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Look at These Cuties!

The outfits and the ladies that are wearing them!

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 hmemmett@gmail.com 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 hmemmett@gmail.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

Nuno Felting, I Had to Give it a Try!

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.

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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

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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.

See my “Circles Necklace” Project on my first EVER Video!!

by HEIDI EMMETT

 

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

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Free Styling & Spiraling! – A Piecing Technique! Check This Out!

by  Heidi Emmett

I love taking fiber classes! And today is the day I’m taking one from Mel Beach. If you ever have a chance, take one of her classes. Here I am, packed and ready to go. But wait, commercial break: What am I wearing? Why it’s my Terrific Tabard vest. It is the ” Tree of Life” version of this pattern. Look, there are even small circular spirals at the shoulders. Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com for the easiest, fastest, way to get your own copy.

Be sure to check my other blog posts on Terrific Tabard for more ideas

Oh my, I’m going to learn how to make these rectangled spirals? Yes, yes.
Different fabrics make each spiral “pop” in a unique way.
These are all the teachers samples. She did suggest Ombre’s for added sparkle. For some great ombre’ fabrics, head on over to Christine Barnes’ site
Mel Beach has such a way with her modern sense of pattern play in piecing and quilting.
Samples abound and we ALL loved making spiraling triangles too.
I told Mel that I can’t wait to try these on even a smaller scale for my “Art to Wear Garments.” Mel knows that I work in wearables not quilts on the walls. And she said that she too was thinking about these cool rectangles, squares, triangles, etc. would be a perfect fit for my different vest patterns.
Above is how the whole process begins. It’s just like a courthouse steps pattern with just a couple tweaks. So hard to imagine, but she had us “improving” like crazy and it was all before lunch!
Here are some student work. Mine are the triangles and squares closest to the tables edge. I have so MANY ombres (at home) to choose from. Now that I know what to do, I will play with shaping the spirals better, and background choices. Ohhhh, what fun!
Back home, on a walk this morning, Mahonia aquafolium (Oregon Grape) has the prettiest blossom clusters this year.
The daffodils are especially nice in upper Northern CA where I live (one hour north of Sacramento, in the foothills). They have never bloomed this long before. And the sunny yellow is so cheerful.
O.K. these are “store bought.” Our tulips are closed so tightly right now. But I couldn’t wait. Don’t forget to dash over to Artistic Alchemy’s blog post this week. Sandra Bruce is posting. Sandra, Jane, & I still have some room in our workshops. Mary’s is full. Maybe I’ll see YOU in my workshop this year up at Zephyr Point. It’s all about learning new creative ways with fiber, making new friends, and enjoying all the beauty that Lake Tahoe has to offer.

Here is a terrific view of a cabin on the property. Cave rock is w-a-y in the distance. This is Porcupine trail where you get a bird’s eye view of Lake Tahoe and the Zephyr Point property. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time for some creative sewing this weekend. Hugs, Heidi

Love Pats! You Need to Make Some!

A Love Pat is a heart shaped piece of warm love to place where it hurts. Make a pattern first. Fold a piece of paper in half (we will draw half of the heart around the fold). Make a pencil point 4 3/4″ from the fold. This is the roundest part of the heart shape. Make another dot on the fold ,about an inch above the roundest part. Measure down 5″ on the fold and make another pencil dot. Now, sketch from dot to dot the heart shape. When you are happy with the 1/2 of a heart shape cut it out.

Pin your paper heart shape to some fun quilting cotton weight fabric , 2 pieces right, sides together and cut it out. But wait! Don’t forget to add a 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut out the exact shape again from 2 pieces of flannel. Add a piece of flannel on either side of the fun fabric, on the wrong side. Look at the picture above and stitch all the way around the heart, leaving about a 3″ opening on one side.
Carefully clip the inside of the heart shape right to the seam.  Turn the heart inside out and gently work out the heart shape and the heart point. This is the point when the first half of the heart is filled, with, ta da!, uncooked rice.
Find a small funnel or make one out of paper and you will also need a 1/3 cup measuring piece.

I use rice in my “Love Pats.” The more expensive the rice like Jasmine, or Basmati, the lovelier the aroma when it is heated up. Dried lavender can also be added.
Please ignore the seam you can see in the picture. Pretend it isn’t there. Add the 1/3 cup of rice. Then pick up the heart and let the rice fall to the side opposite the opening.
Now you can stitch it down the middle. Make certain that ALL the rice is out of the way of the needle (voice of experience talking here). Now you can fill the OTHER side of the heart (would that be the right ventricle? hmm….) and hand stitch the opening closed.
Finished “Love Pats” ready for their homes. It makes me happy to use Kaffe Fassett cottons.

I just got back from a wonderful 4 day trip to the central coast area of California, San Juan Bautista. The trip was ALL sewing, ALL Day & Night (if you wanted). Here are some stunning Oak Trees from one of my walks.

Can you see the support for some of the branches? These Oaks have to be about 100 years old.

What a pastoral scene.
Step a few feet forward and this scene, wild mustard, green velvet hills, puffy clouds, and a rainbow are what you see. So serene… I could sit and enjoy for hours.
I took my Love Pats to this sewing event and gave one to each participant. My little gift to them.

Any natural fabric will work. Do you have a special piece of embroidery? Or a handwoven? Or even a tightly knitted piece (maybe from a cashmere sweater). Try those for a Love Pat.
Pop them in the microwave for no more than 70 seconds. The smaller amount of rice is just perfect to mold across a shoulder, back of a neck, even on a tummy. Ahhhh…just right.
You know how it is, lay things out and “They Will Come.” (Don’t worry ladies, I lint-rollered each one so there is no cat fur to be found. Aarrggh….

Thank you for stopping by. I love each one of you, all my followers and appreciate your support. Big hugs to you all, Heidi  P.S.     ” Love is not an emotion, it is who we are.” Rumi via my new friend, Annie from the sewing retreat.

Follow me on Instagram- DesignsbyHeidiEmmett And don’t forget to check out Artistic Alchemy Retreat to see what’s happening this September at Lake Tahoe. 

Off The Grid Vest- My Newest Version – Check It Out!

Take one really unique vest pattern (fits so many sizes and shapes and heights) and pair it with one of Mary Boalt’s famous one-of-a-kind hand painted canvases.

Here are a variety of women who have tried on  the same Off the Grid Vest and their honest comments:   5″6″ tall-classic pear shape, larger hips, not much of a bustline: “Love the length, it covers my hips but isn’t too long to feel bulky. If I fold the collar back a little and no front buttoning, I will feel very comfortable in this.”

One more: 5’9″ tall-classic apple shape, hips, waist, and bust are all similar measurements (and on the larger size), “I didn’t think I could pull this off, but I like the rectangles, they make me feel thinner, if that’s possible. I feel like I might need more width on the front and back pieces.”    More comments are in the pattern package.

Here is Mary’s beautiful hand painted and stitched panel (with silk organza covering the whole piece). The stitching holds down the organza and gives this piece a real WOW factor.

I had to be really careful how I cut this panel into pieces.

I deemed the piece above (right below the canvas) to be the lining of my new vest. AND I’m using the wrong side of it.

The piece above (from JoAnn’s) called a “Scuba” fabric is used for the side panels and the back piece. There is no batting in this vest. I did stitch the Scuba fabric (diamond shapes have netting inside) to the lining fabric to hold it all together. There is a hint of the lining showing through and I think it adds a bit of mystery.

Deciding  which piece will be the binding for the vest.

Hands down, it is the “Grunge” by Moda (at least 50 colors to choose from this one is black)

Slices of polished Agate found at a Gem and Mineral show.

Ohhh, these pieces of Agate look yummy on the hand painted panel piece.

And here it is, Taa Daa! My newest, sophisticated looking (in my opinion), OFF THE GRID VEST! I keyed everything about this vest with Mary’s Boalt’s “perfectly painted panel.”

Off The Grid Vest pattern ,  using really unusual fabrics. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com

Side view of my newest Off The Grid Vest. Scuba fabric on the side. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com

Close up of the front of Off The Grid Vest. An Art to Wear sewing pattern by Heidi Emmett.

Such an interesting combination of fabrics, beads, and stone.

Every bit from Mary Boalt’s hand painted canvas was thought out before cutting into it.

There is diaganol stitching on the back piece to hold the lining to the Scuba fabric.

Another wired piece of Agate for the side closures.

This panel was a piece of artwork on its’ own. It was hard to make that first cut. But worth it in the end.  Thank you for creating this one of a kind piece Mary Boalt.

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I do LOVE how this piece of Agate for the front closure turned out.

Sunrise  this past week. Lot’s of storms equal more sewing and creating time. Love that! Thanks for stopping by. Make it up, make it FUN, FUN, and GET IT DONE! Hugs, Heidi