Threads & Stitches

The crafty musings of a Londoner

Wool

There’s something about bundles of wool that makes me really happy. Firstly, they look so pretty and inviting. Secondly they whisper of projects yet to come and beautiful things to treasure.

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Last night whilst sifting through one of my fabric draws I came across these bundles tucked away beneath paisleys and gingham.

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Wasn’t sure what to do with them.

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Wasn’t in the mood for knitting.

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So I made a pom pom!

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Have now decided that I want the whole headboard covered in pom poms!!

 

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Collection Update

Would love to spend more time working on the collection but life has a habit of getting in the way. This is where I’m at so far . . .

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Just need to make the handles and stitch the top seam. Slightly annoyed that I can’t remove the crease running down the centre but really this is just a ‘sample’ piece and I’ll be changing some of my methods with the next one.

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The iPhone case is finished and I’m actually pretty happy with it, like with the bag I will have to change some of the ways I put the next one together. I’ve got a few other designs for the hand stitched part that I want to get working on so hopefully will be sharing those with you soon 🙂

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Let me know what you think!

 

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A Rainy Day

I actually don’t mind rain – even in summer. However I don’t like being caught unawares as I was yesterday on the way home from work.

It didn’t take long until I was soaked through . . .

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Poor shoes 😦

Tutorial: Stamp Printing . . . the makeshift way

As I mentioned in the Weekend Round Up, I have decided that the lining to the tote bags I’m working on should be my own print. Now unfortunately I actually hated printing when I was studying, so in all the time I had to take advantage of the knowledge that was being passed onto me, I spent most of it not paying attention and certainly not putting any effort into a thought process when designing a print.

Based on this I decided to keep it simple, resulting in not the chicest of finish or look, but one I’m happy with none the less.

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– Chosen fabric

– Craft foam

– Fabric paint

– Glue

– Empty pill boxes (this is what I used but for an even finish you’ll need to use something that is solid, a square of wood is ideal)

– Scissors, I also ended up using a scalpel as this was easier for cutting the foam

– Masking tape

– Paint brush

– Ruler

– Pencil

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I wasn’t sure what to use as the block that would hold the stamp, I don’t have spare bits of wood lying around so just rummaged through cluttered areas of my flat until I came across empty hay fever relief boxes. I knew they wouldn’t get an even finish as the pressure would vary across the boxes but I taped them up none the less.

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Draw out the shape you want to print, if it’s a more complicated design don’t forget to think about positive and negative space!

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I’ve cut three of the same shape to make a high stack, this is to reduce the chance of any paint on the block touching my fabric.

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Glue the layers together and stick to your block.

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Protect your surface and masking tape the corners of fabric down to make sure the fabric doesn’t move whilst you’re printing and create smudges.

Make a test print first on an off cut of the fabric you are about to work on!

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For a clean and less risky stamp, paint the stamp with a brush rather than dipping.

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I left one space empty on each piece for a different colour triangle.

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My new lining . . .

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The bag itself is nearly finished and I really feel my own printed fabric is pulling it all together. Pictures to follow . . .

 

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Weekend Round Up

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It’s been one of those wonderfully productive weekends starting with a boxing class in Finsbury Park on Saturday morning – nothing like getting sweaty to set up a day.

Then in sweaty gear I rather ungracefully made my way down to Seven Sisters Road to one of the best fabric shops around, the service in there is hilarious, they have to contend daily with a variety of people, ages, cultures, generations etc coming in to pick up what they need for their project and I’ve observed that the OAP’s are the worst customers (not in general, just here)! They’re likes bulls in a china shop, charging through, scooping up fabric, calling across the shop to busy staff demanding they are served immediately. It’s a little chaotic in there to say the least and the staff deal with it by treating everyone like naughty children, they are super strict and stern, normally service like that would get my back up, but in there it’s just funny, it’s a survival method for them – those OAP’s are scary!

New fabric in hand I popped down to Waitrose to cancel out all my hard work in the gym and picked up a couple packets of biscuits.

Last stop before home, the art supply shop. Dangerous territory but I was well behaved and only picked up what was needed – stamp printing supplies. I’ve decided that the lining for the leather and canvas tote bags I’m working on need a little colour but after searching through countless prints and fabric types I just haven’t been able to find what I want. So I am printing the fabric for the lining. Printing tutorial to follow!

On Saturday I also managed to finish the iPhone case from the same collection as the canvas and leather bag, pretty happy with it. It took a lot of trial and error! Took me back to uni days!

Saturday evening and Sunday were all about seeing important people and provided the perfect round up to my weekend.

Hope you had a good one too!