Archive for July, 2009

More fabric goodness…

I finally got the half yards I had ordered from Mimi’s Boutique on Etsy. They are gorgeous Amy Butler fabric, that I will be using to make accessories

Amy Butler fabric

Amy Butler fabric

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Pattern selected for Skirt project

And the winner is… McCall’s M5991/C. I’ve got the fabric, interfacing, and zipper from Fabricland. I like the pleats of the pattern.

McCall's M5991

McCall's M5991

McCall's M5991/C

McCall's M5991/C

I saw this skirt on Nada Yousif’s website and I fell in love. The McCall’s pattern I got is ‘kind of’ similar, only I will be using a summer fabric this time.

Nada Yousif Skirt

Nada Yousif Skirt

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… et voici le sac!

Really easy project, but my first one using a sewing machine nevertheless… Here is my Drawstring Bag, which I am going to use as a knitting project bag. The sheep theme is very appropriate!

Drawstring Bag Sheep themed

Drawstring Bag Sheep themed

Drawstring Bag Sheep themed

Drawstring Bag Sheep themed

Drawstring Bag Sheep themed

Drawstring Bag Sheep themed

Drawstring Bag showing my Icewine Mittens work in progress with KnitPicks circulars

Drawstring Bag showing work in progress Icewine Mittens using my handspun Merino top

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Gorgeous fibre I want to spin

This is some gorgeous Wool + Alpaca I got from the Roving Spinners

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'Ocean' in 80% Wool + 20% Alpaca

'Ocean' in 80% Wool + 20% Alpaca

'Ocean' in 80% Wool + 20% Alpaca

This other one is an also gorgeous Ashford commercial roving in ‘Pomegranate’ in Merino + Silk I got from Gemini Fibres. Doesn’t it look like sugar cotton?

'Pomegranate' in Merino + Silk Top Dyed from Ashford

'Pomegranate' in Merino + Silk Top Dyed from Ashford

And these are rovings I got in Buenos Aires. The first one is a natural color fibre in charcoal

Merino roving in charcoal

Merino roving in charcoal

And the second one is supposedly a Merino, but when I started my fibre prep by trying to fluff it up and pre-draft, it looks kind of felted, possibly during the dyeing process. I think I might use a drum carder and see if that helps. I really like the color, though

Merino fibre in reds, purples, and pinks

Merino fibre in reds, purples, and pinks

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Materials for my first sewing project

I am sick at home with pneumonia -it really sucks!- and after spending the first 2 days literally in bed with no energy for anything but breathing, now I am feeling a bit better so I started to knit, spin, and update my blog.

Our first project at The Sewing Studio will be a Drawstring Bag (followed by a zippered purse and then a skirt!) and these are the fabric, thread and cord I got at Fabricland for the small bag.

The fabric is not too fancy, as it will be my very first project, but I chose that print because I am planning to use it as one of my knitting bags, and I really liked that red.

Fabric for drawstring bag

Fabric, Güterman cotton thread, and cord for drawstring bag

Fabric, Güterman cotton thread, and cord for drawstring bag

Fabric, Güterman cotton thread, and cord for drawstring bag

I did order some 1/2 yard cuts of beautiful Amy Butler printed fabric from Mimi’s Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=40007.

Amy Butler 6 half yards PINK BROWN Midwest Modern Collection

Amy Butler 6 half yards PINK BROWN Midwest Modern Collection

Amy Butler 3 half yards DAISY CHAIN Brown DECO ROSE

Amy Butler 3 half yards DAISY CHAIN Brown DECO ROSE

This lady from Alabama, USA, has an online boutique where she sells fabrics and her own handmade totes, purses, and other types of bags: http://www.mimiscustomtotes.com/

You should certainly check that out, they are gorgeous!!!

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Silmaril Farms event

This is an old entry from May, but wanted to post some pictures. On May 31st, we went to the spring Silmaril Farms event, and even though it was small, we had a good time. We saw alpacas, sheep and angora goats. Also a herding show, some shearing and a culinary demonstration.

A group of the Niagara Spinners Guild in action, and even a spinner spinning from an angora rabbit seated comfortably on her lap!

There was also a cage where a group of golden retriever puppies played happily. My guess is that they were for sale, and every time somebody approached them, they would immediately go to meet people and be petted. We fell in love with all of them!

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