Sewing Mojo

I’m so glad to have my sewing mojo back! I got seriously burnt out after craft shows & customs in November/early December that I didn’t even touch my machine again until halfway through this month! That is not normal for me. I usually sew at least a little something everyday. Of course, I wasn’t NOT crafting during that time, my attention was just shifted to knitting. I knit a total 16 hats between the end of November and Christmas!! 12 were gifts for my family members plus 4 more that were customs, I even knit a chunky cowl in that time frame as well!! But, this post is about sewing, so I’ll come back to that at another time.

I, like many others, have started the year by doing a little de-stash of  the fabrics & such that I know I’m just not going to use again. You know, the prints that are leftover from a project, or that were an impulse purchase that just don’t speak to me anymore, scraps, etc. In doing so, I found a bin of t-shirts that I had purchased (and admittedly forgot about) with the intention of upcycling them into kids clothing. So, that is what I started with. I grabbed a bunch of fun coordinating knit fabrics & got to work. I even was able to put to use a few prints from my scrap bin. Score! I love to create fun clothing for kids that isn’t cookie cutter. Something that not everyone is going to be wearing.  My girls love wearing upcycles & when they outgrown a favorite t-shirt they will bring it to me to see what we can do with it. Sometimes it can be reborn into another garment & other times it goes into a bin to become a t-shirt quilt at a later date.

lala top 2 lala tunic 6 lalal dress mario

 

The above items were all part of my first shop update of the year.

I have also started on a quilt for my middle daughter. Again, while reorganizing the sewing room to de-stash, I found this stack of forgotten favorites. Olivia! She is a long time favorite of my girls & we love to re-read the books over & over.

005There was also a large panel of Olivia, which I turned into a giant log cabin block for the front of the quilt. I was originally just going to chop up the other prints in large segments for the back to hurry up & get it done. My 8 year old was expecting it to be finished in a couple hours, since I can make a dress that quickly. Haha, sorry kiddo, but nope. While I was laying out the fabrics, trying to figure out my backing, inspiration struck. This fabric is out of print & I need to do it more justice than what I was planning. So I started flipping through my vast collection of quilt books & found the perfect pattern. Hexagons! Not the little hand turned pieces, but large hexagons, that just so happen to be big enough to showcase the special prints on my favorite piece of yardage. So this is what I’ve got so far. I’m not sure if this will end up as one quilt or two yet. I’ll have to see how much is leftover when I’m done cutting hexagons. I am loving it so far (and so is little miss).

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No Sleep Till Christmas!

It’s that time of year again where my CCD (compulsive crafting disorder) kicks in to maximum overdrive. Between craft shows, gift making & keeping up with my shops, I feel like I don’t sleep unless I drop from sheer exhaustion. But you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just love this time of year! The excitement & anticipation that is so infectious when I see “that look” on my girls little faces. You know the one. The brand new American Girl doll or toy  catalog just came in the mail & they are instantly the best of friends, pouring over it belly down on the rug. Planning their lists. Planning what to wish for. Pointing out what they think the other should ask for. Wondering if they could copy the outfit themselves, or enlist mom to do it.   My kids are like me & have crochet hooks, or a needle & thread in their little hands when they aren’t working on school work or sleeping. They love the giving part of Christmas, just as much as the getting. And that makes my heart smile.

This weekend really kick starts the beginning of  the Christmas season for us. It’s the weekend of our annual fundraising event for our local after school program. We host a bake sale & a craft/vendor event to raise money. It’s always a lot of fun (albeit a lot of work). I’ve been working like crazy trying to build up enough stock to set up a table for myself.  It’s difficult to switch to craft show mode, when I’m used to selling online. It’s a different beast altogether & I struggle with finding items at different price points that still reflect my style. So far, I’ve made a stack of bibs, a couple pair of wrist warmers, a couple hats, & some Christmas dresses. Some are also listed in my etsy shop, like the Toorie hat knit from super soft and squishy Malabrigo Twist yarn & a sweet little Gingerbread house dress. toorie

gingerbread zinnia

Just Keep Spinning

As most of you know, le Tour de France is going on through the 27th of this month. If you are a member of Ravelry & own a spinning wheel, it is also known as le Tour de Fleece.  It’s a challenge of sorts to see who can spin the most yarn. Most of us join in simply to challenge ourselves (and to empty our fibers bins).  I joined to try to get a jump start on handspun yarn I want to use for Christmas gift making this year. I haven’t gotten as far as I’d like to, but I still have a week to catch up.

My first braid spun, was dyed by me in my Coraline colorway.

coraline

 

Next, was a braid of Sim Slayer from Two If By Hand

sim slayer polwarth

 

Third was a braid of Cathedral from Frabjous Fibers.

cathedral

I have done a small fiber update in my shop for my fellow TDF spinners.

fiber collage

I also put up some new yarns…a sweater lot of a new colorway & a couple mini skein semi solid sets.

 

edward bloom luxe w

treadsoft rainbow