Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Refashioning Ideas

I'm planning on spending the weekend working on refashioning some of the pile of clothes I've built up over the last few months!  Most of my pieces to rework come from Goodwill - one of my favorite things to do is spend a morning scouring a few of the stores for promising clothing.  If you've been wanting to give it a try, here are a few tutorials to get you started!

I'm always on the lookout for ideas to use with my piles of old denim - I love these cute slippers!  For me, it'd be minus the pink bows, but I'm just pretty much not a bow-type person.  Nancy Minsky's tutorial is on The Guardian website here.

Any thing that adds lace gets my attention!  This refashion starts with a men's t-shirt and recuts it for a better fit.  Melanie's tutorial is here.

And how darling is this!!  Refashioning it from an adult sweater means you can use the original hemline as the dress hemline for a clean looking finish.  Find the tutorial on Make It & Love It.  If you don't have a baby dress to use as a pattern, there are lots of patterns available for knits that would work just as well.

I've seen quite a few skirts made from mens' dress shirts and, meh - haven't been too excited about them.  This one looks nice, though!  And it'd look great made from one of the wild Hawaiian shirts Goodwills here seem to have quite a few of.  Amber of Ruffles and Roses has the tutorial here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Old Moon, New Fabric

In case you missed the lunar eclipse Monday night/Tuesday morning, here's a montage of photos I took over about an hour and a half.  It was gorgeous!  

Luckily I'm currently on Pacific time so I didn't have to stay up all night, but it was late enough I was groggy all day.  So today I'm working on what I'd planned to yesterday!  I found this gorgeous Elizabeth's Studio print at my favorite quilting store .... I'm definitely making placemats from some of it.  If your fabric store doesn't carry it, Amazon has a few yards in blue and multi here.

And I couldn't resist getting these two packs of 5x5 batik prints.  These I have no idea yet what I'll do with them!  I've tried to put a moratorium on that type of purchase, but these were too good to resist ... so today's job is to do some designing.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Monday, April 14, 2014

Knit Washcloth - Owl

It's a beautiful morning!  The doves are sunning themselves, the bees are busy, and I have another knitted washcloth finished.  

We actually have owls around here - a couple of months ago there was a great horned owl up in a palm tree in my parents' backyard!  Gorgeous, but unfortunately it was a dark night and I was without my good camera.  So owl, this one's for you!  Previous washcloths are a duck (turquoise), sun (yellow), moon (blue), heart (red), fish (orange) and bunny (green).

*Knitpicks Cotlin in Swan and Lilac
* size 4 (3.5mm) knitting needles *size E crochet hook

1.  With Swan, cast on 40 stitches.

2.  Work rows 1 - 7 in garter stitch (just knit stitch).

3.  Begin stockinette stitch.  For rows 8, 10, and 12, knit 4 stitches, purl for 32 stitches, and knit the last 4 stitches.  Work rows 9 and 11 in garter stitch.

4.  Beginning with row 13, you can work from the chart.  The chart shows the uneven rows through row 51.  For the even rows, work 4 knit stitches, purl for 32 stitches, and knit the last 4 stitches.

Row13 - knit 16, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 15
Row 15 - knit 16, purl 3, knit 3, purl 3, knit 15
Row 17 - knit 14, purl 6, knit 1, purl 6, knit 13
Row 19 - knit 14, purl 13, knit 13
Rows 21, 23 and 25 – knit 12, purl 17, knit 11
Row 27 – knit 12, purl 8, knit 1, purl 8, knit 11
Row 29 - knit 12, purl 7, knit 3, purl 7, knit 11
Row 31 - knit 12, purl 6, knit 6, purl 6, knit 11
Row 33 - knit 12, purl 17, knit 11
Row 35 – knit 12, purl 4, knit 3, purl 3, knit 3, purl 4, knit 11
Row 37 – knit 13, purl 2, knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 2, knit 12
Row 39 – knit 13, purl 2, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 2, knit 12
Row 41 – knit 13, purl 2, knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 2, knit 12
Row 43 - knit 14, purl 2, knit 3, purl 3, knit 3, purl 2, knit 13
Row 45 – knit 14, purl 13, knit 13
Row 47 - knit 15, purl 11, knit 14
Row 49 - knit 15, purl 3, knit 5, purl 3, knit 14
Row 51 - knit 16, purl 1, knit 7, purl 1, knit 15

5.  Rows 52, 54, 56 - knit 4 stitches, purl 32 stitches, knit 4 stitches.
Rows 53, 55 and rows 57 - 63, work in garter stitch.

6.  Cast off.

7.  Join purple yarn and single crochet evenly around the washcloth, putting 3 single crochets in each corner.  Join to first single crochet with a slip stitch.  Chain 1 and add a second row of single crochet, again putting 3 stitches in each corner.  Finish off.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Margaret Beal's Fused Fabrics

I'm always on the look out for new fabric working techniques and did I ever find a good one!  English fiber artist Margaret Beal works with synthetic fabrics and soldering irons to create richly layered and textured pieces.  Her technique uses the soldering iron to both fuse, cut, and mark the fabric - and she often adds embellishments such as embroidery.  

These pieces are but two examples from many fascinating pieces!  I highly recommend going through the gallery on her website here.

And if you think you might like to try your hand at this, here's a video of Margaret showing the basics of how she does it.

I just think I may need to find me a fine tip soldering iron!

Happy Creating!  Deborah