A Throwback to The 1970’s

by HEIDI EMMETT

Welcome! Before I get nostalgic, I need to let you all know I don’t do much on the social media front so I’m sorry in advance if I don’t message you, Facetime with you (I have a Google Pixel), respond quickly to “Friend” requests, etc. I have only sew much time and I need to be creating. If you need to get in touch with me (I know so old-fashioned) here is my email: hmemmett@gmail.com

All right, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Embroidery was REALLY hot in the 70’s. I loved that. And it’s popular again, right now! Happy, happy about that!

Wow WOW! What a blast from the past. I made this shirt for my “little” brother (he just turned 60!!) in 1973. Phillip was 13 and I was 17. Back in high school my friends were getting cars for graduation. Not me. I wanted a sewing machine. And not just any sewing machine. I wanted a top of the line Bernina. My Dad bought my Mom one at the same time. They came in by Greyhound bus. Oh what a great time that was!
Embroidered “workshirts ” were all the rage. I had to make this shirt too because Phillip didn’t want a blue workshirt. Remember “Kettle Cloth? ” That’s what I used to make this shirt.
The book I used for the Embroidery designs was by Dover publishing. Forever (or so it seems), they have been copyright free so you can use any design. I picked my colors and stitches. I just went to Ebay and looked up Dover books. There are thousands (many aren’t being printed anymore)available for purchase.
This was a book on Southwest designs. And oh boy, I certainly wanted to try out those decorative stitches on my new Bernina 830.
A Thunderbird perhaps. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Embroidery back in the day. Back then it was Erica Wilson (she was into Crewel work and lived on Nantucket island). Today, it is Sue Spargo. She specialized in embroidery on felted wool. Gorgeous!
A Thunderbird perhaps. Look, ombre floss was available even back then.
Lightening, clouds, & rain. I still can’t believe that Phillip kept this shirt all these years. I just loved taking a trip down memory lane. Keep watching, as I might cut it up (gulp) and repurpose the embroidered pieces. I have some ideas.
Spring came upon us here in Grass Valley, CA so fast this year. My vegetable garden has been planted already. I NEVER, I mean NEVER plant before Mother’s Day. I actually planted it on April 16th this year. They are talking drought for all of California for the first time in four years. Sigh…Let’s just enjoy today, the few pictures I have of Spring.
I think this fringed edge Tulip is so cute. One of my nephews called them “Tooplips,” when he was little. Ha,ha and that very same nephew owns (along with 2 others) a Landscaping business.
My Mom lives on our property in the cutest granny house. She moved in 11 years ago next month. And the nephew, Adam, who called Tulips, Tooplips, was the garden designer and his new business and the crew did the installation. And see the beautiful rock wall? Adam’s brother Grant was the stone mason for that. This is called a “Dry stack wall” meaning there is no morter. Starting at the rock wall and coming up and around clockwise, there are the following plants: Genesta (masses of golden yellow blooms coming in a few weeks). Above that is a member of the Viburnum family. Each branch is filled with white blossoms (I’ll show a close up or two). Pale lavender phlox and then Azaleas in all the shades of pink with Rhododendrons behind.
A single blossom on the Viburnum branch. I call them “dancing angels” or maybe they are butterflies.
Isn’t this amazing!!! And it’s only 2 branches. My brother Phillip(the brother who saved his shirt) suggested this bush(there are two actually) to Mom for her garden. Can you tell, I grew up in a gardening family? I earned money for FABRIC (no surprise) by planting seed beds of trees and then transplanting them to a field (they were for Christmas trees). We planted many conifers in the day.
One of the smaller Dogwoods and the Viburnum under the most intense blue sky.
We love our Dogwoods in Grass Valley. They are everywhere. I took my 90 year old Mom on a drive to see them. 3 colors they come in, the brighter pink above, pale pink, and white. The native ones are mostly white and while they are all tough, the natives are tougher still. I have one that survived not one but two cut offs from the weed eater (yes we have some very tough weed in these parts, ha, ha).
Well, all this Spring color has made me want to WEAR color. My Terrific Tabard pattern in the “Tree of Life” option (appropriate for Spring I think) is perfect.
Yep, Terrific Tabard Vest, “Tree of Life” would be perfect for Spring. This one has no batting in it You can just barely see the random stitching for the “quilted look.”
Look at all my sewing patterns in my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/ sewing patterns See one you want to sew up? Email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com and I’ll give you FREE shipping through the month of May, 2021. You must email me to get the Free Shipping (Etsy is set up to CHARGE you for shipping). Mention the words “SPRING SEWING’ and I’ll get back to you asap!
I couldn’t resist the road signs above. Just for fun.
It’s Friday people and I can see the weekend from here. Set aside some creative time JUST FOR YOU! Hugs, Heidi

This Little Doggie Sparky!

by HEIDI EMMETT

It’s time to finish a few projects. Yes, I have some, O.K.,O.K., I have a BUNCH! And YES, I do have a short attention span.

I took a WHOLE ENTIRE DAY & EVENING to finish some projects and continue working on others. For the tote bag below, we need to go waaaay back to September 24, 2010.  Sandy Poteet, a fiber artist (she works on Art Quilts), taught a class on a “bleaching” technique. So much information and good instruction. I do remember that. I came home with a finished 18″ x 18″ piece, bleached with Sparky’s image on it.
Whirrr…whirr…cut…stitch…press….whirr, whirr….and Voila! Here is my  “grocery bag” styled tote bag.
Ikea canvas (drapery weight, buy it by the yard at Ikea) scraps from a “free table.” This is the back of the tote and the lining too. I also added a few pockets inside and out. The first cut I made was wrong. I stared at what I had just done and laughed. I have matured I think. A few years back I would have been very upset with my  “bad cut” but now, no worries, I’ll make it work.  It must be all the upcycling I have been doing of late.
I remember we had to bring a picture.
Our sweet, sweet, rescue dog, “Sparky.” He was such a faithful friend. We miss him so. He put up with quite a few rescued cats and kittens too. The last two cats came as kittens and Sparky was very patient with them as they grew up.
Not sure if Rubix (one of the last two kittens in Sparky’s long and happy, life)by sitting on the Sparky tote is being contemplative, irratating, or…..
Awww….I’m going with contemplative over missing the ONE dog in his 9 years of living that Rubix got along with (they even slept in the dog’s bed together). You were a “good boy Sparky! I miss you Sparky-dog,” says Rubix.
Yep, I named one of my patterns for “Sparky” It’s spring, so it’s time to lighten up on what we wear. Sparky Top is sort of like potato chips. You can not STOP at just making one. Visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns to see my whole line of Art to Wear sewing patterns. All available as “hard” copies and Pdf/digital.
This Sparky Top was created for an outdoor wedding on a very warm day. It was perfect in Kaffe Fassett cottons and the “floaty” back piece was cut from a Maxi dress made of silk chiffon. Don’t be afraid to mix fabric types. As long as they have similar weights they will work.
A beautiful knit “panel” piece was used for the front and the same panel was used on the back as well. Knits are perfect for traveling (and little to no wrinkling right from the suitcase).
Voile scraps (leftovers from another project)make up the front. I cut up a 100% linen skirt (from the super sale table at Stein Mart). It was a short skirt so how to make it work, I added more voile scraps to the bottom of the side panel. Sparky Top an “Art To Wear” sewing pattern from my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns.
And what? is the back of this Sparky Top all about. This beautiful white re-embroidered voile was once a skirt that had a flounce at the bottom. Upcycling, one of my favorite things to let my creative side go crazy! If you like what you see, go to the home page of my post at DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com and look for the “Category” box and scroll down until you see Sparky Top. Many past posts will pop up for MORE ideas on this versatile top pattern.
I’m not sure what this actually means but it makes me laugh. Shouldn’t it be Stiletto’s? As in a pair? Hmm….
love this one. Ha, ha.
You MUST look up this amazing 90+ woman. Talk about an accesorizing Queen!
Have a great weekend and get yourself into stitches! Hugs, Heidi


Kaffe Fassett & A Kaliedoscope quilt!

by HEIDI EMMETT

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I started with a pile of fabrics. Well actually, I own a TON of Kaffe so I made another pile of fabrics that I liked too.
My inspiration for color came from my Chinese Checkers tin. And there are triangles in this game too. What is that otherworldly creature crawling across my tin?
My son gave me this “Grasshopper” as a “yard art” gift. No way is he going out into the yard! He will be gaurdian of the house. Hmm…I could also use it to clobber a nefarious intruder.
He is a hefty piece of art. I believe it had a past life as a Crescent wrench.
Very inventive legs for sure.
Meanwhile, I took all my piles of Kaffe fabrics (and a few others too) to a Kaleidoscope quilt making class. WHAT FUN!!!
Everyone is zipping along with their sewing! Small amounts of fabrics yield one block. Sew all of my blocks were different.
I finally finished my Kaleidoscope quilt. It is filled with many Kaffe prints. I took this picture a little to the side so you could see the Genesta (yellow flowers spilling over the rock wall). Thanks for stopping by and if you want to see a little more about Kaffe Fassett, pop over to my post on our Artistic Alchemy blog. The address is Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com Just tap on any of the red words. Hugs, Heidi

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2021

by HEIDI EMMETT

Oh my goodness! When this fashion show came across my path, I was MEZMORIZED! Patchwork and quilting ARE HOT in the fashion world right now! I think they have been for the past few seasons but Dolce & Gabbana have taken it to the edge! I had to watch it a second time to catch the nuances and fabulous coming together of pattern, color, and design. A friend told me she saw my Rafiki Skirt (Art to Wear Pattern) in the mix. Thank you Mary B. That’s when I watched the show a second time and spotted other patterns (from my Art to Wear pattern line, available at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns). What fun! Enjoy the show.

Here is the link:

Nailheads add just the right amount of bling on this woven/patched outfit with purse. Have an old pair of boots that you just can’t give up? Recreate this look by gluing patchworked fabrics right to the leather.
I would totally wear these pants. Well maybe not, as the stripe direction would be a sorry sight with my hips.
My Raki Skirt sewing pattern would be sooooo PERFECT with this look. My skirt pattern has a total of 7 different fabrics in it. See it in my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns .Or contact me at hmemmett@gmail.com for direct delivery by me.
Terrific Tabard is a “Blank Canvas” for the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2021 look. Hey, I think I have it going on already on the cover photo. Designs by Heidi – Contact info. hmemmett@gmail.com
WOW OH WOW! All that’s missing is the kitchen sink! On closer inspection there are things here I would try. The skirt is made of woven pieces. That could be very interesting in a “Whisper Blouse” bodice.
Interested in any of my Art to Wear sewing patterns? Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com and buy directly from me, or visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns to see all that I have. They come as hard copies and/or digital/PDF formating.
Zephyr Jacket, always a winner when you want something easy to wear and wear it all seasons depending what you put under it.
This started as a sweat shirt. WOW! Just an FYI . I am working on an online class for upcyling a sweatshirt. I just might include this picture. The class will be on Course Craft. Check out the classes that Jane Haworth and Sandra Bruce have on that site. Go to Craftcourse.net and type in their names. Jane and Sandra and myself are part of Artistic Alchemy. It is a sewing/quilting retreat held on the shores of Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side. Please visit our site: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com for more information.
These two Bolero styled vests are a great starting point to use my Calypso Vest pattern as you will see below.
I think these two Calypso Bolero vests (on the cover)with the colors and prints I used to make them (mostly Kaffe Fassestt) could have been on the runway too. Check out this pattern and all my “Art to Wear” patterns at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns.
This nailhead woven coat, I would TOTALLY wear this.

Wow, that was fun. I almost feel as if I had been there. Maybe this post will give you a jumping off point for a creative sewing project of your own. I hope it will include one of my Art to Wear patterns. Have a wonderfully creative weekend. Hugs, Heidi

My Top 3 Pins on Pinterest!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Join me today for a look at my top three pins on Pinterest! Did you know they keep track of that sort of thing? But first, a tiny little bit about Pinterest. It started in 2010, by a former Google employee. He wanted a way to share pictures and projects with friends. And now, they are a 12 Billion dollar company(many advertisements) and recently had an IPO on the NYSE. My friends Lindsay Ostrom and Christine Barnes introduced me to Pinterest in late 2012. I am up to 3 mil views per month and over 14K followers. AND, this is important, I’m only on it 15 min. per day. Yes, yes, like any other social media it can be a time waster. But the IDEAS you can find and maybe use (riiiighht if I stop using it today and live to be 200 yrs. old), ha, ha, ha. So just a few pictures that I have found on Pinterest or put there myself. And THEN my TOP 3 pins that people re-pin over and over and over….Enjoy!

Rex, our 10 year old kitty, staying warm on a cold day. The scarf, hand knit by Ginger Leuters (look up her book on Module knitting). I was so excited to purchase this scarf at a fund raiser.
just saw this on Pinterest. It may be a project done by kids (batik on muslin using white toothpaste as the resist), but I love their bold designs and use of color. Kids are so free with their artwork. We all need to be that way too. Pablo Picasso said it well, I want
These are fabulous flower pins made with denim, beads, and wool .
I would LOVE to own this sweater. Each leaf, flower, and buds were first hand crocheted and then sewn together in this TRULY ART TO WEAR piece.
What a great way to save a sweater and then add a piece at the bottom. And of course, don’t forget the pockets.
A lovely jacket. I can’t really see how it was put together. I could not make the picture any larger.
Rectangles and squares my favorite shape for clothing.
And look, it has a nice large pocket on the front.
Sometimes dimensions come with the pictures. That’s fun and helpful.
My friend Mary Boalt and her beautifully painted/stamped/stenciled Art to Wear Jacket. I want one of these.
Re-embroidered jeans, these are pretty WOW. Just saw some for sale via Pinterest for $314. I’m sure you figured out that when a price comes up like the $314. instead of say, $295. or $300. it means that this piece is sold in another country. Sure, you can purchase it but watch out for the shipping costs! I know this from experience. Sigh……
Possible painting/stencil idea for fabric of my own.
I love this idea of jean scraps embroidered.
A sheer vest with fabric scraps stitched on the front and back. Very nice.
All rightie then, ON TO MY TOP THREE ‘RE-PINS’ ON PINTEREST!
Number 3 most repinned. I’m still trying to figure out what she is holding. I’m thinking maybe a Rotary Cutter? Sew, the old (pinchsion didn’t we ALL have one of these growing up) and the new(rotary cutter). I have no idea what precipitated this very original outfit, there was no commentary on it.
Number 2 most repinned! Truer words were never spoken, well maybe in the world outside of Laundry ha, ha.
TAA DAA!! My number 1 PIN! When I saw this on Pinterest I found a pair of pants that no longer fit (too tight) and did a more refined version of these capris. Look for my February 15th, 2019 post in the archives of my home page. It’s Titled, “You have to Try This.” That is when it really went out into Pinterest land.

Easter…What a miracle, what a moment, what a Savior. FOR LOVE LIKE THIS, WE CELEBRATE.

What To Do With Marcia Derse Fabrics!

By HEIDI EMMETT

I met Marcia Derse at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah 2011.(Side note: I was there because I was Christine Barnes’ assistant while she was signing her latest greatest book. Check out her book at Christinebarnes.com) Marcia was new on the scene of quilting fabrics. I started collecting her fabrics then and there. Fast forward to 2017. I met her again in Portland, Oregon at an E.E. Schenck quilt market (this time I was signing my book, Fashion Quilted Accessories) So just a few years later she is an absolute STAR among the Modern Quilting world and I have even noticed her fabrics in ready-to-wear. After my book signing gig, I changed into my Off The Grid Vest (ha, ha, I was wearing the vest that was on the cover of “Fashion Quilted Accessories” first) and then went to find the Marcia Derse booth. I waited until the crowd thinned (she had just given a short talk about her work). She saw my vest before she saw me. (I wore the Off The Grid Vest that’s on the cover of the pattern). It was fun to see her again and she was exactly the same as the first time I saw her before she was a STAR. What a lovely person.

The cover of my book, FASHION QUILTED ACCESSORIES! See it at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett or contact me via my email: hmemmett@gmail.com
Marcia’s first panel “The Gerta Collection” from MDD studios.
I did some quilting inside each square or on top of extra fabrics that I added (all within the “Gerta” line of fabric). Remember, this is her very first “Panel” piece. Below, you will see one of her newer panels.
I couln’t be happier with the way this Off The Grid Vest turned out using a Marcia Derse panel for the extra “WOW” factor in this Art to Wear piece by Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com
The pattern front for Off The Grid vest. Read the description and see it in my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett

That very first Marcia Derse “panel” I turned into a TERRIFIC TABARD VEST. Love this one too. I added other Marcia D. prints and cut up some of the panel too for added interest.
Oh my, a Kaffe Fassett stripe wandered right into the middle of all that Marcia Derse fabric.
In case you forgot, this is the pattern I used for the vest above out of the Marcia Derse panel. My email for buying information on this pattern is: hmemmett@gmail.com
Marcia Derse fabrics are perfect for my pattern, Rafiki Skirt.
Of course, I couldn’t stop at just ONE rafiki skirt in Marcia Derse fabrics. Learn more about this skirt pattern at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns
Once you create the pattern piece (that’s right it is only one piece that you have to make) you can have great fun using lots of Marcia’s fabrics.
Here is a top I purchased (black and white portion) and ADDED Marcia Derse fabrics for interest AND I wanted a pocket.
This top is the cutest pattern on. Hmm…it would make a GREAT pattern.
The back of Terrific Tabard, because yep, there is another panel below that I HAD to turn into a Terrific Tabard. Keep scrolling…..
Love, LOVE this panel. Go to Etsy or Ebay and type in Marcia Derse fabric. Tons of them will pop up! I bet you can’t stop at just one panel either.
A nice blending of linen/cotton/and more cotton fabrics to create one fabulous Terrific Tabard. AND THE PERFECT button by my friend Sandra Bruce. It is one of her polymer clay buttons. Go to SandraBruce.com
And two more black and whites on the back of this Terrific Tabard vest. See, it doesn’t take much of Marcia Derse fabric to create a statement piece. hmemmett@gmail.com (Heidi’s email for more info. on her patterns).
Oh my goodness, gorgeous fabrics (one of the newest groups) by Marcia Derse in “Blues.” My friends, Linda and Karenanne gave these to me. YOWZAA! What to make, what to make…
A thank you to Carolyn W. from my Sierra Wearable Art Group, SWAG, for sending out this mighty fine picture. I am so happy, HAPPY! looking at it. And lots of laughing too. Have a super weekend and find just 15 minutes to work on something creative (I hope an hour goes by before you realize it!) Creativity is a great stress reliever as well as an endorphin maker! Hugs, Heidi

Oh Fiddle Faddle!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Whaat? This all started last Friday when I signed off on my post by saying I was going to pull out my 35 pound SASHIKO machine by Baby Lock. Well, I DID IT!!! and have had so much fun. I worked on two projects, and finished today’s showing about 15 minutes ago. I just love working to a deadline. Not! But I got it finished.

Here is the pattern I used for the following project. Love this tunic! As with most of my patterns, this one is as intricate as you want to make it (front and back panels that is).The panels are truly a “blank canvas” to use for your own unique ideas. Putting it together is a snap. Read on.
Here it is, all set up. I was so excited.
O.K. I was fast losing my excitement. I CAREFULLY read the accompanying booklet on how it worked. Remember, it had been almost 4 years (cannot believe this but it’s true) since using it. I watched a You Tube video. They show you how to do everything right? I STILL could not get the LED lights to turn on.IT WILL NOT SEW AT ALL IF THE LED LIGHTS ARE NOT ON! I poured wine and CAREFULLY read again. HOW HARD CAN THIS BE? In the most obscure place in my reading PAGE 37,yes PAGE 37 (it has since been HIGHLIGHTED! ) I read this little sentence: “NOTE: If none of the LED lights are lit, check to make sure the bobbin winder shaft has not been accidentally engaged.” It was. TAA DAA!! I poured more wine to celebrate.
I tell this story because at the exact time I was working on the Sashiko machine, my husband was in his office working on our taxes. The same exact thing was happening to him, way off on some page in tax land, they mention something pertaining to my business (sorry honey)that wiggs out all the work he had done previously. Sadly, he has just left it to marinate for awhile (6 days so far). He should have had wine.
There is a life lesson here. It’s still just people who put together manuals, rules, and regulations. Mistakes can be made. Sadly, at our expense sometimes. But we soldier on. We’re always moving forward, and WE’RE NEVER GIVING UP!
On to the FUN STUFF! Here is a piece of Linen (orange and yellow) that I scored at a Vintage store. The store is so cute and BIG and right here in Grass Valley, CA. I could not believe it. There was a large section of “Vintage Pieces.” I bought two that day, this “Fiddle Faddle” 100% linen piece was one of them.
I went crazy stitching using the Sashiko machine. If I had done all this by hand, YOWZAA. It would have taken many, many, movies to complete it. I’m using a size 50 regular sewing thread (close ups are coming) which is a great weight. The extra cotton fabric squares I added give this panel extra interest and room for lots of stitching. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG to get back to my Sashiko machine.
I ended up lining my Fiddle Faddle (remember, they used to sell it in grocery stores, something along the lines of a glazed popcorn, yummy) because I could see through to the Tunic piece underneath. I love the gray and white tunic fabric. This is a 2016 Ikea collection piece. It is a canvas. A light weight canvas is the perfect feeling for the tunic portion.
Working on the facing piece for the front. I’m telling you, this pattern fits many different body types and you will create pattern pieces (rectangles, my favorite) that fit your body from the measurements I give you. Go look at all my patterns in my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett just to see what I have and then contact me at hmemmett@gmail.com to see the best way to get this or other patterns.
A super close up of the neck edge. I like to “Bar Tack” where the facing ends and the shoulder seam begins. You will NEVER pop a seam if you do add Bar Tacks wherever there is some stress.
Another great tip, I had no room around the edges of the “Fiddle Faddle” logo. I used a zig zag stitch(close together) dropping off one edge for the zig portion and into the fabric on the zag. To get around the corner, raise the presser foot (to release the tension) and pull out the threads so you have enough to grasp. Place the little fabric piece back under that presser foot. I did this on all four corners and had no trouble. Just trim off the excess threads. No need to back stitch either.
I think I will put Francis Bailey’s Fiddle Faddle label that I created right up here on the back of the tunic.
Yes, the checked pieces are raw edged on. I like the look. I just love looking at the stitching this machine does. There are two threads used throughout. That is why it looks so well defined.
Check out my secret pocket on the front (kleenex is the giveaway). Because the panel is lined I just topstitched the pocket outline. Pretty nifty I think.
Another tip: I just found my stylus’s. They had been hiding for a few years, sigh….I used the larger ball of the two and pressed into the fabric so I knew where to stitch. No I did not veer off my stitching path, I added the little bit of indentation after the fact so you could see. Ha, ha.
And her is the back of my newest “Tahoe To a “T.” An Art to Wear pattern available at my Etsy Shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett or through me directly: hmemmett@gmail.com The pdf/digital version is $9.95 U.S. and available to send anywhere in the World.
The side. This will be so perfect for Spring into Summer. I have white leggings and I have to find the perfect white T-shirt for underneath.
This would be ME! May you have a gentler Cardio workout, perhaps while lifting bolts of fabric from their shelves to the cutting table. Thanks so much for stopping by. I consider you ALL my “Sewing Sisters.” Let the creativity be there when we need it! Hugs, Heidi

Off The Grid Vest #1 Seller!

by HEIDI EMMETT

For months and months now, OFF THE GRID VEST pattern has been my #1 seller, and I’m so happy. It is sold as a hard copy or a pdf, it’s up to you! If you live in another country besides the USA, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, order my patterns as a pdf! Simple as that. If you are new to my blog, first, thank you for stopping by. And second, check out my Art to Wear sewing patterns via past posts or see all the patterns on my Etsy shop. The address for that is Etsy.com and type in (the search bar), DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns.

Off the Grid vest pattern, my best selling “Art to Wear” pattern for the past 3 months. It is so great to be able to say that I have sold this pattern to other countries outside of the U.S.A. Places like South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and more. Please read all about this pattern in the above picture. And for more information about the following pictures, please visit my post, dated December 11th, 2020. Hint: Go to the home page of my Blog and to the right there is a box that says “months” or “Categories.” Either one should take you to the December 11, 2020 post.
Wear OFF THE GRID VEST so many different ways.
This vest was so fun to bring together. I think all the elements work synergistically (that’s my big word for the day ha, ha). It isn’t always easy. I have an Off The Grid that I cut out 4 years ago, yes, FOUR! and there it sits. I have almost reached the limit for marinating. It may not work at all. I guess what I’m saying is not every project works out. So don’t EVER get discouraged. Recycle the fabric pieces and move on. Life is too short to worry about whether or not you complete every single project. We are supposed to be having FUN people!
I usually tell you to include the button closure into the trim on the side panels. Notice this time it’s a separate decorative piece. Change it up on your closures (yes, there is a book by Lois Ericson that is all about Closures (out of print now but look on Ebay).
I just love using bright colored threads to quilt areas of the fashion fabrics that I’m using.
The coral and black spiral pocket, at first glance, doesn’t really look like a pocket. I like that surprise feature.
My favorite deer (these don’t eat anything!) I think they make a great foreground with the snow.
Here are the deer in all their glass glory. I’m not sure, but I think they are are European, old, and hand blown. They sit in the window behind my kitchen sink. I like how the sun shines through their antlers.
Awww….that’s a good boy. Riley loves the snow. I truly think he is part Husky. Yes, we’re still working on getting that stupid little brush into his mouth (the gum area) for 15 seconds (an eternity for both human and dog!)so we can grab some DNA cells and send off the sample. Sigh….
6:30a.m. of Day 1 of the snow. You can see Riley’s prints as he had to check out the snow.
This sign is so perfect in this picture.
When the storm was finally over(2 days worth) we measured 12″ of snow. We stayed home and were cozy by the fireplace. It is so hard to believe that last week I was talking about getting our new roof on the house and just a few days later, snow!
Thank you for stopping by. Grab some free time for yourself this weekend and get to stitching! Pick a machine any machine. Don’t fall off your chair, but I really have an urge to get out my 35 pound Sashiko machine (has sat since June, 2017) and see if it still runs. Ha, ha. Hugs, Heidi

It’s a Very Noisy Friday at My House.

by HEIDI EMMETT

Hello everyone. What? I can’t hear you. Acckk…We are getting a new roof put on our home and THE NOISE IS DEAFENING! Probably because there are at least 8 guys on the roof at any given time and the pounding is constant and scattered all over the roof, so It’s hard to find a quiet place. We have had to wear earplugs. We have good insulation but not for 8 power tools going on at one time! Oh and there are several air compressors going too…….this will be a short one today. Ha, ha. Very thankful for the new roof though.

Yes, yes, I’m in the “mood” to wear my “Mommy & Me & my Quilted Vest” pattern that I made in wool boucle.’
And the back. A colorful combo on a really chilly day.
I took this shot because it has never happened before, I’m wearing a piece from my Art to Wear collection while working on a new piece using the same pattern.
And then Rubix the cat had to get in on the fun. He is such a love bug. Which reminds me of some of my most FAVORITE pictures of Rubix and my first M. & Me vest.
So here is the pattern, you know it well. Now see some pictures I took on the same morning as the cover shot for this pattern.
Rubix on the prowl. “What is this?”
“Sew THAT’S how she worked the armholes!”
“I need a closer look. I’ll stick one paw in here.”
“Mmwrf, meow.”
“I’ll just feel my way a bit.”
“Peek-a-boo I see you.”
Can’t wait to show you the finished product. I’m almost done with all the handwork. This vest is so fast to stitch up. Ha, ha, handwork – 2 yrs. Sewing the vest, 2 hours tops.
I always have my note pads and pens close at hand (yes, like one in every room, it’s true). Why didn’t I think of this before, turn this vest into an apron. And I have to add a kangaroo pocket. And then the bottom idea would be back to a regular vest and probably quilted using a technique I created on another apron.
Here is that fun technique I created using a chef’s apron as the base. LOVE both fabrics SO MUCH. The floral is an older Allison Glass fabric. Stripe, a canvas, is from Ikea’s in the drapery department. Did you know they sell FABULOUS fabrics in the drapery dept. Designers from all over the world create the palettes for that season. If you like it, buy it (on lots of it, cause when it’s gone, it’s gone) I check Ebay often under “Ikea fabric” just in case I see something I can’t live without. This is your hot tip for todays post.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Big hugs to all of you and work on your PhD this weekend (projects half done) . I don’t think I’ll ever finish my PhD. I guess I am one of those, I really enjoy being a student!

Fashion Quilted Accessories-My Book

by HEIDI EMMETT

I had to do a “Promo” for my book. It’s been awhile and I don’t think everyone of you know about it yet. My book, “Fashion Quilted Accessories” came out March 10th, 2017. So what you read first came out on that day, 3/10/17. And yes, those are braces. Soooo, happy that phase of life is behind me.

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Taaa Daaa! It’s here! My new book by Leisure Arts, “Fashion Quilted Accessories!”

Eight projects total. 2 vests and 6 accessories. And the vest PATTERN PIECES are INCLUDED in the book! And all this for only $12.99!!  The following pictures show some of  the projects.

I have my first EVER book signing this Saturday, March 11th, at Sugar Pine Quilt Shop, here in Grass Valley, CA. It is from 11:00-1:00p.m.  Maybe I’ll see some of you there!

I just know that you will enjoy making all the projects in this book, after all my motto is “Make it up, make it FUN, and get it DONE!

And don’t forget, pdf patterns, hard copy patterns, and soon books, are available at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett or email me directly at hmemmett@gmail.com
This project is a great way to teach beginning quilting. It is the “Quilt as You Go” method. You’ll love it even if you are an expert quilter.
Frame your face in colorful circles. I get compliments every time I wear my “Circles Necklace.”
This is what our dog Riley does!! And he never STOPS with the joy and love. Have a great weekend and may your creativity soar to new heights and the fun be the best. Thank you for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

Cozy Up With Felting!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Weather wise there is so much going on in the country. They call it a “Polar Vortex.” Prayers for a speedy recovery for all those affected. A perfect time to felt.

Whether you have a 5 or 10/12 needle felting machine (the one shown here is a 5 needle “Huskystar” by Huskavarna
Or a hand needle felter (Clover makes the best sets), felting is a great way to use up left over yarns and upcycle a garment, scarf, hat, or make something new.
I bought this cashmere sweater 3 years ago this March at a sewing group that meets at a Retreat center on the central coast area of CA. Garments that participants want to sell have hanging tags with the price and you add your name onto the tag and near the end of the week your name along with the others who want to win are put in a bag and a name is drawn. I WON! Read on….
After all this time, SUDDENLY several moth holes appeared. I found several yarn choices and created some “circles of joy” to see which ones would work for this sweater.
The back of the sweater shows the places where the “CofJ’ will be placed. A note on that: It wasn’t FULL of holes, just one here and there. The extra circles are for balance.
A close up for you to see how this process works using my “HuskyStar.” The Circle, as big or small as you want is placed over the hole. One piece of nylon, big holed net (like the kind square dance slips are made of) is placed on top. The netting acts like pins or even glue (tried them both) to hold everything in place. Whirl, whirl, whirl (simulated stitching sounds ha, ha) the 5 needles are pushing the yarn fibers into the sweater. With this up and down motion the fibers of the yarn are forced into the sweater. Pretty cool right? And I can’t explain it (something to do with Physics I’m sure. ha, ha) but the netting just falls off. Sometimes you hear a “ping,Ping” while stitching where the netting is broken in places . But I can use one piece over and over before it has too many holes in it to be of use anymore.
I love this sweater so much. There are a few crosses sprinkled across the sweater (and they ARE NOT used to hide a hole).
I think my yarn additions add to the sweater’s fun look.
This is such a unique sweater. I think it started as 2 cream colored Cashmere sweaters. They were what I call, “Eco dyed” which uses plants and is a natural process (WOW, something I haven’t tried yet, so I can’t really explain it). Then, both sweaters were cut up and sewn back together and because I have looked and looked and can’t figure it out (maybe it’s only one sweater?) I wont even try to explain it. Suffice it to say, Thank you Gayle O. for this great opportunity to own one of your creations.
Back view of my lovely sweater. Yes, it’s shorter in the back than the front. Scroll back up to see the front again.
Believe it or not, I do felt yarn in OTHER ways as evidenced here. The felting machine is perfect for this method. I covered up only ONE little hole!
The yarn I used is GINA by Plymouth yarns. Look for it on Ebay or Etsy. I LOVE this yarn for all the color changes in one skein. This is wool yarn on a wool sweater.
This is the back. The yarn goes all the way around this beautiful Merino wool sweater by Eileen Fisher is a size 1X. NOTE: I did not use the netting on this as I was moving all the way around the sweater for each strand of yarn. Start at a side seam and let the yarn feed through you fingers with a very loose touch. The machine will literally try to pull the yarn out of your hands. Stop when you need to realign any of the yarn. Slow and steady wins this race. Overlap and trim off the excess yarn when you reach your starting point. Larger sized sweaters are perfect with a turtleneck or crisp white shirt underneath and paired with leggings or skinnier legged jeans.
I added Circles of Joy to a Cashmere sweater for my Mom. Well after 2 years it has more holes. Uh oh! Do I still have the yarn? Phew, finally found it. A word to the wise: If you ever decide to do this method on your own sweaters, etc. ALWAYS SET ASIDE SOME EXTRA YARN! for this very reason. A few years from now….you’ll need it. I added lines of the yarn on the sleeve edges for added interest.
Do you see the hole in the lower right side? That’s how big the majority of them are when I cover them. Once I cover all the ones I can visibly see, I hold the sweater up to the light and doggone it, I usually find more. Don’t forget to save some extra yarn.
One, JUST ONE HOLE on the front of this same sweater resulted in a whole row down the front. Will ya look at that? I was thinking, maybe a corresponding row on the other side?? Not sure, but I do need to find a button. Ha, ha, I just noticed it missing as I’m typing this.
Whoo Hoo, I’m getting more creative by the minute. This grouping is down the back of the sweater and when I held it up after adding circles (there were only 3 little holes), I noticed, this whole thing is NOT centered. So I added a meandering line of yarn to draw your eye away from the fact that I didn’t center it.
While taking pictures I caught a glimpse of Rubix and had to snap a pic. He is in a “fight or flight” look because he heard the dredded DOG outside the door. Awww….it’s o.k. Rubix. We didn’t plan this but we have Rubix, and Rex (two 9yr. old brother cats), and our newer dog Riley . All starting with “R.” Oh I could add my husband Robert to that mix. Ha, ha. More about Riley later because I want to be able to give you the results of his DNA test. Uhh…we are having great difficulties getting a swab along his gum line and swish it for 15 seconds. We have already been through 2 swabs and had to ask for many more for more practice. We have had Riley for 1 year and 2 months and he has become the BEST dog! We love him to pieces. The cats don’t but there is an uneasy truce.
Time for a commercial break: Think about creating your own Mommy & Me Vest using wool and what else but, CIRCLES OF JOY! I also added some Rice stitching in rows just for fun.Please visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to get to my shop for more information. Or you can always email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com
Isn’t this FUN!
Still cold? Another look is a Cashmere turtleneck and surprise, it has NO holes…….yet! Oh and in this light I see the yo yo’s I added too.
My hot “foodie” tip of the month! I always buy the 1 pound box (HUGE money saver that way) of Baby Spinach. When I get home the first I do is remove about 1/2 of it and put it in a 1 gallon plastic bag. Press all the air out and zip it closed. Arrange the spinach inside the bag so it is as flat and fills up the bag as much as possible. Pop it into the freezer. The next time you need spinach for a dish, pull out the bag and BEFORE opening up the bag, crush the leaves. The more you crush the smaller the pieces will get. So depending on your recipe, crush away.
Have a great weekend everyone. Creativity awaits! Get something new started. It’s O.K. No one is counting your “open” projects. Hugs, Heidi

Valentine’s Day, 2020

by Heidi Emmett

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is a holiday in these countries in this order of popularity: United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Argentina, France, Mexico, South Korea, and the Philippines. I did look this up via Google (maybe they are wrong and it’s more countries than I have listed). I live in the United States and I thought Valentine’s Day was celebrated everywhere all over the world! It should be! Maybe there would be a lot less mess in this great big world if it were to be celebrated everywhere.

Well, let’s make some hearts to help us remember our loved ones that do celebrate Valentine’s Day.

First we need some squares of fabric.
Whatever size square you cut out, make a template to fit. I like the old-fashioned way by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing half a heart.
Cut out the paper heart and trace it onto the front side of the top layer of your fabric. With wrong side of the top layer to the right side of the bottom layer, align the two pieces.
I’m showing you the backside of the finished sewn heart. Let’s flip it over and see the front side. BUT FIRST, look at how it was sewn. Starting on the outer edge about 1/4″ in from the edge, start sewing at the top of the heart shape. Back stitch a few stitches and then move forward around and around about 1/4″ apart until you get to the center. Do a few back stitches.
I showed you the back because it’s a bit harder to see the front side of this softer pink. When in doubt as to where to stitch, you could draw it on with a Chakoner (look it up, it’s chalk in a cool container) or a sliver of soap. I used my seam ripper to get me started with a tiny slit. DO NOT CUT INTO THE BACKGROUND FABRIC. ONLY THE FRONT. Make a slit right in the middle of the stitching area.
I did not have my Kay Buckley scissors (they are smaller and great for small areas) but my smaller Gingher’s worked o.k. too. Start trimming away. I leave the heart shape within the square until the very end so I have more to hold onto while trimming away fabric.
This picture shows perfectly the areas to be cut. Trim pretty close to your stitching line. Can you see the stripe peeking through? Take your time and NEVER CUT INTO THE BACK LAYER! And now you have many areas that have been cut on the bias sooo….there will be very little frayed edges should it need to be washed.
I set this adorable heart onto a crisp background, Kaffe Fassett style. Have fun with your choices. Remember, you only need two different fabrics for this little heart.
Here is another heart in red and black. I like the contrasting colors.
Here is a bit of a Western themed heart. Every heart will be different. That’s part of the fun. AND, it’s really hard to make only one or two of them. And here are some ideas for your hearts: a pin, place the heart on card stock or more fabric and send your valentine. Make a heart necklace. Applique’ them onto a denim piece like a tote bag. Make a pillow with hearts lined up, 3 x 3 (9 total).
Apologies for the blurriness of this picture. These are some of my favorite verses in the Bible about LOVE. It comes from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, verses 4-8. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you wherever you live! Hugs, Heidi

P.S. The picture above is actually a fabric panel that is available from my friends at FabricChicks.com Check her out. She carries some great fabrics in store or online.

Upcycling!

by Heidi Emmett

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I’m getting ready to begin upcycling some of my men’s shirt. It’s TIME! It is so easy for me to fill my bins with fabulous shirts that I buy when thrifting.  I often start sketching ideas or look at Pinterest. Here are some recent pics from Pinterest. Notice the GIANT “Pinterest” pin above. I don’t want you to miss it ha, ha. Pinterest is a super way to REALLY REVE UP your creativity!   Upcycling will be a big part of my next week projects. But I need some ideas to get started!

And next week, I plan to have a denim day. One project is already on it’s way to being finished but that never stops me from finding NEW!! ideas. Love these two totes. 

O.K. I scored several pairs of gorgeous jeans in a size that I might have worn when I was 12. I am determined, I say DETERMINED to make them fit me! I really think the ideas above and below are going to be quite workable. They all used ribbing (the stuff you buy by the inch, and it is used for cuffs, waistbands, and necklines. Amazon.) This is so clever, the low riding jeans, I’m ALWAYS hiking them up! I wont buy “mom” jeans but this should do the trick. 

I tried and TRIED to edit out the “maternity” part(of the picture below), but to no avail. So, la, la, la, disregarding the verbage, check out the clever idea of opening up the waistband with ribbing in the pocket area.

This next one looks like a little more work, but stretch lace, again, very clever.

At our last Pine Tree Quilt Guild meeting 6 mos or so before Covid hit, in Grass Valley, CA, some of my intrepid students came and showed off their latest “Art to Wear” creations. Thank you ladies!

Margaret did the coolest thing! She made Zephyr jacket in a wool plaid and the front panels in turquoise blue silk. The wool drapes beautifully and looks good. But what I really, really like, is the addition of the long raspberry colored silk scarf. She said she added it because the wool scratched her neck! Who knew? I think it adds a layer of sophistication and pretty color around her face. 

Jill took Terrific Tabard to a whole new level using only Kaffe lighter weight cottons (so she can wear it all year round).

I wanted you to see the darts she put into her vest for a smooth fit. Darts are added before any embellishing or quilting is done. Easy to do, try on the vest when shoulder seams of the foundation fabric have been sewn, wrong side out. Pin the sides together where you think the tab and buttons should go. If you see any “gaposis”, then it’s time for darts. Pinch out whatever amount is needed to make it smooth  and pin it, in the shape of a dart. Stitch the dart and for the other side, take measurements from the first side.  

Love, love, Jill’s embellishments! 

Marta found a heavier weight rayon (sort of  an ombre’) and worked it into a BEAUTIFUL Whisper Blouse.

She placed the rayons in the perfect figure flattering combination.  She is a beautiful seamstress. AND, she has nailed the “twirling” aspect of Whisper Blouse. 

  Thank you for stopping by. What will you work on this weekend? Remember only 15 minutes a day is all you need to get your creative going. Hugs, Heidi  P.S. Don’t forget to stop by our Artistic Alchemy blog post. We are fired up and ready to take sign ups for September 6-10 at Zephyr point for “ARTISTITC ALCHEMY RETREAT 2021.” Here is the blog address: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com

This And That and I FINISHED Another Scarf!

BY HEIDI EMMETT

Good afternoon! And welcome to my blog. First a weather report here in Northern CA, USA. I live at the 2,910ft. elevation. We had our first significant snow of the year, almost 11″ after two separate storms. Then snow/rain off and on for 4 days. The rain gauge shows 5+ inches of rain. Mostly rain now, which is nice because we can get around. Hardly any shoveling. And WIND! Yowzaa! We had so much and so strong, it was blizzard conditions for awhile. And for the first time in ages we didn’t have to go out and do our “Branch Tapping.” We have several Japanese Maples among other trees and bushes and don’t want to lose any branches.

Dressing the part for our cold and snowy/rainy weather. Two layers of cozy turtlenecks, and a longer vest topper (Vintage Peruvian Connection) in Alpaca.
I’m purposely showing you my boots. I have taken ALL my other cute rainboots to the thrift store (yes, I had 3 really cute pairs). They were pretty worthless as to keeping my feet toasty, cozy. But my “Muck” boots, are the BEST! Look them up. I can even walk a mile or two at a brisk pace while wearing them. Don’t want to do that everyday though.
Remember this? I started some embroidery on a scarf while up at Zephyr Point in October, 2020. I FINISHED IT! Just this morning. Ha, ha.
4 months to finish a running stitched scarf !?! Yes it did and I don’t care. As I have said many times (I think I did), I have lots of hand work projects going on at one time. When I’m bored with one, it’s on to the next project for awhile.
A side note on the necklace. Isn’t it GORGEOUS! My husband gave it too me as a Christmas present. It goes with EVERYTHING! I just love it. Wear it so much. It is by one of my favorite jewelry artists, Ayala Bar. She has a website of the same name. I enjoyed reading her story. All the intricate looking ovals and interesting cabachons, actually have fabric pieces (from all over the world) under the crystal pieces.
My scarf! It’s finished. I like the extra texture of knots front and back. I chose the running stitch because I can create a scarf worn with either side out.
This scarf measures 13″ wide x 48″ long. It will go with everything (just like my necklace).
I used pearl cottons of several colorways and a main one that you can see is hand painted with dyes. I also used a tapestry needle. It has a big eye (easier to thread, ha, ha) and a blunt point because the scarf is fairly loosely woven, and I hate stabbing myself with sharp points!
Yes, this is another Thrift shop find. It has no tag that gives a fiber content. It is a wool (I did a burn test of a few fibers. Wool fibers self extinguish and have a crushable ash). It is very soft and appears to be its’ natural color.
A favorite “thing” to show you. My friend gave me a set of these bendable cups. I LOVE them and use them all the time in my cooking. They are made by iSi Basics. Microwaveable and they don’t stain. Dishwasher safe too.
And I just saw this on Pinterest. It is from a designer on “Spoonflower.” You can have this design on fabric or even wallpaper. It makes me happy to look at it.
I really want to take this to heart and Let go and Let God take care of whatever is bothering me.

Thank you for stopping by. May your creativity be ABUNDANT this week. Hugs, Heidi

I Blew It!

by Heidi Emmett

I was working on my blog post yesterday and at 4:43p.m Pacific Standard time and accidentally hit the Publish button. I finished it for publication just now, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. BUT you will have to read it from your THURSDAY (just yesterday) inbox. Look for it at around 4:45p.m. If you did open it yesterday, PLEASE go back and look at it again! It has now been updated to reflect a FINISHED post.

Thank you for your perseverance in this. It’s times like this that I realize why I have to wear a “night guard” for my teeth (clenching issues) ALL DAY too!

Hugs, Heidi

SCARVES!

by HEIDI EMMETT

FINALLY! I found my box of winter scarves. I had accidentally put them with samples from the different classes I have taught. Fortunately winter is just getting started so I still have plenty of time to wear them.

Yep, that’s me, ha, ha.
Also, in the following pictures I might mention a technique. Be sure, later, to go back to the home page of my blog: DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com and look for the “Category” box. Look within to find other posts for ideas on that particular topic I talk about.
My one and only “wet” felted piece I have made. I love this scarf. Silk chiffon is the base. Bits of hand dyed wool roving and “confetti” pieces of yarn are added on top of the silk chiffon. The edges are left free of any embellishments.
As the wool pieces shrink up the silk chiffon edges take on a ruffled look. This is the most expensive scarf I own. $150. + supplies for the class not to mention purchases of more supplies to make another one. Someday….I’ll get to the other one. I truly LOVE this scarf and will wear it and wear it .IIt is a lovely, feminine look.
I found this scarf, a hand woven one at a thrift shop. About the same time I bought this scarf, the Sundance catalog offered one that was so similar to mine I did a double take. Nice to know I’m right in line with a trend. What a great way to use up leftover yarns. And it wraps and wraps and drapes so nicely. It makes me smile when I wear it.
A “Granny Square” or should I say “Hexagon” scarf. I enjoy her thoughtful color choices. It’s all acrylic yarn, maybe a bit of wool here and there. Scarves, should ALWAYS be made of soft materials or you’ll never wear it.
My dear friend, Dee Jones, a knitter EXTROIDINARE, who has since passed on, made this scarf and hat for me out of the leftover yarn from the Fair Isle pullover she made for me. The pullover had the same design as the hat. I wore that sweater ohhhh, so much. Loved it until the moths found it. That was years before felting and upcycling.
For Dee this Fair Isle on teeny tiny needles was nothing for her. For me, ahh suffice it to say, I could never ever do that. Miss you Dee!
Why ANYONE would send this shawl/scarf to the thrift shop is beyond me. But of course, I’m so glad they did. 50% cashmere and 50% wool. This is so buttery soft to wear. It was hand painted and from Bloomingdales. Remember them? I used to get their catalogs and cut out pictures of the clothes for ideas.
This piece needs a bit of pressing. I plan to wear it today! The first snow storm of the season is supposed to hit Grass Valley, CA. The fire will be lit and I’m going to sip wine and read a book. You could copy this pretty easily. Try it in a handkerchief linen first (linen loves a good dye painted on it). If you wet the linen first, much bleeding will occur. But that could be a good thing. Dry brushing will yield cleaner blocks of color.
I can really only handle garter stitch. And you know, it’s o.k. I took this scarf everywhere for awhile and knit a few rows at a time. Busy work I call it. I can’t remember the yarn company but it is super soft wool and isn’t the coloring, so beautifully done, not splotchy at all. Although, I don’t always mind splotchy either.
I bought this scarf at a craft fair at South Shore Lake Tahoe, CA. It is such an unusual design. Little glass pieces dangle from the bottom edge. I already broke one off. I will add a charm of some type to fill in.
What do you think? 100% cashmere, amazing softness. There were several little holes here and there, so I got it for $1.00. I am actually WEARING this scarf as I type away on this blog post. We have a fire in the fireplace just starting but it takes awhile for it’s heat to reach the inner sanctum of my office/pantry/laundry room.
Check my other posts at DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com for information on machine “felting.” Go to my home page and look under “Categories” and find “Fun Felting.” You can do this.
A great project for beginner “sewists/quilters. I know this is a summer look, but I have to get a commercial in here. This is my pattern called ” Heidi’s Sassy Summer Scarf.” Check out my Etsy Shop to see all my patterns. Type in DesignsbyHeidiEmmett in the search bar.
A close up of a square. This pattern will teach some techniques that could be used in other clothing pieces.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out some of the scarves in my Winter box. Yes, I have a summer box too. Remember, 15 minutes a day to get started on some creativity. This week, pull out a scarf you have and see how you can change it. Hugs, Heidi

A This and That Friday!

by HEIDI EMMETT

I’m trying everyday to straighten up my upstairs (over the garage) studio. Just a little bit, I would never go overboard (as in all day, or many hours), ha, ha, I need to create, or whatever else that doesn’t involve the words ” cleaning or purging.” You have to realize that I have been collecting fabric/notions/beads, etc. since before I was married (which was 38 years ago!)and I owned a fabric store and I love everything I own (or I would not have brought it into my “happy place” in the FIRST PLACE). I would also like to say at this time that I have the world’s most PATIENT husband. Love you honey! All rightie then, so glad I got that off my chest. As I was doing my tiding up bit, I found a pile of clothing that needed some “upcycling” to make the pieces wearable for me.

LET’S CHECK THEM OUT!

I think this is such a cute top. Great fabric design and colors. It was too tight to go over my hips. Sooo…..
On one side of the front and the back I made a slit. For me it was 8″ from the side seam and stopping 14″ up from the bottom. These measurements can all vary but don’t have it go into the bust area. That would not be a good look (like an arrow pointing the way, ha, ha).
Doesn’t everyone have a pile (o.k., o.k. I have several piles, all color coordinated now, thank you very much) of “cutable” clothing pieces that will be just the right “zinger” piece for a project? This top is perfect for my insert pieces. If any of you EVER see fabric like this on a bolt get me 2 yards please. I’ll spend up to $20. per yard and of course pay for shipping. Yes, I like it THAT much.
I had to work with this knit on the bias to yield the biggest pieces. A knit on the bias is not a problem. Cutting out matching diamond shaped pieces took a little math and creative cutting.
A close up of the inserted piece on the front.
I like the way it turned out. It’s ready to wear. The long diamond shape helps the eye travel in that long, lean, line I like so much.
This is the first top I added diamonds to several years back.
I started with a dark gray cotton knit fabric. I like adding knits to knits just to keep things easier to sew.
This close up shows a cool lace piece I took off of the bottom of a skirt. They were in sections all the way around.
This next piece is by Maude Andrade. Look her up at her site: Maudeandrade.com She hails out of Albuquerque New Mexico. She’s young and hip, and I just discovered (on her site), her T-shirts. I want the black one with a slinky on the front.
Anyway, (please notice the word is ANYWAY. There is no “s” at the end to make it Anyways). There is NO SUCH WORD! That just bugs me (I am married to a former English/History teacher). No where was I? Right, on the tag it says, Painted Chenille.
I originally bought the jacket as a “cutter” but the more I looked at it and tried it on, I thought just add some (handwoven cotton from a skirt) pockets and call it a “Chic Car Coat.” Remember them from the 40’s , usually in a wool plaid, and often made by Pendleton Wool Mills?
Isn’t this back the coolest? Hand painted Chenille. Who knew such a thing existed?
One last one for the day. This is a Peruvian Connection sweater I bought on Ebay 4 years ago. I almost resold it! ’cause I didn’t want to cut it (that seemed unacceptable somehow) Well, that was then. It is such a cool design and GORGEOUS colors. It could easily be a “Kaffe Fassett” sweater but there were no tags saying that. It fit really well except the sleeves were so long that it looked silly on me. Notice that the sleeves start off the shoulder. This is a sure sign that this sweater is late 80’s-early 90’s. Easiest fix, as I did above is at the sleeve seam, pull it up to where you want it and stitch all the way around tapering somewhat at the lower portion (under the arms).
These are the PERFECT scissors to use for this. I own all three sizes. These are so super sharp. Keep that white scissor sleeve on when not in use. Snip, snip, snip. Done! Wait don’t forget to zigzag the edges or serge the edges. Hand knits can unravel.
Gorgeous and now the sleeves fit perfectly.
The back is the same as the front. So happy to be able to wear it now.
Scrumptious colors as only Peruvian Connection can do.
Just one more close up. This is a good weekend to look in your pile of “fix its,” “upcycle this,” whatever you want to call it. It’s time to whittle down that pile. Remember, I’m always saying “find 15 minutes in your day for some creativity.” Thank you for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

Zephyr Jacket-Make it In Kantha Cloth

by HEIDI EMMETT

Happy New Year! Zephyr Jacket, one of my “Art to Wear” patterns was a recent blog post made in a Black printed Kantha cloth. Well that was last year, ha, ha. I truly had so much fun making a more “quilted” Zephyr Jacket that I needed to make another one. This time I wanted it longer, more like a coat.

Zephyr Jacket pattern by Heidi Emmett. My Etsy shop is DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns. The jacket in the pattern above is made from a cotton (body of jacket) with a silk piece for one side of the front side and another color of silk for the lining.
This is the back view of the Zephyr Jacket Pattern
Here is my latest Kantha cloth Zephyr “Coat” using my Zephyr Jacket pattern.
I know I had mentioned in another blog post to split the tissue to add the extra length. This time I decided to add the extra length to the bottom edge as you can see above.
I used a 6″ ruler and a blue marking piece (by Clover) to add the length.
Here is the front side (on left) and wrong side (on right). Kantha cloth is two fabrics put together wrong side to wrong side and stitched together with thicker cotton threads, BY HAND, using large running stitches.
The other thing that helps the Kantha fabric stitch up into a jacket faster is that there is no lining for piece B (front piece facing and facing lining). Stitch this one piece (remember you don’t need a lining piece) to the front piece. Well then, how do I finish the edges?
To finish the edges, I found the perfect Kaffe Fassett cotton piece (a “stripe-ish” piece) above. I cut strips and created an edging that goes all the way around. Oh, I also made 2 lined pockets to add to the front. These new techniques will be added as extra pages to future orders of my Zephyr Jacket pattern.
The front of Red Kantha Zephyr Jacket with front facings overlapping each other.
Shoulder detailing, a close up of Red Kantha Jacket.
The back of Red Kantha Zephyr Jacket.
The Black Kantha Zephyr Jacket (note it is the length of the tissue pattern pieces, no added length). DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/Esty shop
The black Kantha Zephyr Jacket, back view. DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/Etsy shop
Yes, I have purchased more Kantha pieces. This one is from Etsy at the shop called, EmbroideryIndianArt by Narendra Singh.
Same Kantha piece but in Red! Etsy shop, EmbroideryIndianArt by Narendra Singh.
Sunset over Grass Valley, CA in December, 2020. We were waiting for the showing of the “Christmas Star” or the “Convergence” where Jupiter and Saturn pass each other in their orbit around the Sun.
And THERE IT IS! Do you see it? Up in the evening blue sky.
I’m trying so hard to follow my own advice this new year. 15 minutes a day working on something creative! That’s all it takes to help you decompress and find a “happy place.” Hugs, Heidi

We Need A Little Felting, Right This Very Minute!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Feel free to hum along as you read this post! I have tried several ways of felting. By far my favorite is using a Felting machine. After you read this post, you might want to go to the “home” page of my blog and under the “category” section, look up felting/machine felting.

Here is my finished product. I am really pleased with it. And best of all, it was fast and easy to create. Of course it took 3 years to collect everything for it but who cares? I first saw this idea (using circles of fabric) from a wonderful “Art to Wear” artist whose name is Diane Prekup. You can see her exquisite pieces for sale at The SantaFeWeavingCompany.com Diane also uses square shapes in her scarves.
I only looked at her scarves one time. I wanted to do my own thing. I knew that I wanted to overlap the circles so that on first glance the piece would sort of look like a long scarf.
I am not going into the mechanics of the felting machine in this post. Look under (on my home page) “Categories” and look for felting projects for more information.
I first saw these cool scraps of 100% wool fabric in the trash! Yes, I was at a sewing retreat and walked by the fabric/paper only trash can and there they were, right on top. Snatched these puppies up in an instant. Forward two years….
I wasn’t sure how big to use the circles so I stood in front of a mirror and first held up a salad plate and then a tea cup saucer. Hmm…I picked the salad plate size.I wanted to have plenty of room for felting the yarn pieces. I used a blue, Clover marking piece on the wool.
I thought it would look great to “Serge” the edge of the circle. Even though I steamed and steamed it, I could not get it to lay flat. I was short on scraps at this point so I carefully cut that serged edge off. I’ll never tell you where in the scarf it ended up(it is a wee bit smaller).
I first measured a scarf length I liked and then overlapped pieces accordingly. One pin each to hold in place until felted.
Once I overlapped two circles, I placed a piece of netting over the area to be felted. Don’t forget to remove the pin! Lay a piece of large holed netting over the piece and felt in place. Remove the netting and felt all the rest of the overlapped circles the same way.
Begin covering with yarn. I chose 3 different ones to use. The super thick black with white thread worried me a bit but slowing way down to a “chug, chug” worked just fine.
Before any felting make sure to cover the area with the netting. It acts like a bunch of pins or fabric glue. I can’t felt without this element .
Twirl and whorl the yarn pieces any way you want.
Check out my yarn choices. I only picked 3 ’cause I think the wool scraps are busy on their own. And yep, you can use your machine pretty much anywhere you want. It appears that I am sitting at a long coffee table and hovering on the edge of a couch (I am, but I want to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie while felting).
Uh ohh…just getting things lined up and thinking about yarns, when who should suddenly appear…
One giant dog (but no reindeer) who felt he needed a closer look see. A little slobber wont hurt this piece.
Time out! It suddenly turned very cold around Grass Valley, CA and Riley’s doggie day care said short furred dogs needed a coat. Who knew? Robert brought one home from the pet store. Whaaat? You paid $55.00? for a coat? Riley wouldn’t try it on very well, but I got the idea that it was way too big. I’ll make him one. Taa daa! One old rain coat from me and one older fleece throw later and we have a new coat for Riley. Untangling the giant ball of velcro parts (still don’t know how that happened) took longer than sewing this coat up. One HUGE tip: Dog will be more likely to wear a coat if the static is taken out first (and having a treat close by doesn’t hurt either). Throw it in the dryer with a dryer sheet or in my case I just ran the dryer sheet it over the fleece portion while holding the sheet in my hand.
I am so happy how this scarf turned out.
Who knew that scraps of yarn and wool fabric could yield this! And don’t forget to visit Diane Prekup at SantaFeWeavingCompany.com Buying one of her incredible pieces of Art to Wear is on my wish list!
I can’t wait to go through my other wool pieces and my myriad skeins of yarn and create more of these fun scarves. I’ll keep you posted.

MAY THE CHRISTMAS SEASON BRING HOPE TO YOUR HEART, GRACE TO YOUR SPIRIT, AND PEACE TO YOUR LIFE.
Jesus is the reason for the season
Hugs, Heidi

OFF THE GRID VEST, A New One!

by HEIDI EMMETT

I‘m so excited. I finished my latest OFF THE GRID VEST that I started, ohh…let’s see, 18 months ago. BUT, IT’S FINISHED (still needs buttons and some threads need to be buried but the bulk of it is FINITO)! I can’t wait to show it to you.

Here is the pattern front cover if you aren’t familiar with Off The Grid vest.
TAA DAA!!
I started with a Marcia Derse “panel” print titled, “Art History.”
I normally don’t put anything on the side panels but I wanted a pocket this time. It is the black and coral pieced square on the vest’s right side.
I love this back! I took a fun class from Mel Beach on “wonky” type quilting squares, came home and made these few right away. I set them aside until I really got into this Off The Grid vest. And the trim (zig-zaggy black & offwhite)it’s from RainbowResource.com
Nothing else on the back of the collar. I outlined stitched the printed designs on the front of the collar going through the flannel interlining to the actual lining piece. I like how the stitching echoes the quilting squares.
A close up view of the collar back of Off The Grid Vest. I really like how this all came together.
Isn’t this a beautiful trim. It’s 100% cotton. The quilting squares will be edge stitched down.
I did much repositioning of blocks and trims and thinking, will these even work? I even took pictures and looked at those to help me decide where things should be placed.
I outlined stitched in orange quilting thread. I pulled the bobbin thread to the front and tied them off and threaded the two threads into a larger eyed needle and buried the threads into the flannel interlining. Trim off the excess thread when it’s pulled back out the front.
One of the most satisfying sewing tip is after two edges have been bound, then they are stitched together with a zig-zag stitch, the blackish (aka Grunge fabric) ones.
Butt the folded edges of the trim together (DONT overlap) and set the zig zag stitch pretty wide and yet fairly close together. There is the sound of a satisfying “Thwack” as they are held together by the zig zag (in my mind this is happening, ha, ha). I’m thinking I made it up, but I bet someone else out there has done it too.
Time to take a break. I have to get dinner started. Look, just look at these lucious tomatoes. This is the last, truly the last of our summer tasties. They stored very nicely in the garage.
The bottom fabric is: “marcia derse Pattern No. 43184 treasure hunt.” This is the panel piece. It was the beginning of this vest. As soon as I saw this panel I just knew it had to be an Off The Grid Vest.
One last look at my latest OFF THE GRID VEST.

Don’t forget to visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett for a look at ALL my “Art to WEAR” sewing patterns. I sell both hard copies and pdf/digital formats.

Thank you for stopping by. And it’s a good time to remind you, “Only 15 minutes a day.” That’s all it takes to get started and get something done on your next creative project. Hugs, Heidi

Zephyr Jacket. Check Out What I have Just Finished!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Hello everyone. I want to get right to it this week. My Zephyr Jacket “Art to Wear” sewing pattern is the perfect topper for where YOU live.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! my newest Zephyr Jacket. I finally got with the program and have pulled out my “Kantha” cloth. It was time to cut them up. This was an inexpensive “printed” not pieced, bed topper.
A close up of a section of this “kantha” cloth. Kantha cloth is usually made in India. Know in advance that it is made of thinner cottons, two pieces and then hand stitched together with a thicker cotton thread (short staple cotton that shreds).
This is the back side of this particular Kantha cloth. It is a solid black.
I like the wool (yes, I mix cotton and wool often) flat trim on the shoulders with a small piping that I added on either side of the plain wool trim.
I added pockets on this Zephyr Jacket. you can barely see them as the fabric is a little busy.
A better view of what the Kantha cloth looks like. Whoops, uhh…my pocket is NOT straight. I looked at it and asked myself if it would be worth taking it apart and re-make it. Nope. It would take too much time and I put it on the jacket and voila’ it blends right in. Crisis averted.
I wanted BIG pockets! To make these I put the Kantha and a lining right sides together, stitched all the way around leaving about a 2″ opening. Turn inside out, stitched opening closed and topstitched onto the jacket.
My Zephyr Jacket pattern. Contact me at my email: hmemmett@gmail.com and hear about purchasing directly from me. ORRR….go to my Etsy shop and see all “Art To Wear” patterns. Etsy shop name: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett
Purchase my patterns from me by contacting me at hmemmett@gmail.com OR from my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett
Zephyr Jacket can be layered (like a Bell sleeved sweater underneath), or made in a heavier weight fabric for added warmth. Yep, an older picture with me in braces! Glad I did it, but EXTRA GLAD it’s over. Ha, ha.
I like how it flutters to a longer length in back. This is the jacket pictured on the pattern back (that picture is really soft in color). The main body is a Kaffe Fassett fabric called “Turkish Delight.” They just brought it back and in some new colorways. Check your local quilt shop. The front pieces are made from a silk piece (o.k., o.k., I found a brand new pair of silk pants at the Thrift shop).
The quilting cotton weight is perfect for warmer days and evenings.
Shoulder work on the Kaffe Zephyr Jacket. I explain it all in the instruction section.
The body of this Zephyr Jacket is a heavier cotton/linen blend. An unusual netted “scuba fabric” was placed over the top of a turquoise green cotton and treated as one piece of fabric.
I added length to this Zephyr Jacket by splitting the tissue pattern pieces across horizontally and added the same amount on each piece.
Check out all the stitching I did on the back (and some on the front too). I used orange quilting thread. It is a running stitch BUT I cheated! I used my Sashiko machine. More about it below.
The Sashiko Machine is a very COOL TOOL! It is made by Baby Lock. It makes the BEST “Shashiko” stitch (running stitch that looks hand done) and you can use different weights of thread. Sadly, it is a big and bulky machine (weighs close to 35 pounds).On the left side I added little tied pieces of floss on top of the scuba netting.
The body of this Zephyr Jacket is another Kaffe Fassett fabric. I like how the fronts fold back just a little to reveal a different parasol fabric.
I mixed silk and cotton and a rayon (the black background parasols) for a unique late summer top The solid aqua green silk came from a silk skirt . On the upper postion of the Zephyr jacket front I have a dragonfly pin.
This dragonfly pin was a really fun find. I tried and tried to find a company name for you all but to no avail. My pin landed on a beautiful hand embroidered fiber/bead necklace. This necklace was my very first purchase on Etsy some 10 years ago from a shop in Australia. I’d give you her shop name in a flash but she took it down. Sooo sad.
I leave you with this quote. Let’s all follow it. Hugs and much creative energy to you, Heidi

BEAUTY SURROUNDS US!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Walk with me to see the Beauty That Surrounds Us. Start looking at things with this thought even as you work through your day and all that must get done. Stop and take at least one deep breath and look around you. Find the beauty in simple things, such as, the sky has never been so blue, or the one leaf left on the tree, twirling around and around trying to let go, or little birds taking an afternoon bath in a little fountain.

I forget the name of this evergreen bush. It gets the coolest thumb-nail sized berries on it in the fall.They look sticky but they aren’t. Looks good in arrangements.
Kangusaku (spelling) Japanese maple. What a stunning red this year with the sun shining through.
This is the first year that they have turned really red.
Right out my kitchen window (at my kitchen sink). In case you can’t read my metal sign which is dripping crystals it says, “Beauty Surrounds Us.”
This time of year, I need to machine felt or crochet or knit. It’s the weather change I’m sure. Granny Squares of all kinds are all the rage right now. With the beautiful ombre’ yarns out there now, somehow the Granny squares don’t look so “Granny” anymore. Please, no disrespect to Grandmother’s, WE LOVE OUR GRANDMOTHER’S! I think you know what I mean. The above book has several Granny Square projects in it that all look updated.
This project is titled “Hex On.” I made one using Noro yarns.
Here’s the back of “Hex On.”
I used Noro yarns for mine too but in a wild colorful combo. I really like this “shawlette.” That’s my name for it. It’s just enough warmth for inside on a cooler day.
The hexagon shapes are unique enough (most Granny Squares are usually square(duh Heidi, the name, Granny Square ha, ha) and sometimes round and even rectangles too.
Happy colors to work on and fast and easy to create.
I just can’t get enough of the Fall color this year. A maple tree (not sure of the species though) with the light shining just right. Beauty surrounds us right! On our most recent walk (I walk with my mother almost every single day rain or shine), my mother suggested that the season is called Fall because the leaves fall from the trees. I think it is as good as any other explanation. What do you think?
More crochet to enjoy. This sweater is at least 30 years old. It is so special to me. It is done in the Kaffe Fassett styling. One of my customers from “Heidi’s Fabrics” created this with the intention of keeping it for herself. It is her own design and while mostly single crochet, there are knitted areas too.
A close up of her beautiful work. She used “Knit crocheen” as well as six strands of various embroidery flosses to create the beautiful ombre’ coloration. She came into my store one day and said that she decided that I needed to own it. I quite agreed and some money exchanged hands and I still wear it today! It’s timeless and such a treasured piece.
Super simple single crochet scarf.
Isn’t this a great ombre’ yarn? And a one button closure finishes it off.
Here are my fun felted mitts. They zip together so fast. Great gift idea people. Noro yarn and single crochet again.
Pretty sure I show this every year, but I don’t get tired of showing or wearing it either. I used all my favorite red, orange red, fiery pinky reds, etc. yarns that I have been collecting.
This is made of half double crochet. It’s my own design but, hello, not hard at all. It is just a giant “Granny Circle ” with armholes.
I did it again in blues and purples. Check out some of the different yarns I used.
I don’t know what happened (I think the stitches were too loose as well as all double crochet instead of the tighter half double crochet) but it when I put it on it felt like I was wearing an afghan. So I sold it at our quilt show boutique!

Picture titled, “Dog Contemplating a Fall Afternoon.” OR “If I went out into the cold could I catch that squirrel?”
Working on a few new Zephyr Jackets. Please stop by my post next week to see them completed. Great gift idea for someone special, hey, you are special so think about making one for you!
Contact me, Heidi Emmett using my email, hmemmett@gmail.com if you’d like to buy from me personally, or check out my Etsy shop/ DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see all my other patterns that are available for purchase.
May we all contemplate the above message as we get our creative going this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

Another Beautiful Fall Day!

by HEIDI EMMETT

The title speaks to Fall and the first picture is a piece of Christmas fabric. Huh? Read on.

This piece of fabric (a Prairie Christmas) has been in my stash for over 25 years! Yes, it came from my fabric store, “Heidi’s Fashion Fabrics.” The angel images are perfect for “Pocket Prayer Quilts.” Go to Shabby Fabrics.com and see the great things they teach you at their YouTube channel, Pocket prayer quilts being one of them.
The other reason I wanted to show you this fabric is the really fun napkins, YES NAPKINS, that Linda and Karenanne made for me. I usually have a table at our churches annual “Christmas Tea,” and these napkins were the impetus for the whole tablescape. Sadly, for the first time in 32 years it wont be happening this year.
These are so cute (see how easy they are to make at JordanFabrics.com, they have a great You Tube section), I can’t pack them away. I am using them now! Thank you Karenanne and Linda.
The napkins will look perfect with this Fall centerpiece that Karenanne and Linda made for me too. I did show show it before but I had to show it one more time.
This center piece was made from scraps by Linda. And fun hand stitching and beading done by Karenanne.
O.K., I still can’t find how to edit or even delete photos once they are in the post, sooooo, you get to see a 3rd shot of my centerpiece. See the little Raku tile that the bird sits on? My friend Patty made a bunch of these and gave each of us who went to her home for coffee, as little gifties. Thank you again Patty. I love it.
I had to include this picture of an opened Camellia. There are some strange goings on in the plant world in our area. Sasanqua camellias start to bloom in Early January. This one started in October. I was in town a few weeks ago and saw a group of Iris blooming! What? they usually bloom in May. And my Mom’s huge Rhododendron (that didn’t bloom at all this past May) is in full bloom right now. It is all topsy turvy right now, just like life.
Here is one of those same camellias as it is just opening. I love the crepe like edges.
A boy and his dog. That’s MY boy and his dog. I love this shot at the edge of the runway at the Paradise, CA airport.
I am took this shot 30 minutes before the heavens opened up and by the time the rain stopped we had 4 ” of liquid gold in our rain guage. Fire season is officially OVER here in northern CA. We are so THANKFUL! I took this from our neighbors field of Christmas trees into our backyard. Can you see the white outline of one of our dining room windows?
This shot was taken on my way back to my house. We planted every single tree and bush (except the Walnut trees ( we built our home in a walnut orchard)) on our property at least 32 years ago. Look how TALL the Sequoia Gigantea has become! It’s on the very left. That and many of our dogwoods, maples, well really, EVERYTHING, came from my two oldest brothers nursery. Just a side note, I worked for them starting at age 12, planting seedbeds, seedlings, potting trees, etc. and I bought fabric or shoes with my monies. And still love them both to this day, the fabric and shoes that is. Oh all right, I love my brothers too, all three of them. Have a wonderful, creative and cozy weekend everyone. Hugs, Heidi.

It’s FRIDAY!

by HEIDI EMMETT

This week has zipped by! Have I tried working on the new format here at my WordPress “dashboard?” That would be NO, NO, NO! I have stumbled through for 5 years quite nicely and then WordPress upended the whole thing and I am more confused than ever. They HAVE to be twenty-somethings who think “new and improved” will be great. WRONG!

Dog gone it, that awful “P.E.B.C.A.C.” has come back! My son (a former IT specialist) told me that’s what I have. It is an acronym for, “Problem Exists Between Computer And Chair!”

Let’s see what I have been up to: Two fun pictures first.

Remember this picture?
And this one. Working on a new pair of fingerless mitts while watching the Lake Tahoe world go by. Ahhh….so lovely.
Blocked the pieces and now I am looking through my hand dyed wool scraps. If you can’t purchase hand dyes in person, purchasing from Etsy or Ebay is always a great option.
The straight pin marks the right side. I’ve also cut out my “flowers and leaves.”
As I prepare these pieces for machine felting, I look out of my nearest window which is the BEST window seat view for leaf peeping. This is one of the perks of having a second story.
Lay a piece of nylon netting (like they use in square dancing slips) over the prepared piece that’s ready to felt. Whrrr….goes the machine. I timed this one. 2 minutes 30 seconds. Whoo hoo! Remember, look in my past posts for more detailed instructions on using a felting machine. I thought you could look under my archives under “Machine Felting” but it appears that the archives only show months. Acckk…Well then look under late fall and early winter months.
Taa daa! Felted but lacking some pizzazz. What to add?
Some beads from my very small, ha, ha, HA! bead stash! I spent hours and hours and countless movies sorting through my beads and findings. All done and then I found another tub full of beading supplies left over from my fabric store. And you thought I only sold fabric. I tucked that tub back under my big cutting table for another time. Sigh…
Now, using my other pair as a pattern I slip one corner (at the top) over the other corner and hand stitch to hold in place. I like to use matching yarn if I can. Then the same thing on the bottom portion. Always try it on first to give the best estimate for where your thumb would go. Here is the pattern should you want to try a pair: Two skeins of wool (each one at least 109 yards or 50 grams and I like ombre’) Ombre means color changes. I used a size “G” crochet hook. Chain 35-40. Wrap around the widest portion of your hand to make sure it will slip over fairly easily. Use single crochet throughout for at least 6″. You can vary the length if you’d like. If you are using an ombre’, for the second mitt, start with the second skein and HOPEFULLY when you find the beginning point of the skein the ombre’ will be a fairly close match in lining up as the first one.
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you all. Heidi

Friday Fun, Take a Look!

Last week my two sister friends were back down for a few days, flights are very reasonable from Portland to Sacramento and Karenanne needed a haircut (she likes my hair stylist). Fabulous food is always at the top of the list and for the sewing part, this time handwork . Also, Karenanne wanted to try out my Sweet Sixteen.

Remember that Robert caught a beautiful Mackinaw fish in October. He only caught one on this trip (second in on the right). The fish has been waiting patiently in the freezer for “the sisters” to come.
Isn’t it a beauty? You MUST try Linda’s recipe. Super simple and if the fish is from the depths of Lake Tahoe, ohhhh soooo delicious. Here it is: Tarragon (fresh sprigs), thin lemon slices, olive oil, thin sliced shallots, sea salt/freshly ground pepper, and garlic powder. Wrap in parchment paper and bake in a 400degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Karenanne wore her new Liberty Shirt ( a pattern from The Sewing Workshop). She said I had inspired her with my upcycling projects using vintage linens.
She used a 100% linen tablecloth that was her grandmothers. As well as buttons from her grandmothers button jar.
a CLOSE UP of the faggoting on the sleeve. This was a brilliant idea to cut out the sleeves from the tablecloth (faggoting on the outward edge) that makes it look as if there is a cuff at the bottom of the sleeves. Beautifully done Karenanne.
The bed isn’t properly made but these brother kitties, Rubix and Rex don’t care. The weather is turning colder and FINALLY a storm (REAL rain , our first in almost 6 months!!) with snow in the Mtns.is on the way. Snow level (so they say )will be as low as 3500ft.
Fall foliage in my yard.
I took my Mom “leaf peeping” the other day. Her first trip in our vintagy (is that a word?) convertible. I even found a “proper” hat for her to wear. What a fun time we had. It was 72 degrees that day and now, two days later it’s only 48. Check out her 10 year old maple tree that is just behind us.
What’s this you ask? It is my “Ode to the Birch tree.” My friend Patty P. gave me these branches. Some are pretty big and heavy too. I packed them in my car (several came all the way from the back to touch my windshield, ha, ha). When I brought them home (last year) I called friends. I even offered to cut them up a bit. No takers. My display sits on the side of our driveway next to our Giant sequoia and I love the juxtaposition of stark white next to the deep bluegreen of the tree. My husband laughs every time he looks at it. “Only you Heidi” is all he will say.
I cannot find the “edit” button for pictures (to make it smaller. I told you they have completely changed the editing and writing process of my blog. Icck, ICCK!). So, we will enjoy LARGE pictures for now. Did I even brush my hair that morning? And what is that machine in the middle of the picture (more about it later)? The 3 of us are removing all the machine quilting stitches from the quilt Karenanne was quilting on the Sweet Sixteen. For her first machine quilting she was really doing an EXCELLENT job! only to have the bobbin thread “wigging” out. The stitching and ripping happened so many times we lost count. Note to selves: Check bobbin stitching once in awhile. But what a pain when you are stitching away. The only thing we can figure is that there might have been too much sizing on the backing fabric. Not sure, even now. I need to do more research.
She took it back home and finished quilting it and binding it on her home machine (a ginormous Janome with lots of space to work on a quilt). I showed you this pattern from the Tula Pink quilting book. So sorry for all that trouble on the Sweet Sixteen. I think that Karenanne has embodied the following quote:
“Growth and Comfort will never coexist. So Embrace that thought.” Ginni Rometty, Executive chairwoman IBM
You GO KARENANNE!!
The machine in the picture is my felting machine (Huskystar by Huskavarna). You all have seen it in past blogposts. As soon as the weather turns cooler, out come the bins of yarn and possible clothing or pieces to felt on. The mess of yarn at the bottom is the yarn I used. I like how the two colors in each color change make my circles look like little “whirls” of color. I was showing Linda how to do this. She was working on a scarf (bottom left of that picture with the machine in it). She wants one now. The Huskystar is no longer being made but you might try Ebay (there are other companies making them). And then it hit me. I used to teach classes on Machine felting (4 years ago) and truly just remembered at that moment that I HAD purchased a 2nd Huskystar felting machine (on Ebay) just in case someone might need it or want to buy it in a class. How Great for Linda.
Linda was working on her Sue Spargo blocks (look up Sue Spargo). Sorry, that ding dang edit button, I WILL FIND IT FOR NEXT WEEK I PROMISE!
Linda has basted down all her pieces and is getting ready to embroider all the pretty stitches around the edges of the felted wool pieces. She uses this very cool tool by Sewline (sorry you get to look it up as I can’t find the Link button either, grrr….). She dials in the color of chalk she want . See the faint white line to the side of the pen? They come with four colors to choose from. They click into place . Look at the cool stem (in green). It is made of several stitches combined.
I had to show you these “Crisp and Thins” that Linda found. OH MY! Delicious and only 130 calories per serving (12). Of course, one should not have multiple servings, but sometimes…….it’s necessary, ha, ha. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate each and every one of you so much. And now a couple of highway signs to make you laugh.
I leave you with another quote, from the Bible: “A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken Spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22.Hugs, Heidi

What I Did on My 5 Days Off!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Acckk.. I wouldn’t have to hear the bang, bang, beep , beep, beep(equipment going backwards. Don’t they EVER go forward?), the LOUD (and sometimes quite vulgar)talking and noise (they call it rap), and the smells (toxic paint products, instant headache, asphalt). For 32 years we have enjoyed an empty field on one whole side of our property. Well, not anymore. Of course the home being built “feels” like it is right on our property line, but it is very large. I needed to get away! NOW!

With the shutdowns here in CA we ventured to our favorite place (that’s only 2 hours away), Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, Nevada side. Nevada has lifted or at least really softened their restrictions. O.K. enough of all that, let’s go relax.

Our first full day, we drove up to Sand Harbor ( the most pristine and building free shoreline is the entire Eastern shore which is all in Nevada) and walked the new trail that stretches from Sand Harbor, 3 miles to Incline Village.
I am not faking the color of the water! I take all my pictures now on my “Google Pixel” phone. Best camera on the market right now.
This trail is wide and mostly level. We saw bicycles, people jogging, walking, and of course lots of “puppskies!” It was a doggie fashion show. We lost track of the different breeds. Wish we could have brought Mr. Riley. Believe me, he was “Living the life of Riley” at doggie day/night care. BUT, we have plans to do a day trip back to this trail (before the snow starts to fly) so we can show off our dog too.
Every vista is a treasure.
There is a spot on the trail that goes under the highway and goes up and up so the vistas become higher and broader.
A gust of wind across the water adds sparkling diamonds to the view.
All to soon the trail was reaching its end with the docks coming into view (this is the beginning of Incline Village). 3 miles one way. But WAIT. It’s all good because we just turned around and saw new vistas as we made our way back to Sand Harbor. 2 hours it took us to walk almost 6 miles. There were many many stops along the way.
Look closely. That’s my husband on board “The Professor.” And Captain Andy is at the helm. Robert’s going fishing! They are zipping along to find the Minnow traps that Andrew uses for bait. Live bait to a depth of 200+ feet. Robert texted me later that he caught the first fish. It was his only fish. 18″+ and a Mackinaw (native to Lake Tahoe). Captain Andy said the deep water fish and the clear water make for very tasty fish. There were a total of 5 people fishing + the captain.
After Robert went flying by the lower deck of our cabin I grabbed my “handwork” and went to the upstairs deck for some sunshine. First time EVER that I didn’t bring a machine of some type (sewing, felting, Serger,etc.). And not the usual 5 bags of paraphernalia to go with the machines. I brought one small bag of books/magazines and one bag of handwork projects. Perfect.
I almost took this scarf back to the Thriftshop (in a bag with other stuff to go to the TS). How boring I thought, it’s off white. J.Crew, super soft wool (no tag, but thinking baby Alpaca) and I like the crinkly look. Perfect for using some of my expensive threads that are ombre’ dyed. The running stitch was the “mindless” choice. And the crinkly fabric just adds to my wonky stitch work.
I am also using a tapestry needle for ease of going through the wool and the giant eye (for ease of threading). Ha, ha.
Check out this super old poster that hangs on the back of a door in our Cabin #8. Now scroll down one picture to see the same view today.
O.K. I really need to move to the right a bit. But if I did that I would be on a giant boulder that is now surrounded by shrubs and a couple of shorter deciduous trees and would I wouldn’t get the shot. Isn’t this a great Fall look? A couple of Aspens add the finishing touch.
On one of the 3+ walks a day. We’re on the dock at the private beach at Zephyr Point. Very few were braving the water (as in no one on this day). Brrrrr….
Can you even believe the color of this water? It’s about 8 feet deep and I took it on the other side of the same dock . There are only rocks and sand at the bottom.
Walking up “Robin’s flight.” Only a gazillion steps (or so it seems at 6,300ft.) Blue salvia? Maybe?
This one I know, California Poppy.
Project # 2. I wanted to make another pair of fingerless mitts(just like the ones I’m wearing). I chose yarn by Plymouth Yarns called, “Gina.” It is 100% wool. Lovely to work with. I chose to crochet (again, a mindless, project) using single crochet throughout. Ombre’ yarn is my favorite (ombre’ yarn in the mitts above (that yarn is by Noro). I guess it’s the lazy way to change colors. No make that the SMART way.
Awww….sitting outside on the deck with glorious weather and doing my mindless crocheting and listening to the gentle lapping of the water against the rocks.
It just doesn’t get any better than this. So happy, happy, happy. I will trust that you will have a chance to get away from it all even if it’s only a walk. Breathe deeply, the clean air, and take the time to count your blessings. Hugs, Heidi

I’m Working on an Online Class!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Hello everyone. What a dizzying time. I’m excited about creating a class for online distribution. It will be one that you will own forever and go back to again and again. I want it clear, concise, filled with pictures, and videos, and above all FUN! and easy to create yourself. This first class will be everything you need to know about re-creating a sweatshirt.

I want you to feel as if I am sitting with you as you work with all the information I’m giving you. But WOW this is harder than I thought. It will take time. I am hoping once I get one completed, making more classes will be so much easier. One can hope.

And then out of the BLUE, WordPress my provider for this blog, up and changed the ENTIRE format for my creating my own posts. I am so upset (I did yell at the monitor, like that helped), I’m not ready for a change, don’t want a change, but it appears I have no choice. So, here’s hoping this one will get to you intact (as in how I tried to set it up). Aaaarrrgggh..

I’m showing you two different sweatshirt recreations. Basic Gray is always a winner.
I love the back with a repurposed t-shirt and a bit of embroidery.
The front is a real mixture of things and I will talk about it all in the class and some do’s and don’ts.
I love polka dots and I like how this back looks. It’s from a cardigan sweater.
A small sampling of my work!
I’m taking deep breaths right now to calm down. Please enjoy my friend Judi’s absolutely exquisite Zinnias.
Stunning, just stunning and I don’t see mildew (mine always get it, not enough sun I guess). And these are the real deal. I don’t care for the miniatures. I want the old-fashioned BIG and TALL zinnias.
I love the addition of a little yard art to finish off the space.
This is one of my favorite shots at Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Point, Nevada side.

And hopefully I will see the balloons again starting next week for 5 days. When I come back I should be rested and ready to tackle this @#$%^& new and supposedly “improved” version of WordPress. Sigh…Until the next time, get some creativity going my friends. Thank you for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

We’re Going on a Short Road Trip Today and then Talking “Zephyr Jacket” (using my Art to Wear Pattern).

BY HEIDI EMMETT

Last Friday, my husband and I took Riley (he enjoys rides in the car)on a road trip to the Sierraville, Loyalton, and Vinton areas. These towns are about 25 miles north of the town of Truckee, California.

This is cattle country. The elevation is low 5,000’s. And HUGE meadow areas (miles and miles) with the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the edges. The soil is so sandy that it’s a wonder anything grows in it. But there are natural springs that meander all through these areas. The sky is so clear. No smoke.
Normally not my favorite type of scenery, but when one has only been to and from the grocery store for months and months, this is gorgeous. And look, a bull. And he is really, really BIG! And don’t forget, a beautiful, blue sky.
This is a scene played out on many outbuildings in these little towns. Giant, painted Quilt Blocks. The Downieville Quilt guild started this and instead of a “leaf peeping” tour, it’s the Quilt Block tour. I saw at least 3 more but did not have a chance to get good shots.
There were barns and sheds everywhere that were on their last “legs” so to speak. As one who values “Yard Art” and buildings with rustic finishes,I think that these would be fabulous. Hmm..  maybe next trip honey, we could stop and ask. KIDDING! Robert says I can give away but NOT bring more home.
Pretend this is a different quilt block even though it’s just a different view. The mountains waaay off in the distance have all burned. A year ago. 60,000 acres. The fire started at the town dump by lightening. The people working at the dump had a huge dozer and called the Forest service (state Forest service of the state of California) and said, “Hey, we can put this out in no time with our dozer.” The Forest service told them NOT to touch it! It was THEIR jurisdiction and that’s how the Great State of California operates on ohh, soo, many things. And that’s how a tiny fire ended up destroying 60,000 acres of beautiful land.
So many of these buildings are really old, early 1900’s.
All the scrubby stuff is mostly hay stubbles. The hay was harvested months ago. It is such a lovely golden color. Just once more, taking deep breaths of the beautiful, clear, air.
How about this one room school house at one time had 1st-12th grades in it. Now it is a library that services about a 100 mile radius and 5 or 6 little towns.
On the way back we stopped at this restaurant for lunch. It’s called Jax. Love this curved glass block. We had to sit outside (no inside seating). But we liked that because our dog Riley could join us along with a menagerie of other dogs and people.
This is an original dining car from the 40’s. Truckee was the busiest, largest town from the gold mining days (1850’s onward). All the trains stopped here. They came up from San Francisco over Donner Pass (elevation 7,239) and down into Truckee before moving on to Reno, Nevada.
Look at all the stainless steel and the ceiling.
So much is the original dining car.

I took this shot just as a freight train was comin’ through town. Many of the buildings are from the late 1800’s.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate my artichokes. YES I GREW THESE MYSELF! I have one plant. I had NO IDEA that one plant could grow so large. 6 total artichokes. They say you usually don’t get any artichokes the first year. BUT I DID! Haven’t tried them yet. The one at the top has black edges on it. It was just a tiny young thing when we had a week of high 90’s. So the tips were burned.
The fabric on the left is a Kaffe Fassett, called “Parasols.” The fabric on the right is a heavy rayon made into a long wrap skirt (yes a thrifting find). But look! Little parasols. It’s perfect.

Do you see my fingers on the left side? This fusible is fantastic! It does exactly what it says, “adds shape while maintaining drapability.” Yes, I have a bolt of it (I think they still make it) that is hmm…20 + years old. It is perfect for knits or wovens. And is never stiff. It adds just the right amount of drapability to this front collar.
The rich aqua green Tussah silk  long collar fronts are lined in the pretty black parasol rayon. Wear the collar pieces several ways.  This is a fun and fast to make jacket, perfect for cool Fall days. Dress it up or down. Buy this Art to Wear sewing pattern from me directly for the month of October and I will ship FREE. Zephyr Jacket has all sizes included XSm-4X. All instructions and tissue pattern pieces included for $15.00 U.S. I bill via Paypal. Contact me at my personal email—hmemmett@gmail.com

I had to show you this very “COOL TOOL” for those whose eyes aren’t as young as we’d like. But also, for working with dark threads at night. Mine is on the way. Thank you Patty P. for this idea. Also, works great over glasses.

Take care now, and have a pleasant (may the air be smoke free where you live!), creatively productive weekend. Hugs, Heidi

Part 4, “My Friends Are Golden!”

by HEIDI EMMETT

This is the last installment on my “Golden Friends.” We had the best time EVER! I have more recipes, more sewing and quilting thoughts….for another post.

Karenanne is on the left, me in the center, and Linda on the right. The Swift sisters from Portland, Oregon. We have already begun to plan our next get together.
Look at me! Please note my EXCITED countenance. I am making pasta for the very FIRST TIME!
Adding flour in their little piles to keep them from sticking together. Gosh, I sure look “wild-eyed” don’t I? I am just so excited to learn how to use a pasta machine. See those long yellowy pieces (they have really yellow yolks from the neighbors beautiful “range free” chicken’s eggs)? I did thatNext step is fettucini. It really is easy. Karenanne taught me. And you can freeze the dough, and it keeps and keeps in the fridge.
Karenanne made a beautiful sauce using my “Sun Sugar” (cherry types) tomatoes. Grated fresh parmesan cheese. Ohhhh, I’m in heaven. And served this time with a wine that I picked up at the Health Food Store. It’s true! The owner loves to buy cool wines when he sees them. I figure it’s good for us as it came from the health food store. There is resveratrol in it. And that IS good for us and it’s only found in red wine.   Isn’t the label terrific? Is that how you pick a wine?
I even like the design on the foil. Looking for ideas everywhere. A great fabric idea. Silver and black. Two colors only. This could work. Where is my sketch pad?
We went shopping at our local Ben Franklin store. They have lots of fabric. It was on sale. I was proud of myself. I took a picture first (so I could think about it) of the two pieces on the right. I was only going to get one of them. Guess which I chose.
Yep, the pinks and purples. The ombre’ with the little squares I think will be perfect for an OFF THE GRID VEST. What? You don’t know about it!

This is my OFF THE GRID VEST pattern. I can’t wait to show you what I have in mind with those fabrics from above. Karenanne helped me pick the “Grunge” by Moda.

Remember this picture?  Riley was in “LOVE” with Karenanne and Linda.
Yes, this was Riley two hours after they left. Sad. He was sooooo sad!
Where are they? Where are my treats? They gave me tummy rubs…….I’m so sad.

Check out one last special gift that I received from Karenanne and Linda. Yes, it is a beautiful walnut box and the Omnigrid (this size is my favorite) slides on and off to reveal a deep space to hold whatever you want. Am I not the luckiest person to have such great friends? I miss you two. We are keeping up with each other and our current projects. I will keep you posted. And of course there were more recipes. Look for the mouthwatering, BEST EVER baked chicken recipe soon. It will be perfect for fall.

Take care now. Let’s all get creative this weekend. We need to finish some projects, no wait, “We need to CLOSE a window!” as Linda would say. Hugs, Heidi