Monthly Archives: May 2006

What happened to stitch ‘n bitch??

holey cow! almost makes me want to watch baseball, just to see a stadium full of stitchers. Hope they'll include all fiber artists, not just knitters.

Stitch n' Pitch Night
Thursday, July 20 – Your SF Giants invite you to the first annual Stitch n' Pitch night at AT&T Park. Bring your projects to the game and meet other knitters all while enjoying Giants baseball. Specially priced tickets for Stitch n' Pitch include your ticket to the game and your own Giants Stitch n' Pitch tote bag to carry around all your supplies. See Giant's website; scroll down to July 20.

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Latest projects

The past weekend's projects – a clothespin holder and a made-over shirt.

clothespin bagThe clothespin holder has been in the back of my mind since about 1989, when I lived in the Goldstream Valley. I was renting a little cabin, and the laundry line had a little girl's dress with the hem sewed up, for holding clothespins. I've been wanting something similar since the ex-boyfriend put up the laundry dryer a couple of years ago. So, when I saw those adorable red gingham overalls at Value Village I couldn't resist. I looked up how to make a skirt from a pair of jeans, and then sewed the hemline closed. Hooked them to the dryer with a pair of clothespins, though they could easily be hooked over the lines with the bib straps too.

The other project was to make over a shirt I really didn't like. After seeing the tee shirt with collar and front placket at Wardrobe Refashion '06, I couldn't resist trying that too. I took apart a glitzy white shirt I'd gotten at the transfer station solely for the buttons several weeks ago, and attached the collar to the knit shirt. I didn't like the front placket, so I removed that, sewed the opening shut and resewed the bias tape over the raw edges (this sounds really simple, but it took me three trys to get it right!). Then I took a lacy collar, and stitched that down to cover up the closed placket. The neckline for the collar was much smaller than the shirt, so I sewed that down by hand to get it to curve correctly. As soon as I finish the handstitching, I'll get a photo up! I should have taken a "before" photo, but I was so anxious to get started!

Next project: Make over my overalls. I have a pair of bibs, which I love wearing in the summer, with legs that are just getting too stained and beat up to wear to work any more. So I'm going to cut off the ripped up/stained parts, and fancy up the bib pockets (haven't decided how yet), and maybe the straps too.

Wardrobe Refashion ideas

I was at Memories and More, a scrapbook and yarn store here in Fairbanks, with two knittin’ fools this weekend, when one of them showed me Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine. Rowan, for those of us who are non-knit/crochet types, is an absolutely gorgeous pattern magazine that is fantastically expensive ($27 U.S. and change), with equally fantastic ideas. I have steadfastly refused to learn to knit or crochet, as I already have far more plans for sewing and embroidery projects than I will ever be able to finish, even if I live well past my dad’s target age of 100 years old. Rowan darned near made me change my mind though!

I was especially attracted to the Tribal collection: “Dramatic and colourful – a collection to make a bold statement.” The hats/headgear of course, although I can’t imagine wearing several hats at once! The way garments were paired up, in several layers; the textures and colors. I didn’t realize knitting could be so textural! Or that one could knit a piece in such a variety of ways.

Anyway, I hope you have a chance to check Rowan out, and garner some ideas of your own!

Try It Tuesdays

Try It Tuesdays in Chrysti's own words:
Every Tuesday a new artsy technique (we'll deal with all mediums) will be unveiled…
Your Mission? Is to try it out… and share your results..
Every Tuesday a New Prize (minimum value of $20.00) will be featured ..
Your creations become your entries, and when you join (free) and submit them, you qualify for a chance at the weekly lottery… to WIN the fabulous prize our generous sponsors have donated.

I haven't signed up yet, but will probably do so in the next few days. I need another project… yeah, right! But I have been so ostrich-like lately, and I need a push to learn some new techniques.

Crazy quilt tutorial

I would like to bring your attention to a tutorial on making a crazy quilt. It’s been on my website for quite some time, and I’ve gotten a few comments indicating that it has been very helpful. One of these days I’ll update it and add some photos-maybe seeing the site statistics jump will motivate me!

Definition and “home page”: Crazy Quilts

Jump straight to the tutorial: Getting started

Wardrobe Refashion ’06

ooohh, guess it's time to publicly affirm my Wardrobe Refashion pledge!

The Wardrobe Refashion Pledge

The Wardrobe Refashion Pledge

I ___Edie____,

Pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months.

I Pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle pre-loved items for myself for the term of my contract.

I Pledge that I shall create and craft items of clothing for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract.

I Pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings!

*So far, this has been a boost to my creativity. Just thinking about re-using a tee-shirt has opened up a cornucopia of ideas! I just hope I will put at least some of them into practice over the next couple of months

Angel Threads

Angel ThreadsIn the spirit of Wardrobe Refashion, here's a book that might inspire you (and me!!). It's one I've had for a number of years, purchased because of the adorable illustrations and the hopes that one day I'd put some of the ideas into practice. The title is Angel Threads: Creating Lovable Clothes for Little Ones, published by Lark Books, and authored by Karen Ericsson Martin. The ideas are simple, well-illustrated, and the writing is clear and easy to understand.

Angel ThreadsAngel Threads

And… big find of the day… a $15.00 scanner from Value Village, which is how I scanned the book! i have been wanting a scanner for YEARS, and just happened to look through the computer junk, which I very rarely do, because, duh, it's junk! Good find today though!