Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Crafty, or just weird?

New this Easter, decorate your own Peep easter eggs! [via Not Martha]

Craft Books!

so, after anna's sewing craft craft revolution, i was inspired to get a sewing machine myself. so i did! real bottom of the line type, but still sweet. then i went and bought a nice skirt pattern and some fabric. i started kinda looking it over and i realized i didn't know jack about sewing. sure, i can thread the damn machine, sew a straight line... but when it came to certain "sewing terms" etc... i'm lost. SO i went home to my parent's house this weekend and i snaked my mom's old craft books that taught her how to sew back in the 70's. so, i figured... pass on the tradition! and to my delight they have some pretty kickass designs!

Monday, February 27, 2006


I just stumbled across Knitta--it's a bunch of knitters who are using their unfinished projects to liven up public spaces. Knit grafitti, if you will.

Recent Projects

Purse made out of a hardcover book. Easy to make: (1) Cut pages out of book with utility knife or rip pages out very carefully; (2) Reinforce binding w/duct tape; (3) Using book as pattern, cut out fabric and sew together lining--sew handles into lining if applicable; (4) Glue lining into book (I just used tacky glue). The whole thing should take less than 2 hours.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

This is an easy skirt to make without a pattern, and you could finish it in about an hour. (1) Take about a yard of fabric and fold it over once; (2) Pick out a zip-up skirt that fits you well and place it on top of folded-over fabric (3) Cut each side using the finished skirt as pattern; (4) Sew up sides of skirt, inserting zipper in one side (I also made slits on each side); (5) Try it on. Mark where you need darts for it to fit well; (6) Sew darts; (7) Measure strip of fabric around waist, fold over once, and sew to top of skirt for waistband, folding ends over as you finish; and (8) Sew in hook & eye on finished part of waistband.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Lastly, here's a suit I updated through embellisment and slight alteration of the jacket. I picked up the suit for $7.99 at Arc's Value Village, then cut circles in it and inserted fabric underneath. I stitched the fabric in using an embroidered running-stich in contrasting thread (pinks and greens). Unfortunately, the stitching doesn't show up here, but there's embroidery stitching around each circle and the pockets and lapel. The jacket was too wide, so I moved the buttons over, then added extra mismatched buttons so it wouldn't look lopsided.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Friday, February 17, 2006

craft diet

I was watching Oprah today and she wants America to go on a Debt Diet. Her show is going to follow three families as they tackle their debt on the debt diet. One family was told to trim the fat in their spending. That means that Marnie, the mom, will have to stop spending so much on her obsession with crafts. I don't know about the rest of you, but sometimes I worry about my craft related hoarding. You know what I'm talking about - all those supplies for projects you haven't started yet. The shelves behind the bar in my basement are not filled with liquor, they are filled with plates and tiles and I have a craft locker with one shelf devoted to different kinds of glue. However, I've never worried about how much I spend on crafts supplies. Mosaic-ing is relatively expensive, but buying plates at garage sales is hardly going to break the bank. This mom on Oprah spends something like $4,000 a year on crafts (scrapbooking and beads). Obviously, she is not shopping at VV's (Value Village) or estate sales. So, I guess it is OK to hoard craft supplies as long as you don't spend too much.