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Friday, November 27, 2009

Dotty and wonky

Look! Oh look! My mum just sent me this photo - it is yardage of my design WonkyDots printed by Spoonflower. Now that is exciting! I still only have a small swatch of it. I can't wait to see this in person. My mum will be making some cushion covers for the sofa in their living room. :-)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Someone's been busy!

Look at these, aren't they gorgeous? Fabric designed by the very talented Susie of the FlowerPress. It is called Rick Rack and comes in these 2 fab colours (Strawberry and Aqua - delicious!). Both are beautiful, but I do think that the Aqua one is just that little bit beautiful-ler. But the red one is perfect for Christmas sewing, don't you think?

I think you should run over to her wee shop and get yourself some! And while you're there, pick up some fab tea towels - that filigree one is my favourite. Nice!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Friday, yay!

Something I'm working on. Maybe a new pattern. Is it too late for a Halloween pattern? ;-) Notice that 'glow in the dark' embroidery thread there? It feels different than the normal DMC thread. But it works the same, of course. And it does glow in the dark! Something like that can make me downright giddy. It's the little things, eh? ;-)

And look, oh! I finally found a place to buy this fabric for a price that wasn't too ridiculous. And even more important: not charging an arm and a leg to post it to England from the UK.

I am often tempted to buy fabric from shops on Etsy, because the price is lower than overhere. But then I look at the shipping costs that most people quote for sending 1 yard overhere and it seems ridiculously high. $10-13 for a single yard! Maybe it's just laziness? They know an envelope of a certain size costs, regardless of the number of yards in it and so that is the price they use. Maybe they can't be bothered to figure out how much 1 yard would be to send. So, often I don't buy anything because the shipping is more than that coveted yard costs in itself!

Well, I guess it's a good thing or I'd go broke from buying fabric. ;-)

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Annamoa from IKEA

I am sorry these pictures aren't the best, but I hope you can still tell how awesome these fabrics from IKEA are. They are both called Annemoa, but as you can tell, they are different. And there are another 3 with that name too. All designed by the same person, Lotta Kühlhorn, and all large, funky prints. I really wish that IKEA would stop doing this, 4-5-7 different, but similar, fabrics all with the same name. It's kinda confusing. And it shouldn't be that difficult for them to keep track of a different name for each one these days. There's this thing called a computer which could do that in a cinch. ;-)

Anyway, these fabrics. Awesome. Love the colours, really vibrant and the prints are fun and happy. Much better colours in reality than the pictures on the IKEA website suggests.
Actually, I want to ask you if you have the similar experience with the fabric department in IKEA as I do. In our IKEA (Thurrock) you cut the yardage yourself and then you have to have it weighed and they put it in a sealed bag with a price sticker and barcode on it.

If there is actually someone around in the fabric department, you can be absolutely sure that the moment you have cut the last piece of fabric you need, they will vanish into thin air. So you are left standing there for ages. And of course, there's noone else in the nearby departments either. When they finally do show up again, usually you don't even get an apology for waiting. Seriously, this is not an isolated case, it happens everytime. So, we have started to just weigh it ourselves and print off the sticker.

So many times I have thought about writing to them and complain about it. It is really frustrating! Has anyone else experienced this in their local IKEA?

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pretty Malena

Ohhh, isn't this fabric lovely? I love a nice cheater print. Yes, I do! It's from IKEA (where else?)

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fabric + happy beginning

I was going to end this post by saying something along the lines of "well, this is all nice and stuff, but since I haven't got a working sewing machine, all this lovely fabric will just sit there for goodness knows how long."

BUT! I don't have to end this post like that. No! Because the sewing machine is fixed. I fixed it! Me! I had a theory on what was wrong with it, so I took the mechanics, surounding the bobbin, apart to see if my theory was right: that when the needle came loose and fell down there, it somehow nicked into the metal.

That theory was wrong, because there was no damage to be seen on any of the parts. But after I put everything back together the machine is working again! So maybe the parts were just knocked slightly out of alignment and that is why the needle kept catching on something. In any case, it's working now. I fixed it! I am soooo happy! Not least because it saved a visit with the sewing machine doctor!

Anyway, after this happy news, let's look at some happy fabric!

I bought these (and a couple of solids, but no picture of them because that's not as interesting) in Denmark. In Stof & Stil, for anyone who is interested. I am wondering if I should get my mum to get some more of the black one because I think it might be cute as a skirt. What do you reckon? A bit over the top?

The other one is pretty cute, I think. For a bit of Christmas sewing. Not sure what, though. But I am sure some kind of inspiration will hit me at some point. And it was just too cute to not take home a little bit of it. :-)

These are from another Danish shop, called Malika & Rosa. I needed some cute fabric for my mum's birthday present. Actually, the fabric is the present, she will make it into an apron, pot holders and other kitchen-y textile items. So she got something pretty that also provides an excuse for doing some sewing. Not that she needs one! ;-)

Anyway, my mum got some of the teal coloured one on the left - I ordered a little bit extra so I could have some too. And the other two somehow fell into my virtual shopping basket as well. Strange how that happens, eh? ;-)

These two were also waiting for me in Denmark - a complete surprise from my sweet mum. She totally spoils me. Aren't they fun? They are also from Stof & Stil.

So. Now that my sewing machine is working again and I have all this lovely fabric to play with - where do I start?! ;-)

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Those Spoonflower swatches!

So, about a month ago I mentioned that I'd ordered some swatches from Spoonflower and when we came back from Denmark they were waiting for me. Hooray!

I am pretty happy with the results. Bearing in mind that I didn't make much of an effort to have the colours fit exactly with the 'proper' Spoonflower specifications. I don't have an appropriate program so there wasn't much I could do anyway! ;-)

The only thing I did do, was to lighten the designs a little bit, because printed colours are usually darker than the colours you see on the screen. Other than that, the designs are simply .jpg files in the RGB colourscape.

OK. Let's take a look at those swatches! :-)

First up, the wonky dots one. Above is the image used and below is the swatch.

Now, the colours aren't as vibrant in the swatch, but they are still pretty much like the ones in the original. The only colours that are a little bit off, are the red and magenta. The yellow and green are really lovely.

The dots were printed on quilting weight cotton which feels very nice. Substantial but light.

Now to the flower one. 'Original' above. This one was printed on a cotton/bamboo rayon. Which is really soft and light and kinda see-through.

This swatch came out less true to the original than the other one. This could be due to the difference in fabric or the fact that it has a light blue background.

You may be able to notice a slight green-ness to the oranges and pinks. And the large green flower in the image below is supposed to be more of a turquoise. And overall the colours seem more off. But I don't necessarily think that this is a bad thing. It gives it a sort of washed-out, faded vintage look. And what is wrong with that, eh? ;-)

I haven't tried washing any of these, so I can't tell you how they hold up in the wash. But I suspect they will be alright, as long as you stick with the washing instructions. Overall, I am really happy with this (first) Spoonflower adventure. It is easy to upload and order. There is a few different options for rotation etc of the fabric which are fun to play with - you can do this before you order.

Oh man, I really have to restrain myself from ordering several metres of the wonky dots fabric to make a quilt or something. Well, my sewing machine is broken, so I guess that would be a bit silly at the moment...

Of course, now my head is buzzing with more ideas for fabric than you can shake a stick at! I want to try this out some more.. Maybe make some available in the shop or something if there is any interest in that.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Spoonflower swatch designs

Do you know about Spoonflower? Those folks with the crazy idea: print your own fabric designs on demand. Isn't that the awesomest idea ever? I've been meaning to try it out for ages, but it seemed like an unnecessary luxury expense so I hadn't. But today (Aug. 20th only) they've got a superb offer that I just couldn't pass up: 2 free swatches! So I stayed up way later than intentioned last night to make a couple of designs.

Well, the flowery one I kinda had already; it's the same I use as my Twitter background. Oh, and because I liked it so much, it is also my computer wallpaper. The other one I just sorta threw together, although I have had a circle type thing in my head for a little while.

I am really excited about seeing my very own design on fabric (OhMyGodCanYouBelieveHowCoolThatIs?), but I am not 100% sure what the finished result is going to be like. I didn't get too technical with the colour set up and stuff. I guess that is a test in itself - to see how well their printer handles an image that hasn't been fiddled around with to match the colourscape exactly.

And I deliberately used lots of colours in the circle design to see how different colours come out. The floral one has more similar-ish tones in the colours, which apparently the Spoonflower printer isn't completely happy rendering exactly. But it's all good. It's an experiment! :-)

If it has a happy ending I may make these available in some form or other...

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Fabric makes me happy

Greeeeeeeen!! I finally bought some of this 'Barnslig' fabric from IKEA. I've been wanting it for ages but just not been able to justify it until now. Not that I have any reason to buy it, really. I have no project in mind for it. I just like it so much. It is green for Pete's sake! And the design is really cute too.

And then, oh deary me, oh my! In the bargain corner I got 8 (!!) pretty pillow cases = fabric. I couldn't believe my luck! Usually, there's maybe one or two decent ones. I absolutely love that bottom pink and orange one.

And I love that middle one here. Shame there wasn't a quilt cover as well, like there was for the green one. Although it's not big enough for our quilt, but I need it for another project anyway.

I am thinking it would be fun to use some of these to make a quilt or something. Maybe with some of the other pillow cases I've bought in IKEA. We shall see...

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fortune in Chocolate

Deary me, I have such a crush on this 'Fortune' fabric of the Good Folks' line from Anna Maria Horner. So pretty. Must. Resist. Temptation.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Fabric help!

Hey guys, would one of you be able to help me get my hands on a yard of this fabric? I've been looking around and so far I've only found it from US sources, and they charge both an arm and a leg for postage - or they don't ship outside the US. I am of course happy to reinburse you for the cost of fabric and postage. Or we can do a swap; fabric for fabric, fabric for something handmade...

The fabric is from Michael Miller and is called Ta Dot. I am looking for the Berry colour combo; red with pink dots. Please email me if you can help. Thanks! :-)

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Bargain corner, how I love thee

I love the bargain corner at IKEA. I mean, sometimes, there's nothing, but sometimes total RESULT! Just look at what I got yesterday: 2 awesomely green pillow cases, 2 large pieces of the blue/orange fabric and 2 smaller pieces of the blue/blue fabric. The blue ones have obviously been used in some kind of display; they are hemmed and might have been used as curtains. But that don't matter to me! Pretty big pieces so I can just cut off the hemmed bits. Plus, I got all of this for £3!! Happy days!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Washed, need ironing

Some real fabrics! Some were Christmas presents from my parents and some I got when we were in Denmark.

This I will use for new cushion covers for the sofa in the living room. Sometimes you just need to switch things up a bit, eh? I absolutely love it! It is kinda subdued considering what I am usually drawn to. But, obviously, I have to be mindful that my sweet husband has to live with the cushions too and we don't always have the same taste. I love it. I love the lines of the leaves and flowers. Oh, and, the big pink flowers. ;-)

This, I don't know what I'm going to use it for. But it is just so beautiful I HAD to have it. Not sure exactly what it is called, but I'm pretty darn sure it's Amy Butler. It is so beautiful! I wish I had a few metres of it so I could make a bedspread for us.

Stripes. I like stripes. Especially when they are stripes that don't hurt my eyes. You know what I'm talking about, right? The two bottom ones are unbelievably soft.

And finally, happy solids. As much as I like a pretty print, I think solid colours might be my favourites. Or maybe it's 50/50. Because all colours and prints are pretty in their own way.

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Happy colours for a happy day

Flights of Fancy Ocean Cobble Stone :: Little Lady Pink Kumquat Antique Dots :: Farmers Market Citrus Henna Garden :: Annabella Charleston Mila :: Alexander Henry Pink On Tea Cottonwood Bandana :: Flights of Fancy Summer Cobble Stone

Watching CNN and doing some virtual fabric shopping. Although, I should probably get back to the crafting I was doing earlier!

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The beginning

Pile o' fabrics. Some for a new project, some not. The notebook was a gift from my mum. Isn't it cute? I love the combination of orange and purple. I am a child of the 70s after all. ;-)

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

More happy mail

The other day I went to the post office to pick up a (very heavy!) package from my mum and dad. Christmas presents!! But one of the parcels had 'to be opened upon arrival' written on it and look, look, look what was in it! Fabric! My mum knows me so well (I loooove these!!) and she spoils me absolutely rotten!

Just look at those snowmen, how awesome are they?

Also, slightly related, we're going to Denmark next month! I just can't wait. I miss Denmark and especially at Christmas time I really, really miss it. It just isn't the same overhere. Try as I might, but the rest of this country isn't exactly down with the Danish Christmas traditions, know what I'm sayin'?

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Beautiful Gunilla

Just about the two prettiest fabrics ever. I mean, EVER. Blue, with leaves. Blue and white together, one of the best colour combinations. And. That deep burnt orange. With black. And, more leaves. Plus cute birdies. They are from IKEA and both called Gunilla... which is a bit confusing, they really should have different names; they look nothing alike. They are so beautiful, both together and alone.

That other bit of blue fabric in the top left corner is a pillow case I got from the bargain corner in IKEA. Sometimes you can get really lucky with that, but mostly it's not so interesting.

Go on, get. You know you want some of this pretty fabric!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Fabric help!

Hey, would any of you happen to know where I can get some Perfect Pattern fabric from Alexander Henry in the Tea/Pink colourway?

I was buying it from someone on Etsy, but it turned out she only had half a yard and I need a whole yard! Bummer. I have also found it on buyfabricsonline.com, but the postage is a bit much for just one yard (for int'l posting it is the same for 1-8 yards, so you're kinda forced to buy more than one.. y'know?)

Anyway, I need this for a Christmas present, so I would be grateful for any help in obtaining 1-1½ yard of this fabric!

Thanks to June, the fabric has now been sourced. The Christmas prezzie is safe, hooray!

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Quiet stitches

I'm still working on this. It's going to take some time to finish, what with hand sewing all of it! It's a nice project to work on when watching telly. Not much thought needs to go into it. Except for picking the next fabric. Although I try to keep it as random, but non-repetitive, as possible.

What is the best stitch to use for this kind of job? I've been using regular (but very tiny) straight stitches, but I'm thinking back stitch might be better?

I'm not really supposed to buy any new fabric at the moment, but these two just called out to me in the fabric shop I just happened to walk into when I was in Denmark. They had the green one in several different colours. I was really torn between this one and the red. And the yellow. And the purple... Erm, I could happily have gone home with all of them! The stripy pink one is for a very special project I've got in mind. Unfortunately, I won't have time to work on it this side of Christmas what with work and all.

And then I also got this remnant of oilcloth - I'm not completely sure if it is actually Marimekko's Unikko flowers. But it's pretty just the same! And I should be able to make at least one bag type thing from it. Pretty good for 20 kroner (roughly £2).

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cosy daleks

Tony got a new mp4 player for his birthday from his parents. It's a pretty cool gadget, which can do just about anything. Except cook you breakfast. But it's bigger than his old one, so of course I offered (= won't take no for an answer) to make a cosy for it. So I spent an hour, or so, drawing daleks on a piece of fabric. Because Tony likes daleks, and I really couldn't think of what else to do for him... Maybe tomorrow I'll make the cosy for him. Or next week... ;-)

I also did some other drawing on fabric. I really regret not getting more of those fabric gel rollers for £1 when I had the chance. The best price I've found online so far is £2.50. Bummer.

It really is just so much fun to draw on fabric. It's quick too, and there's no mess, no setting up supplies or tools. You just draw. I like that kind of instant gratification!



The daleks are of course copyright of the BBC and I'm only making this for love and fun, not to make any kind of profit from it.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fat quarters for cheaps

Oh I do love this fabric. Still haven't made a decision on which one to use for Niece's bag. Ah well, I've still got a couple of months.

But about that fabric. The smallest cut I could get was 1 yard so I'm going to have a lot left over. So I'm going to sell a fat quarter of each. I'll either stick them on ebay or Etsy. But before I do that, maybe you'd be interested? The price would of course reflect the fact that I don't have to pay a listing fee then!

£2.50/FQ + 70p for p/p (UK 2nd class postage). There's one FQ available of each of those colours.

And I've also got a FQ each of Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy Pink Vine and Posie (same price + postage).

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Uno frigodetto, por favor

I made this the other evening. Hand drawn flowers and leaves on blue fabric. I got a Pentel Fabric Gel roller for £1 in WH Smith the other week and recently I had this idea to simply draw on fabric. The gel roller is awesome and I want to get some more. It is rather time consuming to draw on fabric; imagine doing it on a whole yard or more! Which is of course exactly what I intend to do once I have some spare time and a specific project in mind!

This is one of the tests I've been doing for the wedding shawl. I do not have a link at the ready for it, but it is actually a doily type thing that you put on a chair, but by using different yarn and hook it will be a lot bigger than in the original pattern. The cotton yarn I'm using here is just for testing purposes. Although, I'm not sure if I'm going to use this pattern. I might make my own, using what I have learnt from this one (and other ones). One thing I have learnt is that what I called leaf shapes are actually called pineapples. How summery, eh?

And speaking of summery. The colours so far in this embroidery wip remind me of being on holiday in Spain as a kid and eating frigodettos (ice lollies shaped like a finger, how strange) in the sun.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gocco fabric printing

Ok, this is what I was busy with today. Oh man, it took ages! It's half a yard of fabric which I've printed with my gocco and my own little hands. It took me a while to draw up the design just so, but being obsessed with leaf shapes lately definitely helped with the inspiration!

I'm going to use it for Jesse's swatch swap that I mentioned a wee while ago. The fabric is already cut up. I like how it turned out, I just hope everyone else does!

Although I must say that this was quite the learning experience! For one: you shouldn't let the design go right to the edges, it will more than likely end up having a few millimetres cut off in the exposing phase. And it's just easier to print the bit that's in the middle. So it looks like parts of the design is missing. Which is exactly what has happened.

But I still like it. I like the colour of the fabric with the black ink. Sort of mid-20th century. I like this shot. I think it would look nice as a table runner or something. Not that we ever use a table runner. Every surface is full of crap. My crap. I'm so messy. ;-)

Here's the whole thing before I cut it. You can see how I got the positioning down better as I progressed (on the left).

And of course I had to give it a go on something else: red linen. I really like that!

This gocco thing is a lot of fun, but I'm learning SO much every time I try something new. Which is cool. But also slightly frustrating, because I want to know how to do things straight away. Kinda impatient like that. For example, no where have I read anything about the screen not being re-usable, except for the same design. But maybe it is possible to burn a new design on the screen. Still trying to figure all this out. I think one day I'll pool everything together that I've learnt about using a gocco. One day... When I know more...

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scribbled by Carina 6/25/2008 08:58:00 PM


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