Thursday, December 23, 2010

Furry Christmas or I can make that scarf in 30 minutes or less...

True to form, I'm stuck in a loop. But I can't let perfectly good faux fur remnants go to waste so here's what I've done;

Cut fur fabric at least 10 inches wide and about 20-30 inches long.
Step 1
Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together.
Seam on machine using zig zag stitch set at large stitch setting.
Step 2
Leave ends open for turning.
Turn right side out using a broom handle to help with the turning.
Step 3
Hem ends. Attach button or snap or velcro to fasten scarf around the neck. Done!
Step 4
Stack of scarves
So guess who's getting a faux fur scarf for Christmas now? Everyone.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

60 minute scarf glamor shots...

So the scarf is done. I have another one in brown that I will be making, since I couldn't decide on just one faux fur design. This one will be a lot shorter and will have either a button or some such way to hold the scarf closed around the neck. I'll try to record the steps and post them here.

Until then, here's the finished scarf. Finished dimensions are 72" long and 8" wide.

Monday, December 20, 2010

60 Minute Scarf ...

My daughter is really into the faux fur trims and collars this year. So, here we are at crunch time for Christmas preparations and I had an idea. Nothing like a little adrenaline rush of last minute projects to get the old brain working.

60 Minute Scarf (sewing)
1 yd 60 inch wide Faux fur
1 yard satin lining material in coordinating color
Sharp dress makers shears or rotary blade cutter & cutting matt
Ruler or other straight edge for use as cutting guide
Matching sewing thread & sharp needle
Sewing machine

•Prepare the faux fur; lay fur material flat, fold in half lengthwise to the desired width for the scarf, with pile running up and down lengthwise. Cut along fold. Trim material on opposite side to desired width. Use this excess fabric to accent a matching pair of gloves.
•Sew the two pieces together to make extra long scarf; with right sides facing, pin together along the short edge and carefully sew, (see following picture).For neater appearance, notice the direction of the pile, sew the 2 pieces so that the pile on both sides lays in the same direction. For example, when wearing the scarf the pile faces downwards on both sides.
Fig 1 seam 2 together
•Cut lining material the same length as scarf and about 4 inches less in width than the scarf. Piece together to obtain length as in previous directions for fur.For ease in cutting, using a grid cutting matt, fold the satin carefully and affix to the board with cellophane tape to keep the fabric from slipping. Cut using rotary cutter or sharp scissors.
Fig 2 taping satin to cutting brd
•With right sides together, pin the lining material to the scarf. Seam along long side. Repeat for 2nd side, leaving the two ends open. Clip seams about every 2 inches.
Fig 3 pin right sides together
•Turn scarf right side out. Lightly steam on lined side using pressing cloth only. NEVER iron directly on the faux fur.
Fig 5 turn right side out
•Turn ends under and pin. Hand sew hem using matching thread. Tack lining to fur in spots to keep it in place, as desired.
Fig 6 hemming the bottom
Fig 7 almost done
close up finished side seams

I'll post a glamor shot of the scarf tomorrow after I finish the hemming.

More Christmas shopping, Fall color and a couple of FO's...

Here's the first FO. This shawl was an experiment of mine using silk/wool/bamboo blend sock yarn. I called it improvisational doodling because that's basically what I did. Unfortunately I didn't write down what I did because I was just "doodling". Now I am regretting that. Oh well, perhaps I can compile something after the fact.
crochet shawl
Here's another FO called Kat after the spinner of this gorgeous yarn. All I did for this one was knit in straight garter and let the yarn be the star. I LOVE it and am REALLY getting attached to hand spun yarns. This picture was taken Saturday while window shopping.
Kat at a cafe
Shopping is much more pleasant to me when done in open-air districts, rather than the artificial enclosed environments of shopping malls.
Fairhope flowers

Fairhope at Christmas
Finally, some fall colors, as we approach winter. Ha,ha. I'll take the fall colors when I can get them as they are not very prevelant around here what with our evergreen trees and all.
More Fall colors in Dec
Local color
Christmas fall colors

Friday, December 17, 2010

Have you seen Miss Jones?

I just released my newest pattern called Miss Jones. The design is convertible so that it can be worn in several iterations and is super bulky and warm, using Stitch Nation Full O'Sheep yarn held doubled on US size 11 circular needles. The design can be worn as a shawl, with or without the collar buttoned. Or you can button the 2 sides together to make a shrug. Or for added warmth and a bit of color, it can be buttoned down the front and worn under a coat so that it acts & looks like a vest without all the bulk around the back. One size fits most in this pattern. The color chosen for the model garment is Aquamarine.

The garment is modeled by my good friend the beautiful Miss Jones and was photographed by her wonderful photographer husband Tim Jones.
© Tim Jones 2010-17

© Tim Jones 2010-18

© Tim Jones 2010-14

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Finally, some fall colors...

fall colors
We don't get a lot of fall leaf change here, what with all of the evergreen Pines, Liveoaks & Magnolias. Then there are the other oak trees with leaves that merely turn brown before falling . I'm loving this showy Japanese Maple(?).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More Christmas-y window shopping and some felted finds...

Don't you just love one-of-a-kind stores with their unique and colorful window & curb front dressings? As I was walking along last Saturday I zeroed right in to these felted works of art.
Since it was still a bit early some of the shops weren't open yet. Sorry to start off with a frowning face but look how CUTE it is in dyed and felted fiber.
And just look at these happy little felted snow people? Aren't they adorable?
Here's another sign on the store next door to the one with the felted "closed" sign. I LOVE how they made the flowers 3 dimensional.
Nothing says "Christmas" like a pink flamingo, ha,ha. Actually I LOVE this statue and would probably "dress" it on occasion of certain holidays. I especially love the fantastic bug eyes.
Not to be outdone, Santa's eyes are popping out as well. Isn't he a funny, cute looking guy?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas window shopping...



And along the way, stop to admire the gorgeous Holly all decked out in bright red berries.

Home made Christmas cards part two...

I finished my card over the weekend.Here's what I did;

After finishing the front piece, set it aside and begin work on the inside piece. For inside message piece,write out message using a permanent Sharpie marker. Either leave as is or embroider the words, if desired.
Lay finished front on top of plastic canvas/batting/felt "sandwich" & matching edges, sew all layers together using a blanket stitch. Leave the left-hand edge un-worked at this time.
sandwich layers
Repeat sandwiching step for inside piece. Then attach the two pieces along the left side using a sewing or embroidery stitch of choice, making certain to work through ALL layers.
Finished card front
Finished card 1
card inside
Place finished card in an envelope and mail.
card in envelope