Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Study in Spiral

20" round, three yarns originally harvested from a Target scarf.

And surprisingly the cat has not sat on it yet. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Speedy

Inspired by Pinterest, I decided to tackle the spray paint artwork revamp idea that's going around.  I had a canvas that I had started something on but only had gotten a background done, so why not?

Bought paint and masking tape at Lowe's, and set to work masking a herringbone pattern. This was by far the most time consuming part of the project. With all the trimming and such it took at least an hour. I'm kind of glad I didn't start with a bigger canvas.

Masked and ready...


What kind of paint you get will determine your drying time and how messy it is. This came in the old school can with lots of blowback and my hand ended up almost entirely gold too. Call me Midas, I guess. It came off with nail polish remover, thankfully.

Let it dry for a bit, then start peeling off your tape.

And the final result I'm quite pleased with!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lotus 1

Not the car.
Not the birth.(ew)
Not the flower.
Not the yoga pose.

The smock/camisole pattern.

(the desk is clean for once.)

This is what's been driving me nuts for the past week.  

But this is only the first one. I wanted to do a test run before I attempted it in the yarn I really wanted, and I'm glad I did. There's some sneaky bits in that pattern.  But now I know what to do (and not do) for the next one.  And I've also created more work for myself because both of these will need a lining. And because I'm going to need to make myself another loom. The standard Boye loom just will not work for this.   

Anyway. This frustrated me, but now that I'm through the learning curve, I'm ok.  I'm still frustrated, but that's with my whole life, not just the project.  I sewed up two little zipper pouches last week for no good reason, and ended up cutting them back up yesterday. I actually THREW AWAY FABRIC, too.

But anyway. Look, finished stuff! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Quick Rehab

Tackled a quick project the other night: re-covering a glasses case. The fabric came from a tie I thrifted for a wristlet (that didn't work out).

Haven't worked with the glue gun for a while, as proven with the burn on my thumb. Ouch. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Organized Chaos

So as mentioned, I've been trying to do some stash busting. I have a bunch of little pieces of fabric, and a few big pieces, none of which I am super excited about. These are all the "meh" prints and stuff that I didn't want to really get rid of but didn't have anything in mind. 

Which brings us to the skull print. 

As proven, I like my skulls. I don't remember what I originally bought this for but it ended up as a temporary bag lining and then a Grab it and Go wallet (which is holding up well but needs to be washed). 

But for anything else, it's just...too...busy. Too busy for a full clothing item (for me, anyway), not that I had that much of it.

I saw a "hanging organizer" in a catalog the other day, and like every crafter, went "I could make that.". So I sketched something up. And the only fabric I had enough of in the stash was the skulls.

Pen slots in the bottom, two pockets in the middle, expanding pockets in the top. Right now there's a slot for a rod in the top, like a curtain. I am debating putting grommets in the top strip for hanging but am undecided at the moment.

I'm actually super happy with how the shaping of these top pockets ended up.  Despite the fact that I can't sew in a straight line.  Thanks for magnifying that, accent stripe!

I think if I had been better prepared and planned it out, I would do it with solid color pockets (see, BUSY). But for a spontaneous weekend afternoon throw together, I'm satisfied. Now I just have to figure out where I'm going to put it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Just a Note

Tutorials and process details will probably be scarce around here, at least for the foreseeable future. It's kind of a pain to remember to take pictures while I'm actually in a creative flow, not to mention I end up working and finishing things when there's really crappy light.

And...I'm not really seeing the point,  either.

Why is that? I have received exactly ONE piece of valid (non spam) feedback on any pattern or tute I've created in all the years Craftykix has existed.  Bitter? Meh. Realistic?  Yeah.

So...I hope you enjoy seeing my end products, and if you'd like to see processes,  SPEAK UP!!

You Can't See This Bag, Part Deux

So despite the stash busting, of course I picked up more fabric on the last walk past the remnant bin. Duh. I netted about a half yard of digital camo canvas.  

So I made a duffel.

Loosely based on the Funky Travel Bag tutorial on Craftster, interfaced on bottom and sides.

It doesn't have a lining yet because I didn't have anything appropriate (or long enough) to use. It also doesn't sit up as well as I'd hoped. I may have to end up interfacing the side lining as well for some more structure.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Busting Stash

Next up in the pile of fabric, the remnants of the supply for the peacock bag and some white cotton...


Tablet sleeve. 

Not padded, this is more of a dust cover. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Doling out Dolmans

There is a tutorial making the rounds on Pinterest for Dolman sleeve tops. I dig those, mostly because Dolman sleeves means there's adequate room for my weird arms and shoulders with no She Hulk action.

Loosely following the tutorial, I laid out my material and traced an existing top of mine.

And true to form, it didn't work perfectly. It would have if I had been using jersey that stretches like everyone else, but I'm doing some stash busting. I'm not sure what this stuff is, really. It's left over from a black dress I made WAY back in the day and has been traveling along unused ever since. It has some give to it, but not as much as a t-shirt, and when I tried it on, it was too tight at the bottom. So triangle insert panels to the rescue and now it's perfectly wearable.

I would like more of these at some point, but I'm kind of over working with Jersey for a while. Maybe later. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Spooky Recycling

I love Halloween stuff. My inner Goth Girl still loves things skully and black and spiderwebby. 

So of course I'm going to hit up the 70% off holiday section at the Joann. And I'm going to snag a skully hand towel for $1.80.

But I don't need more towels, certainly not white ones. But look at that skull! 

So it became a zipper pouch. I know, I need more of THOSE like a hole in the head but it's skull so shut it. 

I wanted to keep the skull front and center and the ribbon trim at the bottom. And a rounded top. I think I actually got TOO round, but it works. 

Black lining and it's actually big enough to fit my tablet. Not bad for under 2 bucks.