Friday, March 29, 2013

Racy sewing project

Hello, friends. My weaving friend, Martha, of Thistle Rose Weaving, invited me to share photographs of one of my recent sewing projects. So, I am being very brave and am posting a photo of the camisole and French knickers that I made this week! Here they are!


I used two Colette Sewing Patterns to make this set: "Cinnamon" & "Nutmeg." "Cinnamon" also has a slip dress version of the camisole (which I think would be very fun to try), and "Nutmeg" includes directions for tap pants and two very exciting bralettes. The fabric for the cami is cut on the bias. If I have cut fabrics on the bias before, it has been so long that I don't really remember doing it. Making the straps for the cami is a breeze with a loop turning tool -- it is a nifty gadget to have. The fabric is a fine cotton lawn from Japan. It is a summery/warm weather set, so I don't think I'll be wearing this any time very soon!

The waffleweave towels are coming along nicely. Here's a photo of the sage green/beachy green towels in the works!


There is enough warp here for about 2 more towels, and then I plan to tie on the warp for pale blue cloth.

Have a pleasant weekend!
Be well,
Kate

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beach inspired

Hello, friends. While there is still about 10" of snow on the ground here in our little corner of New England, I have been thinking of warmer days ahead. I've been working out the calculations for a new, textured, solid colored towel. The first few towels will be some of the colors that remind me of our late summer day visits to Crane Beach, in Ipswich, Massachusetts: pale green, sandy beige, and pale blue. Nice colors!



The first set of green towels on the loom. I chose a simple waffleweave pattern for the overall design. I love to weave waffles. It is so fun to watch the little woven squares turn into three-dimensional "cells."

In addition to weaving and planning for the upcoming craft fair season, I have continued with my at-home crash course in improved sewing techniques. I am having a BLAST! There are some wonderful small, independent pattern designers out there! I've made several garments already - panties, bras (yes! I've made two and they're great!), pajamas for a niece, a cotton knit top, and (gasp!) a pair of French knickers and a camisole. There are more projects in the works, too! I'm a bit shy about sharing my pictures here - but, maybe. Maybe in a little while...

Here's to Spring! (Well, almost).
Be well,
Kate

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sewing adventures

Hello, friends. I hope that Spring is headed your way! We had a whopper of a blizzard a week ago and this week it is sunny and warm. Well, warm for the Granite State - it was 50 degrees yesterday!

The loom has been in steady use this month. I've completed custom orders for zigzag towels, placemats, pillow covers, and table runners. Here are two photos:





I've also taken on a pet project. When time permits, I am working to improve my sewing skills. My husband got me a fantastic sewing machine several years ago, a Janome Memory Craft 4800 Quilter's Companion, and I realized that I was really not making the most of the features that are available to me. Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z  manual is my guide!


With the help of the Janome manual, Nancy Zieman's book (and her public television videos, "Sewing with Nancy," which are available online!), and several excellent sewing blogs, I've worked on the following:

* sewing with knits
* using a twin needle
* using clear elastic
* overcast stitching
* decorative hems
* pattern drafting

On tap today: French seams! I will let you know how it goes.

Be well,
Kate