Hello all. My phone is not sending all the pics I had taken of this project in process. 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.
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.
The “tracing, bleaching, putting color back in, and outline stitching” was fun to do. I started with an 8 x 10 photo and worked from there with all the things I described.
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) is being contemplative, irratating, or…..
Awww….I’m going with contemplative over missing the ONE dog in his 9 years of living that he 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.
I’m not sure what this actually means but it makes me laugh. Shouldn’t it be Stiletto’s? As in a pair? Whatever…..
I love this one. Ha, ha.
If you haven’t already, you MUST look up this amazing 90+ year old. She is amazing. And accessorize is her middle name. Love her!
Have a great weekend and get yourself into stitches! Hugs, Heidi
Check out what I created using the latest group of Marcia Derse fabrics. It all started with my Terrific Tabard Vest pattern.
Sometimes the best way to figure out how best to use a bunch of different fabrics is to take a picture and look at it. Something you thought was perfect like the lime green “grunge” jumps out too much. I ended up eliminating it. All except the lining are Marcia Derse.
Laying out the tissue pieces ahead to think through what you are doing is very helpful.
You are looking at wrong side of the bright colored Marcia Derse piece. Once the basic pieces are cut out I Terial Magic each piece. There is no batting in this version of Terrific Tabard, a vest pattern by DesignsbyHeidiEmmett. I need body in the pieces so they are easier to sew together, applique’, and stitch down. I put a piece of muslin onto my ironing board and spray the pieces with Terial Magic and Iron (Dry iron on Cotton setting) until dry. Not stiff enough, spray again and iron again.
I cut out smaller pieces to stitch on top later. Yes, treat those with Terial Magic too. I have a small scrap of muslin underneath for overspray. My bottle looks squished because it has traveled up and back from sea level to 7200ft. It still works just fine. Strange though.
There are only 2 pieces to my Terrific Tabard Vest pattern. A front piece (cut 2), and a back piece (cut one on the fold). Designs by Heidi Emmett. I sell this pattern in my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns or email me directly (especially if you are overseas). I’m making this version of Terrific Tabard differently than either of the views on the cover. 1. There is no batting. 2. All the extra raw edge applique’ or whatever I choose to do is done AFTER the vest is together. 3. There is no outside trim attached either. Bear with me here. This is SO EASY! and FAST! 1. Stitch fashion pieces together at the shoulders (wild Marcia D. fabrics above) 2. Stitch the lining pieces together at the shoulders (black confetti looking fabric). 3. With right sides together stitch all the way around the vest using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leave an opening at the side back about 5″ for turning. 4. Turn the vest inside out through the opening. 5. Press and continue with embellishing the vest and adding tabs (topstitch in place). Phew you didn’t even break a sweat! Make it up, make it fun, and get it DONE!
Grade the seams before turning inside out (pick one side it doesn’t matter which one and trim it to 1/8″). This where the magic of the Terial Magic on each piece really, really helps you. 1. First, sewing the pieces together all the way around is so much easier. I didn’t even use pins. The T.M. adds a bit of friction and keeps the pieces in place while you stitch. Of course, you must always check your progress and keep seams lined up. 2. Because the edges are crisp it was sooo much easier to grade the seam. 3. After pulling the vest through the opening, pressing the entire vest is so much easier because of the T.M. It just seems to smooth out (no wrinkles or extra fabric) on its’ own. There! 3 fantastic reasons to use Terial Magic. I pressed under the edges of the black and white pieces I’d cut out earlier and placed them where I wanted on the back of the vest. No pins needed. Held each piece in place with my fingers while edge stitching through the top layer and the lining.
On the front I picked some shapes and did some random stitching (crooked ON PURPOSE, I promise). I stitched through both the fashion fabric and the lining.
This one is a bit of a wobbly one, but I think it gives more interest. Marcia Derse Fabrics. Designs by Heidi’s Terrific Tabard Vest Pattern.
Stitching on the outside, when I’m finished I do not backstitch and trim.Instead, I pull the thread either to the fashion side or the lining side. Tug on either the top thread or the bobbin thread and a little loop appears. Be gentle. Pull gently on the loop then both threads will appear on one side. Knot the threads twice (like you are tying your shoelace (just not the bow part).Go to next picture.
Thread those two threads that have been double knotted onto a needle and run the needle in between the top fabric and the lining. This is called “burying the thread.” Clip off the excess thread.
Marcia Derse fabric meets Terrific Tabard vest pattern. Check out my Etsy store for this pattern and others. Live overseas? Contact me directly and I’ll save you $$ on shipping. firstname.lastname@example.org
I used random widths of the black and whites (I only had fat qtrs. so I just made it work)for the left side of the vest. You can see my “random” stitching on the colorful part too.
Closures should be interesting and kinda “wonky” when stitched onto the vest. The buttons have not been chosen yet. But I always leave some room in the loop portion for whatever size is chosen. The loop can be stitched closed more if needed. I would never make a new one.
Side closures aren’t seen as much so I keep them simple. I like tying knots on the ends and trim excess off as close to the knot as I can get.
Check out this very cool pumpkin. I had to make a trip to the Dentist while right in the middle of my vest making. I went for my “Coronation.” I even gave a royal wave as I exited the building. O.K., I got my permanent crown for my tooth. I love this pumpkin. Here’s what the receptionist said: Punch holes in the top of a pumpkin (holes should equal how many succulents you have. Gently place root into hole. Pack some dirt around root and hole. Hot glue (just a small amount) moss around to hide the dirt. No watering needed. I want to try this!
Hydrangeas, as happy as can be in this mild November weather.
Such an exquisite color.
Dogwood leaves. More exquisite colors.
So true sometimes. Sigh… But I always say, I could have worse habits. Ha, ha. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi
5 power shutoffs,because of Wildfire danger, in under 5 weeks. 2 in one week. Learning to cope, bought a generator. WE DO HAVE OUR HOME! So, gratitude, gratitude. Thank you Lord for your watchcare over us. We did evacuate last Sunday afternoon. We live in the Grass Valley, CA area. It wasn’t mandatory, but a fire was started (someone who is homeless) and in 45 mile an hour gusts we wanted to get out. We have “Go” bags, the whole bit. My 88 yr. young mother lives on our property in her little Granny house. Went to get her and her “Go” bag and sigh….she had put everything back (when the rains started last Nov.) SIGH…….Our “Go” time ended up being 20 minutes (we’re working on getting that time waaay down). Thank God it turned out to be a practice run… but I tell you all this because I don’t care where you live, GET A GO BAG together, escape routes, and designated ways to be in contact. Your life could depend on it! All right, enough of the somber stuff. I am so backlogged with “stuff” for my business that I pulled a post out of the archives.
Once upon a time, I took the Urban Ombre’s quilt class from Christine. It was great fun. It was the first time I had seen the Diawabo ombre’ from E.E. Schneck in grey or is it gray?Throughout the class I kept thinking, all these fabrics together would make the coolest vest. But what design? So, I took my blocks, along with everyone’s scraps (I ASKED them first), and put them on my design board and began to think.
Later, Christine said she was doing a lecture at the E.E. Schenck Trends Show (a show for shop owners in Porland, OR). Since Schenck sells the grey background fabric Christine was showing her quilt and then she said, hey, that vest idea you had, that would be great, I’ll take that too, so we can get your name out there. O.K., that sounds good, when is it?
In a month. Whaaaaattt?! I have done NOTHING! The little pieces were falling off the design board, or covered by other projects that were creeping in.
An hour later, I stood at my ironing board, fabrics spread out and I said a prayer. I had a nice chat with God and said, Help!! I walked over to my little garment rack of purchased pieces (whether from a “Real” store or the thrift shop)all for ideas for future project. I pulled out a super short jacket that had bad fabric and design, but the collar!! and while that jacket had a skinny front band, I liked how it connected to the collar.
I whipped out my sketch pad and started with rectangles. I knew I wanted a long, lean, look to this vest pattern. The rectangles kept coming to mind.
I also wanted to showcase the interesting fabrics on the front, so I made the front panels really wide . Those pieces, the rectangle shaped log cabin blocks, and the “sticks” (remember those pieces people discarded?), again they are all rectangle shapes.
It all came together so smoothly (remember that prayer at the ironing board?). I was sewing up a storm and it was time to add the front panel pieces. WAIT A MINUTE!! They are too short at the bottom, no, no, NO! (Oh, dear, I just told the world that I made a major measuring mistake). And NO TIME to make new front panel pieces.
Upon further trying it on, looking, thinking, I came to the conclusion that I LIKED it that way! Who knew? I like it being “off” at the bottom edges (hint, hint, Off the Grid). You will be happy to know that yes, I finished it in time for Christine to take up to the Portland show. She said it was a big hit. Yea….
It’s so fun to use Marcia Derse prints, and other ombre’ fabrics. The blocks have their edges turned under and are edge stitched to the gray ombre’ background fabric.
I use glue (the bottle in the picture is basting glue), but I also use basic school glue (like Elmer’s). You can see the subtle change in the background fabric. I really enjoy turning it this way and that, darker portions verses lighter sections. It’ what YOU like. That’s why I call for 3 yds. for the background (room to play).
Notice please that I use a zig zag stitch (rectangles again), and it also encases the raw edge of the fabric.
And I do, what I call, “Shadow quilting.” They are always done in a rectangle shape . I like the look and it adds more quilting to the piece.
I do any all over quilting in gentle curves because it’s easier on the eyes (if they were straight it’s too hard to sew perfectly straight) and adds movement.
Look at the SUPER COOL necklace my 93 year young friend, Lila Sugg made for me (she is a MASTER sewist). It is so perfect with my vest (a secret, shhh…the gorgeous chunks of turquoise are made from potatoes). Google that one, people!
And listen to this, E.E.Schenck now carries my patterns and my book! And I have been asked to come to the next Trends Show and present a trunk show on my Art to Wear patterns and book. Sharon, the buyer, said that “Art to Wear” is coming back in a big way in the quilting world and I’ll be right there! Hugs, Heidi
I work from home. I have had a hard time prioritizing my workday which can include sewing my sample garments, creating patterns,writing, packing patterns,etc, to housework, to gardening, exercising, cooking, etc. Sometimes, yes, I’m admitting this, I don’t get dressed in “real” clothes until 11:00a.m.(I do love what I call “my cozy clothes”) I have lots of beautiful clothes that I have made, thrifted, upcycled, purchased,whatever. But I rarely have worn them at home. Why dress up when working on deadlines in my office, or stitching up a storm in my attic studio, I’m also doing so many other “house” things? Well, all that has changed. Now, I’m following the “Wear Your Joy” plan from Kelly Rae Roberts.
I took her on-line class she offers called “Wear Your Joy.” And I’m finishing up the #wearyourjoy 7 day challenge. Pick out an outfit for the next day, the night before. What a concept. And by golly, I’m going to wear some of my nicer clothes and if I have to scrub the bathroom, I’ll wear an apron.
I took the class because I thought there would be ideas on how to help the ladies I interact with feel better about their body shapes and how dressing up can be a huge morale booster. Please go check out this class. It doesn’t hurt to look. Kelly Rae Roberts.com
My Terrific Tabard is the perfect sewing pattern for layering. This time I made it with a panel from Marcia Derse fabrics.
I like something going on all the way around my outfits. So the back of this Terrific Tabard, while the small pieces are Marcia Derse, the back piece itself is a Japanese cotton/linen blend. They are the perfect weight for this pattern. No batting is needed as it has only a lining. Lightweight to wear all seasons and no need to add the outside trim(as in the original vests on the pattern). Check out my archived posts under Terrific Tabard).
I found this fun scarf at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival). It’s perfect with my Terrific Tabard. Oh, and the necklace is resin by Orna Lalo.
What fun I had putting this “Wear your Joy” outfit together. I used my 3 -Tiered Skirt pattern (available for FREE! on Bluprint). Type in DIY patterns/DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns. It will be a one page pdf pattern.
The fabric I chose is by Kaffe Fassett and is called “Millefiori.” It was perfect for “Heidi’s Easy- 3 Tiered skirt pattern.
Check out the close up of my Pima Cotton sweater. It was just made for this skirt.
The jewelry I picked out for it is created by hand. The artist is Ayala Bar (Israel). She is of international fame. I LOVE her jewelry. I can’t afford it in the boutiques, BUT, check out Ebay. Every piece has some actual fabric in it. She too loves fabric.
This is a fun, upcycled top that I would usually only wear in the summer. But, adding a short sleeved turtleneck gives me more time to wear it in the fall too.
I love my “ballet” flats. I got mine on Ebay, brand new in the box, Jessica Simpson. And the finishing touch, polka dot leggings.
I know you all have seen this “Mommy & Me” vest that I made. But you haven’t seen it with the shoes, and the leggings, and blouse. I’m liking showing a complete outfit. I’m Wearing my Joy people. Ha, ha. Check out my LITFOOT shoes. All leather and soooo comfy. Brand new, thrifted, my size, my color, my price!
Hand stitching when it’s kinda wonky (meaning, I just stitch) is especially soothing. There is no way I could be perfect on this Boucle’ wool fabric. Extra fun are the felted circles.
This is the pattern I used for the perriwinkle colored wool vest above. Very comfy and fits little girls up to Misses size 18. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing this pattern. A red stemmed Maple Tree. Kangu Saku (spelling, sorry). And the berries on that Berry bush (can’t remember the name!). They are huge.
Some sights of fall in my back yard. Thanks for stopping by my Blog. Have a fire safe weekend to all of us that live here in way Northern CA. Our power will go off again (4th time in less than 4 1/2 weeks). So go ahead and contact me, but we don’t have a generator (yet), so everything is OFF! Gotta get that handwork read to go. Hugs, Heidi
P.S. “Every time you are able to find some humor in a difficult situation, you win!
Upcycling is SO FUN!! If you have been hesitant to get on board with it, today I’m going to show you a great project you could start with. First we need some inspiration.
Found this on Pinterest. I LOVE the way a beautiful dressy lace was paired with denim.
For me, Going to the Thrift shop is all about the fabric. I often buy a garment JUST for the fabric. This silk printed fabric is so great next to the denim in this skirt. Notice the top stitching on the denim and how it brings the fabric and denim together.
I like how this is a wrap skirt with interesting features on the front of the skirt.
THIS IS THE ONE! My skirt is so small that opening it up and adding pieces here and there like this skirt will make mine a perfect wrap skirt.
My thrifted skirt was so small but I loved the embroidery and the ragged hem, (the embroidery is the reason I purchased it, I new it would NEVER fit me as is.
The embroidery is machine done, but great colors and design.
O.K., snip, snip, snip! I cut it open all the way at the side seam opposite the embroidery.
Don’t forget to check out my cool slip on canvas tennis shoes. OF COURSE they are leopard. Remember, I said that Leopard is hot, HOT this season (in my humble opinion, Leopard anything is hot in any season).These are by Blowfish. And so comfy almost right away.
I needed some other pieces to add on. Found this lovely woven piece in my stash. I decided to add a piece of fleece (try The Warm Company, made in the USA) and a batik to the back of this woven. And when I had to fish a spool of thread out of my trash bag, I found this perfectly colored piece of wool yarn.
I quilted my fabric “sandwich” together with different colored threads in an up and back motion that would show off the pattern of the fabric.
Arranging “stuff” to see if I can use some, all, or none. This is the fun part. Not sure about what you might pick out. “Test” them out as I did, by placing everything on the background of the starting skirt. Take a few pictures and look at your items objectively, through a camera lens.
Oh yes, I want this yarn and felt it down with my machine felter (mine is a Husky Star by Huskavarna). Check my past posts on “Fun Felting” to learn more.
The back side of this felted yarn is pretty too.
It’s getting close to being finished. Think about which side you will add your quilted fabric piece to. How wide does it really need to be,and how much of a wrap do you want? Maybe you will want to add more pieces than just the one as I did? All questions that will need answering and remember, it’s never wrong. Add something to it or cut it off and start again. I LOVE upcycling.
Check out my off-centered (ON PURPOSE, to reduce bulk, and I like how it looks) upcycled skirt. It is truly one-of-a-kind, just the way my clothing needs to be.
Maybe, I might add something else to this skirt. But right now it’s perfect as is.
Isn’t this fun! I am pairing this skirt with a red turtleneck, dark gray leggings, and my cool leopard tennies.
Upcycling is so freeing. As I said, you can do nothing wrong. I teach the upcycling portion of my workshop at the Artistic Alchemy retreat, on the first day. It’s a great warming up exercise to get your brain to start thinking outside the box and get you ready to work on one of my “ART TO WEAR” patterns later in the week. Please visit my Etsy store: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns, to get an idea of the sewing patterns I sell. Next years Artistic Alchemy Retreat is Sept. 7-11th. It’s not too early to be thinking about it. All the information for our 2020 retreat comes out the beginning of February.
Fall at Pope Beach at South Shore Lake Tahoe, Oct. 2017. Notice how faaaarrrr out you can see the beach. It was the height of our drought. This year, same color in the trees, but the water comes all the way up now, within a foot or two of the railing.
An Aspen tree at waters’ edge of Zephyr Point Conference Center.
A storm is moving in to Zephyr Point in October. Foaming spray and big white caps.
Color trees are everywhere on the grounds of Zephyr Point. It is a great place to visit any time of the year (they do keep all roads on the grounds plowed when it snows), but fall is my favorite.
Thanks for stopping by and maybe check out your favorite Thrift shop this week (I love thrifting because your money goes to so many different great causes) and you find FABULOUS STUFF!! It’s a win, win!
I leave you with a quote: Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision. Hugs, Heidi
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It’s a beautiful Fall day here in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.You need to be on TOP of your game today! Make my Off The Grid Vest and you will be ready for anything! You will feel IN CHARGE, TALLER, and THINNER!
Email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org to order OFF THE GRID vest pattern and shipping is only $1.00. Payment is through Paypal. Patterns are $15. (includes tax).
My OFF THE GRID vest pattern is fully lined (you could even wear it inside out).
Check out that long, lean, illusion at the sides of the vest (the secret, no seams! and wear black underneath top and bottom).
Colors and prints, ONLY sew with what you LOVE!
Here is a great TIP: Always quilt larger, straight areas up and down (long & lean looking), and never aim for a straight line. Always stitch in gentle curved lines (if just ONE of your straight lines is crooked, it will really stand out).
Shirley has been wearing her vest for a few years now, and told me she always gets compliments when she does. Thanks for the pictures Shirley.
Shirley has “opened” out her vest so you can see the back too. Navy and lime greens always look great together.
Sherrie was a student in my Artistic Alchemy workshop. The warm beige and black combo. worked really well in her Off The Grid vest.
I loved the back of her vest so much (we each bought this city scape panel) I asked if I could use her idea in my new book that I was writing for Leisure Arts. She said YES! Thank you Sherrie.
Liz chose Asian fabrics and metallic threads for her Off The Grid vest.
The back metallic thread stitching looks just like rain falling. And she chose to stitch many, many more lines, weaving in and out of each other.
I had to get a picture of this Off The Grid vest inside out. I LOVE butterflies and I think it’s really lovely as the lining. AND, she can wear it either way. DesignsbyHeidi-Off The Grid.
Carol sent me pictures all the way from New Zealand. She made it to celebrate a milestone birthday. She made it to wear at her birthday party with family in Switzerland! She lives in two Amazing places and I’m honored that she chose to make Off The Grid for her own birthday party!
I call this Off The Grid vest that Carol sent me a picture of, “Kiwi” in honor of her New Zealand home.
Trish, another student in my Artistic Alchemy Retreat workshop, completed her “Hawaiian Sunset” Off The Grid vest while at the retreat.
Trish lived in Hawaii for a few years teaching Scuba Diving as well as being a Captain of different vessels. WOW!
This is my own, latest Off The Grid. All the background fabric is black, but it certainly didn’t photograph that color. Yep, it would work in Chocolate brown too.
Please visit the “archives” of my blog site and go under “Off The Grid” vest for more ideas on this truly amazing (AMAZING because so many sizes and heights look great in it and don’t need to change a thing on the pieces) vest. And it’s amazing because each one is truly unique, one of a kind!
Pat from another one of my workshops at Zephyr Point sent me her pictures of her Off The Grid vest. I’m calling this one, “Midnight Song.”
Off The Grid vest pattern. Created by Heidi Emmett of Designs by Heidi Emmett
A friend sent this on a “walk-about” somewhere outside of Denver, CO. The Aspens are in full-on golden mode. I do see a hint of blush in the upper left. Thanks Dee.
I had this experience standing in line at the UPS store just yesterday.
Sigh……this IS ME!! Take care everyone. I want to hear everyone’s sewing machines humming along this weekend. And I leave you with this quote: “Always be kinder than you feel.” Hugs, Heidi
I can’t believe that Artistic Alchemy was only three weeks ago. I put too much on my “A.Z.” calendar (that’s “After Zephyr”) without realizing it. Everything relating to Artistic Alchemy is put away until another workshop and I am relaxing by working on, inbetween other things, a NEW Art to Wear pattern AND some Fiber Jewelry.
A few pictures from the Artistic Alchemy retreat. I’m wearing my favorite new, upcycled pants, and my super favorite (have been for 2 years) and very “hot” for fall (anything leopard print), my loafers.
I LOVE, LOVE, these loafers. I was walking by a store in my little town and a woman was working on a display for the window of the store. She was up a few feet off the ground. I couldn’t tell you what she was wearing except that I zeroed in on her shoes. Rushed into the store and asked about the shoes. They had one pair left(my size), AND ON SALE TOO!
Had these pants for 4 years (size 4, yeah maybe they would have fit me when I was 4, ha, ha) before I saw a picture on Pinterest with this idea. Open up the entire side and insert a piece of (in this case stretch denim) whatever the width needed. I serged the piece into the pants.No other finishing. Rolled the hems, left the waistband alone(as a sweater hides the raw edges at the waist).
I actually like the little flap at the top. It makes it really easy to pull them up and over “ye olde hips”.
My upcycling includes using scraps, really, small, scraps. I make bracelets.
Fabrics cut on the bias make fun bracelets too (and no strings hanging off).
Here I am showing samples of some bracelets as well assome of the many supplies you can use.
More fiber jewelry using a headband and attaching my own polymer clay pieces to it using embroidery floss. The headband is now a necklace. Fun, fun.
Let’s take a moment and look at the view. Lake Tahoe is always stunning. (Taken at 7:17p.m. on Sept. 3rd, 2019 through a screen window, no flash of course and with my old Nikon D40).
I was experimenting at home (trying out ideas for my “Fiber jewelry” section ofmy workshop at Zephyr). These scraps are a bit larger than some others I have used.
I was on TOP OF THE WORLD with my first EVER fabric scrap bead! Check out the globe. It’s so cute and it lights up too!
It’s a pretty sorry looking fabric bead, but HEY, it was my first one.
I have gotten much better at this whole process as you can see. My students seemed really excited about them too. Thank you ladies! What a fabulous group they were too!
I made up these bracelets myself. I cruised the isles of Home Depot and found the clear tubing. It comes in some great sizes (plumbing isle).
Here is one of my bracelets. I’m thinking for next year, devoting one whole day to creating “Fiber Jewelry.” I’d love to know what you think about that.
Some of the beautiful ribbon “yarns” that I collect to make the plastic tubing bracelets.
Yes, I collect beads too! I have LOTS of beads. You must think about coming to Zephyr Point next year ( Sept. 7th-11th, 2020) for my workshop, at the Artistic Alchemy Retreat. All the information about next years workshops will come out the first part of February, 2020. I’ll keep you posted.
Have a great weekend and find some time for your creative outlet! And wow I was outside today and heard and watched the Canadian Geese heading south. And look at how quickly the Virginia Creeper is changing. Here in Grass Valley, CA we went from 88 degrees (the high) yesterday to only 71 degrees today for the high. And rain is coming maybe tomorrow. It really feels like Fall. My favorite time of year! Except for all the raking of leaves! It’s really funny, you plant the 5 gallon Maple tree and it’s so pretty.But you FORGET that they do grow and 30 years later, WOW! So many more leaves. And of course, we had to plant a BUNCH of Maple trees. Sigh….Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi
Our fabulous group. I’m telling you, sewing machines were smokin’. Soooo many creative, and inspiring students that joined Sandra, Mary, Jane, and myself (we’re in the front row). Well, I’m in the “AZ” portion of September (I call it After Zephyr). I rested just two days, and BAM!, out there doing things. One of them was taking a dyeing class.
I’m home in this shot, rinsing, rinsing, out the excess dye. I’m glad it’s such a nice day. No way would anyone want to do this part in their home.
Don’t forget to wear gloves. There is lot’s of dye still left.
Each bag contained one fat qtr. It was a surprise, 48 times!!! to see what emerged from the bags. Use quality plastic bags and they can be rinsed and reused for more dyeing projects.
It was so warm, I had to wear flip flops. Splatter, splatter. Rinsing, still rinsing.
We used very specific amounts of primary colors of dyes. One group of 12 pieces used 3 primary colors. Then for a second group we added a teeny tiny bit of black to those first 3 primary colors. It really required a team mate. Thank you Lori, you were the BEST! We took all our baggies of dyed pieces home for the rinsing and washing process.
The rinsed pieces went out on my metal mesh table outside to sit before washing.
The first batch came out of the washer. Ohhhh, I’m just loving them! I thought I had squished the bags so much more to “even” out the dye. Wellll….I guess not. But they are just fine. So excited, I removed my gloves without realizing it. My hands were so stained, no one would shake hands with me at church the next day! Ha, ha.
Looking good! 36 of my pieces were from a bolt of white linen(light weight) that had a 2 thread black thread every 1/2″. Yes, I had a bolt, because I owned a fabric store for 16 yrs.
The last 12 pieces were from a white table cloth (brand new) that I snagged at a Thrift shop. I really like the weave.Oh, these luscious colors make me so happy.
All the rinsing, rinsing, and then the washing and hanging made me tired. I took a much needed break out on the back deck.
Whaaaaattttt???? Our neighbor who owns a Christmas Tree farm, decided to mow the dirt. Seriously.
Yep, that’s him making trip number 2 over the same area.
Yep, he did a U-turn for trip # 3 to mow more DIRT! YIKES! my beautiful fabric pieces drying on the line! But wait, there was a stiff breeze going on and it took ALL, I mean ALL the dust away from our house and clothes line and it all went to our other neighbors property. Whoops for them but, Whew for me! I know, I live in the country, but this? Really? Right now?
Next morning, yes, I forgot about the rest of my pieces on the table. Check this out. Color had wicked to the top of each piece. I really, love this look. Serendipity is so fun!
Sorting through the pieces and pulling off loose string. I have plans for these loose strings, but that’s another blog post in the future.
Yummy, yummy! I have NO IDEA what to do with them, YET! You, my dear readers, will be the first to know what I do with them. All in good time.
You can really see the single black threads in my linen pieces. Linen dyes beautifully by the way. You need to get a Dharma catalog to see all the fabulous dyes, fabrics, etc. Go here.
All 48 gradated dyed pieces. Oh my! Thank you Ginny Lee for this class. I learned so much!
The tablecloth pieces are a bit heavier. But they took the dyeing process so well too. Hmm..maybe a Zephyr jacket? See all my Art to Wear patterns at my Etsy shop/ sewing patterns/DesignsbyHeidiEmmett
Here are the 4 of us intrepid teachers looking rested, and ready to have a wrap up session on our past Artistic Alchemy Retreat at Lake Tahoe. Was it really only two weeks ago? Just to let you know that we have secured Zephyr Point ALREADY for next Sept. 7th-11th, 2020. Check out Artistic Alchemy Retreat here and check out Zephyr Point Conference Center here, just to see what it’s all about. Get out there now and C-R-E-A-T-E something with all the “fiber” of your being! Hugs, Heidi
Hello everyone, This is a short post today. It has been go, go, go, since I returned from our 6th annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat. Much more to come in future posts. I had a fabulous group of ladies. YOU MUST WATCH a short, 4 minute video at the end of this post. Terry McFeely took it and shows a quick overview of the week.
The evening of our arrival. It was during a show and tell of students work, I had to take this shot (through a screen window). So serene.
Check out this mirror imaged Ecco Dyeing project on silk.
The group, checking out show and tell pieces as they are being passed around the room.
Unbelievable hand made Kimono. She went to Japan for A MONTH to learn Many, many, Japanese creative techniques that are still used today. They are hundreds of years old.
Such creativity using men’s ties in a “fiber” necklace.
A center panel in the back of a Jean jacket. A chenille technique.
More creative clothing, showing painting techniques. These are the two who went to Japan.
More “Art to Wear” items were worn this year by students and teachers alike. A fashion show every morning in the line for breakfast.
There was no lack of fabulous quilts either. She just has one more eye to finish on this sweet Doe.
In this quilt, all the blocks were won through her quilt guild. She put it together to pay homage to the Poloroid Camera. Amazing detail in each of the “pictures.”
What a wonderful, colorful, spiderweb quilt.
One of the students, Terry McFeely put together a video for a quick overview of what was happening at our 6th Annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat! Please go here to see it!
What a wonderful group we had this year. Think about joining us next year. Visit our site here to see what the Artistic Alchemy Retreat is all about.
May it be a perfect weekend for some creativity in your sewing world! Hugs, Heidi
My list gets bigger every year of all the things to bring. Machines alone, I’m bringing 3 different ones! I have so much to share with my students. You MUST come next year. Check out Artistic Alchemy Retreat here. We are going to have a great time. It is held at Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Point Conference Center (look them up here).This year, our 6th annual retreat, runs from September 2nd- 6th.
Terrific Tabard – It’s a blank canvas. Quilted, unquilted, silks, Kantha cloth, all one piece, oodles of pieces (collage style), so many ideas…..
The pattern fits so many sizes. It’s only $15.00 plus shipping. See all my patterns at my Etsy shop, DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/ sewing patterns.
Zephyr Jacket, Whisper Blouse, Calypso, so colorful.
Calypso vest, Mommy & Me & My Quilted Vests, and Whisper Blouse, all fun patterns that are available via Heidi Emmett at: email@example.com or visit my Etsy shop: Look for DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/ sewing patterns.
I put samples of some of my patterns out on our back deck. I liked the look so much that I took pictures just for fun.
The back of a Sparky Top (love, love wearing this one, I feel like I’m floating) with that center back panel from a Maxi Dress. The dress was made from silk chiffon. See the back of a Whisper Blouse, and there is a Zephyr Jacket (doing what it should, blowing in the breeze).
In the background is my Simply Super Vest from my book Fashion Quilted Accessories. And then in front is a Zephyr Jacket in which I went a little over the top with my “duding it up.” But , hey, we gotta have fun right?
While out on the deck hanging up all my samples, I stopped and admired my beautiful Geranium. The biggest most prolific I’d grown in a while. The picture does NOT do it justice. I’m sure glad I took this picture because the very next day, all but 4 blossom clusters were chewed off by a deer! Grrrr…..
Some great summer reading. I love this book. Read the chapter on the “Safety Pin.”
Here is another good read. All about how today’s palette of color came about. The chapter on Indigo was an eye opener for me.
I can’t believe that the deer missed my miniature roses! Right next to the chomped on geranium.
This is a close up of one of my miniature roses. Isn’t she a beauty? Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Heidi P.S. Don’t miss the funny pics below.
This is SO ME!!! My husband ALWAYS diverts my attention away from these side of the road items.
A friend sent me this. Yep, this is me. It’s all about the THRILL OF THE HUNT!!
The first one is a Whisper Blouse made by Bonnie.
Bonnie is like me, she likes color too! What fun. She wore her Whisper Blouse to a Quilt Guild meeting so I had to take a few pics. Nice job.
A perfect top for warm days. Whisper Blouse, make it all in one fabric or each panel a different fabric.
There is such vibrancy in the prints she used. Really well done my dear!
The next one is Zephyr Jacket. It really is a breeze to sew. And a blank canvas for different ways to sew it up. Another Art to Wear sewing pattern by Heidi Emmett.
Patty and I were recently in a class together and we had literally just a couple of minutes to snap these pics before class started. Isn’t the back wonderful? I had not thought of adding something cool to the back of this pattern. Of course, I want to do that now!
Someday soon I’ll get some stylin’ photos of Patty in her remarkable Zephyr Jacket. Remarkable (besides the jacket) in that you can see her back brace. Patty made this jacket a week after her 10 hour back surgery! AMAZING! She said she felt so much better after the surgery she wanted to work on her idea for a new Zephyr Jacket. Now THAT’S what I call perseverance!
She created wavy strips in orange to go with the cool print. And this is the lining!
The back panel she designed herself. It is a navy background with traditional Sashiko (Japanese embroidery) stitching in white. Patty then hand appliqued mostly marbleized fabrics (not the rainbow butterfly above) around and on the Sashiko.
Beautiful stitching on the Sashiko as well as the hand appliqued butterflies. Great job Patty.
I think these two marbleized (the fabric , it was hand done as well) butterflies are my favorites. Patty says she LOVES my Zephyr Jacket pattern. It’s very versatile and the actual sewing up of the jacket goes quickly. Thanks for sharing Patty. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing these patterns. Check them out on Etsy (I have a baker’s dozen of patterns right now). If you buy 2 or more through me at email@example.com I’ll do free shipping anywhere in the world! All patterns are in English.
A recent sunset at Zephyr Point right on the water at South Shore, Lake Tahoe. Ahhh….I love this shot. I’m going to be there very soon to teach my workshop at the Artistic Alchemy retreat. It’s called “Upcycling, Wearable Creativity, and Fiber Jewelry.” We will have sooo much FUN! Just being on the shores of Lake Tahoe,take a few slow, deep breaths and you will immediately feel more relaxed and ready to create! Join me next year. I leave you with this quote: ” Dressing well is a form of good manners.” Hugs, Heidi
I found a 100% linen knit top, and yes, at a Thrift Shoppe (I added the extra “p” and “e” to give it cache’ ha,ha). The top was too short for me as is. I’m going to have some sewing fun. Let’s Upcycle!
I love LOVE 100% linen. I wear it all summer long. Yes, it looks fabulous crisp and pressed, but “lived in” (aka, wrinkles), is my favorite. And I think it just gets better and better the more it’s washed and worn. I have even made a set of linen sheets. Very nice. They lasted quite a few years before they became too thin (I put my foot right through). Ha, Ha.
I looked through my scraps and found some leftover bits that I had used in another project (look up that OTHER project under past posts, called, Rectangle pieced dress) . I love black and white and one more color. This time I’m using chartreuse. Note the black and white “tubettes.”
I call them “tubettes” because as you can see they can be opened up and stitched down. Test a cotton knit or other fibered knit for stretchy-ness and the curl factor. Cut a strip in the direction of the curl. I don’t cut any under 1 inch in width. Use your fingers to open it up and stitch it down the middle. I stitched my tubettes for added texture and shhh.. don’t tell anyone, to hide some poor stitching (it was too loose and really showed).
I tried on the top to determine where I wanted to place my pieced fabric length. Then I carefully cut the top apart (keep it in a circle shape) so I could insert the piece. Two things, if you look closely, it’s uneven on the left side. Make sure That you add a piece ( in this case I added a wedge) or cut away so that it is even all the way around. The second thing, if you are adding fabric that has words or letters make certain they are going in the right direction. Oh yea, do you hear the riiip, rip, rip, of my seam ripper. Sigh….. Determine how much you need of the pieced fabric and sew the ends together to form a circle that matches the top (if it’s a knitted top, DON’T stretch it).
When attaching the pieces together, divide the top portion of the top into four sections (use pins to mark the sections). Do this on the bottom portion of the top as well, AND BOTH the top and bottom of the pieced section.
If you are Serging the pieces together, just go for it. No Serger, no problem. The trick for sewing the pieces together on a home sewing machine is to make CERTAIN that the knitted fabric is underneath. It has to do with the feed dogs and how they feed the fabric through. Trust me on this one or you will be using that seam ripper again. Ha, ha.
Uh OHHHH! I broke my own rule. And it’s my number ONE rule, “Always think long and lean, think up and down with design features.” So I fixed it, sort of……
I added more “tubettes” going in an up and down free form design.
I really like it now.
A friend gave me the “hand made” sew in tag. Thank you Lisa.
A word about taking pictures outside, at high noon. Don’t do it. All the blacks in the pictures are really deep black, in person. I was taught by the Sunset photographers (of the book division of Sunset magazine of which my friend Christine Barnes worked for back in the day) to take pictures in the early morning or late afternoon. Never in overhead sun, even if you are in the shade. I couldn’t wait, my hubby was home and I needed the pics right then and there!
I think the top turned out to be a fun addition to my wardrobe.
Thanks for stopping by today. I’m putting on my Artistic Alchemy Retreat hat now to say pop on over to today’s post to read about what the four of us teachers are doing to prepare for this years retreat, September 2nd-September 6th. Carve out some creative time where you can. Hugs, Heidi
I found this really uniquely designed tunic top in an equally unique color scheme. It was made in Brazil. It was too tight in the hips(even though the fabric is a rayon knit) but I liked the design so I was determined to make it work for me. Fun design, contrasting coloring, made in Brazil – Carnivale comes to mind, sew let’s have FUN!
Whoa, this is a bit low cut. I will be wearing a t-top of some kind underneath. I think the design is fun. I did add the interesting detailing in red around the neckline. I will talk about how to do that in another post.
The back was so tight fitting. It had a convenient seam in the middle of the back. Snip, snip. I’m gonna make it fit!
It’s a nice stretch rayon knit, give a little tension on one side, easy to cut.
I chose this “plaid” Marcia Derse quilting cotton for the back insert. It really matches the bits of red on the front. I cut it out in a giant, wide at the apex (for some gathers) triangle.
I had already decided that I couldn’t leave that insert plain. I needed some colorful yo-yo accents. Whaaat? So I pulled out some fabrics that I thought might work. The top piece is filled with giant butterflies.
I go through a yo-yo phase every now and then. I make a bunch when I need some handwork. Clover has a yo-yo maker in lots of different sizes. Fast and fun. Now where did I put my bag of yo-yos? Found it! These will do nicely.
Placement is easy when you take a picture first. Then move them around. Put one pin in each yo-yo to hold in place.
Attach a closed-darning foot, lower the feed dogs and start stitching around the outside edge. I even sew off the edge around and around (upper right) a few times for added interest. The yo-yos look good but it needs one extra touch. Hmm….
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This is a fast and fun way to attach “fussy cut” pieces to a background. I love butterflies. From my current book, Fashion Quilted Accessories, by Heidi Emmett for Leisure Arts.
Naturally, I chose to fussy cut a colorful butterfly for this project too. Apply Terial Magic before you cut it out. The antennas, ouch, I had to cut them off. It’s too hard to stitch around when the fabric is floppy. But you’ll see my remedy for stitching the antennae.
This technique is explained really well in the book, but here’s the quick version. Choose a thread to be used on the outside edges. It can be ombre or plain. Whatever you like. I was already into lots of “color” so why stop now. Ha, ha. This time I’m using an “opened”-toed darning foot for better vision. Lower the feed dogs. Set your machine to a mid-sized zig-zag stitch. Stitch length pretty close (but you will have control over that on your own). Start slowly, let the machine do the work (I don’t even glue it down, the Terial Magic helps the fabric stick to the background). Hands on either side of the foot and gently move from side to side just a teeny bit to give that jagged look and to fill in. You don’t want spaces. You can go forward or backward to help fill it in.
Don’t forget tear-away stabilizer on the back. As you can see, I sure did. Piece it if you need to. I did and I did a really poor job at it. Trust me, you WANT the stabilizer. It does just what it says. Tear it off when you are finished stitching!
Taa-Daa! Kinda fun don’t ya think? I’m going to wear a white tank under it and my white, slim capris.
It is all about the color for this tunic top. It’s so different than the front. Eye catching I think.
Don’t look too closely, but my butterfly’s antenna’s need some attention. Didn’t I say take your time, and go back and forth if you must to fill in? Sheesh, I can’t follow my own advice.
I’m wearing my “Carnivale” Tunic to our County Fair tomorrow. Have a great, creative weekend, and don’t forget, free shipping if you buy a book from me during August 2019. Hugs, Heidi
It was a bright, summer day. Perfect for playing with fabric and Indigo dyes. With very little experience with this process, I was ready to jump right in.
Our teacher, Ginny Lee, showing samples and explaining the process.
So, Indigo is the dye bath we put our item in after it has been manipulated in some way with Shibori techniques.
Here is an example of Kumo Shibori. Love it, and it is the first one I tried on a linen top.
Here is the wrong side and the right side (both are cool) of a Shibori technique that involves using wine corks (I always wondered what to do with mine, ha, ha) and rubber bands.
O.K., here goes my first attempt at Kimo Shibori using a linen top. Wrap at an angle, tightly, but not too tight.
Ginny is showing me how to wrap and pull down on those wraps (to fit the whole thing on the tube.
Here are some very interesting wraps. Notice the printed fabrics too.
I love all these really wild and different wrappings, foldings, and clothes pins! These pieces have been soaked in water and are waiting their turn in the dye bath.
Indigo is a plant. Yes, it is found in Asia, India, and I just learned this, there were large plantations of Indigo in South Carolina in the middle to late 19th century. Not really a hard process to make up a batch of the Indigo. Really messy though.
This is my linen top coming out of the dye bath. Whaaat? Why is it Chartreuse? Where’s the blue? It turns this green color in the dye bath and as it’s exposed to the air, it begins to change over to Indigo Blue.
I like this cotton shirt and floppy hat.
Taa daa! My linen top! There is still some green in one bottom corner. 5 min. later, blue.
This piece is so interesting. Ginny said to bring yellow or orange fabrics as a base fabric. Such an interesting piece all wrapped and folded with 1/2 moon shapes.
I think this T-shirt is really cool. There is the yellow and orange(tie dyed before) with a hint of Indigo here and there.
This T-shirt was pinched and pleated in the top area only using larger clips. What a cool design.
I sure wish this was my piece. Again, it started with a pale yellow fabric. I like the combo of styles within one piece.
I brought a baby quilt that I got at the thrift store. The quilting, HAND QUILTING, is so precise, and the stitching is so small. It had languished in my “what do I do with this?” container for years. It was white, well dingy white. It took awhile but I bunched up little poofs of fabric and held them in place with plastic stretchy hair ties. I really like how it turned out. I hope to make a vest out of it using one of my patterns. Maybe a “Mommy & Me & My Lace Vest” only it will be a quilted.
Someone brought this book. I might need to own this. Filled with great pics and ideas.
It was suggested that we bring fat qtrs. to be able to try many different techniques. Brilliant idea. One student did that, and even went further by prepping some of her pieces at home with some of the more time consuming folding, pinching, whatever processes.
This same student took home 12 different techniques with just fat qtrs. I’m jealous!
Another pale yellow piece of fabric to start (a tablecloth actually).
A really fun day and I can’t wait to do it again, hopefully sooner than later.
I came home and went to the back deck doors and said, “What? ” Rex was sound asleep, thinking he was a dog? Trying to cool off? Pretty funny. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and try something new. Take a class. It will open your mind to what is possible. Hugs, Heidi
Hello everyone, I have been missing for a few weeks. I wish I could say I went on an exotic vacation, or even a regular kind of vacation. I have been recovering from a ruptured appendix that involved emergency surgery. YOWZAA!! Quite the experience I must say. I NEVER displayed the usual symptoms for appendicitis. It is quite a story but not for today. I fully intend to have a post for next Friday, August 2nd. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope it’s not too hot where you live and I hope you can be creative in some way this weekend. Until next Friday, Hugs from Heidi P.S. Below is a picture I took of the flowers my sweet son brought to me. These beautiful flowers were picked from a friends garden and were what everyone who entered my room saw and commented on even before they saw me! Ha, ha. I loved that they brought joy to so many.
I trust that you all enjoyed your 4th of July with family and friends, food and fun!
WOW! It’s Blueberry season! These little orbs of juicy goodness are at their best right off the bush. There are a bunch of bushes in my Mom’s yard.
And just look at all the green ones just waiting their turn. Yummy, yummy!
Are you like me? The container takes FOREVER to fill because I’m eating them on the spot!
I like this closeup. This is one of our summertime (well anytime, because I do freeze some just- picked berries) breakfast go to’s.
This is called Muesli, a European dish of delight.
This dish includes, blueberries (or other fresh fruit, peaches will be ripening soon!), granola, and plain yogurt (I prefer full-fat Greek yogurt for the extra protein and the rich texture). Don’t forget a shake or two of cinnamon.
I need plenty of energy to tackle a project for my Mom. Yes, the “dreaded cover the patio chairs project!” These have been covered once already. The guts are in pretty good shape. I will be reusing these. Have you priced replacement cushions lately? Yowzaa!
Here is one of the cushion covers I made 9 years ago. They are literally crumbling off.
Not to mention faded dramatically. Yes, yes, I bought Sunbrella “wannabe” fabric. As you can probably tell, I made extra long “pillow case” pieces. No zippers, piping, or snaps to hold in place (did try velcro on one to hold it to the chair like the originals. Just one, and I was off on that one, soo…ditched that idea).
I chose from my stash a beautiful heavy denim for the back. I had 2 bolts of it at one point. Remember, I used to own a fabric store. I’m sure you heard the story about my husband not needing to insulate my (over the garage studio) sewing area as I had sooooo MUCH fabric in there(he said), it wouldn’t need it. It’s true but I’m not sad about that, nope, not one bit!
The fronts of cushions are a pretty, striped, beach towel. Mom, just couldn’t justify spending $45. + per yard for the “real deal”, as in Sunbrella. She has 5 chairs (odd amount but that’s what it is) and that would be 10 yards. Sooo…..happy to use up the denim (she’s taking us out to dinner for supplying my sewing skills to this project. It works for me).
Of course, the critics were out, watching my every move! Ha, ha.
One big thing I learned while sewing these together on a regular sewing machine is to make certain that you hold together the top pieces (I guess you could pin them, but because they are bulky it is easier to hold them), and then ……next picture please,
tug the bottom piece toward yourself. All this while you are sewing the seam. Home sewing machines don’t have even feed, feed dogs so matters must be taken into your own hands, sew to speak.
Taa Daa! All done! I know, I should have rounded the tops like the old ones, but I was on a bit of a time crunch to get these done before the 4th of July.
And here is my sweet Mom, Joyce. She is 88 years young. What a blessing to have her close by (as in a few hundred yards) in her own cute “Granny House.”
Thanks for stopping by . If you want to see all the Art to Wear sewing patterns I have for sale, take a peek at my Etsy shop (Designs by Heidi Emmett). For the month of July, I am offering FREE SHIPPING on my patterns IF YOU CONTACT ME FIRST at email@example.com Purchase,ONE OR MORE PATTERNS, FREE SHIPPING.
If you want a really adventurous blog post, pop on over to the Artistic Alchemy post. Find it right here. Jane Haworth has been going from “Sea to Shining Sea.” Right out of the song, America The Beautiful.
Yesterday, July 4th, Independence Day, what a great day to be with my entire family. It is the first time in a whole year to all be together (a few new additions too as in marriages and babies). We are in the 30+ category and still counting. I feel so blessed to live in this great country, the United States of America. And I salute all those who have come before to ensure the FREEDOMS we all enjoy. Hugs, Heidi
I have been wanting to try this for YEARS! As usual, I collect “stuff” before hand, as I just know that I will do this someday. Well, well, someday finally came!
I drove to The Tin Thimble in Loomis, CA early in the morning wondering how this “Nuno Felting” would work. The “roving” above (loose fiber) I brought from home. It was hand dyed by Carin (the teacher’s sister) years ago.
They call that little bundle of colorful pieces of yarn, “yarn embellishments.” It will be a perfect addition. And I picked out a piece of iridescent silk, lighter than air, as the background for my scarf.
I learned how to pull “fluffs” of roving to fill in the spaces I needed to. In my case more is more, so I filled in the whole shebang! with just a small amount of the background silk showing on the sides.
I cut some of the yarn pieces into “confetti.” We’ll see how this works. And the other long pieces from that “yarn embellishment” pkg. I placed them into a pattern of sorts mostly straight linesand a few gentle curves.
Our fabulously talented teacher, Sharon Mansfield. And just look at the two other scarves on the table. A reversible scarf, and a collar/shawl (on the left).
We were taught that you can place your little fluffs in myriad patterns. And notice that instead of placing her design onto silk, this student is using cotton cheesecloth.
This is the coolest yarn ever! It is knitted first into a tube and then you get to cut it up any way you want to.
The finished scarf. Look how the edges of the cheese cloth rolled (it’s permanent) and the open spaces. I really like it. I would never have pictured using cheesecloth.
This student chose similar yarns and silk background to mine but look at how open hers is. You will really see the beautiful silk when it is finished.
Preparing for the felting process. There are many steps, but none of them are hard. The whole process was a soothing journey for me. No rush, rushing, like I usually do. Take your time here. You CANNOT hurry this process.
Water, soap, and pressure, are what make the silk and fibers stick to each other and stay. This students’ finished scarf is below, finished.
The student is in the background and Sharon (teacher) is modeling her scarf. She was so unhappy at first with what she had done (don’t know why, it is gorgeous), but her smile shows, she’s o.k. with it now after it’s finished.
I really like the simplicity of design on this scarf. The background is cheesecloth. Who knew that cheesecloth could look so classy?
And one more scarf using cheesecloth as the background piece. Very rich coloring and design.
And here is MY scarf. I like it. It’s warm and colorful in design.
Oh, look, it’s Petunia, the resident kitty of The Tin Thimble and the other shops located in this former fruit packing shed. What a sweetie.
Here we all are showing you are beautiful creations. Almost all of us signed up for class # 2. We had such a good time. Go here to learn more about their classes.
This scarf is so light and airy, I just love it. A selfie ’cause Robert was away for the day.
All that pressure, sudsy water, etc… really shrinks the fabric. I lost 1/3 of the original length. See the pretty, soft gathers? It happens as it shrinks, ha, ha, I can’t take the credit.
Straight lines of yarn become squiggly as they shrink up. It is such a serendipitous process. I just love it!
This scarf will be perfect for all seasons. I love how these colors have blended together.
A closeup of my “Summer Sunrise” scarf. Nuno felting is so much fun!
So on the way home I decided my next project will be to create panels for the front and back of Tahoe to a “T,” my fast and easy rectangle Tunic for all sizes. Ohhhh yeah, it’s gonna be real nice!
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Matillija (spelling?) Poppies early evening in Nevada City, CA. The petals look like crepe paper.
Once these beautiful Poppies get established, they grow like CRAZY and don’t take lots of water.
Some days it’s just HARD! Ha, ha, HA!
This is SOOOO ME! The biggest reason is that I LOVE clothes! End of story.
Have a super creative weekend. No TIME you say! And I say, when it comes to creating Fiber Art, or ANY art for that matter, you can find 15 minutes a day to begin your next creative journey. Hugs, Heidi
Do you like my “tease?” Of course, I put it at the end of the post. Ohh, the suspense ha, ha.
At our latest SWAG (Sierra Wearable Art Group) we had a challenge and this past Wed. was the “reveal.” One of our members had a friend who was letting go of her vast linen collection (doilies,napkins, trims, tablecloths, etc). We all picked up some pieces that we liked with the idea of “repurposing” them. One of the “doilies” I chose was perfect for the back of a jacket I had purchased.
This beautifully crocheted doily was pre-treated it with Terial Magic.
Just a few pins were needed to hold it in place while I stitched it to the back of the jacket.
Once I stitched down the middle of the entire doily (I removed the pins as I went), I was able to just hold it in place (because of the Terial Magic) as I stitched through the outside edge all the way around. I used off white thread on the top and denim blue for the bobbin. I also stitched here and there in the middle areas of the doily because I didn’t want it to droop when it was upright.
There is so much going on on this jacket, all the design work has been hand stenciled on. The stencil reminds me of a doily. So……
That is what I did. I placed the doily on the back where there was a faded section of denim. This is the simplest of ideas, I actually didn’t want to show it, as this was all I had time to do. Oh well, NOW we’ll look at some AMAZINGLY creative ideas.
Love this top made from a tablecloth that was first dyed using Procion dyes from Dharma. The next hour was such a whirlwind of great ideas, hence the rather blurry picture here. I just didn’t have the space to include all of creative pieces. But I have some highlights. Julie created this bright pink top.
Isn’t this felted piece Amazing?! Julie did this one too. She first dyed a piece (I think it was a dresser scarf)then added some yarn/roving to the same dye bath. Creating her own felted fabric she added bits of the dyed yarn/roving and voila, what a COOL piece was created.
Here is a closeup of the dyed dresser scarf. I love how the threads shrunk into squiggles. An aside on this hand felted vest. She took a class at The Tin Thimble. And lucky me, I’m taking a class there too to learn about “Nuno” felting. Go here to learn more.
Can you believe this darling summer top was once a table cloth? Dee went all out using every inch of this piece.
Oh my gosh! Elyse used every piece she picked up! You go girl! Her vest was made of one crocheted piece (dyed first). The jacket and purse include, doilies, dresser scarves, collar pieces, trim pieces, etc., etc. Some real thought went into each of these pieces.
What, you ask is Kari holding? She took this challenge to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL!
Kari took a hand crocheted tablecloth and pressed it into a slab of clay that she shaped on a mannequin. Absolutely stunning!!! I liked that she kept it a creamy colored glaze just like the piece she started with.
And this piece, Kari made it for the woman who offered up all her linens to us. What a great remembrance for her. My head is still spinning from all the ideas I saw.
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This is where I was last week. My husband and I worked in the Bear Necessities gift shop. The middle story is the gift shop. The story below the gift shop is a small studio apt. where we stay. This shop is on the Zephyr Point Conference Center property. Check it out here. This Conference Center is where I and 3 other talented women will host our 6th annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat. Check out our retreat here.
I took this picture from the right side of the deck just outside of the gift shop at Zephyr Point Conference Center.
And how about this view from the left side of the deck at the gift shop where I get to work at Zephyr Point. Ahhhh……so beautiful and restful.
I have never seen this so close to Lake Tahoe. We were walking on a beach area right on the Lake. Someone who has yet to come to their vacation home this summer will be very surprised. A beaver had felled this Aspen tree only to discover that the “pond” he intended this piece for was Lake Tahoe (a mere 30 ft. or less away). Not funny for the home owner, but really! What was that Beaver thinking?
This Crab Apple tree (Ornamental) is on the Zephyr property right in front of one of the giant cafeterias. I say ditch those bushes that are blocking the Lake view.
The blossoms were everywhere. It looks like a sweet carpet for a wedding venue.
Delightful view of a Crab Apple tree in its’ full glory on the Zephyr Point Conference Grounds.
Crab Apple blossoms at their peak along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Wish they would be in bloom for our Artistic Alchemy Retreat this September. Zephyr Point.
We had time for a side trip over the mountains to the Carson Valley. I had my husband take this shot of the back of Heavenly Mountain (leaving Carson City). Sorry, there is some “buggage” on the window of the car right above the mtns. It is NOT smoke. Did you know that as of June 9th, the Sierra Nevada Mountains were at 202% of their snow pack? No, that is NOT a typo, 202%!!!! And the runoff hasn’t even really started! So amazing.
At last, the “Has This Ever Happened to You” part. My husband and I were sitting in our car in the parking lot at a fancy coffee shop (O.K., O.K., it was McDonald’s, we like their coffee and the little chocolate chip cookies (only on vacations)fresh from the oven). All rightie, back to the story. We had the windows open and were prepping our coffee’s for the journey over the pass and back to Zephyr Point. I was noshing on a cookie and sipping coffee and a Sparrow landed on my driver’s side mirror. It cocked its’ little head and I slowly extended my hand that held a cookie crumb between my fingers. It took it in its’ beak right then and there!!! Whaaat?! I maintained my cool (if any of you know me, that was VERY HARD to do), and tried it again. This time little Sparrow slid down the side of the mirror (so cute) and took the bigger crumb and flew off with it. Stunned silence in our car. I have never had that happen before. Have you? What a wondrous gift that was.
God said he takes care of the sparrows and how much more He Cares for us. And this event reminded me of the song, “Everything” by Lauren Daigle. The first part of the song goes like this, “Even the sparrow has a place to lay its head, so why would I let worry steal my breath”…… Thank you so much for stopping by. Creativity surrounds us. Go out and find yours this week. Hugs, Heidi
I’m calling this FUN FRIDAY! So keep reading and enjoy this post!
Awhile back I did a guest blog post for Imagination International(they license Terial Magic). I changed things up a bit (added more pics) and want you to see this fun idea.
Take one Cross-body purse and one tote and add some pizzazz! These are easy, peasy to make and are great idea for gifts too. And perfect for beginner sewists and advanced alike.
I would pick out the purses/totes FIRST, and then go to your stash of small to medium sized prints in 100% cotton. 1/4 yard each of 4 or 5 prints should work just fine.
Hi Rubix, No I’m talking about cats at the end of this post. I know you want to help, but…..
The fastest way to treat your fabrics with Terial Magic for this project is to lay a piece of muslin (big enough to cover the ironing board)onto the ironing board. Working with one piece at a time, lightly spray the fabric piece. With the iron on the dry setting, iron it dry. If you notice a few places that have no “Magic” spray them and keep ironing. Just like a piece of paper now! LOVE this!!
After they have all been prepped I look for glasses with the right size for my circles. Each finished piece has only 2 layers. This larger circle is 2″ in diameter. Mark around the glass, I used a pencil.
The smaller of the circles are approx. 1 1/4″ in diameter. Mark and cut these out too.
Now it’s play time. Stack them any way you wish. If any of them feel a little limp, another spritz of Terial Magic and that dry iron again, will do the trick.
Whirr….whirr…start sewing from the center, and work your way out to the edge. Use a regular sewing foot, no glue or pins needed. Very light touch on your fingers on the outside edge. Looking good.
The next step is to glue the stiffened, sewn circles onto your purse/tote. I use, quite often, a product called Fabri-Tac. It’s clear and super tacky. Make sure you put the glue on the outer edges. Fabri-Tac is expensive so make sure you close it up tightly when done using it. ENJOY YOUR FUN, AND FANCY NEW BAGS!
O.K., now for the dog part. This came off of a tea towel I purchased for a friend. I think it’s hilarious.
And now for the cat part.
Canopy Cat Rescue is a site YOU MUST LOOK AT! I tried to get a picture to bring over to my site, but I couldn’t get it to work. I saw this group on the Hallmark Family show. Oh my gosh! Two guys climb 175 ft. trees to rescue cats. Did you know that Washington state has the tallest trees in all the lower 48 states. And a slow month is 30-40 cat rescues. Whaaaatt! That’s incredible. Go and see what they do. It will make you feel good (even if you don’t like cats that much).
Thanks for stopping by today. Things are shaping up for our Artistic Alchemy retreat. Check it out here. I have just a few spots left in my workshop, and Jane has some in her workshop as well. As I keep saying, “Make it up, make it fun, and get it done! Hugs, Heidi
P.S. My next post on Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com will be June 21st! My yard and veggie garden need some major attention.
See my very first “You Tube Video” at the Terial Magic, You Tube Channel. It’s about the project in my first ever book, Circles Necklace and Earrings.
The Circles Necklace and Earrings project are shown on the back of the book.
What a beautiful model Leisure Arts used to show off my super fun and easy project. You need to own this book!
I have decided that I need to wear my projects from my book. This is the first time I have worn The Circles Necklace. You first saw it on my now famous video ha, ha. It was my first ever, just remember that. And In case you forgot, it’s on the You Tube Channel for Terial Magic.
A closer view of the Circles Necklace project.
Circle Necklaces are like potato chips…..you can’t make just one!
I love this pen. I use it for marking the circles. My son left it at our house awhile back and it has been added to my must haves. No, I am not giving it back. I’m the Mom.
A view of the new colorways as a finished necklace. Both fabrics are Kaffe Fassett.
Two part or one part eyelets work perfectly for this project.
There are many eyelet attaching tools out there. Here is a good quality one from Germany.
One more necklace in a black and gray colorway. LOVE this.
Here is a close up of the fabrics stitched together. This fabric is the perfect scale for this necklace.
We have had some thunder and lightening storms lately. This was our Sunset one evening. The sky just glowed.
Not the clearest of shots but wow, a rainbow. Who knew until I zoomed in.
Two nights later this is the Sunset (looking away from the sun) at a friends house. Double rainbows.
Here is the smoothie you saw (hopefully) on Insta-gram. And I promised you the recipe. I’m drinking one, in fact, as I’m finishing this post. Double YUMMY!
I cup plain Greek Yogurt, 1 cup Pomegranate Juice, 2 cups Blueberries, 4 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal, a handful of ice cubes. Combine all in your blender. Hugs, Heidi
At the ASG program, my table, ready, set, go! The Sun City Roseville, Country Club was the venue.
We were in the ballroom. What a great time we had telling everyone about Artistic Alchemy and our workshops at the retreat this Labor Day Week 9/2-9/6, 2019, giving them a fashion show of the things we create, demonstrations of many of our techniques, and goodies to buy. A “mini-retreat” really.
Inspiration for your next Upcycled denim project. I want to use some of my Kantha cloth for the bottom portion.
I think the sleeves need to be shortened a bit, don’t you?
Too fun! I want one of these.
Or maybe THIS one! Save all your denim cut up scraps, ya’ never know where they can be used.
I think this T-shirt is so cute. I just got a great idea for a butterfly ( from an actual mixed media art piece I made) that is in a simple format like this cactus.
This looks like a fun idea. I’m not sure about the circle bit at the top. I’d like something else there I think.
Words we all need to live by. It will take practice though.
Look at this jacket closely. There are men’s shirts in it, just enough pieces to give it that Attitude Dressing, fun look! (check my Pinterest board, “Attitude Dressing” for more)
Don’t let this happen to YOU! Focus on a couple of ideas and get busy. Don’t be like me as I always seem to see lots of squirrels,& POOF!! Weekend gone! Ha, ha, ha. I love this picture and the words that go with. Hugs, Heidi
By HEIDI EMMETT What is Steampunk? It has the look and feel of Victorian,and Industrial but with a modern twist. It is in fashion, home decorating, parties,groups that get together, camping, tiny houses. I like it. Below is my Calypso Vest pattern that I started with.
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Everyone this is blog post from September 29th, 2017. I have a big “trunk show/demos” gig with my fellow teachers of Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com for ASG (American Sewing Guild) in Sacramento, CA tomorrow and I ran out of time for a new post. So enjoy this blast from the past.
The hardest decision is what fabrics to use on the back of the vest. Always, treat them with Terial Magic first, then cut them up. Beth, the owner of Fabric Chicks in Gardnerville, NV, asked me to make a sample of Calypso Vest to display in her booth. You can find her Fabric Chicks booth at many quilt shows and sewing shows throughout western states.Her booth spaces are AWESOME! You will want everything. Look for her at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival). She sent me the fabrics she wanted me to use. All by Tim Holtz (I think his look is totally Steampunk). I’ll take you through the making of this, really, really, cool piece of true, “Art to Wear.” Here are the fabrics I’m using. I have already cut them into the bias strips. There are rounds and rounds of bias strips (7 total) that make this pattern so unique. Oh, a smidge of the back (on the left), shows too.
The hardest decision is what fabrics to use on the back of the vest. Always, treat them with Terial Magic first, then cut them up.
I love these “skeleton” leaves. I’ll use those too. So, spray, spray, with Terial Magic, and iron to a crispy finish with a dry iron. Snip, snip, all around the design I want to use. Snip, snip, all around the design I want to use.
Getting an idea of placement using the back piece tissue as my guide.
Getting an idea of placement using the back piece tissue as my guide., Whirr, whrrrr, such a satisfying feeling to sew these pieces down. To get that great feeling, USE the Terial Magic, and glue down each piece with whatever fabric glue you like. My preference is Elmer’s school glue. Use a darning foot (open or closed, this time I grabbed the closed one) and lower the feed dogs.
Beginning the first row of the big bias circle. Notice the yellow and red headed pins. The pins are telling me where to make a pleat (pleats add better fit over the hips). Beginning the first row of the big bias circle. Notice the yellow and red headed pins. The pins are telling me where to make a pleat (pleats add better fit over the hips). When I have stitched all the way around the circle, I need to finish it off (complete the circle). So I open up the strip, and pinch right sides together (it needs to lay flat and smooth) and stitch up the seam. Refold it and stitch the strip down. Subsequent rounds really are easy. This first one is the hardest. But it is all spelled out in the pattern.
The pins are telling me where to make a pleat (pleats add better fit over the hips). When I have stitched all the way around the circle, I need to finish it off (complete the circle). So I open up the strip, and pinch right sides together (it needs to lay flat and smooth) and stitch up the seam. Refold it and stitch the strip down. Subsequent rounds really are easy. This first one is the hardest. But it is all spelled out in the pattern. Whoo hoo, first round of bias stripping is done! Continue adding 6 more strips. BREAK TIME! Actually, I take a break after each round (best for ye old neck and shoulders).
Whoo hoo, first round of bias stripping is done! Continue adding 6 more strips. BREAK TIME! Actually, I take a break after each round (best for ye old neck and shoulders).On the way out the door to photograph my finished vest.
I love the blue, blue skies of fall. Taa daa! Here is Beth’s finished sample. I just LOVE the fabrics she chose and how much fun I had playing with all the choices. Calypso Vest by Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com
Email me at email@example.com for more information on Claypso Vest.
I know, I know, I took a ton of pics. But I couldn’t stop. This could be in a Jane Austen flick, or even Outlander? Maybe? Am I stretching things here? A close up of Calypso Vest.
I love adding raw edged pieces to the back of this vest.
Tim Holtz fabrics for more pretties on the back of Calypso Vest.
And to all of you, my blog peeps, thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you all. It’s a great weekend to play and to be creative. So get out there and “Make it up, make it fun, and GET IT DONE! Heidi
This book is ADORABLE!! Sure it’s for little girls but I bought it for myself (I wish I had thought to write it). I found it at one of my favorite stores for ideas, clothes to buy/and or copy on my own, and accessories like this book.
I have loved clothes and shoes and purses, and jewelry, and on and on for the longest time.
A few weeks after purchasing “I Had a Favorite Dress” I spied this little top in J.C.Penney’s. It reminded me of the dress from the book. Of course I had to buy it just because.
And then rummaging through a box of old jewelry pieces I spied this piece that was made from real French wired ribbon, antique buttons and French flower pieces. So sweet it’s a perfect match for the “Favorite Dress.”
Here is another Favorite Top of mine in what else, shades of Pink!
Here is the back. Uh oh, “Clean up on aisle 9.” The back neck edge, whaaaat did I do? Hmm…. to fix that issue I could carefully pick out the stitches and re-attach the trim. Acckk too much time. I will raw edge stitch another flower right over that “owie.” Problem solved.
I am going to give a quick run through of all my Best Selling patterns. Should you want to own one of your own, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org If you buy two or more patterns, you get free shipping. Patterns run $15.00 each (includes tax) plus shipping.
I am changing the word “crafting” to “sewing/creating” But I do this on a regular basis. Ha, ha.
Let’s use this, “ALWAYS!” Ha, ha.
My mom gave me some of the Iris that are growing in her yard. Aren’t these stunning? I like the background too as it shows the beauty of different spring “greens” that are flourishing.
One word for this Iris “STUNNING!”
Have you ever seen such depth in this particular purple?
The light from the sun gives this Iris a stained glass look. Thanks for stopping by today. You know I appreciate each one of you so much. Hugs and may you have creative energy for your endeavors this weekend, whether out in your own garden or at your sewing machine. Heidi
I’m sending you pictures today of the Wisteria that would be blooming in a parking lot in Grass Valley, CA (where I live). I was so upset when they cut the Wisteria out. These are from three years ago. They give me joy just to look at and may they be an inspiration for you.
This beautiful picture looks like a building somewhere in Europe. And to think it is in downtown Grass Valley, CA in a PARKING LOT!!!
Designs by Heidi loves to take pictures.
Such intense coloring on this Wisteria.
What a great color combination for a Terrific Tabard or Whisper Blouse.
An old door perhaps from a mine long ago shut down here in “Gold Country.”
Another great color combination. Can I find silk shantung in that shade of blue? Oh what a yummy base for any of my vest patterns.
A shot of my “Circle Pillows” that a friend made for her sister. They were a project in Modern Patchwork several years ago. Sadly the magazine is gone. But I sell the pattern for it. Email me at email@example.com if you are interested.
Love this piece of fiber jewelry. Hmm…this would be a great project for my Workshop at the Artistic Alchemy Retreat up at Lake Tahoe. Check it out.
I think I have shown this before, but I really like the concept of a Yo-yo vest.
This tote is a fabulous example of collage and big straight stitching.
What a great idea to raise the leg of a pair of pants. Some tucks and some buttons. Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you were inspired. Oh, guess what? Today is national Textile Day. I think we need to celebrate that by buying some fabric this weekend. Hugs, Heidi
by HEIDI EMMETT Two years ago at a sewing retreat I saw a woman, Helen, working on an upcycled denim project and she was using safety pins in place of stitching(to hold it together). My project is in honor of Helen, an Octogenarian Ball of Creative Fire!