it into the store. I found some matching tulle, sateen, bought some poster board, and one of those bouquet holder things. I had some ribbon and elastic left over from other projects. I eyeballed measurements and ended up with what you see here. Not bad, if I do say so myself, for just over three hours of work on short notice. I thoroughly enjoyed that challenge! I would gauge the success on the fact that a little girl at the school asked if I lived in a real castle! That was adorable!

Other no so last minute dress making will be happening soon. I won a 1958 Party Dress pattern Sense and Sensibility patterns a few months ago via the Boyer Family Singers blog. Today, I went to the closing sale of a craft store and bought a tropical print rayon fabric. I got nearly 7 yards for $4.12. The fabric isn't exactly what I had in mind for the dress, but I think it will be pretty fun. We shall see.


In other news...I've been trying to use my camera more. I used to take pictures quite often and got out of the habit when my camera broke. The new one I bought isn't the latest and greatest, but it's better than the one I had, and even has a macro setting which I've been attempting to experiment with when I see bugs. Everybody loves a good close up of a bug, right? Here's a baby grasshopper that I found on my dog after she came in from enjoying the beautiful weather and rolling in the grass. For comparison, that's my thumbnail in the lower portion of the second picture.


Hope you have all had a lovely beginning to your week! Thanks for reading and remember to check back on Friday! :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This and That and a Fun Event Starting Thursday!

I FINALLY updated my Etsy shop with a few more items. That is certainly not an April Fool's joke! Please, go over and take a look! The Wizard of Odds and Ends on Etsy

I always feel so unprepared when Tuesday finally rolls around. I still have not started taking notes during the week on what I will be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. I think that was part of my new year's resolution too. Let's see, I did a little knitting and a little sewing this week.

Currently I am working on this Glitz at the Ritz shawl for my friend's birthday. I'll have to get to work on that as soon as this is posted!! I've still got quite a bit left but the pattern works up pretty quickly. Though I'm sure some more seasoned knitters could have it done in a flash!
Here's what I have so far:


I also recently hosted a giveaway on my Instagram for one of my Peter Pan collars! That was a lot of fun! The winner was silent_miku another crocheter. I love looking at photos of her  amazing work! I think I will definitely have some other sort of giveaway sometime in the future! I was absolutely amazed when I realized that nearly 300 people viewed the Wizard of Odds and Ends Facebook page!! So, so, so thankful for each new view!  Hello to those of you who may be reading my blog for the first time! Thank you for reading, to the regular and the new viewers!

As for the sewing endeavors, I took in the sides of knee length denim skirt that was ridiculously bell shaped. It still is, but not nearly as bad. Thank goodness I still have all my fingers intact and bandaid-less because that little project took place around 2 in the morning on Sunday. It was getting late once I had made up my mind what outfit I wanted to wear to church, which included said skirt that I had only worn once because of the awkward shape. I placed one of my favorite skirts over it and pinned along the edges. The finished result is still slightly more flared than I would prefer, but at least it's an improvement!

The second article of clothing that I took in a bit was a medium men's shirt that none of my brothers wanted. I liked the brown pinstripes on it and that it was a good tunic length for me, but it was still very baggy looking even with a belt around the waist. I can't give away too much. What I can tell you is I will be wearing this shirt Thursday through Saturday for the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event which is being hosted by Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Creations By Callie, and Fresh Modesty. Go check out their posts and join in! There's also a hashtag for instagram so you don't have to have a blog participate!




Hope you've all had a good week! If you're interested in viewing any of my other social media pages, link are located just above the title of this post! Check back on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for my posts in the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lame is the Name of the Game

Ready, set, go:
Well, the weather hasn't been nice enough to get decent pictures with my not-so-decent camera of my newest items for Etsy or of the fat quarter skirt I sewed. I did have a nice day though.

My friend of 12 years and I try to get together at least every other month. We used to live a 5 minute walk from each other and since I moved we're now a half hour drive apart! Today we got together and spent most of the time in the car chatting away. We went into a specialty yarn store that I had never visited before. Most of the price tags made me feel like I need a different hobby. 

As we were leaving the cashier asked us if we had found anything. I said I was just looking because I'd never been in there before and had no specific pattern in mind so ALL that gorgeous yarn was pretty overwhelming. I felt like I was being watched and like I was stashing yarn under my coat because an ample portion of my arm knit scarf was sticking out at the collar. I felt silly for wearing it in the store but I told the woman what it was and she asked to see it because she'd only heard of arm knitting before and had never actually seen anything that was arm knitted. She called her friend over too look and said, "It's actually knitted, look at this!" Which gives me the feeling that she was skeptical about arm knitting and assumed, as I did at first, that it couldn't really be knitting and was just another one of those yarn crafts that was called knitting by people who didn't know what knitting was. (Forgive the snobbish sounding air there.)

My friend and I them made our way over to JoAnn Fabrics to quell the urge I now had to knit a pair of socks. I justified buying a $10.00 skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn by allowing my friend to pick the color and deciding that handmade socks would be a wonderful birthday gift. She always gets something handmade. It made me smile when I had to move cowl I made her for Christmas out of the passenger seat in her car before I could sit down. 

Now, back at home, I'm sitting on my bed and typing away with a double pointed needle, 64 cast on stitches, and a skein of Sock-Ease. There's also a messy trail of yarn on my pillow. I prefer working from the center of a skein but I always have trouble neatly finding the center. Does that happen to anyone else?


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pins and Needles

That's what you all wait on every Tuesday wondering when I will post. Right?
Probably not, but...

Pins and needles are actually a couple of new items I picked up recently, and threw away some old ones.

Needles:  All but one of my sewing machine needles had broken, luckily I had a brand new package on standby! The needle that broke tonight broke into three pieces. The top stayed put, the eye stayed on the thread and the center went flying and hit me right on the nose. Sometimes I think I should wear safety glasses while sewing! I couldn't find the piece that hit me in the nose when I first checked the rug. That made me feel my nose again to make sure I hadn't unintentionally given myself a new piercing. My nose was whole and I found the needle fragment a minute later.

Pins:  My needles are breaking because they're hitting the pins when I sew. They don't break too often, but wow, it is scary when they do! A straight pin, after being hit by a needle moving approximately 287934 miles per hour, starts to resemble more of a right angle than a straight line. Thus resulting in my need for a brand new box. I sat down with the pincushion, a sandwich bag, and a magnet and pulled all of the angled pins out and stuck them to the magnet in the bag and so far there have been no strays found by any barefeet.

I was out of town for most of the week but I do have some pictures of things I've been working on. A granny square afghan (hopefully) and I made my second fat quarter wrap skirt ever! There will be a post Friday with some pictures of those things. I know I am not the only one on the multi-project boat, what are some projects you have been working on?


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes....and Hands and Arms

This has been a fun week. I'm slowly but surely finishing up the Gargantuafghan. Autocorrect just fixed that word for me because I unintentionally switched two letters! I've been typing it a lot lately. The measurements with the boarder completed are 52 inches wide by 84 inches long. A whopping 7 feet long!! I'll have to compare that to my old blue one I made about 5 years ago. They're pretty close in size.



This past week two Items have been taken off of Etsy and frogged. Rippit rippit... (Did I use that correctly?) I had two hand crocheted, literally, scarves made from bulky yarn. They were so soft but just so so so ugly. I took the listings down and turned them along with the rest of my super bulky stash into a super plush mat. Not quite as puffy and ugly looking as the scarves were and it is indeed so so so soft!



I've also been watching the Olympics more than I thought I would be this week. Usually I sit in my room and craft while watching some classic film. Somewhere between Japan and Russia figure skating  I decided to watch a video on arm knitting. I expected it to be dramatically different than traditional knitting just because it seems like nearly any yarn craft that doesn't actually use hooks or needles often times is referred to as some sort of "knitting" even when it really isn't. However, arm knitting is what it says it is. I made this out of homespun yarn because I have a TON. Then I made another one to sell on Etsy. You might have guessed by now that I'll be updating Etsy very soon for spring. Follow me on Instagram via the tab above for some sneak peeks of items before they're even listed on Etsy!



Last but not least. Have I mentioned my serger here yet? I purchased one on sale a few weeks ago. The sale plus the employee discount made it well worth the buy. I was so sick of zig zag stitches and fray check, though they do have their place. I've still got a lot to learn, but these finished edges look so nice! I might have to start wearing my clothes inside out! Well, maybe not.



Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Knowing and Sitting.

...in other words, knitting and sewing. That is what I actually did mostly this week. In fact, this week I learned how to knit with double pointed needles! Oh YouTube, how I love thee. I'm attempting to finish that project by Christmas,*knock on wood* so no pictures yet. 

And the sewing. I really like working at JoAnn Fabrics. There was some really old fashion looking striped floral fabric I had my eye on for a couple of weeks. I loved how it looked but I had no idea what I could make with it. I didn't want to get a yard or two for my stash because the point of this job is to save money, not spend each paycheck at my place of employment.
Well, this week I also happened to watch some DVDs of The Waltons. When I saw Olivia Walton's apron a lightbulb went on in my head and my next day at work I bought myself one yard of the floral fabric!

I made a half apron at first, but then after looking at google images I realized that hers is a full apron but folded down in a lot of scenes, so I pulled out the rest of the fabric a couple of nights later and added a bib. I ended up with just about a 9 inch by two inch strip of fabric left over!  I'm very pleased with the end result for not having used a pattern. I alternated the floral pattern in the fabric for the pocket. I liked it that way rather than matched up like the Walton one. 

The bib puffed out a bit at first do I made two little pleats a couple of  inches in on either side. And the neck strap joins with a button.



These pictures are the result of 2am dress up immediately upon completion of the apron attempting to channel 1930s fashion/Olivia Walton. I amuse myself very easily. That outfit is way too dressy for an apron!
Next sewing project: vintage house dress. (Sad but true. I have a pattern that I bought on sale for $1 and I think I can alter it pretty easily!)
Here are the moderately embarrassing photos...



-- I had a number of Etsy listings expire two days ago, so some of those should be back up within the week.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Business Busyness

It's been quite a busy week! I made two scarves with some extra bulky yarn I'd bought recently. I have come to the conclusion that I don't like that yarn at all. I hand crocheted them. Yep, sans crochet hook. That's why I don't like it. If my hand turned into a crochet hook, I wouldn't mind at all. Plus, I'd have a greater appreciation for Peter Pan characters.

This week I also finally made a fat quarter skirt...the correct way. My friend and I went out and bought fabric for the skirt months ago. I really like how it turned out!
The tutorial I followed:
Some pictures:
Left: Starting the skirt. Right: I actually pressed seams for the first time! 


Left: The black ribbon tie. I also used the ribbon instead of bias tape along the top. Right: You can see both panels with Chinese(?) writing to get an idea for the panel repetition. 


The whole outfit, haphazardly put together for the picture. My (not so trusty) camera and sock light diffuser. HA! I look like I'm floating!!


I also updated my Etsy shop today with a variety of scarves. Take a look!
www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends 

Now, it's time for me to start cutting some patterns!!