March 30, 2010

Cush for the Tush

Using the same fabric as for Tien's pillow, I made pads for our kitchen stools. I like the way they came out, but a layer of batting around the foam is necessary so the pads don't look so square. The back closes with Velcro. The pads stay put Velcro sewn to webbing straps: 8 straps per cushion; 2 straps per corner. I tidied the corners by flattening the fabric the other way and sewing it the same thickness as the foam.

March 24, 2010

Open to Interpretation

I don't like making clothing alterations, for me or for other people, so I can't tell you what I was thinking when I agreed to shorten three casual pants and a pair of unlined curtains for a friend. First we looked at the pants, which he explained were brand new. Someone he knew was cleaning out their closet and gave these to him. The pants still had tags on them. Call me anal, but I wash new pants before hemming. Dryers always shorten things, unless they're synthetic, and even some of these shrink too. Then he showed me the curtains. I said, "You'll have to launder these first." He said, "They're brand new, only three months old. They're clean." I noticed his 65 lbs. dog's bed up against the curtains, plus the curtains had a good deal of loose fur stuck to it. Euww, yuck.

Now I know how frugal this friend is and, with the thought of all that grossness invadeing my sewing room, I decided it would be better to tell him about Ann's Alterations on Miramar Road that charges $5 to hem pants. That's less than I was going to charge, not including the gross-out up-charge.

March 23, 2010

Wire Cloche

Magellan, our 12 year old black kitty, thinks he's a cow (I know, this is a rerun). Our plants have to be imprisoned to keep him from munching on them. This is an ornamental pomegranate tree, a bonsai. The guy at the nursery said the plant produces the cutest little fruit. The plant is doing well. Two weeks at home and I see new shoots already. The bird came in a package that says the feathers were sanitized. Do you know how to keep a bonsai small?

I made the wire cloches from vinyl-covered hex netting, aka "chicken wire." Soon these will be embellished and available on Etsy and, possibly, at my next show.

NOTE TO VERA: Thank you for your interest, Vera. Until I begin embellishing, I won't know what to charge. Please stay tuned!

March 22, 2010

Knife Edge Pillows

I'd forgotten how to sew with velvet. In an attempt to make pillows, the first try had me ripping out stitches. The velvet slid like crazy, even though I used a walking foot. Once I was back at Square One, I basted the two pieces together, then machine-sewed it.

The purple pillow is for my La-Z-Girl chair and the black/white pillow is for Tien's office sofa.

March 21, 2010

Coco Before Chanel

Did I enjoy this movie because it's about young Gabrielle Chanel? or because it was about sewing? or because it was a love story? I think all of the above! Though the lovely actress didn't use the thimble on her finger when pushing the needle through the fabric, I still might have to get my own copy of the movie.

March 19, 2010


Well, it certainly has been a long time, hasn't it? Sometimes I go into a creative slump... I'm starting to come out of it now. Sometimes these slumps find their way in and, the very thing that normally helps me feel better (creating), is the biggest thing that goes away. The coming of Spring helps a lot.

I placed these items in glass containers in this order:
1. Small stones, for drainage
2. Charcoal, to absorb the smell of decay
3. Sphagnum moss, soaked in water and squeezed
4. Soil
5. Plants, moss, lichens

I'm not great with living plants but I'm going to try hard here. I found an Etsy seller I like and bought supplies, although they haven't arrived yet. Her website is very good too.

I don't know how long these will last because our black kitty Magellan thinks he's a cow (eats live greenery). So far, so good. If the charcoal has any scent to a cat, it may be keeping him away too.