Monthly Archives: April 2007

Derelict refashionista!

Oops, I signed up for six months (in FEBRUARY!!) and totally spaced putting the pledge on my blog! So, slightly red-faced, here it is:

 

The Pledge

 

  • I, Edie, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items 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, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings! Signed___EMB_______________.

Lots of awesome refashioning going on at Wardrobe Refashion!

Spring in Alaska

spring spring spring

It’s spring! It’s spring! My roof slid yesterday! At least the sunny side did-as you can see from the pictures, the shady side is going to slide any minute. This happens almost every spring, and I usually am in too much of a hurry to get to work or whatever to take pictures. Believe me, I do NOT walk under this! Even though the path to the garage is under the roof overhang.

Postcards with flowers

Toolik Series II Toolik Series II

I have gone crazy with the flowers-on-postcards! It’s a technique I found in the Stitch Magazine website. These are pressed specimens from the Toolik Field Station; a co-worker collected them for a research project, and they’re no longer needed. The map is of the area surrounding the research station. I’m going to start adding that map to the Arctic Geobotanical Atlas in the next few weeks.

I made three sets; one set was a gift for a departing co-worker, and two were made for a local art show. One set got in, and this one didn’t. The only difference was this one is blank on the back, and I wrote a few lines on the other set (on the back of the postcard). I can NOT wait for summer, when I can start using wildflowers from my yard! I’m also hoping to sell a few at the local botanical garden, using flowers from the garden; won’t that be fun!

TAST – Couching on a Chatelaine

Chatelaine

A little hard to believe at this point, but this IS a chatelaine! Only half of it, to be more accurate. I used a tie as a guide and drew it onto a piece of muslin, then started throwing fabrics down. It’s supposed to be for a friend-she is trading me a gorgeous flower quilt! But I remembered, a little too late, that she asked for some salmon pink, so I’m starting over. This one will be mine. I haven’t picked out the fabrics for the other side yet; am debating on whether to use the same ones, or choose similar colors but different fabrics.

chatelaine closeup

Take a Stitch Tuesday week 12, couching is the challenge stitch. I braided a flat multi-colored yarn, then stitched it down with single chain in the shape of a flower. There are french knots in between the flowers, which I happen to enjoy making, now that I have the technique down. The most important thing for a neat french knot is to hold your finger or thumb over the knot as you slide the thread to the back of the work. I also used two strands of a pale green silk thread for the feather stitch that weaves in and out of the flowers; you’ll have to click on the image to enlarge it to see. I’ll add beads when I’ve finished all the embroidery.