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What Have the Ladies in my SWAG group been up to?

by HEIDI EMMETT

What is SWAG you ask?It stands for Sierra Wearable Art Group.  It is a creative clothing/accessories group that meets once a month to showcase and teach, and give ideas for anything using FIBER! Let’s see what they are up to this month.

Vicky took a piece she created in Mary Boalt’s class (painting on painting on-fusible-web) and turned it into a clever shopping tote. She did some textured stitches here and there to make certain areas “pop.”
I wanted to show you what I created with a panel of this same type of creative painting. I made an Off The Grid Vest with mine. The side panels were made of “scuba fabric” from JoAnn’s.
Here is a picture of the panel as a whole. I did not make this. I purchased it from Mary Boalt who teaches classes on this technique. I have saved EVERY SCRAP of the left overs. I have plans for them too. Someday….

In case you have never seen it (ha, ha, I show it a lot I know), this is the pattern I used for the purchased panel by Mary Boalt.

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Get the pattern at my Etsy shop or contact me: hmemmett@gmail.com to purchase directly from me.

Suzanne is holding a beautiful felted scarf she created. We need to see this up close.
Her first layer is cream viscose, then wool yarn right off the skein in interesting designs and then a top layer of the cream viscose again.
I really want to try this method.
Stephanie finished her splendid Sashiko stitched vest. Lovely, just lovely.
A close up of her stitching all done by hand. She started with a thrift shop vest (with all this stitching, make CERTAIN that you like the vest you are buying). Ha, ha, I’ll take it if she doesn’t. Surface stitching on denim has to be hard. A thimble is definitely called for.
I caught Joan to take a quick shot of the front of her AMAZING vest. A bit of the front panel is a little twisted at the bottom though. It also has front pockets. The side fronts are a solid black fabric as are the pockets.
Check out the BACK? It is a single back piece of felted gorgeousness!
A close up of this back panel. I want this!!!  O.K. I’ll make my own. This vest was made for Joan by her friend Vicky.
More of a closeup. The black yarn that overlays the white and gold portion almost looks like it was created first with a really open crochet and then lightly felted in.

Tomorrow is our first session of Obedience Training for Riley. I guess we get trained too! 8 other doggies are in it too. I’ll keep you posted. Find some creative time this weekend. It will make you feel good. Hugs, Heidi

 

WE GOT A DOG!!!

by HEIDI EMMETT

Whaaat!?!!!  It has been 5 years since our sweet Sparky dog left us at age 16. We had rescued him at 4 years old. What a sweetie he was. Shoot, I named a pattern after him.

I want you to meet the newest member of our family, Riley.

It has been 27 years since I have taken care of a 2 year old (that is what we were told, that older puppies are like, 2 year olds).
Riley is (according to the animal shelter), German Shepherd, Golden Lab, and Husky.  He is 1 1/2 years old. It’s funny, when we took him for a walk at the shelter, he seemed of average size. We thought, 35-40 pds. max.  Well, duh, the paper work said 60 lbs. No Way! But he is.
We had to see our “Dog Whisperer” yesterday. We needed some intervention (puppy biting, and barking). Our “Pawsitive Pals” training  with Lauren Hayes (see her and her concepts on FB) doesn’t start until the END of January.  Lauren, in less than 45 minutes, taught us exactly what to do. The simplest thing of all is a “light leader.” And ALL training is done with praise, love, and of course, TREATS! Ha, ha. He is such a super fast learner. When, I first laid eyes on Riley I was thinking he could be a comfort dog. I would love to be able to take Riley to give some love to someone who needs a sweet happy face on their lap to touch and hug. I have never said anything to Lauren, but yesterday after our short lesson, she said Riley would make a fantastic service dog. Yeahhhh, my instincts were right. I’ll keep you posted on that. Right now, my husband and I realize just how out of shape we are! Where did I put my 5 lb. weights. My upper body really needs some strength training. (He saw a squirrel yesterday on one of our walks. YOWZAA! ). Take care everyone and remember my motto, “Make it up, make it fun, and get it done!” Hugs, Heidi

Has This EVER Happened to You?

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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

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Customize a Tote Bag with Terial Magic and a Bit About Cats & Dogs!

by HEIDI EMMETT

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.

Upcycling with NO SEWING!

First things first. No more Craftsy!! It’s now called Bluprint. They changed the name of the company. And there are big changes happening in the DIY pattern portion. I will send out a separate post. But never fear, Bluprint will still be a place to get digital patterns from me, in about a month. Or email me at hmemmett@gmail.com and you can purchase patterns directly from me.

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I don’t have the new Bluprint “button” yet.

All rightie then, on to the no-sewing upcycling project I am working on.  I have to show you the messenger bag I scored first. It is so different I had to buy it. I threw it in the washer first and line dried it. Washed up beautifully.  I really liked it because of the Zipper on the side.

Amazingly I want to keep it as is for now. I just can’t get over that GIANT zipper. 

I want to show you the details close up of my upcycling with NO SEWING! jacket. This also washed up well. There are some great details going on here.  

Here is my special “No Sew” upcyling idea. This adorable “Poochie”  has been waiting and waiting to grace a garment. I think safety pins are a Pefect way to showcase him! I’ve only just started. I want them to go all the way around Poochie and then add safety pins to the front in some way with bits of fabric in the same colorways as this collaged piece. 

Poochie was created by Jane Haworth. She is our newest teacher at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat at Zephyr Point Lake Tahoe. We will start taking sign ups for our 6th annual Artistic Alchemy retreat during February. Please visit Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com (just tap on the icon at the beginning or end of this post) to see what’s going on in my other world. 

More fine detailing on this jacket by DKNY. 

I take classes on techniques whenever I can. Or I plan on days at home where I create 12″ x 12″ pieces of different fiber pieces/techniques. I enjoy making things up and combining all manner of creativity to my 12×12’s. This would be a fun challenge for yourself and/or a few friends. I made two fabulous Poppies in another class. Ohh, those would look great on one of my many jean jackets that I own. Start looking for your perfect 12×12 to “pin” on a garment.

One last thing for you to check out. I took a Beginning Metal Smithing class and made the earrings below (thank you Patty P. for telling me about this class). I had no expectations whatsoever going in to it. I only knew that I got to pound “stuff” and I REALLY wanted to do that. Below is my first attempt. I made everything myself from the ear wires to the metal pieces to the jump rings. I worked with fire, hammers (several types), tin snips (lady sized, WHAT A DIFFERENCE), wire cutters (also lady sized) and different wires, metals, acid washes, liver of sulfer (stinky), etc.  OH MY WHAT A GREAT TIME I HAD! 

It felt so good to do something completely different than fiber. What do you think? 

I learned so much in such a short amount of time. Accccckkkk! No, no! Not another art form to pursue. The wheels were really turning before class was over. I was very careful on the tools I purchased this time. They had to have other ways to use them to make it seem a worthwhile purchase. 

And of course another piece of 26 gauge copper (that is what those earrings are made of) and actual copper wire. I  have a great way (already sketched it after class) to combine metal and fabric for more Fiber Jewelry. Hopefully my ideas will work. I’ll keep you posted. 

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Thank you for stopping by. Make it up, make it fun, and GET IT DONE! Hugs, Heidi

It’s a Brand New Year!

Hello everyone. A huge thank you to all of you that follow me. I really enjoy writing my “posts.”  I am needing one more week to get back into the groove. I appreciate your patience. My sweet Mom has been in the hospital since the middle of December. She comes home to her “Granny house” on our property on the 8th of January, and will be her independent self once again. So I leave you with Joy in my heart for a Big Brand New Year, and a few ideas from my Pinterest searches. Until next Friday,hugs to all, Heidi

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A Little of This & That

Welcome to my blog post. I always say yes to more than I should in December. Do you? So deep, slow, breaths are in order. I have decided that my next 3 Blog posts will be short and sweet with fun pictures and always filled with inspiration.  Enjoy!

The picture below I took on a morning walk. Love the sharp contrasts. This was our first “real” rain storm the beginning of November. Over 5″ 

A former student made this necklace for me. She dyed the pine needles black and wove them around the stone slice. 

I have this thing for adorable stuffed animals. Follow my board, “Adorable Stuffed Animals” on Pinterest. To follow me or any of my boards I am under, acckk, I forget, is it Designs by Heidi or maybe it’s Heidi Emmett. 

Love, love, LOVE this sweater. A must try in January. 

Awww…that’s a good boy!

I really like this design. But maybe a smaller hook and thinner yarn for me.

This is the coolest closure idea. It doesn’t  have to be a zipper either, one could try a row of buttons, it’s the outside rectangle piece in black and white that gives it some simple but effective eye candy. 

This jacket is sooo much fun! A perfect project when watching t.v. 

Isn’t this the cutest little sign? The neighbor right behind our house. It is so FUN to watch little kids and adults too, searching for the perfect Christmas Tree. Hugs to everyone, Heidi

The Wedding!

Yes, I wore my newly made Sparky Top to my nephews wedding! It was held at the White Ranch in Chico, CA  Come and have a look with me. I thought it was a winery. Well, I was wrong. And this ranch is such an oasis and a perfect venue.  Don’t you love how all the “groom squad” and groomsmen get ready in the building with all the ranch equipment? The ladies had the spacious, special, room with A.C.

See, I wore my newest Sparky Top. So comfortable and cool in the 91 degree heat. Alas, that is not cloud cover but smoke from all the fires (most are 95% or more out). The two good things about the smoke, we really didn’t smell it, and it did keep the heat down.

There is a lake behind the Willow tree. We were really early arrivals so I walked around a bit

It’s starting! Great nephew Brody. 

Here is groom Mark walking his mother to her seat. Mark is the nephew who was born on my husbands and my wedding day! What a handsome young man. His two older brothers were his “Bestmen.” 

Check out the tractor holding gifts. 

And here come the groom squad!This is Wesley, a great nephew. 

A set of twin great nephews. NOW I can tell them apart (one has dyed his hair blonde). Ruby, the rescue dog is part of the wedding too. Awwww..

Ashley, the beautiful bride on her dad’s arm. 

We need to see her again in her gorgeous gown. 

Lush greenery everywhere as the bride and groom and bridal party get together afterward for pictures. 

I  turned to the left and there was Wesley checking out the fountain (on low) in the middle of the lake. What a little ham.

I strolled down a series of arches toward the dinner venue. Isn’t this lovely?

I have never seen children so happy at a wedding. There were at least 18 kids, ages 10 and under. There was an actual playground about 100ft. from where the food was being served.  Great nephew Aaron is having fun on the swing set. It was a BIG one. 

The flowers were big too! This hibiscus was as large as a dinner plate. 

A small out building that was decked out in lights as were all the other stops within the venue for eating and dancing. The dining area was all round tables with crisp white tablecloths and draped canopies with lights inside and, YES, Crystal Chandeliers. It was so pretty in the evening. 

The Bride and Groom had wedding cake. All the rest of us had ice cream with all these different toppings. What fun!

We danced, and laughed, ate yummy food,and heard silly and sweet stories about the bride and groom. It was such a good time, sipping drinks under the stars and seeing old friends and family, and meeting new friends and family too. Let’s all raise our glasses to the Bride and Groom. May God bless these two with many, many, happy years together. Thanks for coming with me all of you. Hugs, Heidi

Rectangles of Yummy Fabrics+a T-Shirt= One Fabulous Dress!

by Heidi Emmett  On one of my late night forays into Pinterest, I came upon this picture. I MUST MAKE THIS, was my first thought at 12:15a.m.  Note to self: Do NOT look at Pinterest late at night as a relaxation technique to help me fall asleep.

Here is my version:

My friend Victoria W. gave me a Log cabin square she had made (shown below) and that’s all I needed to get started on my own dress, tunic, long shirt, acck. I have to come up with a name. For now, the “working title” is Rectangle Pieced Dress (so you can reference it at my home page later).

You know me and my love of rectangle pieces, so I started cutting strips and rectangles and had fun, fun, fun, stitching, cutting more, adding, taking away. 

I used my serger so I could really fly. Did I say how much I love having a Babylock Serger (mine is an Imagine- 4 cone). It has a very special air device that pulls in the upper and lower looper threads making it easy peasy to thread. 

What a great way to use some of my favorite pieces from my collection. 

It’s growing, section by section. 

R-e-x! His ears have that “look”.  Don’t TOUCH me. I am King Kat. I can sits wherever I want!

Adding a side seam pocket. Yes, I did put right sides together before stitching. But, ha, ha, (please refer to the picture of me in my new outfit) another note to self:  Try on or at least do some proper measurements BEFORE adding an inseam pocket. I am trying really hard to be nonchalant in the picture, but I can barely reach that pocket. It is so far down. I have decided to cut it off and make a patch pocket or two on the front instead. 

The pictures below show folding down the fabrics to form the edge that runs under the bodice area and all the way around. 

A possible patch pocket idea. 

There’s that hand-in-pocket s-t-r-e-t-c-h again. I had so much fun with this that I’m adding it to this years workshop at the Artistic Alchemy Retreat. It will be another possibility to pursue. To my students that are already signed up, I will send info. about it (with a name for it too!) sometime in July. There are a couple places left in my workshop. Keep it in mind and click on the icon at the bottom (Artistic Alchemy) and go right to the site to learn more.

It’s READY! SPARKY TOP IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE NOW!! Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com to buy a hard copy or (after 4:00p.m. today, June 15th) purchase via pdf on Craftsy.com, Have a super sewing stint this weekend. May you be blessed with the energy and TIME to create something new. Hugs, Heidi  P.S. Deborah D. from Arkansas,  your Sparky Top hard copy goes out in today’s mail!

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And the FUN Continues at Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon!

Check this out. Row after row, after row, of yummy, delicious stuff. Below is the Anna Maria Horner booth for Free Spirit fabrics (the one with the anchor, sorry for the interrupt).

I was SEW HAPPY to see more clothing and accessories at almost every booth. Yea!! And I have cards from the booths where I think would be the best fit for my “Art to Wear”  patterns. The emails to these companies start today, lots of networking, I have to do. Can’t wait to see where it all leads. The pictures below are all for fabrics from RJR.  

One large area was filled with quilts and more quilts. They were from individual quiltmakers. Ribbons were given. 

On Friday, I walked around (wearing my Off The Grid Vest with a pattern pinned to my back) just soaking in all the sights. Yowzaa!! Check out this NEW fabric designer. He is an actor in New York City and decided he wanted to create a line of fabric on the side. 

Can’t WAIT until this comes out (October). His fabrics “Quantum” are with Andover. 

He was so nice and so genuine, I had to have a picture taken with him. Yep, his designer name is Guicey, Guice!

On Saturday at 11:30a.m. I did my “speel” in the demo booth at E.E. Schenck. It went well considering, the order write ups for both patterns and books. Don’t ya love the static cling on the back of my silk Terrific Tabard? Ohh well, static happens! 

Taa daa!  There I am, smack dab in the middle. 

You can tell how overwhelming it can all get. And lost! I got lost many times. Ha, ha. Soakin’ it all in and having a blast. Wearing a pattern on my back was THE BEST advertising ever. A great conversation starter. Being at Quilt Market was so inspiring for me. I want to pass all I soaked in to you. I found this quote by Salvador Dali: “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”  Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Heidi

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Is Your Art To Wear Piece TSA Approved?

I had a FANTASTIC time at Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon this past weekend! My hand cramped up from all that book signing. Kidding. I did sign a bunch of books though and met such nice shop owners. I am determined to get the word out about “Art to Wear” and how it’s fun to create and wear. They came from Iowa, Ohio, Canada, Utah, Washington, Japan, Italy, and of course, Oregon to name a few. I will tell you interesting factoids as the weeks go by. But first, I must tell you a story as I stood in the TSA line about my “Tahoe to a “T” Tunic pictured below. This tunic has inner-tube pieces (from a Mountain Bike tire) sewn onto it. 

So here’s the story. Coming home from Portland, I wore this tunic. At the airport, everyone had to do the security check. I breezed up to the big round tube thingy. Place feet here, hold, arms like so.”Beep,Beep,Beep.” Madam, step aside over here. ” Yep, I had to have a pat down. Whaaat!!!!! Two ladies were with me (both of them nice). One did the pat down and the other was there to supervise(I even had to have my hands swabbed for possible residue). They showed me the areas that set off the alarm and yes indeedy, it was the inner tube pieces I sewed on. The entire time I was being twirled around, felt all over (not liking that one bit), the supervisor was (as she stood to the side) commenting on my cool outfit. She asked how I sewed them on, could I wash it (yes you can no problem), etc. When the other one was done, she too said, that is the coolest top ever. Who would ever have guessed, that inner tubes would set off security alarms? I would have given them my card but I was a little out of sorts after that episode.  Sew, that was a HEADS UP! on, is YOUR OUTFIT TSA approved!

Check this out close up. I love to think outside the box with interesting techniques and additions that you might never have envisioned.

And polymer buttons by Sandra Bruce to close the open sides. 

Here are two of my favorite tools to mark with. 

Look at the bottom of the picture below.  It is the mountain bike inner tube. I slit it open all the way around. There is talc inside. Throw it into the washing machine to get rid of the talc (gentle, cold water). Hang to dry. Cut out shapes. 

I’m experimenting on this piece. Drop the feed dogs, use an open toed darning foot and feed the pieces through as you sew. No gluing or pinning in place is needed. Works like a charm. You might have to do a teeny bit of tugging as the tube is a little sticky under the foot. 

Sandra sells her buttons at SandraBruce.com

Working on the front facing. 

This pattern is a blank canvas for all sorts of different looks. Check out my other posts (go to the home page and look at the categories. Tap on Tahoe to a “T”

Here is another cool tool. I have a large thimble finger, just at the tip (I slammed it in the car door when I was little, didn’t break it but double ouch!). This Ultra Thimble is so nice.  

Can’t wait to show you what I’m working on. It is from the “Mommy & Me & My Vest and Quilt” pattern. Soon. I take handwork with me everywhere. 

Here are just a few pictures (more in another post) of Quilt Market. It was held at the convention center in downtown Portland. 

Did you hear the news? The Cotton & Steel designer team of 5 are no longer working for the RJR fabric company (The initials stand for the 3 brothers). Can you believe it, one of the brothers was my fabric rep. when I had “Heidi’s Fabrics.” Anyway…..two of the designers are pictured below. This is their last collection for RJR that they were contracted for. But don’t worry, they are such a talented group, we’ll see them at another company or maybe they will start their own. 

The esteemed Marcia Derse!! Lovely, LOVELY woman. Christine Barnes introduced me to her fabrics and her 6 years ago. I absolutely LOVE her fabrics. Everything you see from any of these booths that I’m showing you, will be available  Oct. or Nov. So you all are getting a sneak peak. Those are her only two panels (pictured right behind her).  Buy these (eventually) at her website, or via Windham fabrics. 

Anna Maria Horner, also with Windham (I think). She was there too, but, I just missed her. 

That’s it for now. Every week, I want to share something about Quilt Market and my own experiences there. Networking is hard when you are trying to sell yourself. But I have become an advocate for all things “Art to Wear” so it gets easier all the time. Thanks for stopping by. My head is overwhelmed with all things creative. Ahhh…let’s all do some hand stitching (wait until I show you the Sue Spargo wool quilts, YOWZAA!). Hugs to all, Heidi

Road Trip/Business Trip, Part One!

Last Thursday, my husband and I drove north to Portland, Oregon. One of my distributors, E.E. Schenck, had a show for shop owners in their ginormous warehouse. They invited me to come and speak all about “Art To Wear” patterns, MY patterns. I was so honored to be asked. And I decided I had sooooo much eye candy to show that I would need to bring it up myself (not on a plane).  And, it was time for a road trip. So pull up a chair, and pour a cuppa, as you travel from Cedar Ridge, CA to Portland, OR .  It’s still winter so snow and rain greeted us right outside Lake Shasta. We were stopped along with 1000’s of other vehicles for 2 1/2 hours while they cleared two jack-knifed big rigs because of snow. Everyone involved were o.k.  Mount Shasta was totally covered by clouds so I got this picture of an “itty bitty” cinder cone that is next to 14,162ft.  Mt. Shasta.

Whaaat?? A business owner likes color as much as I do…this came up so fast I couldn’t get a panoramic shot. Every color of the rainbow, trucks lined up out front. 

A much needed break for coffee in Yreka, CA. Look, more color, but better yet, love these, half oval shapes.  Perfect for some machine stitching. When this idea pops up in one of my designs, I will remind you of this very picture. 

Ohhh, what cool patterns, shapes, and colors we have here. 

At last, over the border into Oregon. First thing I noticed barns and ranches and happy cows, sheep, and horses, and green grass everywhere! Again, in the barn I see rectangles, washed colors, and depth of design. 

Cottage Grove, Oregon. Blooming ornamental plum trees, EVERYWHERE! Gorgeous!

The largest pansy flowers I have ever seen.

I see an entire palette in this picture. Hmm…does all that moss on this plum trees trunk mean lots of rain to go with? Well, Oregon is noted for it’s rain, rain, and more rain. 

And SUDDENLY here I am in my “Meet and Greet” area, after my Trunk Show. The beautiful quilts behind me, sadly, are not mine, but they are each made of only one fabric that is produced by E.E. Schenck. This is called “Gelato”, and each piece in the line is what we call  “ombre” fabric. I am wearing my Off The Grid Vest, and the base of it is this same Gelato fabric in Gray.  I love, it sew much.  Schenck is adding new colorways to this line as well.  If you want some now but can’t find it in your local shops, visit, ChristineBarnes.com She carries it in her online store. I’m holding my Tahoe to A “T” (black & white) and my latest Terrific Tabard. And showin’ off all the projects in my book, “Quilted Fashion Accessories.”

More about my trunk show and other pictures in “Part 2” next week. Thank you for stopping by. I have to cut this short as I have to get out a ton of orders for my patterns and books. And that’s a GOOD thing! Hugs, Heidi

Heidi’s Studio Sale, Going, going, GONE! Great Prices….

Well here it is: Heidi’s Studio Sale. THESE HAVE ALL SOLD- On April 7th, 2018.

All prices include first-class (if the package is under 13 ounces) or Priority postage (it depends on the item(s) and their weight). If you decide to buy several items, I’ll consolidate the order and hopefully be able to refund some of the total postage cost.

How do you purchase something? Email me personally, at hmemmett@gmail.com I’ll send you a Request for Money through Pay Pal. You don’t need a Pay Pal account to do this transaction. Once you pay, I will send it. Or, if you would rather, send me a check. The first person to email me that they want an item, gets it. That simple.

Everyone’s computer sees color differently. So keep that in mind. If you purchase something from me and don’t like it, I will take it back within 10 days of shipping it originally. I will refund your money after I receive the item back. I will not be able to refund any shipping charges  Here we go:

I collected some Kimono’s. They are timeless and look great for any occasion. I found that true Kimono’s are just not my thing. I am ashamed to say that I thought of cutting them up for the fabric. WHAT WAS I THINKING? So having saved them from my scissors, I now offer them to all of you. As items sell, they will be removed from the post.

Yellow Green kimono lined in a leaf print.  100% silk. Shibori is the dying technique. Beautifully hand sewn. Width from sleeve edge to middle of the back neck = 25″. Bust area (front pieces meeting= 40″. Hips with front pieces meeting= 42″. Finished length, measuring from the top of the collar to the bottom edge= 30 1/4″. Price: $29.00 plus $7. shipping. 

Cream with Shibori dyed Dark Green, Blue Green & Umber Circles & Mtns. 100% silk. So much detail in the Shibori. Beautifully hand sewn. Width from sleeve edge to middle of the back neck = 25″. Bust area (front pieces meeting)= 21″. Hips with front pieces meeting = 42″. Finished length, measuring from the top of the collar to the bottom edge= 33 1/4″. Price: $29.00 plus $7. shipping.

 

 

And now we have some beautiful items from Peruvian Connection. I collect Peruvian Connection sweaters.   I am moving some of them along while it is still winter. This one is Alpaca and Pima cotton. It is in very good condition. I wore it twice. Bust=40″, sleeve 22 1/4″ (from shoulder seam), length from center back= 50″.  A beautiful piece, colors are on the dusty, softer side, the black is a true black. All the edges are bordered in a beautiful tight single crochet (keeps it from stretching) design with picot edges in Pima cotton. The body is Alpaca with some Pima cotton. Wear with black skinny jeans or leggings and a black turtle neck. Stunning. In past catalogs these sweater coats range in price from $399-$599. Knitted in Bolivia.  $75.00 + $5. shipping. I will pay the additional $10. +

This Sweater Dress is so Boho Chic! 100% Alpaca. Size Medium. Bust 38″, Hips 40″ Sleeves (measured from Center Back to sleeve edge) 29 1/2″, Length from center back neck edge 48 1/2″. It has a nice moderate stretch. I added the little wool felted coins with a blanket stitch to give it some extra texture. They are NOT to cover any holes.  Gently worn condition. $75. plus $5. shipping. Actual shipping charges are much more but I will pay them. 

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. I will also post these in Artistic Alchemy’s blog. It is Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  Hugs, Heidi

Tahoe To A “T”, A Blank Canvas for some Creative Stitching!

The possibilities are endless for fabric manipulation masterpieces! Check out what you can do with this fast and easy Art to Wear sewing pattern by Heidi Emmett.

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It really is an all season Tunic. Spring and Summer, wear it sleeveless with lightweight capris or leggings.

For Fall & Winter, wear a long sleeved or 3/4 sleeve t-shirt and leggings or skinny pants. And then it’s, belt it or not. Sooo much variety. 

Now, let the blank canvas be filled(that would be the front and back panels)! Below is a really interesting piece of hand stamped fabric. Thank you to my friends Linda and Karenanne who gave it to me. I held the fabric up to me and while it worked, the black spots really stood out. Hmm… I know!

I gathered my favorite “solids”. These are called “Grunge” by Basicgrey for Moda Fabrics. It comes in over 45 colorways. I WANT, I NEED, them all. Yes, really!

Look around the house for another circle that’s just the right side. Yes, Christmas is still up at my house. I love Christmas. This will do nicely. 

Put on your darning foot (this one is open toed so I can see better), drop the feed dogs, and stitch up a storm.  And yes, all my stitching prompted the rain to come. And do we ever need it too.

No gluing needed. I hold it down with my finger tips. Sometimes the open edges do get caught under the edge of what I am stitching down. Put the needle in the fabric and raise the pressure foot and untangle it and try again. My mindless sewing.

Time Out! Momma got a new pair of shoes. I was walking in downtown Grass Valley, CA. I was on my way to our first meeting for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat 2018. Check out our blog: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com   Craftsy-Logo InstagramAA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy  or tap on one of the icons.  A woman was redoing the front window of one of my favorite stores. I looked at her shoes (I do love cool shoes), and I said to myself, “You need those leopard shoes Heidi!” Taa daa. Last pair, my size, and on sale. Franco Sarto. It was meant to be. Sorry, now back to our program…

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Pinning the finished panel to the tunic front. It is a medium weight 100% linen. I see a face! Look inside the xxx circle at the top, she has pursed lips, a tiny nose, sultry eyes, and a beehive black hairdo.      I digress again! So sorry. 

This Tunic is what I call patternless sewing. Using diagrams, I show you where to place certain measurements. Then it’s just a matter of cutting out rectangles of a background fabric and the front and back panels. This Tunic will look great on an XSm up to an 18 or 20.  Long and lean rectangles really give a slimming look. If an idea I have isn’t fun and easy when I make up a proto-type(I have to try it out sometimes 3 or four times), then it wont be for you either. 

Two of my favorite tools. The “Karisma Fabric” pen puts out a super fine white chalk line (to the right of the pen). The chalk line I just made shows where I will stitch the facing piece to the top of the front.  

Taa daa! I like it.  I tucked the slit (at the top) inside to form a V-neck for a different look. 

Too fun! I like the way the slimming panels are where your eye travels first. I will feel and look at least 5 lbs. lighter wearing this Tunic and sew can you when you make your own. 

Oh my gosh! Looking at those colors above just gave me an idea for another Tahoe To A “T”. Check it out. It looks like confetti on black. It’s a fine-wale cotton corduroy. 

I tried a bunch of other fabrics. Nothing was quite right UNTIL I saw this “faux leather” chunk of fabric (THANK YOU Mary Boalt). It will be perfect for the front and back panels. I’ll keep you posted. This one will sew up super fast as I’m not going to piece anything in the panel area. 

This piece is from Ikea’s in the drapery section of the store. If you don’t live near one, check Ebay or Etsy. Ohhh, I have BIG plans for this one. There will be some Origami and another faux leather involved. Whaaat?  Again, I’ll keep you posted. Aaarrrgggh!! I don’t want to clean the house, cook dinner, or any of that stuff. I just want to sew and sew, and sew….

Thanks for stopping by. And remember, I’m just an email away: hmemmett@gmail.com if you have any questions about any of my patterns or my book, Quilted Fashion Accessories (published by Leisure Arts. It looks to be cold and rainy or snowy this weekend. A great time to cozy up to your sewing machine. Hugs, Heidi

I DID IT!! I finished a project I started in a class 8 months ago!

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This past April I took the “Pet Portrait” class from Jane Haworth (Janehaworth.com). I had so much fun, learned lots, and while I really wanted to finish it right away, it ended up on the PIP pile (PIP=projects in progress).  I can’t wait to show it to you. Below is my subject matter: Jax.  He’s a GOOD boy!

Jax’s owner, our son, Cory. 

In class, I could not decide on a picture, and Jane said, keep it simple. Profile shot it is. 

Everyone in class (except 2 artists) said, “I can’t draw!”  Jane showed us how (using a grid system), and notice, we started with the eyes. Whaaaat!!!??? That’s the HARDEST part, isn’t it? Whine, whine, whine. 

It was slow going for me because: 1. I thought each piece had to be the perfect fabric, that took forever because I brought my entire collection of possible fabrics and 2. I visit too much and love to see what everyone else is doing. Ha, ha. 

Snip, snip, glue, glue, it was so fun to see Jax “grow” right in front of me. And then there was the day I had the “live” model. “Hey, grandmom, are you sure, that piece should go there?”

“Hey again! Why do I count 3 (THREE!) ears? PLEASE, someone make her fix that, NOW!”

After putting this project away for almost 8 months, Jax had a permanent curl in it. Hence the candle holders to hold it flat. Two changes I made below: 1. taller ears(and one less ha, ha), and 2. In the ensuing months, Jax upgraded his name tag from “turquoise bone shape” to classy, brushed brass to match his beautiful new collar.

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Finding a background took foooorever! I settled on a batik by Hoffman fabrics. It has spruce looking trees. Cory and Jax love to rock climb (only Cory does that) and both backpack. Perfect choice of background I think. 

I set my machine up with a range of black, gray, and ombre’ thread colors, and stitched and stitched, and stitched some more. I decided to make my thread painting look like a piece of art, so I put it on a museum canvas(deeper sides than a regular canvas). At the bottom of this picture you can see some of the back side of Jax and all the stitching.

Oh wow, how do I fold these corners smoothly? I just could not trim ANYTHING away just in case I did something wrong.

Maybe, this fold.

How about a combo? Then bring out the mega staple gun. Staple, staple, put a muslin back on it, and add the mounting pieces. DONE!

Check out my close up shots. The collar has Kangaroos on it (’cause Jax is a Queensland Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix). 

I love how I found mathematical symbols that I used in his brain area. This dog runs, and jumps, so fast and precisely that you can just imagine his brain activity. 

Wow, I finished 3 days (NOT 3 minutes) before Cory’s birthday and I couldn’t wait. I had to give it to him right away. 

Cory likes it! And I think Jax does too? Happy New Year everyone and thanks for visiting. Hugs, to you all and until next year (just next week, no worries), I will trust that you find time to relax and think about buying a pattern or book from me and make a an art to wear piece of your own.  Heidi

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On The First Day of Christmas!

I’m a little off the sewing topic this week. I have to get my Christmas Decorating DONE by next weekend. I will have a quick, rousing, commercial at the end.  Below is the mug I use during the sometimes hectic Christmas season.

Unfortunately, kisses aren’t happening right now because I managed to catch a cold. But we blow air kisses whenever I hold up the mug. Rex the cat is always calm unless our son’s dog shows up unexpectedly. Then he and his brother Rubix, are like a cartoon, trying to gain traction on the hardwood floor to exit the area. 

Quick tip: Measure the area you want to place an item. The poinsettia looked just right in the huge store in which it was purchased. But in real life, in my home, it takes OVER that area. Yikes, money wasted. No, no, I’ll take it down to mom’s house (she built a 2nd dwelling on our property). I know the perfect place for it. 

I’m testing what I want to go on the piano. Tip: Take a picture to help with proportion, color, and “the look.”  Remember, I also tell you to do this when you are creating a piece of “Art to Wear.”  I’ve decided everything but the creche and poinsettia linen piece will have to go. Hmm…maybe the candlesticks can stay too, wait are they crooked (that’s why they were at Ross”)…..acckk. Where’s the mug?  

Yes, I bought this piece of linen at my favorite “boutique” (aka thrift shop) at Incline Village. It’s older and the simple straight embroidery stitches are done on a lovely 100% linen with a hand crocheted trim around the edges. 

Let’s look closer…..The running stitch is loose and open. Behind the stem you can see a faint wash of a different color. Very clever! The flowers were painted on first and embroidered on top. Oh, Wow! I just got a great idea to do this very same technique on an art to wear piece. I’ll be right back, I’ve got to write this down, now.  Tip: Have a sketch book close by, one that is ONLY for all the ideas you come up with. 

A better view. 

Twigs and lights make a great winter display I think. And then just a few seasonal touches. Whoo hoo, that took 45 seconds of thought and positioning. At this rate, I’ll be done in no time. 

I have to show a close up of the photograph. It was taken on my parents 50th anniversary at Empire Mine state park in Grass Valley, CA. I think candid shots are THE BEST! This shot, all the nephews, our son, and one niece (on my side) were just having fun and the photographer caught it! The oldest nephew is soaring up high, while the youngest(our son), is just getting off the ground. A metaphor for life. 

Here is a quick peek at the whole stick, light thing. I don’t mind that the lights are in the bottom portion. Wow, I really need to move the Poinsettia. Rubix! Your outta there too. 

As in decorating, with your next Art to Wear creation, think outside the box, even a little. Do you have a favorite pin that you don’t seem to wear? Well…..use it as a button. 

From my Ayala Bar collection, I have this one pin and I think it is perfect as the closure for my  “Aussie Angle” Terrific Tabard (I have just decided, I’m wearing this one to our friend’s New Years Eve party). Yes, you have time to get one done to wear for New Year’s too. Email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com for the fastest way to get a pattern. See them all at Craftsy.com or my Etsy store, Designs by Heidi. 

 

 

 

Next Saturday is the Christmas house tour, sooo…I’ll be really busy. Look for a post on Monday, December. 4th. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time to get some of your creative going this weekend. 15 minutes a day is all I ask you to do. Hugs, Heidi

A Fine “Working” Vacation at Lake Tahoe, Part One

 

The last week of October I was fortunate to be up at one of my favorite places EVER! Lake Tahoe. Yes, my husband and I were volunteers at the Bear Necessities Gift Shop again. The weather was PERFECT, all week long. One morning I decided to go down to one of the groups visiting and drum up business. They were in Inspiration Point (aptly named I must say) and I met the nicest, most productive group ever, The Colfax, CA Quilt Guild. Here they are before I descended the stairs for my own meet and greet.  34 busy bees, they were. And yes, I would like to mention that right outside those double doors is where the “chase” began  (at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat) of the Bear versus Heidi, Linda, & Lisa (see The Bear post the second week of Sept.)

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I was so fortunate to visit with almost all of these lovely ladies. Sadly, I can’t find the card that listed everyone’s names and projects. I put it in a very safe place.  The first few pictures below are from this book. And take it from me, they are STUNNING!  She sews the blocks by hand and also does some machine stitching on each block.   

She has almost one dozen finished. 

And right outside Inspiration Point, the last of the roses were in bloom. So velvety, and smelled so sweet and a perfect match with the Rose of Sharon quilt work above. 

Another lovely lady, just finished her Laundry Basket quilt top. 

AMAZING! Each of these blocks, are just amazing!

 

And here is someone’s beautifully executed Log Cabin quilt. Each block is only about 6″ sq. Log Cabin was one of the very first blocks that I made waaaay back when. And it’s still one of my favorites. Now, I tend to make them kind of wonky.  In a few more posts I will show you what I have created- more Art to Wear. Also, check out my Off The Grid Vest pattern. Wonky L.C. sqs. in that Art to Wear. The icons below, just click on Craftsy or Etsy to view my patterns that are for sale.

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Time out! Walk, walk. Eat less, move more. That’s my mantra. I do tend to get them mixed up, as in, “Eat more, move less.” Oh dear. Look way in the distance, and you can see Cave Rock. Look how calm the water is. Very little boat traffic and check out the bench. Just right for sitting and reading and soaking in the beauty of the lake

Inside our little domain (in case you forgot, the shop we work in, it’s the middle story of a 3 story cabin that sits right on the lakes edge). Robert is meeting therapy dog, Bisoux, and her handler Janine. What a sweet dog and Janine’s pretty sweet too.  She’s a “leaner”, all 93 pounds of her. Ha, ha. 

On a walk, the peace, and stillness of the lake, very soothing. 

Back at I.P., wow, this one has some real possibilities for me. It’s called Hour Glass. She said it’s easy, hmmm……and again, beautifully done. 

On another walk, I’m walking our son’s dog, Jax. Doesn’t he look smashing along with my Simply Super Vest? The full-sized pattern pieces and complete instructions  (plus 7 other projects)are in my book, Fashion Quilted Accessories that I wrote for Leisure Arts. It’s available for purchase in my Etsy store (click on the icon below), DesignsbyHeidi and other fine quilting shops like Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Grass Valley, CA and Fabric Chicks in Minden, Nevada. Also, on Amazon.

I’ll leave you with the “fixed” balloon picture from last week. I really LOVE this shot. Have a great weekend everyone and let’s all get creative. Make it up, make it fun, and get it DONE! Hugs, Heidi  P.S. Next week, part two!

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It’s Another TTF – “This and That Friday.”

The COLORS of Fall! Magnificent, this year. Let’s go Leaf Peeping for a moment. Chinese Pistachio, one of my favorite trees. Slow growing, but always a show stopper. If you are young, buy it as  bare root stock in Feb. or March. If you are older, splurge on a 15 gallon size so you can really enjoy it now. Ha, ha.

Dawn B. sent me this picture of her Rafiki Skirt. Love, LOVE this one in a blend of fabrics from Africa and USA. Why couldn’t she wear this into later fall with a turtleneck and a belt sitting on her hips and a smashing pair of boots? Great choice of fabrics and colors.

Patty B. is on a roll. This is her 2nd Zephyr Jacket in a month.It IS fast and easy to make. She found a  fall inspired batik at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) and used it for the fronts. There are leaves printed on the batik fabric here and there. Can you see the black line down the front of the jacket? The black is the front side of the front pieces and she used the batik as the front pieces lining. So she gets a hint of batik when she folds them back as well as a lean, long line with the solid black on either side. I also see a bit of black showing on the shoulder seams.

The black on the shoulder seams and the entire back piece is black. Patty “fussy cut” the leaves out (after treating them with Terial Magic). She is still in the arranging stage and will soon stitch them down. Really GREAT ideas you are using Patty. I want to try this. May I copy? I really enjoy the concept of a design feature on the front that causes us to turn around and look at the back too.

A study in black and white. Summer is over and all my off white, crisp looking, slipcovers come off (a pricey outlay, but you extend the life of the couch, as well as changing the look and feel of your room). A small portion of my chenille couch shows its’ winter self in the upper corner. And of course, Rex has chosen to sit on the freshly laundered pieces before I put them away. Awwww…

I couldn’t resist another shot of my Virginia Creeper (it just keeps getting better and better color) on my “shabby chic” fence.  I was supposed to repaint it years ago, but I kinda like the peeling paint. It’s a nice juxtaposition against the pristine paint job of the house. Ha, ha, that sounds good doesn’t it? 

This is my yard! Most of the trees were planted 25 years ago as 1 or 5 gallons. Love, all the leaves (my husband doesn’t once they fall). Sorry honey. I’ll help rake this year, oh wait, I have to get all my projects finished first. 

Hydrangea bushes in the Fall, STUNNING! Can you believe it, these beautiful blooms used to be blue!?! It’s true. The chilly evenings work their magic on the color changes. 

And now, May I introduce Janet B. as she models her version of Terrific Tabard. It too is STUNNING! Check out her fab necklace and earrings. She made them herself after taking Sandra Bruce’s Polymer Clay workshop at our Artistic Alchemy Workshop this past Sept. Click on the Artistic Alchemy icon below (HOPEFULLY, it will take you right to the blog). If not, it is, Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com   check it out and see what we do. 

There are so many lovely, innovative, ideas in this vest. No batting, no quilting in her version (my next T.T. will also be a smoother look, tip: It will sew up that much faster). Don’t try to fix the pic below. I hit the video button by mistake. It is a little “jerky.” Sorry.

Love her double closures on the sides. Perfect, PERFECT, fitting method, no darts needed. And you can see why it’s also called the “Skinny Vest,” with the open sides. It gives a long and lean look . Great use of button choices. Do you see the Panda faces peeking out here and there? This fabric is a light weight smooth finish, canvas. Check out that pocket! Sashiko stitching, pocket attached only at the top, and the great flourish with the button and pieces of polymer, all add up to “Fabulous daaahling.” Oh and the lining of the vest is the great circles fabric she placed at the sideof the pocket.

Email me directly for the fastest way to get your own Terrific Tabard vest pattern, Rafiki skirt pattern, or Zephyr Jacket: hmemmett@gmail.com 

For a lovely fall finish, let’s look at Joan Connelly’s Woolie ball necklace. Her own creation of course. 

Here is my first one. Sooooo easy and a great traveling project. 

While Joan’s necklace is her own creation, she used the directions below (from a Feb. 2016? not sure on the year issue of Thread’s magazine).  Now you know what to do with an old wool skirt, jacket, accckkk! MORE to collect! 

Thank you so much for stopping by.Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, and Pinterest. I gave you lots of ideas to get creative this weekend. So, JUST DO IT!!! Hugs, Heidi

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Terrific Tabard- Goes to Downieville!

What a fun Sunday afternoon drive! The top was down, the warm breezes in our faces, and off we drove to Downieville, CA.  It’s a beautiful 45 mile drive from Grass Valley to the north. It’s a winding road with many access views of the river.

 

Downieville-established around 1849. A gold rush town. 

Amazing that TWO rivers run through the little town of Downieville. The Downie river is on the left and it converges into the North Fork of the Yuba River in the picture below.

The cutest scarecrows  were found all over the town. 

Here is one of three bridges. This one crosses the North fork of the Yuba River. Look closely at the lower right. Do you see the fence made of skis? I love this. And I have a “small world” story to tell next week about this fence. 

Close up of the ski fence. And check out the colorful house and the stamp mill (the big metal thingy used in gold mining to crush granite) in the background. 

I want a house like this vault. Great stone work and heavy iron doors. This is a replica of the original. 

Restaurants and many homes border the river. It is so lovely.  Here I am wearing Terrific Tabard.  I’m on the walking side of another bridge. 

Here are the front and back views of this easy to fit Tabard vest with open sides (for a better fit)

Use the email address above: hmemmett@gmail.com to find out how to purchase your own Terrific Tabard, Art to Wear, sewing pattern. It truly makes you “feel skinny.”

This particular Terrific  Tabard goes together really fast because the foundation fabric is  Kantha Cloth. 

Here is the piece of Kantha Cloth I used. This is one side (pieced using printed cottons. I chose to used the solid side (plain red) so I could add all my Kaffe Fassett fabric pieces. Find Kantha in the bedding section. This one, 50 x 60″ was $34.95. Kantha is two pieces of fabric put together with larger running stitches. They are hand made in India. 

I used Kaffe Fassett stripes and cut up one print called Mille Fiore. Each “chunk” of fabric was sprayed and ironed dry with Terial Magic first. Each piece felt like a piece of paper after being treated with the Terial Magic. Fast and easy to cut out and no fraying. 

I glued down each piece to hold in place using Elmer’s School glue. (Notice I am wearing my Kaffe Fassett sweater while working on it). I just LOVE all things Kaffe. Now I am ready to edge stitch each piece down. 

I hope you were inspired by my “Kantha” and Kaffe, Terrific Tabard and will want to make your own. Find Kantha cloth on line or see it in person at places like Stein Mart, Ross, Home Goods (always look in the bedding section). Carve out some time to be “sew” creative this weekend. Thank you all for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

“Steampunk” your next Calypso Vest!

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.

 

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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.

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 hmemmett@gmail.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 InstagramAA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy 

Upcycling- It’s Always Fun! And It’s The First Day of Fall!

Hello everyone! This is the beautiful sunrise I was greeted with and today is the first day of Fall! My favorite time of year. 

A little upcycling to get your “creative” going. Yowzaa! This is what I call acid green. After washing (it fluffed up the fibers a bit more, which I wanted to showcase), it’s whack, whack, with the scissors. 

Cool embroidery. Not sure how I will use all this great fabric. But I do have ideas for the cuffs. I like on the go projects (small enough to stick in my purse).  When cutting off the cuff, use your sharpest scissors and get as close to the stitching line as you can. That’s it. I guess you could do some hand stitching on the edge if there is still some raveling (this is upcycling, raveling is part of the look, so breathe and continue!). 

I use DMC floss, 3 strands. Those felted circles are reasonably priced on Ebay or Etsy. They come in a TON of colors and sizes. They have 20% wool,  but are basically very smooth.  I will throw in some circles I cut from sweaters that I felted (by mistake but that’s another story). Beads! I have to have some beads. The dollar store has those nifty pill containers (below) that are just what I need. 

Hmm..  I like what’s happening but not that button. 

I pulled out my acrylic paints and added dots of color (using the tip of my really small brushes). I could apply a matte finish of something like outdoor Modge Podge (for the washing factor).

I bury all knots underneath the circles, so that I have a mess free back. 

The whole idea is to have fun, play with fiber and not worry so much about the actual construction. And that is evident in my close up shots. But, I had lots of fun doing it. There is a time and place for perfection. 

Here is a book to get your creative going! I love it. Thank you Linda and Karenanne. No, there is no fabric involved. But it can be a part of your 15-30 minutes a day routine (I have spoken in past posts that everyone can carve out 15 min. (well now I’m upping it because I can) a day for creativity. Yes, this book is not fiber oriented but it is still working on the creative quotient. So on the days you are feeling fiber challenged, and that does not mean Metamucil, work in this book.

Jane Haworth (look at her site of the same name and see the cool stuff she creates) told our quilting guild about this book. We ALL have doubts about our abilities in the artistic sense, whether it’s fiber, painting, mixed media, etc. Love this book.  So with the book above and this one below, you will cure all self doubt and creative drain! Well, maybe not all, but you’ll sure think twice when “it” tries to creep in and take over precious brain space.   

Here’s the back cover. 

I’ll leave with a pattern idea from Designs by Heidi, Triangle Tote pattern. It was first featured as a project in this issue of Modern Patchwork: Triangle Tote pattern by Heidi Emmett. My ornery cat, Rex, sitting/guarding the tote.

Here is how Modern Patchwork photographed same tote. I was pretty surprised. Someone was NOT paying attention. This is actually the back of the tote. So sad. 

If you like what you see, you can purchase it (the pattern) directly from me. Email me at: hmemmett@gmail.com  It is $15.00 US  and that includes shipping anywhere in the world. It will come as a hard copy pattern (paper pattern, instructions, all in a plastic bag. 

Fun, fun, FUN, to make! Let’s get going and sew!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Hugs, Heidi

Yikes!– IT’S A BEAR!!! at our Artistic Alchemy Retreat, Sept. 2017!

Last week, September 4th-8th, I was busy, busy, up at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe with the Artistic Alchemy retreat. Two mornings into the retreat, my friend from Portland, Oregon, Linda & I were enjoying our early morning coffee (7:15a.m.) at the edge of Lake Tahoe. I turned to see another student about 20 ft. away. Started to say hi, and saw a bear about 20 ft. behind her. OMG!!!!! Wha’ do we do? Wha’ do we do? The pictures of the teenage bear are courtesy of Marti (another student at her second floor window). We took off at a very, very, fast walk and so DID THE BEAR! We have lived to tell the tale. And I didn’t spill a drop of coffee in the race to the door to get inside. Ha, ha, ha. In fact, I didn’t need anymore coffee the rest of the day!

The clearing where we were enjoying the view. The bear entered, stage right, from behind the bolder. We were to the left of the “Portal of Prayer” sign (my prayers were short, and to the point, “Dear Lord, HELP!). 

Now,back to some creative fun. Candace, one of my students,  was very productive. In fact, she is the first of ALL the students in the whole retreat who started and completed her first project, less than half way through the 3 full days retreat! She even brought her serger to speed things along.

My workshop was called “Pick a Pattern.” Each student brought two different patterns from my collection, or my new book. We discussed fabrics for each project via emails. My students had so much creativity on their own. I was there to help fit, and help with design ideas, that would help make it their very own “Art to Wear” piece. Candace’s first piece was Rafiki Skirt.

We hung her Rafiki skirt on the design wall and after an afternoon swim, she got started on a second project, Whisper Blouse.

Each one of my students gave ME GREAT ideas that I had NEVER thought of. I will talk about them over the next few weeks. First, though, Candace had a marvelous way of putting the tie into the skirt. A buttonhole goes in the front. Make the tie belt and thread each end in the buttonhole. 

The tie belt must be threaded in a circle first. The circle fits right under the top edge that will be folded down to form the casing.

She folds the casing right over the tie making certain that the piece is out of the way when she stitches down the casing all the way around the skirt. Sooo simple! Thank you Candace.

Patty wanted to create her own “Earthy colored” Terrific Tabard vest for her first project.

Patty has been ALL OVER THE WORLD! She has amazing stories to tell. She has promised to show me her photo albums. I love seeing and traveling with others through pictures and stories. When we spoke about her fabric choices she said, “Oh, I have silks from my travels to India, Vietnam, Asia, and I just picked up a beautiful batik when I was in Morocco.” WOW, wow, let’s see what she does. 

Isn’t it beautiful? She was very happy with her creation. Patty celebrated by going for an early afternoon Kayaking break. When she returned she whipped out the cutest purse with her vest scraps.

Oh, then she decided to make the cutest fabric earrings  from more scraps. Silk is perfect for these “frayed” earrings.

Below, students from Open Studio (in the back) are busy, too. Do you see the African Ladies on a panel in the foreground of this picture? They are from Carol, another of my creative ladies. 

She wanted to make my “Simply Super Vest” pattern from my new book, Fashion Quilted Accessories by me for Leisure Arts. This is the pattern,on the cover.

Here’s Carol with the back of the vest and one front piece up on her design board. 

I encourage everyone to get their projects up on a design board and stand back to get a good view of what you are creating. Carol has such a good eye for placement. She tells me that she used to teach math and it shows in the great care she took in measuring and placement. I designed this vest pattern for using “panel” pieces. You know, the ones you use for the center of a quilt, wallhanging, or pillows. 

This vest is really coming along……then her trusty older Singer started giving her problems. And then she began suffering from a terrible case of Vertigo. In spite of how badly she felt, she was determined to continue to work on her vest AND wanted to discuss her second project, her version of Rafiki skirt. I will see Carol next week and will get pictures of her finished vest and Rafiki skirt to post later. 

Below is Candace’s second project (almost done out of silks that a family member brought back from Hong Kong 30+ years ago). 

We also had lightening, thunder, and rain almost every afternoon. After all the heat we had all suffered through, the rain, oh the blessed rain, and drop in temperature was such a relief. 

Here are the teachers from another successful year of workshops at our annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat. From the left, Mary Boalt, Sandra Bruce, me, Heidi Emmett, and Christine Barnes. Be sure to visit our blog: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  to read and see more. 

Hugs to all of you and maybe YOU will attend next year!

Heidi

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Heidi’s “Triangle Tote”, a project in Modern Patchwork!

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Jayne from Florida got in touch with me and sent pictures of her Triangle Tote that she had made from my project for Modern Patchwork. I just had to show it off. I can send  hard copy patterns. The pattern pieces will be hand drawn (no time to get them printed). Send a check for $16. (includes postage) to Heidi Emmett, P.O. Box 208, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 You could also pop $16. into my Paypal account, using my email address: hmemmett@gmail.com Give your mailing address and what the $ is for.

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Here is mine, the front side, with “Sparky dog and Rex the cat”, and the back of it, below. DSC_0064

Hi Jayne, Your tote bag turned out soooo CUTE! and I love that you are modeling it for us.

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I showed mine with my animals and Jayne shows her tote bag  by her very inviting swimming pool. What a great job you did on it Jayne, love the colors. And Jayne gave me design credit by putting a lovely tag that she embroidered right inside the tote. It was a great picture but as much as I tried and tried I could not get it to my blog site. Triangle ToteOnce again, great job Jayne and enjoy totin’ things in your new Triangle Tote bag. And remember people, magazines these days are like books, and books are our friends. I have a gazillion friends in my studio right now, and I love going through them over and over.  So go sit in a hammock and look at magazines (preferably one that I have a project in, ha, ha) and get your creative going! Hugs, Heidi

This And That. Easy, Breezy, thoughts on a Hot Summer Day!

We all have to grocery shop. We maybe don’t enjoy it or we’re just rushed. Well here is my tip to make it a more enjoyable time. Next time you go, first thing, take 2 minutes and walk through the floral dept. Deep breathe while you walk among the beauty and color and designs that you see. Ahhhhh…….. Sometimes I even buy some flowers. Even carrying them in the squeaky cart (I ALWAYS manage to pick one of those, or the wheels are weird), calms me down. 

Wasn’t that nice? As I wheel into the fruit and veggie area next, the color and design doesn’t stop. I look at these beauties below with fresh eyes. Dragon Fruit, have you tried it? Neither have I. But as in your sewing experiences, it’s time to step out of the box now and then and try a new technique, work with colors you don’t usually gravitate toward…. 

Pineapple, we see it ALL the time. We use it quite a bit too. Have you ever barbecued it? Well, I had not either until I tried it at my friend Jean’s Bunco party. Ohh my gosh!! Totally fabulous! Fresh Pineapple BBQ’d (complete with grill marks). It looks fancy too. And so easy too. Slice it, add a tiny bit of oil, and pop them on the grill. That’s it. Thanks Jean!!

Oh, and corn. Here is the fastest, best way EVER! to cook it. Here it is, in its’ cute packaging. LEAVE ALL THE PACKAGING on and pop 2 ears at a time into the microwave. Cook according to your microwave. Pull out, let cool for a few minutes, and then open. Watch out for steam. Everything just sort of slides off as you pull on it. Amazing.

O.K. I’m on a food kick today. And I know the 4th is long gone (where HAS this month gone?), but I had to show you my flag cake. This was the first time in 2 years that we were home for the fourth. So good to be home with family. Check out the fresh blueberries. Again, I feel so fortunate being able to walk down to my mom’s house and pick fresh blueberries in the cool of the evening.  Chocolate cake (whatever flavor you like).  Fresh raspberries, washed and carefully dried.
Use a cream cheese frosting, frosted in a “rustic” manner (the sides are not frosted as I ran out)ha, ha. A lace cap hydrangea. It was mis-marked at the nursery, but I have grown to like it, because it’s different.  Just can’t get enough of these colors and designs.  It took a few years, but we finally re-painted our vintage wrought iron table and chairs. My job was to cover the chair seats. Label your chairs F & B and chair #. (mainly for the screw-in portions as each chair was different (on the sides).