Archive for January, 2012

January 16, 2012

Notice the transformation

Me and my housemate were up into the early hours of this morning.  Partying?  No.  Crafting? Yes!!  Inspired by the last photo in my previous post and some that a friend had made we decided to make fabric covered notice boards.  I was making one for my room (which currently has absolutely nothing on the walls) and Beth was making one for a friend.

Notice board before

I started out with an old, probably very cheap, cork board that I’ve had for ages.  With the intention of trying to use things up (bit of a new years resolution to deal with the fabric stash I’m accumulating) I used some batting that I had left over from quilt making, thick cotton fabric left over from some aprons I made and ribbon from my stash.  In order to get the colours I wanted I did add to the ribbon collection with a couple of lovely East of India spools.  I wanted the board to tie in with the colours of my quilt.

i.e. pinks and neutrals

I cut two layers of the batting (which was quite thin) to fit just inside the frame of the board to eliminate the level change.  Then I cut a layer of batting and a layer of fabric a couple of inches larger than the board all the way round, laid them out and smoothed them down and placed the board face down on top.  Pulling the fabric and batting round to the back I stabled both layers to the wooden frame.  Next I arranged my ribbons in different orders until I was happy with them and again stapled them to the back of the frame making sure they were straight and taught.  Et voila…

One notice board with a new lease of life.  I like the eclectic mix of ribbon colour and texture.  The notice holding power of the ribbon varies depending on how slippery they are and how lose the weave is (loser weaves don’t pull so tight).  I like the idea of using pegs to hold bits and pieces on as well.

My housemate took hers to an advanced level by adding pockets to the bottom; pretty and useful!

Two posts in a week, woohoo!  Next make… not sure yet.


January 14, 2012

Not a stitch or post in sight

No making lately unfortunately but I was given a couple of making books for Christmas which should provide some inspiration.

I got Lovely Things to Make for Girls of Slender Means by Eithane Farry, which is indeed lovely!  I’ve only flicked through but it is packed full of ideas on making, adapting and refashioning clothes and accessories.  I like her approach to clothes making which has a strong sense of ‘just have a go’ which I need a bit more of, I’m too cautious.

"There's probably a seamstressy way of making this skirt so that the finish is couture, but I made it up as I went along, and it worked out pretty fine.."

There are some things that I probably won’t make…

Chipfork necklace

But also some nice embellishment ideas and alternative ideas that I would like to have a go at.

Fabric corsage

China necklace

Eithane also provides loads of basics and tips and commentary relating each section of the book (the seasons) and the projects.  I’m looking forward to having a proper read.

At the other end of the spectrum (project cost wise) I was also given The Liberty Book of Home Sewing.  This has many very nice sewing projects, made all the more nicer by the use of gorgeous Liberty fabrics.  I love this apron…

Liberty apron

And another flower corsage…

Rose corsage

Plenty of inspiration.  My next project is going to be a notice board.  Post soon hopefully x

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