general adventures in craftiness

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More Local Crafty News!

Lov.li Fair
Sunday, June 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
RonTom's, 600 E. Burnside

*Over 30 vendors from all over the art/craft world. You'll find paintings and jewelry, handbags and needle-felted animals, fused glass and zines.

*Two make-and-take tables on hand, so you can relax and make stuff in the crafty atmosphere of RonTom's. You can assemble a fused-glass pendant with Jenny Wells, or make cards and bookmarks with Candice of ArtNeko Rubber Art.

*Church of Girl will be on hand to provide independent music.

*RonTom's has a nice menu of food and drink as well, and there will be outdoor seating on their deck to enjoy them.

**Please note that this is a 21-and-over event.**

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Sew Sew Happy



I got a lot of sewing done during this long holiday weekend. I received my additional raindrop fabric in the mail on Friday, so I was able to finish the retro minidress. I cut out an additional front and back to match each of the existing pieces that I already cut out. Now, the patterned front of the dress matches up nicely, but once I sewed up the darts in the back, those pieces didn't match up anymore. Oh well. I still like how this dress turned out. I think the bodice front darts and the belt in back add unique touches to the pattern.

Once the dress was completed, I sewed up a quick and easy bucket hat, McCall's 3202, using the mini mushroom canvas I purchased from Superbuzzy. This lined hat only took a couple of hours and provided instant gratification.

Knitting will take a back seat for a little while longer as I have one more sewing project teed up: McCall's jacket pattern 5276. I'm making the version with the gathered sleeves.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Local Craft Supply Swap on Sunday

From Sister Diane of The Church of Craft...

I hope you're coming by the Craft Supply Swap this weekend!

It's Sunday, May 27th, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. We're at The 100th Monkey Studio, which is at 110 SE 16th Ave. It's the low, green building at the corner of SE 16th and Ankeny. There is plenty of street parking.

Here are some details for you:
*Please bring any art or craft materials that you aren't using anymore. We're open to pretty much everything-paints, fabrics, yarn, beads, buttons, pens and pencils, clay, paper...

The only stuff we're not looking for are those random cast-off things you've been hanging onto in case that perfect project comes along. You know, those paper-towel tubes and the guts of that old transistor radio. :-)

*There is no admission fee for this event. We do ask that you bring something to swap. The 100th Monkey Studio will have a collection jar to take donations for their Art Scholarship fund, in case you'd like to donate a bit.

*You are welcome to take any art or craft materials you can use from the swap. We're not placing limits on what people take, but we hope everyone will respect that this is a community event, and leave plenty for everyone else. We are donating a large portion of the leftover material to Outside In.

*We will have three free craft tables going on during the day, so you can also hang out and make stuff:

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., we'll be making Fabric Scrap Flower Pins.

From 1-3 p.m., we'll be making Refrigerator Magnets, using all kinds of found objects.

From 3-4 p.m., we'll be making Fused Fabric Greeting Cards.

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Dressed Up



I must admit that I was surprised at how well this knitted dress turned out, especially with the yarn substitution. The only change I made to the pattern was to add some length, about three inches. I didn't knit with a double strand of yarn and I think that definitely improves the drape of the fabric. I can't wait to wear it!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sneak Preview



Aside from having a couple of ends to weave in, I finished the seaming of the minidress late last night. I have to sew the four diamond-shaped buttons to the placket and then the smaller round buttons on the sleeves, where they hold down pleats. I haven't actually tried the dress on yet, so I'm not sure if that pleat is necessary. The neck gets a row of single crochet edging and that will be quick and easy. I love how the skirt falls and drapes. Photos of me wearing the dress to be posted soon!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Do Over

So, I've decided to buy more fabric to match the fronts and backs of the retro dress. I want to take the time to make this dress look good! Plus, with my other mishap in matching patterned fabric, I don't think I could stand to have this project turn out that way too. My local fabric store was out of the Prints Charming Raindrop print, but luckily I found it online at eQuilter. Hopefully, it should arrive by the end of this week. I also knit the button placket on the minidress last night. Now it's time for seaming, which I really like. Maybe because it's a signal that I almost have a new garment ready to wear. Today's lunch break will be spent searching for the perfect buttons.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Wear More Dresses



I finished the minidress sleeves this weekend. Once those were done, I proceeded to steam block and press all my pieces even though the directions said not to block anything. I usually pin down all my knitted pieces to a blocking board, but was inspired by Bonne Marie to try this other method. Before I start seaming, I have to knit the center button placket. I'll start that tonight.

I also started my retro dress project. As you can see, the front skirt is two pieces. I cut out the fabric not even thinking about matching the rows of the pattern. I could buy another yard to match one of the sides, but I don't know if it looks that bad. And the entire back of the dress is also in the printed fabric and I'm not matching that. Any thoughts?

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Up Front

I finished the front of the minidress last night. It's knit in two sections and the button placket in the center is added later. I shall cast on for the sleeves tonight. So far, I like the parts of the dress that I've knit up and I 'm anxious to see what it will actually look like on.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Weekend Update



I finished the back of the minidress just before the weekend started. I cast on for the front and am just at the waist. I also wanted to start a new sewing project and cut out the pattern pieces for the Simplicity 3833 retro dress.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Making Progress



I just started the back above the ribbed waist last night, which is all stockinette stitch. I'm hoping the rest of the knitting will go by fairly quickly. I love that this pattern has raglan sleeves too.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Minidress Back



I got home Friday and, to my surprise, the yarn I ordered from Elann was waiting for me! I swatched Friday night with size five and six needles. My stitch gauge was right on with the fives, but my row gauge was slightly off. I didn't think that would be too hard to correct, so I went with the fives. This project calls for a double strand of yarn to create the tweed effect, but I'm only using a single strand. I worked on the project a lot during the remainder of the weekend and am almost to the waist.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

It's a Minidress!



I am eagerly awaiting the yarn for my next project, the Vogue minidress. I had searched for suitable yarns a while back, but nothing really caught my eye. Then I got a May newsletter from Elann that featured one of their yarns, called Callista. It's a combination of rayon, cotton, and linen, which will be perfect for a knitted dress, I think. I'm excited to get this project started and on the needles!

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