Monthly Archives: April 2011

Bracelets

I’ve seen so many fabric/fiber bracelets and it was about time I made one. And you always need Christmas and birthday gifts, don’t you?

This one went to a friend in Anchorage. I thought she needed a little sunshine in her life.

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The beaded circle was a ring I picked up at a bead store in Anchorage. I knew it’d work somewhere!

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All of the bracelets have small squares of silk that I got years ago from the Thai Silks in Los Altos. It was a huge bag of samples; I’ve had more fun with them…
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DIY Postcard Swap

My first postcard swap! I joined iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap 2011 this year, and I am finally getting around to posting about it.

I sent my postcards at the last minute of course, even though they were finished, labeled and ready to mail by April 2. One of these days I will be better about getting things done early…

Anyway-my postcards are pretty simple. I collected and pressed flowers from several trips up the Haul Road (Dalton and Elliott Highways, near Fairbanks, Alaska) in 2008. The pressed flowers are laid on the Peltex, with organza over the top. Iron carefully; if the iron is too hot, it will “cook” the flowers. White cotton sheeting is ironed onto the back, and then I machine stitch around the edge of the postcard to prevent excessive raveling.

I love going up the Haul Road; there is so much to see, and tons of places to stop and hike and take photos. And collect flowers of course! I haven’t been up there for a couple of years, so I am ready for a road trip. I think this will be the year I do the Tolovana trail…

Here are the postcards I’ve received:

from Karyn in Walla Walla, Washington:

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from Patricia in Cleveland, Texas (with a polar bear stamp on the front-too perfect!):

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from Robin in Altadena, California:
front:

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and inside was this:
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and the address side of the postcard:

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from Sam in Hampton, New Hampshire (she put an awesome Carmen Miranda stamp on the front!):
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from Tina in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a good suggestion-“Find your sense of wonder”:
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from Maudy in Voorschoten, the Netherlands’ with another great suggestion-“It’s all about the journey!”:

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from Kimber in Albany, Oregon, with wonderful colors!:

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And these are the postcards I sent:

Sent to Debbie Igram in Orange, California

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Sent to Pia Wellmann in Berlin, Germany

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Sent to Lynn Garbett in Chasetown, Staffordshire, England

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Sent to Julie Kosolofski in Tamshui, Taipei County, Taiwant

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Sent to Margaret Walters in Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia
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Sent to David Frank in Waite Park, Minnesota

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Sent to Meaghan Vallee in Chateauguay, PC Canada
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Sent to Monika Knapp in Diofa, Hungary

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Sent to Tequitia Andrews in Petersburg, Virginia
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Sent to Yvonne Andersson in Sodertalje, Sweden
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New mittens & a hat

Regrettably, I am one of those people that lose or destroy mittens and hats on a regular basis. I always need another set, no matter how many I already have. I lose a mitten, rip a hat, throw frisbees for the dog and a mitten is wet & yucky, put gas in the car and get fuel on one mitten; one way or another, I need multiple mittens and hats.

New mittens

New mittens

I had all these scraps of bright-colored, slinky fabric that were too small to do much with but they were so fun I couldn’t resist picking them up at the transfer station. So I decided to try a bit of a “what if”. I used the polar fleece as the ground fabric, laying the first piece face up. The next fabric is laid face down on top of the first, with a very quick sloppy straight stitch to attach the two fabrics onto the polar fleece. Flip the second piece over, then lay a third on top of it, face down, and do another quick sloppy straight stitch. Continue until the mitten top is covered with fashion fabrics. Then I embroidered with easy stitches and colorful threads. No beads or other findings; these mittens will probably not have a long life.

I wanted to see how a “flip and sew” method would work for crazy quilting. The main problem was that the soft slippery fashion fabrics I used were difficult to keep flat. I didn’t really care about the addition of a little texture, and mostly I could embroider any bubbles away. Lots and lots of pinning helped too.

Anyway, they’re bright, colorful, and warm! They’re entirely handsewn; I will probably never make another pair of mittens with the sewing machine. It was quick and easy to make them by hand, and no more frustrating twisting & turning with the machine.

And pretty soon, I’ll be having a hat to match!