Friday, August 27, 2010

The Results

This one reminds me of Halloween

After spending all day Monday and lots of Tuesday cutting up sweaters, I spent all day Wednesday, half a day Thursday, and about an hour this morning sewing. The work netted me a bunch of skirts, mittens, hats and wrist warmers. Here's a sampling...

Fall skirt for a big girl

Love these stripes, a bit zany!

Stripes for a little girl

Stripes for a bigger girl

Love these colors

Hats for little people

Hats and mittens for big people

I'm looking forward to bringing all these things to market on Sunday. It's always fun to add new things to the booth.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thank God for Rotary Cutters

Yesterday I didn't have to go anywhere, and it was raining, so I couldn't even do laundry. We haven't started school yet, so I could focus on my work in the"studio". I really did focus, and I got more work done than I think I ever have in one day. I've wanted to cut up bunches of skirt panels, so I have a good palette to choose from. I hate cutting up a sweater and leaving parts of it just lying around, so I also cut mittens and hats, longies, and a few pot holders. Here's what the studio looks like today: piles of things waiting to be sewn!

This is the skirt pile.

This one is the pile of mittens, wrist warmers and pot holders.

Here are the hats waiting to be sewn.

Longies back view

Longies front view

I couldn't spend a whole day working without finishing something! Thus the longies.

Hopefully I'll be back in a few days with pics of finished things!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Busy Work Week

I've been doing a lot of cutting and sewing this week, as I've had no markets since Saturday. You should see the piles of things ready to be pinned and sewn (no, actually, you shouldn't, and I won't show you, it's too messy!). It's also been a week to do some cleaning, errands, and planning for the coming school year. This morning I was out photographing some of the things I've finished this week, and the Boy came out with cat in arms.

the Boy and the Cat

Every once in a while a sweater felts up so lovely that there's very little I need to do to it. This one just needed me to felt and block it, and add pearl buttons. It'll fit a 6 to 8 year old, I think.

Rosebud Jacket

another one that just needed to be felted, then brushed and embellished to be perfect. It's a really lofty angora and felted up nice and thick. I added the flower and it's ready to go.

Angora Plum Jacket

Here's one of the skirts I've been working on. I spent 2 days cutting sweaters into skirt panels, and I have 2 more adult skirts and more than that of kid skirts ready to be sewn.

Fall's Coming Skirt

I've been doing as much needle felting as I can, too. I have a couple of cardinals done, some bees, and this robin.
A robin for Robin

I've got markets tonight, Sunday and Monday, so I'm ready to go! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Today's Sewing

Recycled Sweater Longies, Cashmere-Lined Ski Hat, Cashmere Wrist Warmers

Yesterday I did a lot of cutting and pinning, so today is a sewing day. I love having things all ready to feels like I'm accomplishing a lot when I can finish things. Yesterday I felt all unfinished around the edges because I'd cut things but not sewn anything.

Recycled Sweater Twirly Skirt in Crazy Patterns

I love the way this skirt turned out. I narrowed the top of the scalloped pattern I've been using, and it turned out very girly and feminine. It's fun to use all the patterns in the design.

Longies or Shorties?

I've been needing to make some more longies, so here's a pair...only I don't know if they will be longies or shorties. The legs are kinda short, so I guess it will depend on the baby. I like the waist/top of them. It's made from a cashmere turtle neck that was cut off a sweater. I often use them to make neckwarmers, but there's only so many neckwarmers that are useful! And I think it will be nice and snug on the baby's belly without binding. And of course, it's super soft!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happiness in the Garden

Today's a day I've been eagerly awaiting. My tomato plants have been bearing very nicely, and the tomatoes have been green for what feels like forever.

This morning when I went out I saw that the first ones are finally starting to turn [not red] [light orange?]. Whoot! I wonder how long it will be before they are on a plate? As many years as I've been doing this, I've never counted how many days it takes.

Aren't eggplant flowers beautiful?

Here's my first baby eggplant. I wonder how long this will take, too.

On the felting front, here's a couple of bunnies, small enough to fit in your hand. Hooray for some certainty - I know how long these take! : )

And a winter/holiday skirt. It fits about a 12 year old.

We had a busy weekend. The Boy had 2 performances he was in at the Warner(Willy Wonka - it was great fun!), a cast party, and I had 3 markets in 3 days. Now I've got a couple of days before the next market - laundry, errands, cooking, and more designing. Can we have a few more hours in the day, please?