Wednesday, March 11, 2009

machine sketching

Today I made a couple of pouches, a nice break from plush. Instead of hand embroidery, I used the sewing machine to sketch the Eames inspired rocking chair applique. I've love the machine sketching created by Cathy Cullis (everything she creates is just amazing) and I've been wanting to try that for some time. I'm not sure whether I will list these for the shop; I may hold on to them in case I apply for the San Francisco Renegade fair this summer. The beautifully soft wool/cotton beige plaid fabric I used for the chair pouch is from a fabric store I went to with my dear friend.

front
side

back
pomme pouch

I can't wait to make more.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

rearranging

Hello friends. I am sorry about the long absence. As I mentioned in my last post I had to change focus to a different direction; nothing exciting or big news to share except that we have decided to put our house on the market. If there is one thing I really, really dislike doing, it's packing up and moving house. Throw a couple of kiddies in the mix and you have got a not so fun situation. Getting the house ready for viewings is pretty challenging as the little ones mess up the house as quickly as we get it in order. They have been very patient with the whole situation though, considering we had to downsize their play area quite a bit.

I have not been able to do any sewing for the shop but managed to create a few things here and there for the house. I made some mushrooms to go with two little birdies for the top of their toy shelf using this tutorial.


Really easy to do and it was so gratifying to create something that only takes an hour or so, depending how elaborate your mushroom is. The only little change I made was to use a ladder stitch to connect the stalk to the toadstool top for a neater finish and used wool instead of felt. Instead of buttons for the top, I embroidered little circles. Great little project for your little scraps of fabric. I also made some portrait silhouettes of little ones for their room; I'll post a picture of that next time.


We will miss our little walks, bird watching and the beautiful cherry blossoms trees which have bloomed and already started to fall off. Rain has stopped and I feel my spirits rising..spring is near.


Hopefully I will have a date for my next update soon. My sewing studio has been downsized to a little closet; more pics on that later!