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Bronson Lace

Bronson Lace is another block weaving pattern, like summer and winter.  Because of this, it is an easy design to visualize.  When I picked out the colors for this piece, I must have still been thinking of the colors for the baby’s room, because I came home with yellow, purple and pink (though I decided to nix the yellow later).

This is the pattern I designed:

Bronson Lace Block design

You can easily see the pattern in the finished piece:

Bronson Lace Detail

One thing I didn’t realize when designing this is the lace can be seen easier if there is more than one block together.  With the way I did it, the actual lace is a bit hard to see because the blocks just kind of collapse on themselves.  If I had put blocks next to each other, you would see more spaces.  Luckily I still really like how this piece looks, and I plan on making a longer one to use as a sash/headband.  Maybe I will even reconsider using the yellow…

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Mike's Scarf, Detail

This is my latest weaving project I’ve been working on…a long, warm scarf for Mike!  Somehow I missed the fact that the colors are very reminiscent of the 70’s, but I still love the scarf, and more importantly, so does Mike!

I used a super soft bamboo cotton blend, and wove it in a zig-zag twill.  I am still deciding how to finish the ends…right now they have about 8″ of fringe hanging off them…not so good for a men’s scarf!

I hope you all have a fun and relaxing weekend! 

Mike's Scarf

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Detail of Sofa Pillow

One of the many pieces of advice I have heard everywhere regarding the pregnancy is to get myself a body pillow.  I heard this from so many people and read it in so many books that a few months ago I decided that I could not live without one and picked one up at Target.  Unfortunately the body pillow was not my passport to comfort and deep sleep.  These people and books all forgot to mention the other thing that comes with a body pillow…extreme heat!  And I already feel like my body temperature is about 10 degrees above normal.

But oh well.  It was worth the try.  I found another great use for the body pillow when I took it out to my living room and found that it fit the back of my sofa just about perfectly.  Mike and I tried sitting on the sofa with the pillow behind us, and it was oh so comfortable! 

I covered the pillow with some fabulous fabric that I found shopping at the Los Angeles Fashion district (yellow, of course, and only $2 a yard!!) while visiting family.  One of these days my living room is going to go into yellow overload, but maybe I can squeeze just a tiny bit more of my favorite color into it…

I made up the pattern for the pillow as I went along.  I measured the length and width, and cut the front rectangle from that measurement.  For the back, I divided the length in 2 and added a couple inches, and overlapped the pieces to make an envelope style closure.

Sofa Pillow

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My weaving class was cancelled last night, but I was still able to complete my project.  And, even more amazing, I was able to settle on a project in the first place!  I chose to weave a light-weight warm weather scarf/wrap.  I chose fairly neutral (of course!), warm colors in a cotton/linen blend.  The scarf is a bit less soft than I would like, probably due to the linen.  I’m hoping that when I wash it will get a bit softer in the dryer.

One thing I really love about weaving is the relatively short amount of time it takes to complete a project.  When I compare this to knitting, I am so impressed by the speed!  A scarf of this size could take me a couple of weeks to finish (or a few months!)  but weaving I was able to finish it in a couple days.  I’m sure that people who really know their way around a loom could make this even faster.

My only complaint with weaving is the number it does on my preggo back.  I don’t really have a table that is at the right height, so I have to bend over to do the weaving.  On the one hand, those muscles must be getting pretty strong.  On the other, getting out of bed in the morning, not so great.  Anyhow, I suppose its worth it, and I can’t wait for my next assignment!

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A Little Lacy Cap

Cap

I completed this little project a long time ago, before I ever got into knitting.  I was experimenting with crochet, yarn weights, and hook sizes.  This cap seems pretty small when it isn’t on my head, but it is very stretchy, so it actually fits quite nicely.  I didn’t do much crochet before I decided to switch to knitting, though.  It seems that you can do so much more with knitting than you can with crochet.  As of late however, I have been thinking a bit more about getting back into crochet.  I would love to use the techniques to put some lovely delicate detail on some of my clothes.

Do you crochet or knit?  Do you do both?  Which do you prefer, and for what projects?

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Hello!  I was thinking this morning after reading a comment left by Pink Tulip about not being as far along in making clothes as she would like.  I can really relate to that…I have definitely not sewn as many items as I would have liked so far this season.  Autumn is fast approaching, and I can feel the cold weather on the way, but I have nothing to wear!  I decided that I would put together all the items that I would like to make for myself this season.  I have chosen pictures that most closely represent what I would like to make, though of course I will be making my own stylistic changes to each item as I go along.  If you are having trouble getting started on making your own clothes, I feel your pain!  Take a small step towards building your wardrobe by scouring the internet and patterns at a fabric store to prioritize what you want to make for yourself.

  1. Shirt  dress – Eek!  I can’t find a reference for this dress…anyone recognize it? – In progress
  2. Bold Bag, Anthro, sold out
  3. Chuncky  Asymetrical Necklace, Anthro
  4. Pleated feminine Tunic, Anthro
  5. Long sweater, Anthro, sold out
  6. Jersey dress, JCrew
  7. Colorful, metallic scarf, Anthro
  8. Pencil skirt, Anthro, sold out
  9. Delicate necklace, JCrew
  10. Skinny Jeans Anthro, sold out
  11. Bold dress, AnthroDone!
  12. Striped Jersey Scarf, JCrew

I am noticing a lack of warm clothing.  I think I might have to make a blazer or two to layer over all these things.  Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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I have been meaning to post the instructions for my grill tool carrier for a while now.  I know that we have just about reached the end of summer, but if you happen to live in a place where your winter is just ending, or you have year round sunshine, this is a great little gift to make.  Mike has been using his all the time, and I know we will use it well into the winter for some snow storm grilling!  The best part about it?  It takes very little time to put together. 

Download the Instructions for the Grill Tool Carrier to get started!

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Thanks everyone for your get well wishes…I am doing better!  Here is a necklace that I have been working on.  The acorn necklace I made last week turned out so well, that I thought I would try another style.  Hmm.  This necklace did not turn out the way I thought it would.  I tried to make it twist around itself where all the stones are, but whenever I pick it up, it untwists.  Grr.  I’m not really sure what to do about that.

I’m actually not sure that I like how it looks, even if I was to figure out the twists.  I was going for a kinda chunky look, which I think I did achieve, but now I’m not so sure I like chunky.  What do you think?  Is it worth figuring out how to make it stay twisted?  I could always just use the beads for something else.

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With Build Your Wardrobe, Autumn 2009 up and running, and thoughts of cooler weather on my mind, I put together this little acorn necklace.  At our new place, we have about 10 oak trees right outside our back door, and they have been dropping acorns like crazy.  I have been gathering them for some crafting, and I thought this necklace was the perfect project for them.  This necklace has been in my head since last autumn actually, though I missed the acorn “season” and there weren’t any where I used to live.

To make it, I got some inexpensive wooden beads and used a dark wood stain to paint them brown.  I drilled a hole in the acorn caps with a small drill bit.  I then made the acorns with some gold beading wire, some amber colored glass beads, and an acorn cap.  This necklace has  5 acorns on it, but I’m not sure I am going to keep that many on there.  I might only leave 1 on and have it be more like a pendant necklace.

I am planning on putting a couple of these necklaces in my Etsy store in the next week, in case anyone is interested in having one, but doesn’t have an oak tree on hand.

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As promised, today I am sharing some more details about my leather bag.  First I should tell you that I fashioned this bag after a lovely bag at Anthropologie (suprise suprise).  Mine turned out a little more square-shaped, but for my purposes I think that is better.

The first thing I did was rip out the seams of the jacket.  I left the back of the jacket in one piece even though it was made up of 4 pieces of fabric because I knew that I would want to use it as one piece.  There was also a front flap and two cuffs that I removed from the main body of the jacket but did not deconstruct completely because I wanted to use them as they were for the strap.  I took apart everything else.  I discarded the jacket lining because it was not in very good condition and I wanted something with a little more style to use as the lining of the bag.

I had some trouble deciding on what part of the jacket to use for the main back piece of the bag.  I finally ended up taking the two front pieces (they were separate because of the zipper) and sewing them together. This made a large enough piece to cut out the back.  The added bonus of using the front of the jacket for the back of the purse is it had 4 pockets that I was able to include.  These are really useful for storing my phone and wallet because I can access them very easily and they are more secure than storing things in the front pocket.  What the back of the bag lacks in style it certainly makes up for in convenience.

The pockets on the front of the bag were cut from the arms of the jacket.  It was helpful that the jacket was pretty large because I was able to use some of the “smaller” parts, like the arms, for some suprisingly large pieces.

I bought most of the hardware that I used on the bag, with an exception of the zipper.  I reused the zipper that was on the jacket.  That worked out really well because it was the perfect size for my bag.  If I was making a smaller bag I probably would have used the zipper still, but I would have cut it to size and used thread to stop the zipper from coming off.

To line the bag I made another bag out of the striped fabric and sewed it to the inside of the leather bag.  I didn’t add any pockets to the inside because there are so many pockets on the outside, but I may end up adding some if I need them.

Finally, I made the strap from the cuffs and front flap of the jacket, which ended up being just the right length!  I can wear it over one shoulder comfortably, like I usually do with purses, but it is also long enough to put over my head, across the chest so that I can carry it easily while riding my bike.  Yay!  No more messenger bag for me!

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