Monday, 22 September 2014

3D sewing and macramé samples

There is something about turning a flat piece of fabric/ paper/ rope - anything really- into a solid 3D object that really appeals to me. Don't get me wrong, I still love sewing clothes, but every now and then I just have to try something a little bit different, outside the square sewing as it were. There has been a discussion on the school FB page about trying - or as is the case for some of us, rediscovering- macramé. So I searched through my craft book collection and found these...

I had a quick run around some local $2 shops on Monday, and bought a sample of ropes/cords to try. I was trying to start the white one, when Tigerboy, looking over my shoulder told me I was doing it wrong! We got it sorted out-

them he made his own sample piece - the jute string key tag above, and started a second one-

Playing around with the cording & string, I remembered seeing a pattern for a string bowl a while back. I found a few patterns online, threaded up some fluoro green thread I have been wondering what to do with, and started sewing...

I LOVE the result! Already planning more, thinking about dying/ painting the rope before or after sewing, trying variegated many ideas! And I still need to try some more macramé too...

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Twin needled t shirts!

I cut out several t shirts the weekend before last, overlocked them last Monday, but only finished one ready to wear...

And I have worn it several times since! It is a modified Peppermint magazine free pattern, " jersey knit top" ; with the neckline from the top in the Simplicity 5867 pattern (50c from an op shop, great pattern with t shirt, pants and zip jacket). The skirt is my mega comfy denim skirt with pockets & yoga waist ( I cut out 2 more of these today, yes I do love my pockets!), necklace also "me made" - I call this one the very hungry caterpillar because that's what the green beads remind me of!
I finished off 1 more t shirt today - a "skirt as top " scoop t shirt. I needed to finish of the neck band and sleeves, so after a helpful chat with Helen at craft group last week, I decided to be brave and try the twin needle today-

Yay! Amazing, I am very pleased with the result. Even if it did jam and break the thread smack bang in the centre of the front of the shirt! Hopefully not too noticeable... Pink was easy to do because I just happened to have a nearly empty roll of pink and a brand new one in the same colour. I will definitely be using the twin needle again!

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