Friday, May 19, 2017

Beaded Ring

 I have been working on beading a ring. It is called a Toggle Ring. The artist is Sabine Lippert. This is the complete ring with a square on it.
 Then you can remove the square and place a circle on the ring.
Or a triangle. It makes a very interesting ring.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Thought you might like to see what I am doing when I am not sewing. I am trying to get some things done that have been waiting for my attention. Since the rain is keeping me in some, I am looking at what to do around the house. This chair has been asking for help for two years. This is how far I have gotten. I had a dream of painting several chairs and it looks like this is the second and probably the last. I haven't painted for sometime, so some of the paints are dried up. I drew the apple house and I wanted to use it on something. I have painted it on a silk scarf so far and I am thinking I will paint it on a glass window that I can hang on my patio.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Katherine Brenne's Jacket

 I think I mentioned that I took a class from Katherine Breene in November and really liked her style. This jacket really caught my eye.
 I chose a light weight linen that will be more like a shirt then a jacket. I am thinking it will be nice for summer. Her directions for very good. I liked how she used self made bias stripes to finish all the edges. It takes some time to add these, but it really looks nice.

 There is a seam down the back so it is not straight up and down. There is some curve. There is also some curve on the sides. She has a pair of pants with this pattern and I think I would like to try them too.
 The pockets are just hanging and only attached at the top of each pocket.
 I added squares of fabric and loops for the buttons. The sleeves are just rolled up.
I covered plastic rings with fabric and made my own buttons. The pattern is made so you can make it reversible, but I wanted to show off the contrast that I added.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Pants

 I like this pattern very much. I originally made this to use for my yoga, but with the fabric that I used, I think they came out quite stylish. So I can use them for a little dress up as well.

 It has a diagonal pocket on each side of the side panel.

 This fabric is nylon 4 way stretch.
 A wide band around the waist and a back insert that can be used for a little more style with the stripes turned the other way.
 Trying to show you the pocket close up.
The lower part of the insert is gathered which looks really nice. This pattern runs very long. I am 5'3" and I had to cut off six inches. At first when I looked at the effect of the stripes I thought maybe it looks like a prison pair of pants, but now I decided it looks stylish. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bathing Suit

 I have never made a bathing suit before and I decided to take on the challenge. I used this pattern which I think came out well. I used bathing suit fabric and lining. Put in bra cups and a piece of power mesh across the stomach area. The suit feels very comfortable. My suits are often short and I have to keep pulling them down. This one will not have that problem.
I used the article that Katherine Brenne wrote for the Vogue Magazine June/July 2016 on constructing a bathing suit. It is excellent and covers everything you need to know to succeed. The real challenge was making the stripes angle from the center out. The pattern was on the fold and it took me some time to line up the stripes and then make a seam down the center front and back so I could line up the stripes. I had to baste the fabric so the stripes would stay while I sewed the fabric on the machine.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Another one Done

You can see that I haven't been sewing. This is my second completed project from the Bead Retreat that I attended this summer. It is a bracelet designed by Laura McCabe. This was definitely a challenge. I am enjoying doing something other then sewing. I guess I needed a vacation. I do have a bathing suit cut out for the future. This should be a challenge also as I have not ever made one before. I have one more project from the Bead Retreat to complete. So we will see which wins out.

I will be taking off tomorrow for San Jose, California to attend the PenWAG wearable art group. I will be attending a 2 1/2 day workshop with Kathryn Brenne making our own pants pattern. I am looking forward to seeing how to make pants fit.

The group always has a sale of donated stash fabric in December with a potluck. I have really cleaned out my stash this year and have 13 plastic bags to take up for the sale. I still have many more pieces left for my creative spirit to take on in the future.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Back from my trips

 First I went to Ireland and was able to stay with my friend Fiona's parents on their farm. This is one of the old buildings that was along the coast on a drive we took.
 We climbed up to a old burial site and you could see how green and beautiful Ireland is.
 We took a trip into Dublin and spent a day touring the city. These are sculptures that are done to remind people of the times that Ireland went through starvation.
 Then I went to Edinburgh, Scotland for four days. Of course, I was quite delighted that I could find the local fabric shop.
 I was home for four days and then I flew to Minnesota to spend sometime with my family. I was a little early for the autumn leave, but saw a few.
 Then I joined my friend Fiona and her family who were mostly from Ireland and watch her run in the Twin Cities Marathon as a Global Hero. She won along with 24 other Global Heroes around the world that Medtronics flew in for the race. They all have devices that help them control some health issue and so it is quite a feet to be able to run a race. Their stories were so inspirational. It told us that you can do anything against many odds if you don't give up.
 Then in a week I attended a beach retreat. It was the perfect time to have this come in my life. I needed a little rest and time to get my energy back. All of my trips were so wonderful and I feel blessed to have been able to go on them.
 After that heavy schedule I have needed some down time. Beading seemed like a good relaxing creative adventure for me. I am so happy I have now completed my first project that was introduced to me in the bead retreat that I attended in July.
 These are the squash that I picked from my garden. It is the first time I have tried squash and it looks like it is a success. This should hold us for the winter.