The fabric by the way is Power Pop by Jenean Morrisson.
I hope you are making time to enjoy the lovely weather we're having just now and I'll speak again soon.
I've been playing around creating photographs to use for magazine adverts. I never find it easy. Too small a space to say or show all you want to... given how easy I find it to witter on about fabric. So, for me, working out a pictorial essay in an advert space is definitely a exercise in something but I'm not quite sure what.
This morning I've been taking Delilah photographs;
(I like Delilah. I think it can go together to make a complete vintage/retro look or it can be something very modern looking.)
The side effect of all this stacking and re-stacking of fabric to try and show it off at its best are two new bundles. One in pink...
which joins an already mostly pink bundle.
and one in blue...
I hope you love them. Have a great weekend.
A piece of fabric... ok, maybe one or two pieces of fabric, plus little sewing. Result? A nine patch block and a new addiction.
LouLouThi Needleworks has been designed by Anna Maria Horner and it represents something a little different in that the design on the fabric is marked out in little crosses .... and yes that means that you can cross-stitch the design for something wonderfully textured or you can use it as a cloth in it's own right 'cos it's just pretty.
(This print is called Vision in Pangaea. The background is a soft cream with the various motifs picked out in different colours against it.)
My nine patch block does have an intended desitnation, it just hasn't quite made it there yet as I've been distracted by the rest of the piece of fabric I used for the blocks.
A fat quarter of this is huge when it comes to cutting out little squares... because the bolt is a massive 54 inches wide. Yes - there's a lot left, so I've been stitching that too. Cross - stitching to be precise.
I'm addicted to it. I haven't actually done any cross-stich since I left junior school so it took a while to get back into it again but now I'm really enjoying having something that I can just pick up for a few minutes and then put down. (Actually it isn't easy to put it down. I'm finding that really difficult.) I'm using Pearle sewing threads on this as I'm loving the slight reflectiveness of it. I may not use all Pearle threads as that might be overkill but I'll make that decision as I go along.
This piece is intended to make a 'small' (note the word small) sampler style cushion but that really depends how long it takes me. It may end up as a small bag or small mat for the table in the hall. Just now I'm enjoying the 'doing'.
Vilene Craft Interlining S520 is part of the Vilene Creative product range. It is an equivalent to Peltex 71F.
Basically, this interlining is white, fusible on one side and is 30cm wide (although you may find it available in wider widths.) It's been designed with pelmet making in mind but that makes it extremely suited to other applications such as bag making, belts, lampshades and many other crafts where the fabric requires good structure and firm support.
I've had a couple of emails over the past week or so about how to actually apply it to fabric so I thought I'd share this link to the Vilene site which has a short product video showing exactly how to apply Vilene S520 to fabric to get the best results and to protect your iron from a few of the rigours of belonging to someone who enjoys her/his fabric crafts.
The video isn't in German, so don't be afraid, it is just a practical demonstration of what to do and if you don't wish to take the time to watch the video then these are the written instructions.
How to fuse interlining Vilene S520 to fabric.
So, what do you do if you can't tell which is the side with the 'fusible' on? The vilene webste confidently says to use the coated side to adhere to the fabric, but I'm not convinced it's that obvious. If you're struggling to tell which side is which and you don't want to experiment to find out, then it's probably safe to assume that as I send this interlining rolled up, the coated side will the side inside the 'curl'.
Stitch in color - charm squares and jelly rolls.
I've never made it a secret that I love rich colour which is why I find it difficult to buy the pale and 'interesting' colours for the shop :) You don't really need to know that but it does explain why I really love this fabric collection designed by Malka Dubrawsky.
If you've ever come across the book "Fresh Quilting" by Malka Dubrawky or her blog "A stitch in dye", you will know that she loves colour; bright, saturated glorious colour. Her sewing is full of rich and exciting colour combinations and inspiring design.
I love this tote bag which shows off some of the fabrics really well. It's from her Flickr set which you'll find over here if you wish to explore more images.
These are a few images from her book which show her love of colour and contemporary design.
A pair of Pot holders ...
...and a quilt developed from the same improvisational design.
So you see, that now she has a fabric collection out called a 'stitch in colour', I really wasn't able to ignore it. It is deliciously filled with colour and interesting designs.
Note the already patchwork and 'quilt stitched', look of some of the fabrics.
I hope you like them too!
Ali over at Very Berry Handmade is hosting an extremely delicious fabric giveaway to kick start January into sewing frenzy of a month ( and hopefully the following 11 months of 2012).
There are many prizes and different ways in which you can participate, so why not join in?
What are you going to resolve to sew in 2012? Are you going to start sewing for the first time or tackle or learn something completely new. Tell Ali and take part in her massive giveaway, which is open until the 26th January.
Well, yes they genuinely are corduroy... lovely soft, tactile needlecord or pin cord if you prefer and they are part of Amy Butler's new fashion fabrics range.
These are Soul blossom prints;
Trailing Orchid in Blue Velvet... lots of blues, highlighted with a little green.
This is the blue solid which can be used alone or to accent the English Garden or the Trailing orchid fabrics.
They are the same designs as the home decor fabrics of the same names which I'm guessing is where the confusion comes, but these are a narrower fabric as they're 44/45 inches wide (110/112cm) and not 54 inches wide like the home dec fabric. The pattern scale is also smaller.
They can be used to make clothes and bags, pouches of all kinds ....
(The Liverpool tunic in English Garden in Bluestone corduroy - photograph from Amy's site)
.... and quilts such as this one.
This layer cake comprises fabric from Ruby, a new fabric collection designed by Bonnie and Camille. It has 42, 10 inches square pieces of fabric made up of 35 different designs. Some designs are doubled up to give a good balance of colour, print and design scale.
Ruby is full of gorgous little prints, tiny scallops and polks dots and lucious florals in beautiful ruby red, greys, greens and a delicous aqua.
It's got quite a retro feel to it being inspired by the youthful optimism of the 1950's.
This is a link to the Moda Bake Shop and a wonderful quilt designed using this layer cake.
(Photograph from the Moda Bake Shop website)
It's designed by Corey of 'Little Miss Shabby;. Pretty isn't it?
I wanted to share this with you. Look at these lovely charm squares; Rooftop Garden by Moda and Modern Workshop by Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S.
Judith over at Rags to Bags is having a giveaway as a celebration for passing a 100 followers. She's really excited and you may be excited about the possibility of joining in ? It's open until Monday the 17th October so why not visit?
Whilst you're there have a good look around as there are so many gorgeous sewing ideas and it's dripping with pictures of bags and quilts. Bet you stay a while :)
You are probably very familiar with Bias binding? Made by cutting fabric strips on the fabric bias grain which results in a binding with stretch and flexibility that can be sewn around curves without kinks, rucks and bumpy bits spoiling your sewing.
Ready Made bias binding
You can of course buy ready-made bias binding but if you can make your own, then you can have binding in any fabric you choose and in which ever width suits your project.
There are, as always more than one way to make bias binding. Until I was faced with making bias binding to complete this stained glass applique for a course I'm doing I never knew they were so many different ways,; ready-made, fusible binding, binding made with bias-tape makers, some kind of implement called bias bars... I'd never come across those anywhere before. But all that exploration and revelation led me to these tutorials. This is a good tutorial on how to make your own bias binding; cutting the fabric and then sewing the strips together and this one explains how to make continuous bias binding.
(I wouldn't have wanted to make this 1/4 inch bias binding without a tape maker.... )
The reason that I'm writing about bias tape makers isn't that they take away any of that cutting out the strips and sewing them together, because they don't. If you wish to avoid the cutting and the sewing part then you probably need to buy either ready-made binding or get yourself a sewing minion cum sewing slave. But seriously, what these tape makers are good for is that once you've fed the strips through (and ironed it as it emerges) you get nicely folded seam allowances that fold right into the centre of the binding. It can dramatically speed up the whole process, or is it just me that's slow at making bias binding? Obviously it still takes a little practice but then the process is always the same. An important benefit is that it reduces any opportunity of escaping fraying edges spoiling your sewing as the edges/seam allowances will be all nicely folded away inside.
Of course not all binding needs to be cut on the bias. If you're binding straight edges you won't need to make binding by cutting fabric on the bias. You can still use the tape maker as it doesn't know the difference and will still give you nice, neat and evenly folded tape.
Have I mentioned bag handles yet?
Another thing you can use them for is to create nice evenly folded fabric strips which you can use to create a bag handle. Tape makers come in all kinds of sizes so you're not limited as to the width of the handle you wish to make.
A fairly usual way of making a fabric bag handle is to multiply the width of the handle by four. For example; if you wish to end up with a 1 inch wide handle then you multiply 1 inch by four, which incidentally equals four. You would then cut out a piece of fabric which is the length of your handle and four inches wide. You then fold the fabric in half and iron it. This gives you a central crease along the length of the fabric.
You then fold in one side so that the edge meets the middle crease and iron it again and then do the same for the other side. Add the interlining, fold it all back up to make your handle and stitch down both sides. Handle made. Is that a familiar process to you?
You can also do this with a tape maker. You feed the fabric through the tape maker and iron it as it emerges. It'll be all neat and even and ready for you to add the interlining, refold and stitch.
(To create a one inch wide handle you would need a two inch wide tape maker (You would then fold the tape in half to give you a one inch wide handle.)
Should you wish to create a double faced handle (Perhaps with the exterior fabric on one side and the lining fabric on the other?), then you can use an appropriate sized tape maker for both fabrics. (Probably a one inch tape maker to make two strips of one inch wide tape. One fabric for each side of the handle.)
So, share.... how do you make your bias binding?