Personalized Fabric Labels {How to}

Always sign your work!  When you make art, sign it.  I’ve been hearing that a lot lately.  Only, I didn’t bother giving that sentiment much thought.  How am I gunna sign fabric?  Not important.  until I realized that I could make a label, then get it printed on fabric.  THAT WORKS.  You have probably heard of Spoonflower.  Cause they’re awesome.  I created a 1 by 2 inch image, uploaded it and ordered an 8×8 inch proof for $5.50.   I came about a week later and it’s perfect for what I need.  I get 32 labels out of this sheet.

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After you have made the image, uploaded it, bought it, and waited a week for delivery, you are going to iron it to some fusible interfacing.  There are little dots of adhesive that melt under the iron and adhere the fabric to the interfacing.  This will add strength and help keep it from fraying.

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Next cut out the labels.

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I’m going to sew these by hand because the mini quilt I want to put it on is already finished.  You can always machine sew to the backing fabric before you finish your work.

Next trim it up all cute.  I’m just going to sew down the corners.

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Fix it to the stop you want it.  Then knot the thread under the label.

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Sew on your first side.  Put the needle in the label first then back through the backing fabric.

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Repeat all the way around.

You dont have to cut the thread at each side.  Just run it under the label.

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When you come to the end, now its time to bury the thread.  First tie a knot.   Then put your needle into the backing fabric and out as far away from the knot as your needle will allow.  Then trim.

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I just wanna shoot!

A couple moths ago I was hired by an outstanding small business.  CloudFoto.  I’m an assistant at this point but I hope to eventually start to be a second shooter.  This reignited the photo bug.  I borrowed back a film camera that I gave away 7 years ago.  Just gotta get some batteries.  And I pulled out my contraption yesterday.

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I also shaved my head this weekend.  I’m free!!!

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Well, well, well. Look who is quilting.

My gramma was a crocheter, embroider, and quilter.  The only thing I can’t do that she could is quilt.  I’ve been contemplating for a long time on how I would go about remedying that.   It’s too much fabric, it’s too hard to do, It’s expensive, I have small children and can’t leave things out.  All these things are valid but not enough to keep me back once I had spent over a year English Paper Piecing.  My first Hexie was November 2013.  I just basted for a long time partly because I really enjoy it and it’s small enough to carry around with me. Then I decided to make a runner for my mom to put on her dressers.  The more research I did in how to accomplish that the more I thought, shoot, I can quilt.

I used information from Modern Handcraft for the runner.  But ended up doing it incorrectly.  Pro tip, don’t read through, get the idea, and go for it.  Keep the page up.  Make sure that yours and their looks similar.  ugh.  I do that when I get excited.  My mom loved them. (One for each of her dressers) They were a birthday gift.  Roughtly 500 hexies and about 10 months of work.

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Next it was time to try simple piecing.  It wasn’t great.  I wont bother even showing  you.

Then Paper Piecing.  SO MUCH BETTER. My first tries.

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There is a pattern by Jesse Art School Drop out that I have been coveting on her instagram for months, so I tried that next.

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To be clear, I LOVE PAPER PIECING.  It takes lots of the guess work out even if it’s a little weird to do at first.  Its very first this, then this, then this.  My favorite.  If you want to check it out, try this tutorial.

Then I went to a fabric store, bought some fabric and immediately started a crib size quilt.  Half Square Triangles seem simple enough and I love me some triangles.  It turned out to be crib size and as soon as I’m done binding it, it’s his to ruin and hold on to.

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I’ve bought fabric for binding but haven’t started yet.  I want to read up some more.

Then I found Wombatquilts and her mini paper piecing pattern and did this one in about 4 days.  It’s addicting.  I’m addicted.  My gramma would be so proud.

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Instead of doing regular binding, it makes me nervous, I wrapped the back fabric around.  I actually really like the effect.  This is 8.5 by 8.5.

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{photo tutorial} beanie hat

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Every morning I sit at my computer and I click the Pinterest bookmark and I “leaf” through for a couple minutes. Pinning things that I might want to look at later.  In my little feed there was a pin with 5 different beanie hat tutorials.  After looking through I realized that one of them was from a talented lady I follow on Instagram @imaginegnats.  Her blog had the tutorial up in the free section and I immediately dived in.   I created my own tutorial here, not because I didn’t like hers, but because I didn’t use her pattern.  And instead I figured out the size I need by measurements.  I wanted to show how I did that.  If you like a pattern please pop right over and print hers.  Cause its great too. And yes that’s it sitting next to my shirt on the table. :)

To get started find an old t-shirt.  I grabbed one for me, and the girl and boy.  I did his first and messed it up a bit.  Then her and overcompensated.  By the time I got to mine I knew what I was doing wrong. I made all three in about 20 minutes.  (20 mins!!!)

  1. T-shirt or knit fabric.  CHECK.

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2. Turn it inside out and fold it in half lengthwise

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3. Measure your head at the point where the hat will sit.  Mine is 23 inches.  I went with 22 because I’d like it to not fall off.  I allowed 1/4 seem allowance.   After you know your measurement, divide it by 4.  Do you see how there is 4 layers in the picture above?  Ok good.  Now cut it down to that number.  22/4=5.5

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5. Now, how long do you want it?  Tight? Slouchy? Hipster Slouchy?  I went moderate slouch.  I measured from the bottom of my ear to the top of my head and added 3 inches.  That was 12 inches.

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6. One more cut.  Lay it out flat and trim off just the bottom corners.  This will keep it tight to at your hairline.

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7. Now we sew!  Put your machine on the knit/stretchy stitch.  And doesn’t forget to change your stitch length and width.  I move mine to 3 and 3.  Then switch your needle position to the left or right.  Which ever is closer to the outside.

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8. Make sure you are still right side together and sew only the sides of your hat.  Leave the top (the slouchy part) completely open right now.

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9. Now we are going to turn it so that the seems that you’ve just created are in the center of the fabric.

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10.  I like my slouch slouchy but not pointy.  So I used an 12” embroidery hoop for a guide to cut my top into a half circle.  ( This is not an exact science, as you can see. But it works!  ;))

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11. But then I cut just a bit more off to make sure it didn’t point.

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12. Now we sew.  Just follow the edge around.  Allow at least 1/4 seem allowance.  Mine is wonky cause I did it with the kids hanging on me.  But it totally doesn’t matter!

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13.  Flip it inside (rightside?) out and rock that beanie, hipster!

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Colorblocked Afghan {with instructions}

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I buy not as much yarn as I used to. I like to have a selection. Everyone E in a while my yarn chooses what I’ll use it for.  This is one of those things.  Pink/red/orange is the best color combination ever. (That is until I fall in love with another). These yarns lined themselves next to each other and I took it from there.

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I’ve got a quilt My gramma made for me for Christmas when I was about 6. We use it on the couch for cartoon and snuggles and its starting to fall apart.  It’s time to replace the snuggle blanket.

She took me 32 weeks I complete all 252 rows of single crochet / chain one stitches.   I mainly worked on it to avoid other more urgent projects.  Originally I had purple, fuchsia,  pink, red, orange. It worked out for size it the weight of all those stitches made the last orange unnecessary.  I would have liked that last color but it would have been about 8 feet stretched. Yeah, way too much blankie.

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But man she’s still pretty.

 

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Wanna make one?  First thing, How wide do you want your blanket? I’m going to go with 72 inches.  I used Hobby Lobby “I love This Yarn” and a H hook.  Chain 12+1 and complete woven stitch for 3 or 4 rows until you have a flat piece of fabric.  Now measure it.  Multiply that those inches until you are at or near the width you wanted.

Like this –

Lets say I want my afghan 72 inches wide.

My test is ch 12+1 of Woven Stitch.  We all know crochet diagrams are the best so here ya go.

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And this is how it turned out.  3 inches.

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72/3 = 24  24*12 = 288

So, chain 288+1, follow the diagram, then 252 rows later you will have one very heavy and comfy afghan.  That’s 72,576 stitches, by the way.

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{peter} Pan Collar

I take commissions semi regularly nowadays.  Mostly I still just make things cause I have an idea or saw something interesting I had to try or work with.

My favorite thing is when a friend of mine says “Hey can you make {a thing}?”  And I say “Yes!  I’ve been wanting to make a {a thing}!”

In this case the thing was Peter Pan Collars.  I had experimented with them in the past but I was eye balling some more beautiful vintage patterns on pinterest and needed a reason to make a couple.  So when my friend, who is someone that can absolutely pull up a collar daily, asked for a couple I was happy to oblige.

The white is a pattern I found on Ravelry.  I added the picots and the long bow, cause it really did need it.

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The second I wanted more dense and I couldn’t find a pattern I liked so I made it up.  I’m planning to write it out and attempt to make a diagram but who has the time!  Please comment if you would like the pattern for free and I’ll motivate myself to write it up.  😉

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I’ll give them to her this week and I hope she loves them!

#everydayishalloween {free motion embroidery}

Last week I broke myself to complete 8 embroideries in 36 hours.  I actually did 9.  (f*ck yeah!)  These were for a Halloween show on Oct 30th.  I sold some earrings for $10 and thats it.  Thankfully Instagram is the best and I was able to sell another 4 of them.  Thanks!

I really love the way these turn out.  Print on paper, tape it to the back of the fabric, tape the fabric on the fabric, flip it over and get ta sewin.

My mom took the kids all day so I could get this done.  My “area” (fully taken over dining room) was a mess because we were also getting ready for the kids birthday party. They are all lined up and ready to go.  The prep work had been complete for a couple weeks.

 

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I’m new to a machine and I really need to learn how to master a skill before moving to the next.  Like learning my machine.  The bobbin get all weird and when I opened it up I realized my vintage thread was just falling apart in there.  Ew.

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7' hoop

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4' hoop

4′ hoop / SOLD

 

8' hoop

8′ hoop / SOLD

 

5' hoop

5′ hoop / SOLD

 

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Many are still for sale.  See something you like?  Lemme know in the comments.

About Color

It all comes back to color.

You can have a wonderful design, great execution but it’s nothing without great color.

I’ve always leaned towards history and nostalgia. In school subjects and in my everyday life. I’ve felt close to different aesthetics at different points in my life. As an ex-goth I was a Victorian and a hippie Beatles fan. I was really into the 1940s and tattoos and pinup style and aggrotech. I sorta move between styles without realizing it.

Most recently I’ve been a stay at home mom and a wife. I’m a housewife. I’m not CEO of the family or something else that makes it sounds important when it doesn’t need too. There is nothing wrong with “housewife” other than it’s outdated now. I keep things so that the three others in this family are happy and healthy. That is nothing to be ashamed of. In this stage of my life I’m loving classic style of the Atomic Age.

Like. My beautiful mint Kitchenaid mixer.

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My vintage bake ware.

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And creamy dreamy colors.

I’ve been keeping a pinterest board of color I use for palette inspiration. I just wanna swim in that first one. Mmmm

Follow Teresa Millies’s board color on Pinterest.

How do you choose palettes for your work?

{how to} Make a Hexie Flower

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I have been hexie-ing for nearly a year now.  (Nov. 6th is my first anniversary as a hexie addict.  It was a fateful cold night at Starbucks with Rebecca from hugsarefun).  I created 1300 or 1600 hexies.  I honestly don’t remember.  I basted them all in 4 months then figured out how I wanted to group them as flowers and then made a few hundred flowers.  No two are the same.  I love random but I can’t be actually random.  It’s too painful.

Pretty huh?

For the purposes of this tutorial I’m going to focus on making the flower only.  If you need help to begin English Paper Piecing or hexies there are a many wonderful tutorials and makers that have them completely mastered.  I will warn you.  It is very addicting and truly satisfying.

Check these out….

http://modernhandcraft.com/

http://www.craftypod.com/categories/tutorials

Hexies are loved on Instagram and Pinterest.  You can easily find inspiration and technique when you are looking for it.

 

To begin….

Supplies include, thread, scissors, 7 hexies, a wonder clip (small binder clip, paper clip, ect), and a needle.  You can use any needle you are comfortable with.  But not too big because we don’t want to leave a big hole.  I really love milliners needles because they are long and Coats and Clark Mercerized Cotton.  My fabric is cotton so cotton thread it is.

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Next, figure out how you want them to lay out.  In my case they are “random” so that means I don’t really want blocks of shape or color.

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Next, pick up the middle and one of the sides, keeping the others laid out so that you know what comes next.

Flip em over and attach the wonder clip (small binder clip, paper clip, ect) to one end.

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Thread your needle and begin my making a knot at the end.  Insert under the flip of the fabric.  But not into the paper.  We aren’t going into the paper at all ever.  Then straight into the fabric of the second hexie.  Pull through.

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Whip stitch to the end of that side only.

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I usually get 16 or 17 stitches in.  More is fine but less than 15 isn’t enough.  At the end you will want to double up the stitch, knot, and then insert your needle into the fabric a bit before cutting.  This hides the thread.

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Yay!  You put two together!  Look at you!

Let’s get that third one on there.  You can see here that the two are clearly stitched together.  Don’t forget ( I have a few times) which hexie is your center.  You are adding around that center flower.  Thread and knot your needle, use your wonder or paper clip to hold the third hexie on and start in the opposite side.  Stitch until the clip.

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Repeat this on each hexie around until you get to the last hexie.

Here is the fourth and what it will look like from the front.  I prefer to join this way because its more difficult to see the stitches in the front.

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The last hexie will only be different because there is now 3 sides instead of 2.

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Don’t forget to hide that thread.

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And fin!

Ain’t she sweet?

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At this point you can keep making flowers and join, you can sew it on to some felt and have a coaster, there are a million things to do with hexies.

I hope this was helpful!  How will you use your flower?

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December 2014 {or how I make Tony some shorts}

So we are up to December now.  As you may have noticed, all of these photos are from instagram.  Part of the reason I gave up blogging is because even though I have a very nice camera and very nice lighting, I never actually get around to taking a photo with my nice things.  I’m not going to fool myself and think that I’m going to pull out my Nikon, but I will make an effort to take better photos with my phone.

After all the art show and the craft show I really needed a break.  So I decided to reorganize all my floss.  Nice and relaxing.  I call these things a make break.  After a major project I almost always reorganize and sort.

And then I immediately started making small things for the NIDO show.  There is another coming up in December.  It was one of the more successful and fun shows I did and I’m really looking forward to doing it again.

 

 

The december ArtBar show was the Black and White Show.  I bought a cintage wedding photo and stitched gas masks on their faces.  I saw so many people looking at it and wowing while I secretly hoped it wouldn’t go anywhere.  It didn’t.  This is all mine  :)

I got a commission to make crochet shorts for a friend of mine.  It was harder than I thought it would be, actually, but they turned out hilarious and he ended up winning the “Ugly Sweater” contest.

I made the girl a super cute hat.  She requested a pink hat.  And bonus, it fits again this year.

I picked up hexies from Hugs are Fun.  She taught me how to baste on Nov 6th and I was immediately into it.  The fabrics and the textures and they are so fast!  I’m still addicted.  This is my very first hexie.

You get the idea.  Much much more on hexies later.

I tried to knit.  This is exactly how far I got.  Knitting is something that I want to learn to do, but not right now.  😉