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Attack of the Frogs!

After spending thirty minutes at Sav-A-Lot standing in line trying to buy pancake mix, syrup, and two cans of spaghettios (seriously, half an hour), I knew I didn’t have the strength to start putting together the mock-up for next week’s costume right away. I am damn terrified of that project (having never made human-sized clothes before). So, to help myself feel better by getting a little organized, I made myself this handy (and freaking adorable) zippered bag to house my sewing kit. Look at those frogs; they are so, so excited to get sewing. More excited than I am. Maybe when I’m asleep at night the frogs will come to life and do my costume design work for me. Probably not.

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sewing kit inside

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Pretty Pretty Rag Rug

I’m back from the dead/ MICA pre-college!

Check out my sweet sandal tan! Also this sweet rug!

Check out my sweet sandal tan! Also this sweet rug!

So as my first fiber duty coming back from the dead, I decided I needed to finish this rug today. I am pleased; it’s a good size, nice and comfy for the feet, and the colors are bright and cheery. I needed to finish it off quickly because I’m only going to be in Baltimore with my loom for the next week, and I need to get another warp wound on stat if I’m to make a lovely thank you gift for Bryan’s parents (who are flying me up to Maine at the end of August! Woot!). More regular updates to follow.

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Like all pictures of me presenting my work, very awkward.

Like all pictures of me presenting my work, very awkward.

So, I don’t want to beat the rosette to death, but this was just a small weekend project of mine, making sweet, vintage-y, wearable hair pieces. Easy to make and looks great with full skirts and 50s hair.

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I’ve had this afghan for about two million years, the fringe is falling apart and there’s a solid rectangle of fabric that has disintegrated in one corner.  But I absolutely love it, with its alphabet farming theme that I will never quite understand. And the falling apart didn’t bother me, but the paint stains sure did, so I went ahead and whipped up some small, whaddyacallits, and now my blanket has some sweet fabric bling. Each little…er…rosette…was made using a CD for the circle template with a running stitch around the edge, pulled tight and cinched in, and voila! A quick and easy fix-up for many fabric mishaps. Not to mention I used an old pillowcase for the fabric. Recycled fabrics are the way to go! Just ask Sweet Pepita clothing.

Step by Step

Step One

Step One

Start by measuring out your circle. Using a CD for a template, I wound up with a rosette that had a diameter of approximately 2″.

Step Two

Step Two

You can hem or fray check the edges if you want. Sew a running stitch around the entire circumference of the circle.

Step Three

Step Three

Gently pull on the thread to gather the fabric in, press flat with the opening at the center, and tightly knot off your stitches!

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purse showcase

This is a small change purse I wove for my grandmother’s birthday. The really neat thing about it? There was no sewing involved. The entire purse was woven in doublecloth: for the main body of the piece, the cloth was woven with two seams, one on the right and one on the left, creating a pocket in the center. For the last inch, I switched up the treadling sequence to weave two separate planes of cloth, as seen in the top right photograph. This way, when the cloth is separated, one side can be tucked in and the other folded over as a loose closure, seen top left. What makes this piece cool for me is that it’s a fully functional piece made from one, solid and unbroken piece of cloth. Hand twisted ends, tencel and linen.

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Finished with sophomore year, and now that I’m home, it’s time to start thinking about my summer projects before I go back off to Baltimore to work at MICA’s summer pre-college program for high school students.  My plans include perusing my 1919 copy of Dress Making Made Easy for a little garment design, getting some spinning and embroidery done, and of course, a little bit of weaving!  That being said, I’m so lucky to have so many amazing men in my life, men who build me beautiful things out of wood for my crafty needs.  This time around, it was my wonderful father who crafted these nice warping pegs for me:

Warping Pegs

Warping Pegs

8/4 Cotton Carpet Warp and rag rugs, here I come!

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My goofy face, proudly displaying my new scarf.

My goofy face, proudly displaying my new scarf.

At the end of my last project (the double cloth pick-up narrative) I had a lot of warp left over (that’s something to be said for calculating too much waste) and I really didn’t want to waste the beauty of the bamboo and tencel deliciousness. Seeing as I had the yarn and the time, I decided to weave the waste off with a seam on the side, so that while it was 16″ inches on the loom, when I took it off and unfolded it, I had an (approximate) square of 32″ x 32.” Good deal, right? While rather awkward as a whole piece of cloth, folded into a triangle it makes quite a nice scarf, if I do say so myself. I went ahead and twisted all of the ends, and even though the fringe is a different length all the way around, I think it gives the scarf character. Hooray for wearable art!

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