How often do those who sew, knit, crochet, embroider or whatever, hear the words, Oh, did you make that yourself, how cute, can you make me one or my daughter one. Of course they mean this as a compliment and that is how i take it and just say thank you. But, I do agree with the above article, in that making things with our hands is very time consuming, expensive and takes allot of talent and experience. Another thing i hear frequently from this article is that sewing, knitting, embroidery etc… is a lost art but know this isn't true. There are so many of us out there who love and appreciate the domestic arts. You can find us in all the internet communities such as Ravelry and stitchtalk. These communities have helped bring the domestic arts back to life or have shown that these arts have always been alive but hidden in the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and front porches of millions of homes in America, Europe, Asia and Africa. We are no longer hiding but able to show our talent and arts with pride and enthusiasm at exhibits, online and in our communities.
Monday, May 30, 2011
click this link to make yours http://stitchtalk.com/videos/990/99/charity-gift-bag-sewing-day-2008 I made my bag a little different by adding an inside pocket. To do this you just have to serge a pocket together and add it under the zipper right before you serge.
Here is one more neat project to make on a serger, a quilt.
It is memorial day and I'm starting a new pair of socks. I was trying to learn a new technique of making two socks at one time on two circular needles but it was way to confusing so I'm back to the old way again. I posted the above link in case anyone who has never knitted socks wants to give it a try. The starting of a sock is one of the the hardest part. The next hardest part is making the heel. Everything else is pretty simple once you know how to knit.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
When I'm not sewing, quilting or embroidering I'm knitting or crocheting. I don't have allot of the pictures of things I've made in the past but I do have pictures of some of my most recent projects that I can share. All of the below pictures were made winter 2010 to 2011. I made the pair of socks below, but only took picture of the one when I finished the first one. By the time I was thinking about taking a picture of the pair one of them had a hole in it.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
This is a sample of an embroidery I put on napkins I made for thanksgiving 2010. I love putting embroideries on napkins and place mats.
I was trying to find a sample of one of the greeting cards I made but can't find one. If I find one I'll post it on here.
I also took a class from the same teacher on how to make bags. See below. The big bag class was lots of fun.
One more class I took from Ester, another quilt class, actually all three classes were quilt classes was this table runner. It was interesting how easy some of the blocks are to put together. They look so hard to do but once you learn the technique it is really easy.
After buying a top of the line sewing machine three years ago I had the frightening realization I didn't know what I was doing with it or how I was suppose to begin sewing. I loved the idea of making garments, home decorations, quilting projects, bags etc… I wanted to be able to make beautiful things and have people ooh and ahh. But, with each project I would realize that I have lots to learn. I remember one of my first shirts I attempted to make. I decided to use my serger and serged a hole right in the middle of the shirt. This was thrown to the side and never finished, it was much too small anyway and what to do with a hole in the middle. (I thought, when i get really good (and lose some weight) I'll figure out how to fix this darn hole). This type of thing happened over and over, but i kept trying. I guess you can say this is my journey of learning how to sew, quilt, embellish, embroider, knit, crochet and even cook/bake and do any type of home making. As I go along in this blog my plan is to give the links of how I learned to do these terrific hobbies. I'm still learning too. I'm no expert and would love the company of others on this journey of being a domestic goddess in our own worlds.
- The Domestic Arts are Alive and Well
- How to serge a simple bag, bankbook and even quilt...
- How to sew or serge a simple but great pillowcase....
- How to knit a pair of socks
- My Knitting projects 2011
- How I use the embroidery on my machine
- My first attempts at making garmets
- My first Heirloom sewing
- My first quilt
- Why I'm blogging?
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