Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I am only going use my lj from now on.
It is easier for me.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Arm pocket tut

Quilted Arm/Wrist Cuff tutorial

Step one: Design your cuff. Write and/or draw out your ideas
Ask yourself some questions like:
How big is it going to be?
Do I want a pocket? If so what will it hold? How will it stay in the pocket?
How will I keep it on my arm?
What colors? What color stitching?
These answers are not concrete you can change as you go and sometimes you have too.

Step two: Measure your arm.
One measure at the starting point like wrist for my pattern
How tall
And around your end point.
Measure what you want to go in you pocket
Add any overlap and ease.

Step three: pattern Making
Take your measurements and draw out your pattern

Step four: fabric hunting
The sport of fabric hunting is a fun activity but it can be dangerous. Remember to wear neon orange so other fabric hunters can see you.
Fabrics can be hunted any were old cloths, old linens, fabric stores, and you can even tame some yarn to make your own.
You can further domesticate your fabrics by dyeing, bleaching and/or painting on them.

Step five: Creating the top layer and pocket
This can be a piece of patchwork fabric like mine or it can be appliqu├ęd, a whole piece of cloth or manipulated fabric like pleating. What ever it is up to you. Make sure your piece is at lest a couple inches bigger than your pattern.

Step six: Making a batting sandwich
Top layer right side facing up
Batting (I like cotton batting) Make sure your piece is at lest a couple inches bigger than your top.
Lining right side facing down. This needs to be about the same size as the batting
Pin in several places
If you want to sew over top bits of yarns, gauzes, lace, wool roving place a bit of water soluble stabilizer on top.

Step seven: Quilting
I like to do free motion quilting on the machine. A darning foot with feeddogs down is the best suited for this but a regular foot with the press low has worked for me. I quilting needle for your machine will last longer than a universal.
Line and sew your pocket, quilt if your want
If you are going to wash your band wash it now.
If you want it to look like and old textured quilt do not pre wash your fabrics and batting
If you want a clean ironed look pre wash everything.

Step eight: cutting out your pattern and sewing on pocket or any other things
Pin your pattern on and chop, chop.
Add your pocket.
With the pocket that I have on mine it is not the best for my Ipod. I am thinking a pocket with a pleat or folded sides may be better. Mine will scrunch up a bit on my arm.

Step nine: bind the edge
If you have a square band the cut 2’’ strips on the straight of grain. If you do not cut your strips on the bias.
Fold them in half-length wise (hot dog style)
Iron in the fold
Pin it to around the edges with the raw edges on the edge of the quilt
At the join fold in the raw end of one and place the other inside the fold
Sew it with a ¼ seam
Fold it around to the back and hand stitch it using a whip or invisible stitch.

Step ten: add closers and rock it out

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Everything is back to school.
part of me is not ready to be the responsible adult the just making art break was nice.

Friday, August 8, 2008

My Dad is the shit

My Dad was the Hero of the day today
Why you ask?
Well he fixed my loom
I can weave again
i can weave things like the rest of Kelly and Wilson's throw and Crawford tartan hand towels
oh yes
And stuff for me like collapse weaves
Not only that but he assembled my dresser it is sitting pretty in my room and my old furniture is looking sad next to it lol.
oh yes my room is becoming sweet . . . slowly

I am thinking of changing my bathroom to an art them. I might get a white fabric shower curtian and paint on it with fabric paint and put up some painting that i have downstairs.

But tomorrow I need to finish dyeing felt, weave, and construct painting suports maybe get to painting but that my not happen until sunday.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Today Mom and I went to Ikea
And I got stuff for my room ^^ oh yeah
I got this mirror for $40
This dresser for $250
This wall shelf for $7
and a very excited Kyla is priceless
I was going to get this as well but they were out of stock. Mom and I were talking about the fact that dad can make it super fast for cheaper. So I think it was meant for dad to make me a bunch of box shelves.

My room is slowly changing and getting cleaned out.
I have crap of the floor in my room but my closet is still a mess and i have a corner that is filled with bags of random stuff and crap. I filled Kelly's old room with books and paper work for reorganization.

This weekend will be work non stop to get weaving art pieces felted and finished. Also ready to display. *_* gah

Oh I bought the new Craft: magazine it is all about weaving. ^^ And I know one of the weavers who wrote an article she works and Heritage and Joan help edit it. Congrats! XD

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Today I bought a huge cabbage from a roadside stand
It is the best cabbage I have ever eaten

Tomorrow weaving and printing fabric