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Whoops, It’s Saturday, But It’s My ONLY Day to Sew!

I try to post on Fridays but this week Friday got full of other things that I HAD to do. So here we are on a Saturday afternoon. And yes, I have been sewing. I have been working on my latest, greatest, “Off The Grid Vest,” trying to get it finished in time for a fashion show for ASG (American Sewing Guild) in Sacramento, CA. ASG, what a great group! If you love to sew, check out the ASG in your town.

I got ready to “insert media” into my blog post and I don’t know what button I pushed but I came across a file of amazing pictures that I had saved and got into some weird file that I didn’t know I had. I wrote everything down so I can find it again. In the meantime I picked two random pics thinking I could not even put them into the blog. Well, well, well, here they are for you to enjoy. TOTALLY off topic but I am a day off on this post so I might as well have some extra fun: both are from Pinterest. If you have a chance, find my boards by typing in, Heidi Emmett. I love Pinterest. The cat and dog are on my board, “Things That Make me Laugh” and the quilt is on “Quilts I Love.”

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All rightie then, on to Off The Grid Vest, a different look. Below is a  view of the vest you see on the pattern front, just to refresh your memory. DSC_0316

Below is the picture I showed you last week. I am working on Off The Grid using a pre-felted fabric (so it is heavier and a little bit stiff). So this new vest wont be lined or quilted in any way. The wrong side is so cool, I didn’t want to cover it up.



It was so odd NOT to do any quilting first. The process goes so much faster without the quilting. I don’t know what the drape will be on the finished product, but I’m moving forward. Zip, zip, it feels like. Cardiac stitching on the shoulder seams and finishing the neck edge.  DSC_0049

I apologize for the yellowy pictures but I was in the sewing studio at 6:30 a.m. and the lighting for photography is awful at that hour.  I’m already attaching the neck edge of the collar to the neck edges of the front and back. I’m flying. DSC_0051 DSC_0055

A chance for you to see some of it in better light. After 2 loads of wash, make breakfast, go on a walk with my mother, answer a bunch of emails, blah, blah, blah, back in the studio at 11:30a.m. Lighting is much better. I bet it is the same for all of you. We sew whenever we have the chance. DSC_0057

Well this is all moving along nicely so why not make more work for myself? Because this fabric is felted, why don’t I add some of my yarn roving or yarn in general to the gray side so I can reverse it and have a little color against the gray?I will machine felt. So I bring back the scraps and start to play. Here is some roving (yarn teased out a bit). I like this look on the gray side: DSC_0058

How about straight yarns that I wound around with my fingers to form circles and then machine felted? What am I talking about? When you are done reading this post, go to the home page and look up some of my past posts on machine felting. DSC_0059 (2)

The blurry picture above (sorry about that) looks good on the gray side, but then I turned it over. DSC_0060 (2)

Then I turned the roving piece over too. It’s o.k., sort of, on a small scrap, but when I felted on the back shoulder area of the vest and held it up, ohhh boy, the yarn coming through to the floral side really stood out like lint blobs that NEEDED to come off!
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It will take a whole movie to watch and pick out that EASY to felt piece on the back of the vest. Sooo, lesson learned. And even though the yarn I felted (especially the circles) was clean and crisp in color, don’t felt on already felted fabric unless both sides are really plain. Did I ever mention that this felted fabric was from JoAnn’s? I really like it. $35. per yd. and using a 40% off coupon of course!

Sorry, everyone, I got a bit discouraged after the felting problem, but I will be back at it asap so you can see a finished product. So scroll back to the top and have a good laugh over the kitten and dog again. I think I need to put my “thinking cat” on to get out of this felted mess I’m in. Have a great rest of your weekend and thanks so much for visiting. Also, you must visit my other blog: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com  See what our September retreat is all about. Hugs, Heidi

Rescue for a Broken Cross Body Bag!


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Purchased, one cute cross- body bag with a broken zipper for $2.00. What to do with it?        DSC_0005

I decided to make a flap out of this great batik fabric and add some machine felted spirals that I made a while back.


Which side of the spirals should I use? Below a close up: one group are just pieces of yarn wrapped around and around with my fingers. I machine felt them onto a piece of illusion (what they make bridal veils out of but comes in a gazillion colors now besides white and beige). The other group shows the the back side of the brighter first group. It is amazing how two layers of illusion can really soften a yarns’ color. DSC_0009

I decided to use the brighter side for this project. Below is my finished fix. I stitched the spirals down and for weight (to keep the flap hanging down)  and more interest, added a piece of polymer clay that I bought a long time ago. Time to use it!DSC_1678

Hmmm… pretty busy looking, or is it wild and crazy!

I like wild and crazy. Have some fun. Think outside the “flap” now and then. On the inside of the flap you can see my stitching lines. I haven’t added an inside closure (the zipper was broken), but the heavier polymer piece really does its’ job and holds the flap down and in place. DSC_1680

Saw this gorgeous maple tree in the side yard while snapping the bag pics. You are looking at a Bluebird house. And YES!!!! we have bluebirds. We have 4 bluebird boxes around the property(I think it is a min. of 30 ft. between each one) and on different occasions, each one has had birds. Build them and they WILL come! It is truly amazing as, DSC_1650

we didn’t have them before the houses were put up. Bluebirds don’t like that little stick to sit on that you put on the outside ofthe house. I did not arrange the leaves below, the whole side lawn (half dead to dead because we could not water it much) is one big, beautiful carpet of color. DSC_1652

Look up and yowzaa, color on fire! DSC_1657I want to do another post tomorrow. I have been taste testing some new recipes for Thanksgiving. Is your family like mine, TRADITION must be followed at ALL costs or there is  much admonishment? I sneak in new dishes here and there and wow, sometimes they go for it. Yikes, the cranberry sauce(one of the new recipes), gotta dash! Hugs, Heidi follow-me-on-pinterest_