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What’s Black & White & Chartreuse?

I found a 100% linen knit top, and yes, at a Thrift Shoppe (I added the extra “p” and “e” to give it cache’ ha,ha).  The top was too short for me as is. I’m going to have some sewing fun.  Let’s Upcycle!

I love LOVE 100% linen. I wear it all summer long. Yes, it looks fabulous crisp and pressed, but “lived in” (aka, wrinkles), is my favorite. And I think it just gets better and better the more it’s washed and worn.  I have even made a set of linen sheets. Very nice.  They lasted quite a few years before they became too thin (I put my foot right through). Ha, Ha.
I looked through my scraps and found some leftover bits that I had used in another project (look up that OTHER project under past posts, called, Rectangle pieced dress) . I love black and white and one more color. This time I’m using chartreuse. Note the black and white “tubettes.”

I call them “tubettes” because as you can see they can be opened up and stitched down. Test a cotton knit or other fibered knit for stretchy-ness and the curl factor. Cut a strip in the direction of the curl.  I don’t cut any under 1 inch in width. Use your fingers to open it up and stitch it down the middle. I stitched my tubettes for added texture and shhh.. don’t tell anyone, to hide some poor stitching (it was too loose and really showed).
I tried on the top to determine where I wanted to place my pieced fabric length. Then I carefully cut the top apart (keep it in a circle shape) so I could insert the piece. Two things, if you look closely, it’s uneven on the left side. Make sure That you add a piece ( in this case I added a wedge) or cut away so that it is even all the way around. The second thing, if you are adding fabric that has words or letters make certain they are going in the right direction. Oh yea, do you hear the riiip, rip, rip, of my seam ripper. Sigh…..  Determine how much you need of the pieced fabric and sew the ends together to form a circle that matches the top (if it’s a knitted top, DON’T stretch it).

When attaching the pieces together, divide the top portion of the top into four sections (use pins to mark  the sections). Do this on the bottom portion of the top as well, AND BOTH the top and bottom of the pieced section.

If you are Serging the pieces together, just go for it. No Serger, no problem. The trick for sewing the pieces together on a home sewing machine is to make CERTAIN that the knitted fabric is underneath. It has to do with the feed dogs and how they feed the fabric through. Trust me on this one or you will be using that seam ripper again. Ha, ha.

Uh OHHHH! I broke my own rule. And it’s my number ONE rule, “Always think long and lean, think up and down with design features.” So I fixed it, sort of……
I added more “tubettes”  going in an up and down  free form design.
I really like it now.
A friend gave me the “hand made” sew in tag.  Thank you Lisa.
A word about taking pictures outside, at high noon. Don’t do it. All the blacks in the pictures are really deep black, in person.  I was taught by the Sunset photographers (of the book division of Sunset magazine of which my friend Christine Barnes worked for back in the day) to take pictures in the early morning or late afternoon. Never in overhead sun, even if you are in the shade. I couldn’t wait, my hubby was home and I needed the pics right then and there!
I think the top turned out to be a fun addition to my wardrobe.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’m putting on my Artistic Alchemy Retreat hat now to say pop on over to today’s post to read about what the four of us teachers are doing to prepare for this years retreat, September 2nd-September 6th. Carve out some creative time where you can. Hugs, Heidi

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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Sparky Top on Parade! It’s Spring!

They say that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. In my case it’s true. Sew, I took my mannequin over to “the other side of the fence” (the neighbors Christmas tree farm) and yes, soft, spring green grass. I’m taking some pictures and bask in this glorious sunshine while doing it!

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  4. I have new ideas for the look of my Blog site and a new platform for PDF/Digital patterns. More about those things in the coming weeks. Below, are the front and back of Sparky Top, my latest “Art to Wear” sewing pattern. You need to make one. Great for beginners and advanced alike. Very little fitting is required.

I made this Sparky Top last summer for a casual outdoor wedding. The colors/prints from Kaffe Fassett fabric were keyed off of the hand painted silk center back piece.And the front piece, normally one fabric, well…I ran out and improvised. I like what I did. You can too.

The center back piece, hand painted silk chiffon, was cut from a dress.

The back piece (near the shoulders), well, I was short on that fabric (I was working with scraps actually), so I pieced  it together and added appliques cut from the side panel fabric.
I stitched cut out appliques over the seam. Use Terial Magic first.  It’s a fantastic spray that stiffens fabric just enough to easily stitch down.

Isn’t the hand painted silk chiffon in the center back gorgeous? I love how it floats in the breeze and the Kaffe Fassett  pieces are perfect with the silk to create a most lovely Sparky Top. Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com  tells you how to purchase this sewing pattern.

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Quilting cottons are a great weight for Sparky Top.

There is a white long camisole under the front portion. The front piece is a voile that with the spirals of fabric strips stitched down. From Joann’s. I think the look is perfect for this top.

This is one of the first Sparky Top’s that I made. It is also on the back cover of pattern.
I really like the combination of the Kaffe Fassett cottons and a little sparkle of the front panel and the back panel .

On the back piece, I ran out of fabric so I did the trick I’ve come to use many times, add some raw edge appliques. I tend to use circle shapes as they are more of a bias cut all the way around and fray less.
The subtle colors, the small sequins, and the sheerness of this JoAnn’s fabric is great for my Sparky Top.
This Sparky Top makes use of Marci Tilton’s fabrics. This group was a “combo pack.”
Sparky Top is a perfect pattern for knits. This combo pack (3 yards, 1 yard each of 3 prints)is a knit that is 100% rayon. So soft and it drapes beautifully.
I used another combo set of knits, 100% rayon in this Sparky Top. BUT WAIT!! It has long sleeves. What? That’s not in the original pattern! Go to my home page of this Blog and look at the post under “Sparky Top” 9/28/18, titled,” Sparky Top gets ready for cooler days.”

This IS the perfect top for cooler days and I have a beautiful black soft woolen shawl to go with if I need more warmth. Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com

Job well done! And oh, the sunshine felt good too.

You know how I love flowers. On the way back to my house, I found some. I have Helleborus / also known as “Lenten Rose.”  Overnight, they started blooming. Stunning, shapes, colors, and textures. Helliborus/ Lenten Rose. Small and delicate looking, they are tough, some of the first flowers of Spring, they often have snow on them and just keep on blooming.

Another Lenten Rose just opening up. Behind, one closed up tight.

There are many varieties and colors of Helliborus available.
The only thing I don’t like about Lenten Roses is that they droop over. You cannot see their gorgeousness unless you turn them up yourself. Sad but true. Thank you for stopping by and seeing what I’m up to.                    I just read this, “You can never have too much happy.” Think on that one awhile. And go have some “happy” with your next creative project. Hugs, Heidi

It’s Denim Daze!

Don’t you just love the softness and drape of worn denim? I think we all have a few favorite “go to” pairs of jeans we grab. And what about the ubiquitous “jean jacket.”  I had no plans to cut up any of my favorites, but that’s when I discovered the jeans racks at my favorite thrifting places. Oodles of colors, and softness or not.  InstagramAA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy

Don’t you just love these pillows? You are seeing two of the same pillows, the left is the front of the pillow, and on the right is the back. And what about that Duvet cover under the pillows? Click here to learn more about Christine Barnes. She designed and made this duvet cover  for Sunset books. It is called, “Reinvent Your Kids Room. Check Ebay for this book.

I call this pillow, “Rods and Reels.” For fishing tackle.

Because I used jeans, I had pockets, and pieces of legs to use. Upcycling is so fun!

Rod’s & Reels pillow, by Heidi Emmett for “Stitch” magazine. Easy to make.

Back of “Rods & Reels” pillow. Created by me, Heidi Emmett for “Stitch” magazine.

After stitching a seam, I zig-zagged  down the pressed open seam for strength and because it looked good. And I pulled some of the blue threads to make it fray (the white threads).

After spraying Kaffe Fassett striped cottons with Terial Magic, I cut them out into different sized circles.

I used a basting glue to hold them all in place.

Stiffened (Terial Magic)fabric, glued down and ready to sew in place.

Whirrrr. whirr, goes the stitching to hold everything in place. Love the spiral stitching and what I call “Cardiac stitching” on the rod portions.

Nice close up (except the long thread coming out of the “open toed” darning foot (my fav. cause I can SEE WHAT I’M STITCHING!).

I had to show you this, my first setup, but, it’s  ho hum, boring.

I’m liking this arrangement. Need to work on it a bit more. Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com

And here it is in THIS issue of Stitch magazine. Sadly, oh so sadly, they no longer exist, but try Ebay.  Creating projects for magazines is fun. Sometimes hectic and fast, but FUN!

All of you, my fabulous readers of my blog  Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com wont even need directions, but it’s fun to look anyway.

Oh, yes. I love to see my name in print. That’s me, Heidi Emmett. Put these Rods & Reels on anything you like, maybe a vest, jacket, or the bottom of a skirt. Have fun and be creative.

Let’s take a look below at some AMAZING creations in denim. I could never have the patience to create these, but WOW!

What a great slipcover. If it get’s dirty, throw it in the wash. Denim, so versatile and easy care!

Save EVERY PIECE. Just look at this pillow! All waistbands that were stitched onto a background fabric.

I want this wing back chair and ottoman.

It is a lovely, warm, summer evening here at Zephyr Point where I will be teaching my workshop, “Upcycling, Creating Art to Wear, and Fiber Jewelry.” I’m wearing my Whisper Blouse, with a bodice of denim.  Come, join me, for some super creative fun for 4+ days.

Check out the back bodice made of denim with a floaty skirt using, hand dyes, Kaffe Fassett’s, and other great designer pieces. Whisper Blouse is an art to wear pattern by Heidi Emmett. Email me at hmemmett@gmail.com    Also,check out Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  to learn more about the Artistic Alchemy retreat.

The back bodice has some strips of bias and echo quilting in the denim background.

The front bodice of Whisper Blouse a sewing pattern by Heidi Emmett. a denim background and  an Alison Glass fabric bouquet.

I want this outfit! What a perfect costume.  InstagramAA Logo1Pinterest-Pinnedetsy

Hope springs eternal. (Alexander Pope) Spring is coming my friends (even though it’s snowing right now as I write, sigh….)  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each and every one you! Blessings and hugs, Heidi