Thursday, October 25, 2007
Last weekend I drove up to Pomona, to attend the Quilting, Sewing, Craft & Needlework show. Last year when I went, it was just a Quilting/Sewing show and was a little disappointing. But I'm so glad I went again to this show. I hit upon a doll-makers booth and lots of interesting trims - velvet ribbon, velour flowers, embroidered rick-rack, space-dyed organdy ribbon, buttons, and on and on.... The display at this woman's booth was fascinating. She had boxes of different items and at the back of each box was a tall arched board, completely decorated with different ribbon flowers, buttons, beads, lace, etc. There must have been about 10 of these boards, all different. There were lots of handmade pins too. She said a lady she knew made the pins and traded them to her for merchandise. It was so gorgeous and inspiring! Enjoy - sometimes all it takes to inspire is some eye candy trims!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I've been looking at the book: "Bags with Paper & Stitch" by Isobel Hall. She talks about using all different kinds of paper with fiber and making purses/bags. Some of the interesting techniques that are described include:
-Making "paper" from translucent polymer clay, coloring it with inks and then stitching through it onto the bag
-Making your own stamp by combining Style Stones, then stamping on ExtravOrganza
-Layering fabric, merino top paper and sheers, then doing random FME over it
-Painting brown paper with a mixture of acrylic wax & bronzing powder
-Using metallic heat-resistant thread to FME over sheer and then burning away parts of the sheer ( I didn't even know there was such a thing as heat-resistant thread!)
-Using things I have never heard of: Glitterati fusible film
Mylar Shimmer Sheetz, computer linen paper, Tangle Tuff, webbing spray, etc.
-Using everyday items like brown paper bags, acrylic wax and newspaper to make bags
The bags in this book have a wide variety of intriguing and creative textures - with beading and embroidery added to some. She describes how to make tags for the bags, so you can try some of the techniques on a small project. You could probably spend a year trying out all the techniques in here!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I've been working on making a purse. It's mostly sewn on the sewing machine, but I decided it needed something special, so I made a "button". I put some leaves on green velvet, added some gold embroidery and gathered it over a plain button with a shank, so I can easily sew it on to the bag. It was really fun working on a small project like a button, since you get to see results pretty quickly. Lately I just don't have the time I used to.... my daughter is in the marching band, so lots of time is spent at football games and band competitions.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Well, although I am behind on my Bead Journal Project, I haven't been idle. Except for the food poisoning and flu, that is. Here are some pix of some items I have made for our November Church Boutique. A friend and I made the ball wreath - that is a raffle/opportunity prize. I put together several bracelets and had loads of fun mixing and matching beads.