Sunday, October 28, 2012

Yarn dyeing

I have recently gotten into yarn dyeing. It is so satisfying to see color being taken up immediately by yarn. It's kinda like magic :) Love love love it.

This tonal purple was my first ever dye project. I love the variations that came up automatically. I followed this tute. This will probably be longies for Aanya.



This one is just sooo lovely. I love the bright colors. I painted the yarn using foam brush and went over every bit. Fun! The green one was done using low water immersion technique. These will likely be a tunic for Aanya.

I have to finish knitting my current project which would hopefully be done today and then I can try these out. I'm all out of bare yarn to dye and have to wait for more to arrive this week. Dreaming up new colorways!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Another coat

I'm busting through my todo list. Here's another coat on the list that can be crossed off now.



She loves it!!


Also finished knitting the Bliss top/dress. I had started knitting the top on our trip to Myrtle beach this summer. Did a whole lot of knitting on the beach and made a lot of progress then slowed way down. Now I picked it again and off to the finish line. This will be used in the spring and summer. It is blocking today.



Monday, October 01, 2012

New coat

Newest coat for Aanya. It is courdroy outer and cotton lining. I love to wear coats and love them on her even more. Makes an outfit look so sharp. Here is the latest.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My sewing room

This is where I love to spend my extra time. My own little sewing room in the basement. Usually it is a mess but I cleaned up the other day and decided I should take pictures.

Table setup - I have 2 tables (from IKEA) which are set up in L-shape configuration. On the wall I have 2 floating shelves (IKEA). Jars on the top shelf are also from IKEA and they contain my elastic, lace, binding, etc. The lids are labelled. The second shelf has a lot of things - tape, velcro on a roll, Fold over elastic rolled up, extra serger cones, various cans of sewing related stuff like spray starch, basting spray, glitter glue (ok that's not sewing related), etc. There is also a bowl which contains scrap pieces of lace, ribbon etc.
Thread storage - I love the idea of hanging thread storage. This is just pegboard with 1/4" dowels cut into pieces and glued. It was so cheap to make.
I love that everything is accessible when I'm sitting down and sewing.

The red table cover on the sewing table actually contains pockets to hold stuff too! I made it up the other night and really like it to keep stuff like small scissors for snipping threads, seam ripper, small rulers, etc. 

Closer view

 Magnetic strip on the wall holds my various pins, clips, beads, etc. Love having the scissors on there also.

On the table - various containers. The stacked up ones on the right contain all my resin snaps (for diapers and other use) and the topmost contains my precious collection of sewing labels. I have a desk Ott light on there as well. Lighting is THE biggest issue in this room.


 Expedit unit from IKEA. It is so versatile I love it. I have it in the kids rooms too for their stuff. Here I will go row by row
Top row - Craft books (cross stitch, knitting, jewelry). Binders have all my printed or traced patterns. I have a binder for each category - knitting, toddler sewing, diaper sewing, diapers & trainers sewing, adults, Miscellaneous, and Manuals (for serger, sewing machine and snap pliers). The white bin contains yarn. Next cube has some old Vogue magazines that I'm keeping (donno why!) Vase.
Second row - Cross stitch patterns, cross stitch projects in ziplock bags without fabric, sewing books and magazines, more cross stitch projects, template plastic and other tracing supplies.
Third row - More yarn, Beading supplies and tools, P- touch labeller, laminator, sewing patterns for kids.
Forth row - Games, cross stitch projects, beading supplies, cross stitch projects or supplies, painting/sketch made by my niece when she was 7!
Last row - Christmas bows & misc junk, unused scrapbook, sewing patterns for adults, painting supplies, sketching paper etc.

And this is the last side. Kindof hidden from the view purposefully blocked by that big frame are my embroidery floss organizers. I have 4 of those stacked up in the corner. Aanya loves to get into them and the frame is holding her off for now.
Bookcase contains a lot of microfleece, minky, PUL, fleece, etc. The long table is my cutting table and also my ironing board. I need to make a tabletop ironing pad and stop using a towel! Next to it is my latest acquisition a Vintage Singer 401A! I really love it.

Last but not the least, the closet (under the stairs) contains all my other fabric.




That's the tour. Hope you enjoyed it.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cloth Diapers

I have made Aanya's cloth diapers for a while now. I guess about 2 years now! I started doing cloth diapers for her because they're good for the environment and less expensive in the long run. They are a wee bit more work but once you get started they're not so much different than washing laundry. If you make/buy them with snap in inserts, no need for putting them together. I feel really good about having done cloth. When Mehul was little I didn't even know them and they weren't quite as popular as they're now. In the last 2 years itself I've watched them work their way into mainstream.

At first I wasn't sure if they'd be worth the investment. Let's face it - at $18-20 per pocket diaper they seem way more money than disposables. That's what I paid for my initial batch. DH was not on board and he saw this as something I could never stick to. I didn't either. Very quickly I got into the rythm of washing them every day (I had very few!!). I had 1.5 dozen prefolds and few covers to extend my stash and that got me to washing every other day. Remember how often infants poop? Soon I figured out how to make them myself and haven't had to buy a single diaper since then. Look at some of my creations -

Minky diaper (now being used as swim diaper). One of my earliest.

Swim diaper (swimsuit outer, stretchy poly inner)

Trimsie pattern (PUL outer, stretchy poly inner)

LaDiDa pattern (PUL outer, cotton velour inner)

Babyville pattern (PUL outer, embellished tabs, stretchy poly inner)


Fatty cakes (PUL outer, stretchy poly inner)



This one is my favorite by far. WhitteyBums pattern. Insert agitates out in wash as it is open on both ends.



I made these for my friend at work




There's many many more but I'll stop here. At one point I counted and I had over 50 diapers, most of them handmade. I only have to wash once a week but I do more often than that because I don't like them sitting for so long. I have now stopped making them because well, Aanya doesn't need this many diapers. Now I need to get started on trainers for Aanya and make some more undies for both kids.

Handmade doll

I fell in LOVE with this doll while doing something else on etsy the other day. I had thought of making one for Aanya at some point but this little one was just perfect. I had to get her. Let's face it. It would take me a million tries to get the doll sewn just right and it would take tons of time and I'd have to get the supplies for more than 1 doll. It was expensive but when I count the time and frustration saved, it doesn't seem pricey at all. Aanya immediately took little dolly and started feeding her.




and then feeding herself


and then the doll needed a nap.


She is in need of a good name and a bunch of cloth diapers and outfits! Now that is definitely something I can do.

Monday, July 30, 2012

My first quilt project

After a few months of lusting after gorgeous quilts I started my first one this year. It is not yet finished, not even close yet. It is the Craftsy Block of the Month project. 2 blocks are released each month. The last blocks will be released in October and then we'll walk through the process of quilting, binding to actually finish the quilt.
I wanted to try a quilt but didn't want to spend too much time or money on it. I didn't know if I'd actually enjoy the process and finish the quilt at all! So I bought some fabrics I found on ConnectingThreads on sale and then supplemented from my stash. Funny how well everything goes together. The format of the class is working out really well for me. I do the couple blocks for each month in a weekend and then go on to my other sewing and put them away.

Here is how much I've done so far.

January - Slashed blocks
 


February - Half square triangles



March - Foundation piecing
These are my favorite blocks! I loved putting all the strips of fabric together. Most creative blocks!!



April - English paper piecing (hexagons)
Not so good at this. I did only one block with the hexagons. Lots of hand sewing. I went back to foundation piecing for the next block.



May - Nine patch



June - Log cabin



July - Dresden plate



August -
September -
October -

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

For the love of quilting

It's one of those times where I get to say never say Never! I wasn't ever a fan of quilting. It's not that I don't like the look - I love the look but it is so precise and seems like it would not be something I would be able to enjoy the process of making. I was afraid of messing up a whole bunch of fabric. The finished product would be worth it but I didn't think I could get all my seams to line up and make a quilt, much less have the affinity for all the cutwork. Well, I tried it and surprisingly it is not as hard as it looks! As my friend N told me, it's not as hard. Just enjoy the process. And I do enjoy it now that I've gotten a little better. Not all my points match up but I was never a stickler for perfection. Gives things a little handmade charm I say.

At the moment I am making 3 quilts. One top is completed and the other 2 are still being pieced - meaning I'm making the blocks. The one top that is completed is ready for the machine quilting action. Besides these I have completed the following projects - the tablerunner and a baby quilt.

Tablerunner for the kitchen table. It's not wavy anymore after using it for a few weeks. I love all these fabrics - most were Fat Quarters from Joanns. 


Back of tablerunner


Baby quilt - quilting lines are stitched in the ditch meaning inbetween each seam line there is a quilting line. This was my first time finishing a quilt!
Both together