Monday, April 20, 2015

Ericson's Patterns

 I used Lois's vest pattern
 and Diane's pants pattern
 I know my eyes are shut which seems to be a common thing I do on picture taking.
 I used Japanese silk to piece the vest with and lined it with vintage kimono silk that I iced dyed. I used washers and little brass connectors from the hardware store for the ties on the front of the vest.
 I hand stitched designs on the front and back with black #5 pearle cotton thread.

 The pattern has several suggestions to inspire you into making your own pockets. I used some leather on the pocket and the legs.
Now I want to make another pair of pants and design some more pockets.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Diane Ericsson's New Jacket Pattern

 This a very fun jacket to make. I had some wedding silk satin which I dyed black. Amazing how with black you never know what color you will get. I liked the blue look. I also didn't iron the silk so it has a wrinkled look. When I went to the Outside the Lines Retreat with Diane, she had several examples made up. A vest and one out of a man's wool jacket. One was totally hand sewn. Stenciling ideas. Certainly enough to inspire the brain.
 Has attractive cuffs which I did in a complimentary fabric.
 I used perile cotton #5 to hand stitch the tucks.
 Diane's stenciled bug.
 Love the collar. I added a facing which included the collar, so the fabric would be the same as the outside fabric.
Added a little piece of stenciled fabric and a vintage button. This has a hidden pocket on one side. There are oppositional ties inside. I would like to try a vest next.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Telephone Book

I have never seen such a fancy phone book. We received this the other day. We live in many strawberry fields. They will be having their strawberry festival in a couple of weeks. I have never gone, but they have it at our local fairgrounds and sell many things made with strawberries.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


 I had to share with you my walk at a park in Santa Barbara.

Flowers always make my heart feel good. The beauty is hard to meet.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Decoration

I finally came up with an idea on how to use the gifted window from a friend. It is a 1920 wood window frame from a old mining cabin. I decided to use some of my dyeing fabrics in each window section. It decorates the wall that is in my art studio that is part of our new room. I think it came out really nice. It represents what I like to do in this room.

Monday, March 9, 2015


 My other purse wore out, I used it so much. I liked this pattern. I used some upholstery samples. So you can see I had to piece the handle.
 I added some polymer clay pieces that I had made on the front flap.

 A friend of mine gave me some pieces of fabric for a quilt I am working on and that gave some brightly colored fabrics to put in the lining. I think it is fun to have a lining that is a surprise when you open your purse. So you can see the flap and the magnetic snap. There was actually a video on how to put in the magnetic snap on the Indygo junction website.

 The inside pocket a coordinating fabric. Just right for my billfold and IPhone.
I wanted a purse big enough to slide my IPad in. I had to spread 2" across the purse pattern so I could get my IPad into the purse. I think I am going to enjoy using this purse. I used it yesterday going to church and it worked well.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Diane Ericson's Skirt Pattern

This is the Taos Skirt. I had a piece of home deco fabric that I have had for a long time. I had to add some black batiste underlining as you could see through the fabric. I was delighted to see that a beaded silk blouse and a wonderful belt from estate sale shopping went very well to complete the outfit. I am off to Minnesota on Monday to go to my niece's wedding. The fabric started out to be a jacket and then I didn't have enough, and then it was going to be a pair of pants and then it was enough for this skirt. I am happy with how it turned out.