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Thursday, 1 November 2012
CORSETS!!! Sketches of Modern and not-so-tradtional CORSETS!!!
Topic: The Kreative Kat

Corsets are one of the best ways to show off one's design and sewing skills.  They aren't super-difficult -but they are time consuming and they require an exquisite level of skill and painstaking attention to detail in order to turn out well.  I've made corsets that go under dresses many times, the corset does the work and the fashion fabric looks pretty and it's something that's learned early on when studying design and dressmaking. You NEED to be able to make a foundation corset before you can even think of attempting a strapless evening gown.  And last year I made a corset that was to be worn over a dress: the classic modern belt style corset.  I didn't use busks or spiral spring steel bones, because this was an experiment as much as anything I used basic rigid yet flexible narrow German rigilene and basic hook and eye tape. 

I was quite happy with the results and I learned a few things along the way.  It's given me the boost of confidence needed to attempt a few more corsets -especially with the fine blue and gold jacquard from a few entries ago. I sat down and began sketching corsets, everything from traditional ones to modern ones.  I discarded anything that looked like it was lifted from a catalog from whichever era -I'm not a historical reproducer or a re-enactor - I want my designs to be inspired by the past not held hostage by the past. I selected some that I liked the most and made good illustrations.  From these I've chosen eight for technical illustrating and six for scaled patterns.   One is certainly being made, one I would love to indulge in and the other...I dunno!! It's cool and rather shocking! 

This is the one I'll be making from the jacquard.  It's modern, yet with several nods to tradition.  I want to attach little chains and fobs and chatelaines and things to the bottom so it has a modern steam punk look about it. The little curlicues along the boning lines are to indicate some hand worked embroidery. Of all the designs this one is my favorite with plenty of scope for embellishment and design variations.

This is inspired by pre-revolution French dress bodices.  The center is finely pleated silk puffed and sewn to grosgrain ribbons, much like the puffing of old bodices. There's D rings on the sides for lacing.  The boning channels are covered with grosgrain on the outside and the top edges are boned as well.  

This is a modern basic belt style. It's the one I made.   It laces in the front over hooks and eyes in the center front. I used a couple different fabrics for this one and it looks quite nice for my very first outside-the-dress corset.

This is my dream fantasy corset.  It's all leather, busked in the center front, the hips and bust are left open, or they can be laced across. Each seam is laced together with fine leather thongs.  This corset is very much inspired by the one worn by the heroine in the movie Van Helsing. (so much promise, and the movie fell so flat on its face...how could they make sexy Hugh Jackman so BORING?) The corset was the best part of that movie.

Speaking of LEATHER!! This very modern clean lined over-bust corset MUST be made of black leather with thick black leather piping on all seams.  It will close with hooks and eyes in the front and lace tight in the back.  I can't draft the pattern for this one.  I will have to mark the lines with tape on the dress form, drape a muslin, test the fit in fake leather and then execute the final design in good leather.  If you note the picture title it has the word "dominatrix" in it.  I think this would work for a dominatrix -and it's lines are aggressive enough that no studding is needed.  But of course studding would make it look even better!

 

This is another inspired by history corset.  The front is open under the lacing and this was to show off the embroidery of garment underneath.  Some chemises were elaborately embroidered in cross stitching, blackwork or Jacobean embroidery. The corset is made of silk dupoini on the outside and 3-D silk ribbon flowers, roses and leaves decorate the corners and along the front boning lines. 


Here's another very modern clean-lined style that would work well with fancy fabrics.  The front has rings (I would love to find small jewel-studded rings) and ribbons across it, but they don't lace up. They are for decoration only.  The closure and the lacing would be in the back.  

 


And to show that I really do know what I am doing when it comes to corsets: this is the very basic classic undergarment style of corset.  It closes with a metal busk in the center front, the top edge is boned and supports the boobs, the hips have stretchy flexible gussets and it laces up in the back.  If can be worn loose for comfort or laced tight for reducing the waist.  It can be made of a modern firm stretch satin or satin jacquard and underlined with power-net for even more control. Or it can be made in bias-cut satin or coutil for the traditionalist. 

I have more sketches but these are my faves.  I want to make the inspired by VanHelsing one in a natural distressed brown leather,  the dominatrix one in black leather and then a couple in some fancy fabrics.

Boning, busks, and more are all easily available at Farthingale's of Stratford:  http://farthingalescorsetmakingsupplies.com/product-index.php  they also have books, patterns and more for those who don't know how to design and make patterns.  They are a fantastic resource and the very best source anywhere for corset supplies! And they have lots of tips, tricks and help for making corsets.

And one more thing: modern corsetry isn't about tight lacing, so-called waist training or body re-shaping.   It's not about bending and breaking bones or pushing internal organs into places they don't belong.  Modern corsetry is about fashion; it's about  being bold and adventurous; it's about experimentation; and mostly it's about looking and feeling confident.  You can't be bold and confident when your ribs are cracking and your breathing restricted.  And you can look good with a distorted and deformed wasp waist. No one is fooled, it's not natural it doesn't look natural and there's no reason to do it.  So don't! Lace it up enough to be snug, to give yourself a killer silhouette and you'll look and feel fabulous!

And that's all.  Now I have to go and start pinning design tape to my dress form.  Bye! 


Posted by lincatz at 10:48 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 9 November 2012 11:05 AM EST
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Ten Years of Creativity = ten tons of paper!
Topic: The Kreative Kat

I'm moving all my art supplies upstairs to Dan's old room where they will be easier to get to and where there's more room for them.  Some of my larger sketches and sketch books are a little crumpled around the edges and that's not good.

So here's ten year's worth of drawings, paintings and sketches on the dining room table.  The latest sketches are the corsets above the pencils and markers and the decorated denim jacket above the MP3 player. The oldest is the jeans with the crochet diamonds and the crochet trimmed blouse. There's everything from technical illustrations such as the purse pattern diagram to fanciful paintings of fanciful mushrooms.

And it stretches to the other half of the table.  Ten years is a lot of paper.  It's also a way to see how both my drawing technique has improved and the type of designs that I do.  All together I get a very clear picture of who I am as a designer and what my vision and my voice is.

Here's two picture I love.  One is a completed dress and the other in in the process of being beaded.  The left one is the original swirly skirt drawing I took with me when buying fabrics.  The skirt was such a hit that when I wore it to the 2005 creative festival I got complimented by no less than Kaffe Fasset. The long dress is one I'm working on now.  The fabric is an embroidered and sequined tulle. There's black satin underneath and I'm adding more beads and some embroidery details.  Both are similar: both are showing off attention to details and both show off embellishment and hand beading.

Here's a whole assortment of sketches laid out.  From dresses to jeans to fantasy clothes to things that no one in the real world could wear.  See the long crochet top with the high waist under the bust and brown pants with the teal flare drapery?  I did that one in summer 2002 before teal and brown was even a combination and before the empire silhouette became the silhouette of the decade. I was ahead of the curve!

2002 was the time of one of my flare ups of Grave's.  I had a smaller flare up in 2005.  I'm having one now.  It seems my most creative times when my ideas flow the most freely is when my thyroid has gone into overdrive.  It's always been like that -when I have that edgy spinning brain full of ideas and the feeling that I can't sleep and my brain won't turn off -it's been when the thyroid is going a little cray-cray. So it's not always a bad thing -is it? I really need to take this aspect of my Grave's flare-ups into account. Oh yeah...I was at the hospital last week getting a sonogram on my thyroid -I don't have thyroid cancer (didn't even know that was on the table) but it is slightly enlarged. I'll be starting regular blood tests to monitor some hormone levels and to see how hyper the thyroid is. I could go on medication, I could kill the thyroid, or I can do nothing and enjoy the roller coaster ride -being sure to have paper and pencils handy so I can exploit a side effect of the thyroid. I have a lot to think about, and ultimately no one can help me. I have to decide things for myself. I don't want to kill the thyroid, not if it's producing chemicals that stimulate the creative part of my brain.

sigh. that's all for now.  Tomorrow I might have scans of a few of those corset designs. 


Posted by lincatz at 11:18 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Topic: The Kreative Kat

More Pants!  Of Power! The last pair, and once these are complete I will have a full wardrobe of fall and winter pants for all occasions, from dressy to casual.

 The original pattern is the oldest of the bunch, from way back in the day...the 1970's to be precise.  These were labelled as "movie Star Inspired" and the envelope had pictures of Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich on it -both stars appearing to be lounging on chaises between takes while people rushed around them.  

The zipper was in the back, I'm moving it to the side.  No one wears pants with a back zipper anymore.  There are bands on the side and button on the front waistband and you can adjust the size by the way you button.  (love this feature!) There are two deep vertical welt pockets in front and you can make either darts or pleats, the pattern is marked for either.  I lowered the original rise, which was an astounding 13 inches!  It's now a more modern and less Steve Urkel worthy 8 inches. 

I am making these in a slubby, tweedy black wool/cotton blend that's a,little beefier than regular cotton, but not as thick as wool. After making so many pairs of pants in the space of a week the welt pockets went quickly and they were easy to sew.  There's a dart cleverly hidden in the welts.  Neat! That's probably why after the first fitting I have almost no alterations to do, aside from an adjustment of the crotch curve, (which everyone should be doing when they make pants so they fit better.)

Now it's off to the sewing room. I should be done by this evening if all goes well. 


Posted by lincatz at 11:09 AM EST
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Friday, 16 September 2011
A Few Special Things including spiders and flies
Topic: The Kreative Kat

I have a very special link to share today: "The Honiton Lace Book" from the late 1870's. I have been searching for it for a while, as a reprint, a facsimile edition, online or whatever.  I've seen excerpts from it and large portions were used in the Seward and Caulfield Victorian Needlework Dictionary which I found in a used book store almost 15 years ago.  It was the excerpts that led me to Honiton Lace, and my first adventures were following the directions of "Honiton Braids" from the S&C book.  Unfortunately the dictionary arranged things in alphabetical order rather than a logic Begin-at-the-beginning order. I found many modern books and most referred to a very old book as a primary reference.  A little research led me to the source material and the primary reference: a book called "The Honiton Lace Book" by someone who called herself "Devonia" The book was originally printed in 187? and a second edition was issued in 1875, apparently to correct textual errors. It is free and clear of copyrights and available as a free download on web archive.  It comes in many formats including PDF and Kindle: http://www.archive.org/details/honitonlacebook00devorich

Also worth a look is the Coats sewing manual from 1912.  It's not a very good book on sewing or dressmaking.  What makes this little book stand out is the advertising.  All ads are matched up in strange nonsensical ways to the text, as if google adsense picked the ads for the book. It is great source material for anyone interested in the way people lived ordinary middle class lives back in the era of The Titanic. Ads tell the story of real people and their concerns, what they aspired to and their everyday needs and wants. http://www.archive.org/details/coatessewingdres00coat

Here's a really useful Torchon lace pattern:

This is the black edging in the previous entry.  It's got a sewing edge on the foot side and there are holes on the other edge.  I use this on necklines and thread colored yarn or ribbon through the holes.  It can also be used on bustier tops for lacing up the front, or on the back of dresses, again for lacing up.  You can use two rows of machine stitches to hold it down because of how I designed the foot-side edge. This allow the lace to take a bit more stress. 

And here's another, my Spider and Flies:

 

I decided to use the penciled-in flies so there were three rather than one.  I needed the practice in making tallies/leadworks and this gave me plenty of practice.  I worked the pattern in no 3 crochet cotton.   The poem went "welcome to my parlour said the spider to the fly" and then they ate and drank cider and pie and one got a little tipsy and the other didn't. The kids loved it so I came up with this to use to make bookmarks and so myself and the kids would have a reminder of a favorite book.

And that's all for today. 


Posted by lincatz at 11:49 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Still Lacing!
Topic: The Kreative Kat

A while ago I posted a few links to sites with advanced level tatting techniques.  Being the adventurous sort I am now trying to master these techniques.  Being the incompetent sort I have now mastered exactly ONE! The split ring. According to what I've read it's used as a problem solver, to get two threads to the same place without chaining. I think it could be so much more versatile than that.  A bunch of split rings worked in a chain would make a quick'n'simple insertion and ribbon could be threaded through the spaces.  The same chain of split rings could be used instead of battenburg lace tape.  Two could be attached at the loops to make an even prettier insertion.  Two colors could be used and the chain becomes an applique.  Four colors and two chains joined  and made into a really long braid could be used as a whole cloth embellishment.  The possibilities are endless.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.  I just figured out how to do the split ring and it's really cool.  My only complaint is that the line drawing used in tatting diagrams is deceptive: It shows a line going through the center of the ring, and a couple descriptions of the technique almost make it sound like there should be a thread running through the center, but there is no thread going through the center of the ring.  The description in one place makes it sound like you begin the second shuttle right where the first one ends, but you don't: you go back to the start of the ring and work up, the two parts join up when the ring is pulled closed.  That's the part that stumped me: I would start the second shuttle where the first one ended and then I got a thread running through the center of the ring.

I have all the kinks worked out now, above is a sample of how split rings look when worked into a chain of rings. Her's a picture, the first two on the left are the ones that could be used as a braid embellishment and the ones with the picot loops are the ones that could be turned into an insertion. or joined to make a really cool decorative braid.

To all the people who have been enjoying my very old page on making Torchon Lace bobbins, thank you for your e-mails!   These were my solution to what could have been a very expensive problem.  I didn't have lots of money to spend on lace bobbins and the only place that sold them on line was in the US back in the day when the Canadian Dollar was worthless. Between the exchange rate and the extra charge for shipping across the border making them myself seemed to be the only viable solution.  I got the supplies at my local Michael's in the section with all the "country kitchen" do it yourself  wood stuff.  I planned on painting mine but I was lazy and so used them as is. Here are the Bobbins:

 

And here's a few pieces of lace that I've made.  

You can tell the early stuff from the more recent things simply by how loose or tight the whole stitches are. One deserves a close-up, I call this one "spiders and flies" based on a peom that was a favourite of my kids when they were very young:

The small tallies/leadworks are the flies and the spider in the center is, needless to say, the Spider.  The piec is enhanced with some  ribbon floss serger ribbon in crystal.  I love this insertion, it's the first one that was my own design.

Most of the lace I made ended up on blouses and dresses and t-shirts and other things.  After mastering Torchon I turned my lace attention to my true lace-love: Honiton Lace.  I now mostly work Honiton Lace.  I had to bite the bullet and invest in proper honiton bobbins.  These are made of a super smooth dense hard wood, very slim and slender and have special pointed ends for working the many joins -called "sewings" in Honiton lace-and simple can't be adequetly reporduced using hobby store suplies.

And that's my entry for today.  Here' the bobbin making page:  http://lincatz.tripod.com/lacepage1.html

Posted by lincatz at 12:08 PM EDT
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Friday, 3 June 2011
I FOUND IT!
Topic: The Kreative Kat

I found the website that allows you to turn JPG GIF, and PNG files into cross stitch, knitting and needlework graphs!  I KNEW it was somewhere. Here's the link to knitpro: http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro.htm  I've been searching for a while for this.  it's a web based app and you don't download anything.  Quite handy and I'm happy to have found it again.

 And that's all for today. See you later!


Posted by lincatz at 11:45 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 3 June 2011 11:46 AM EDT
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Thursday, 19 May 2011
Another day, Another purse.
Topic: The Kreative Kat

I had every intent of finishing the blue purse yesterday afternoon but I made this bag instead.  I went looking for some leather scraps, and in my scrap bag I found some brown fake suede and a bag of fake suede scraps. The brown was from a fake suede skirt found during one of my thrift shop forays. The skirt had been taken apart and the panels were already the general shape and size required for a shopping tote.  There were also panels that were long and skinny and perfect for gussets for the sides and bottom while the waist band was quite long and wide and perfect for straps.  It simply BEGGED to be made into a bag.

The main bag panels are fully interfaced with heavy pellon fusible interfacing and the gussets are interfaced with heavy cotton fusible organdy.  The straps are interfaced with non-fusible cotton shirt interfacing that is less crisp than the gussets.  The appliques were added after the interfacing.  The purse is fully lined with plain polyester lining.  It took a few hours in the afternoon, the appliques being the most time consuming part.

While unstructured bags are the easiest to make, soft structured bags are the most satisfying.  Most fabric needs some support and a fusible interfacing gives a bit of beefiness to the fabric without making it stiff.  The interfacing holds straps and hardware in place and takes the stress so the fabric doesn't rip or tear. Linings are essential elements, they keep keys and sharp things from jabbing through and they make the inside look neat and professional.  Making bags is an "instant gratification" type project, fast and and impactful with plenty of scope for creativity.

I also found some plummy-berry colored fake suede in the same bag, along with some scarps of silk velvet in a rich royal purple.  The silk velvet was a ripped shirt that was in the 25 cent as-is bin.  The fake suede was from another skirt almost the same as the brown one, a paneled wrap from the early '90's. I can hear it calling to me asking to be made into a purse with the silk velevet used as a an accent.

I also had every intention of posting the yesaterday...and I did.  But for some reason it ended up on my squirrel blog.  OOPS!  Now it's here. And on the squirrel blog too.  

I also worked on the dress for my neice.  Since it's so easy I'm doing things to make it challenging.  Right now I am adding piping to the neckline to give it a high quality look.  Next I'll be adding the same piping to the waist line.  I'm also adding a few embellishments to the wasit line and maybe a couple to the neckline also. That way I can find something to frustrate me and to make the dress difficult.  Can't have any easy sewing projects around here! 

So that's all for today. NOW I will try to finish the blue suede bag.   Or I'll start something else entirely. Or I will go to the Park Street Home Hardware...or I might go to the sewing machine store and buy a felting machine.  I'm a total enigma even to myself. Not even I know what I might do next.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Picture Day! Purses on Parade!
Topic: The Kreative Kat

Purses!  I have been doodling and sketching purses because I have a ton of leather and I need something to make with all of it.  I like purses, they aren't that difficult to sew and I can never have enough cool purses.  So I went out looking at ones in stores and at pictures on line and found a bunch that I like, some I didn't and some where i like one part, but not the other so I combined them into something new.  Here are some pictures!


This is my favorite!  It's made from a variety of different suedes in a rainbow of color.  The patches are first fused to a backing and then the outlines are "crazy quilted" the dotted line outlines are for the hardware attachment.  There's going to be big bold buckles and the strap will have enough holes so it can be either a shoulder bag or a shorter classic handbag. 


This one is inspired by that old classic: the Bowling Bag.  All seams have bright contrast saddle stitching, and as a fashion detail there are also studs and metal rivets. It has both handbag straps and a longer shoulder strap.


This is a tote bag large enough for shopping trips.  I have some faded denim blue suede and some dark brown leather.I decided to make a purse inspired by jeans.  I've seen many purses with fly fronts and watch pockets...but I prefer looking at butts.  So this has a yoke and large patch pockets inspired by the butts of jeans!  It's a ButtBag! It's based on the stand up grocery bag, but the sides are cut as separate gussets. I've already cut this one out.  There are jean rivets, contrast leather, saddle stitching and gold metal hardware. it will also have for little purse "feet" on the bottom and the bottom is reinforced with corrugated plastic.

This one is made of more of those leather flowers and lots of fringe.  It's a bucket bag, but instead of drawstrings it will have two magnetic snaps inside. Beside it is a simple change purse that can be tied to the handles.  These little purses are great for bus tickets, subway tokens, and anything you need quick access to.

I call this one "tough chic" it's made of white leather and has lots of metal details.  The cross stitches are made of silver chains and the go into bold silver grommets.  the flaps have silver chain and silver grommets.  The main flap also has big silver grommets.  The hardware is bold and silver.  I might put more stud detailing on it. The straps will be large silver chains with white leather threaded though.  If it's worked in black leather it becomes a tough chick look.

 

And this is the last for today:


 

This one is a simple rectangular flat tote bag. The corners are darted for shape, have textured leather appliqued over the corner to make it stronger and there's lots of metal studs outlining the contrast leather.  The lines in the center are raised pin-tucks, like the kind you find on Edwardian era blouses.  The straps are made of braided leather thongs, the little note is a diagram of the braiding pattern for the strap.  No need to bore anyone with a braiding diagram.

And that's all for today.  There's one more picture that I haven't  posted.  I have the leather all cut out and i have most of the hardware for it.  Next I have to set up my machine with a new 110 leather needle, some heavy duty thread and I can start sewing.


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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
the only flowers I see this snowy spring are leather
Topic: The Kreative Kat

....and here's the almost finished hippy/boho belt.  I think it looks quite nice, even if it is sideways.  (stupid scanner!) the rust colored suede is actually the backside of some smooth darker brown leather.  It was in a box of scraps and it was in a small paper bag labelled Florsheim Cordovan.  Florsheim was the name of a shoe company based in long gone Galt, now Cambridge.  They made very expensive men's shoes and one of their color names was "cordovan" It sounds so old fashioned and the rich reddish brown looks very old fashioned, like something the guys on the show "Mad Men" would wear.  very late 50's early 60's...before the waves of social revolution. 

When flipped over the color is a bit more modern, more of a late 70's rusty brown that's so hot in fashion right now. The leather is extremely soft, to the point where I can hand sew it without a pliers or a palm protector. The rest of the suede is from old clothes I got at the local goodwill, in a large bargain bin.  All had minor tears and flaws which made them unsuitable for wearing but perfect for recycling.

The light sand color is from a pair of shorts.  Yes...suede shorts.  How German is that?! The others are from skirts, something a bit more -for lack of a better word -normal. 

The back of the belt required a bit of thought.  There are some floating threads across the back, they couldn't be avoided because of the size of the flower petals and the floats couldn't be left exposed.  They could catch on things and rip. And I didn't want to sew down a backing and have stitches on my belt, I wanted the ragged raw edges to give it that primitive home made look.  And I didn't want to glue on a backing and make the leather stiff or worse: have the glue bleed through and stain the leather.  So I fused some light woven interfacing to a length of lining fabrics and used fusible web to hold the folded over raw edges down.  I then fused some paper backed Heat'n'bond Ultra to the backside of the lining strip.  I then fused the lining strip to the leather belt.  Now I can sew the strip in place through the lines of baseball stitches holding the patches together.

Heat'n'bond is one of my sewing room staples.  So is Fine Fuse, which is softer than heat'n'bond and "underwonder" fusible web. To properly use these I have a teflon pressing sheet, which looks like a plain sheet of white plastic, but allows me to press fine fuse and fusible web to one side of fabric without the iron sticking to the fusible or the fabric sticking to the ironing surface.  Then I can cut out applique shapes and fuse them inot place before stitching them down.  It can't be used for ragged edge applique, but it's great for more traditional finished edge applique. 

For those interested in interfacings, (and who isn't fascinated by fusibles?)  fusible webs, heat 'n' bond and wonder under then here are a couple websites that I have bookmarked -both are very useful for anyone who sews and crafts: http://www.thermowebonline.com/dyn_prod.php?p=3505&k=86490 This is heat and bond ultra, the product I used to back the belt.  Here's thermoweb's website: http://www.thermowebonline.com/ The brand most people associate with good quality interfacings is Pellon.Here's the pellon website:http://www.pellonideas.com/Default.aspx  Warning: sometimes a noisy talker shows up in one corner welcoming you to the site.  I hate when someone starts talking on website, especially when I am am already listening to music. They don't sell through the pellon site, but they do have tools for picking the right product and they have detailed instructions for all their products.  Very handy and useful for those times when they don't give you the instructions that should be sold with the yardage. I wish they wouldn't do that: as they unroll the interfacing they take the instruction sheet and crumple it up and toss it out.  I tell then not to and they look at me like I have lost my mind.  No, I am not a newbie, but some interfacings have special instructions for fusing and if I am using it for the first time I want to do it right. 

And that's all for today!  I've been looking and thinking about a needle felting machine for a while and they are on sale at Fredrick Mall -less than half price for the floor model.  If Dave's new tires aren't excessively expensive then I might get one. 


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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Pretty spring flowers!
Now Playing: Ritual-White Lies
Topic: The Kreative Kat

It's finally spring and spring means two things, wild weather and pretty spring flowers.  We had our wild weather on sunday with hail, thunder, wind and tempertures that went from 6 to 23 in a little over an hour.  But talking about weather is boring so here's some pretty spring flowers:


It's that time of year when leather flowers pop out of the ground!  Or get ripped off an old pair of winter boots. I have traced them out here's the small version, click on it for a jpeg of the full size pattern:

 


The dots in the flowers are meant to be punched with a leather awl so thread can be sewn into them to hold them in place.  Some of the thread remains on the one in the upper picture to remind me how they were sewn.  All the flowers were three layered and several had small fringes glued onto them.  The lower left corner in the fringe pattern, it's simply rolled into a tube and glue to the back of the largest flower.  It's pretty straightforward.  ALWAYS punch sewing holes into leather before sewing.  Leather is tough and it's a struggle to hand sew if it hasn't been pre-punched. 

And here are a couple sketches of the leather belts i am making to update and go with my collection of boho summer skirts: 

The scanner cut off the picture.  The top one made of rectangles is going to have the leather daisies and the lower one, the wrap around has the fiber eye ornaments recycled from some old flip flops I got while in Sauble Beach. I should have the wrap around finished and the rectangles one all cut and ready to assemble. 

And that's all for today! 


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