Okay my lovely followers, just a quick little post about a non-sewing but sewing-related project I decided to undertake a while ago. Something I’ve always wanted to have, but just haven’t been able to carve out time to complete – pattern weights! Pattern weights are a great option to have on hand, to use with fabrics that are either very delicate, and may not be suitable to pinning, or for fabrics that are very shifty, making it hard to keep the fabric from squirming around during the pattern pinning process. There are lots of great free tutorials out there on the Web about making your own pattern weights. Using all sorts of creative materials. For me, after checking out a lot of really interesting options, I decided I liked how the large, heavy washers worked, when wrapped in ribbon. They would have a hole in the middle, which makes it easy to pick up and place or replace on the pattern, and the hole can be used to store the pattern weights on the wall, on pegs. Which is always a great option for me, as I have limited drawer storage space in my rather smallish sewing studio. They are smooth, you can make them pretty, and they were fast and easy to make. So, follow along with me on my pattern weight journey!
Okay my patient followers! I haven’t posted for a while, but wanted to talk about a project that I decided to tackle, since I am such a fan of Matthew Boudreaux, aka #MisterDomestic . Matthew, along with Tara Curtis, who created the cool tool, Wefty Needle to use with fabric strip weaving, I’m doing a fun little Weave Along on #MisterDomestic’s web site.
I’ve been fascinated with fabric strip weaving for a while, now, after seeing Matthew’s incredible, breathtaking woven coat he made for his little daughter (take a gander, here: Matthew Boudreaux’s Amazing Woven Secret Agent Trench Coat). Now, I have sewn for, well, let’s just say decades. Many decades. But this was Off. The. Hook. I had to check this guy out. He has the energy of 3 people, and let’s just say his little daughter is one very lucky little girl!! After seeing this incredible coat, I just had to investigate this fabric strip weaving thing. That led me to Tara Curtis, whose web site is equally inspiring, @T_Jaye Modern Weaving. Tara also has a really great YouTube channel, where she teaches how to fabric weave. Between Tara’s web site and YouTube channel, it’s impossible NOT to learn how to fabric weave, she is a brilliantly talented gal.
So, between Matthew’s infectious personality & boundless energy, and Tara’s detailed & talented teaching and tools, it was simply impossible for me not to learn how to do this. Here’s what I made, and super excited about turning this very cool weave into a very nice tote. One of my Viking Designer Epic List talented list members, Judy S. posted a photo recently of a “Poolside Tote” she made from Noodlehead. I have this pattern, and just haven’t carved out time to make the tote, but realized it would be perfect for the weave, so that’s my end goal – to use the weave as the back panel for this tote.
First, I had to select my fabrics. I decided upon Art Gallery Fabric’s “Round Elements” for the weave and lining, and for the rest of the outer fabric for the bag, I selected Bari J’s Joie de Vivre Collection’s “C’est la Vie Winter“, also by Art Gallery.
Hello my lovely blog-followers! It’s been too long since I’ve posted, and lots has happened since I’ve blogged last! The biggest change in my life? I am now officially a grandmother! Been waiting an awfully long time for this precious moment, and it has finally come in the form of the lovely Bianca Isobel born 2-12-16:
So, after spending not enough time with my new little granddaughter, I’m back home and stitching up about a gazillion things for her! Read the rest of this entry
…since I blogged, my lovely blog followers. So, thought I’d take a quick minute to post a new entry about some of my projects, and do some introspective musings with y’all, because you are all so very understanding and sympathetic!
You know, life goes on, and with that journey, one can have moments of contemplation. Serious contemplation. Maybe life-changing contemplation. I’m at one of those “moments” of my life. My job may be in flux, and, “at my age” (hate that phrase, but sadly apropos in my current situation), it makes me take pause to do some serious self-inspection. What should I do?? Ooh, I feel really like I am at that proverbial crossroads in life. It’s hard when you’ve invested decades into a career and have been able to achieve a fair degree of success and thus, obtained a certain income level that allows you to enjoy life in a fairly comfortable manner. And, being on the older side of adulthood, now, there is that tendency to be looking over your shoulder a bit, knowing I could easily be replaced with someone younger and cheaper. Read the rest of this entry
Well, my blog buddies, time to bring you up to speed with my little “free” dress project! Last time we talked, I left you with a nice glass of Chianti, as I racked my brain about anything and everything I knew about sewing with knits. So, here are some great tips to keep in mind when you’re using your sewing machine to construct a knit garment, some pulled from memory, others found online and in my sewing resource books: Read the rest of this entry
Okay, had a little gift drop into my lap about a week or two, ago. I was collecting fabrics for a little baby quilt I’d like to make for my eventual future grandchild (a mom can be hopeful, can she not??) Actually, my oldest daughter and her husband are working on it, and I’m betting it’s going to be a boy, so, since they live on the east coast in Maryland, and spend a lot of time at the beach during the summer, I just fell in love with this little quilt. I even bought some additional fabric with little crabs on it from the Dear Stella “Seaworthy” line. Love this fabric designer, they are fun, whimsical, and lighthearted in their design approach. Cannot possibly have this quilt go to Maryland and made without the little crab fabric!
There’s been a little chatter about sewing machine needle choices over on our Viking Designer Gems Yahoo Group lately, so, I thought that between projects, it might be a good topic to talk about a bit. Let’s see if we can make you a Sewing Machine Needle Guru!
In honor of the Scottish Referendum vote today, one of the most historic actions in the history of Scotland, however it may turn out, I thought I would talk about a little project that has been niggling to get completed. So…
We have had this question pop up periodically, on my Yahoo Groups Viking Designer Gems list, and the question came up again, a few days ago: How do I save one of the built-in embroidery designs on my Gem to my USB flash drive, so I can edit it in my embroidery software on my computer?” So, I thought it might be helpful to do a little blog post about how to save your built-in embroidery designs on your Gem, to a USB flash drive, so you can take the design to your computer, open it up in your favorite embroidery editing software (for me, that would be 6D Premier), to be able to edit in your software. It’s really so very easy to do, and the steps are nearly the same for all the Gems. You can find these instructions on page 7:11 of the Royale User’s Guide, and in very close to the same place in the Diamond Deluxe and Diamond User’s Guides. I’ll give you a step by step on my Husqvarna Viking Diamond Royale machine, and then I’ll try to list the steps for you on the Topaz and the Ruby as well. So, here we go:
Well my faithful blog followers, you have waited a LOOOONG time for another post from me. I have discovered that I am not the best blogger. This should not come as a surprise to me, as I was also that kid that never used a diary, either. So, trying to develop new habits at this rather “mature” date, seems to be harder than I had anticipated, hah! But, not to despair! I hope the wait will be worthwhile. I decided to finally set my mind to tackling the learning curve of creating a little tutorial video. Now, I like to fashion myself as a techie – have some computer background as well as being a nurse by trade, but let me tell you. There were SO many moving parts to this learning curve that I was ready to throw in the towel. However, due to the kind nagging of my “comrades in arms” – a couple of very good friends of mine, who both worked they way through the same learning curve, I am tackling it with a full frontal assault. Here is just a small portion of that learning curve, hope you find it as exasperatingly funny as I did (this morning, after re-counting this to my two very good comrades in arms), whilst I struggled through it into the wee hours of the night last night: