Monday, April 8, 2013

Blog Moving

Hi Everyone - I really appreciate everyone who follows this blog and I hope you will still want to follow me over on Wordpress. I decided it was easier to have all my blogs under one roof. So you can now find me at Permutations in Fiber and here is my new Facebook page. All of the posts from here have been sent over to Wordpress and I hope you'll like the new layout. Thanks for all your support.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Refashioning a Bag

Sometimes at the store, I have items that just don't seem to sell well. If I've had them for a long time and they won't sell even if they're marked down, I try to get creative and do something to make the item sell better. That is what happened with this bag. It is a woven bag and originally was a "backpack" bag. It had the straps sewn to both ends so it could be worn as a backpack. The way the straps were attached, I was able to cut them from the bottom and then just tie them together to make a longer strap on the bag so it can be worn over the shoulder. Then I added those orange crocheted bits that I showed you last time.

 Here's the bag now. I added more texture and it definitely brightened it up. I used blanket stitch to attach the middle ring portion to the bag.
 Here's the back. It kind of has a floral feel to it but not specific flowers.
Here you can see the weave, it's got great colors and the crocheted bits really bring out the orange lines. Now to see if it will sell. I have at least 5-6 more of these bags, not all the same shape and colors but if this works, I may embellish the others as well.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Seeing Orange

I know, it's supposed to be seeing red. But today I'm seeing orange. I needed orange decorations for a purse I am refashioning and I had found some little crocheted pieces at the thrift store. They were white and actually had some sort of glue in them when I bought them. I just soaked them in water and that took care of the stiffening agent. Today, I dyed them orange and since I had some extra dye, I put in a little fabric as well.

 This photo about blows your eyes out - the orange is really bright.
Here's one you can see a little better. I'll show you the bag after I finish.
 This photo is of 90# cheese cloth. I dyed both pieces of fabric in a baggie.
This piece of fabric is a combination of silk and cotton. The way it is woven, it has silk on one side and cotton on the other. I'm sure it will look more interesting when it has been ironed.

I spent most of today working on a new blog/website on Wordpress. I am going to move this blog as soon as it is finished. It will be much more up to date than this blog. I wanted to have all my blogs/websites in one place so I decided to go with Wordpress. I hope to have it finished in the next couple of weeks. I will let you know the new address. I appreciate all my followers/readers and I hope that you'll like the new site.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Finishing Off

I have been going through my stash of items that I have made but haven't completely finished or that just need labels. I am getting them ready to sell at my store. (By the way, we have a brand new website, if you'd like to check it out I also have a few projects that need some hand stitching and I started on one of those.

 This one is called Avalanche Creek and is made with lots of different fibers. It has been wet felted and needle felted. The inspiration was from a photo I took in Glacier National Park. It was made for an example in my book, The Complete Photo Guide to Felting.

This piece is called Roots. It was made entirely on my Janome needle felting machine. It was also made for the book but sadly, none of the fifteen projects I developed for the book were included. I guess I'm too long winded. I had hopes that they would publish the projects separately but I haven't heard anything from the publishing company about it. Roots also has a variety of fibers, yarn and fabric.
 Here's a couple of closer views.
This was fun to make, I really enjoyed adding all those yarns on top.
 Here's the hand stitching project. It is a nuno felted book cover. The threads are the colors I am going to use. I thought it needed a little brightening up.
Here's a closer view. Chain stitch around the prefelt orange pieces. I think this is going to be a kind of paisley design. I have lots more stitching to do on this as I'm going to cover lots of the white.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Adding Whip Stitch

I decided on the machine applique stitch that it needed some heavier lines. I considered cable stitch but wanted something that really looked organic. So I tried some whip stitch. I loosened up the bobbin so the bobbin thread comes to the top. To do this stitch, you need to move the fabric slowly but put on the gas on the stitch pedal.

 I used the dark purple thread as I thought it needed more dark lines.
Here you can see how far up off the fabric that the whip stitch comes. I'm happier with this now, but I"m still not sure it is finished. What do you think?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Final Daily Dose of Fiber

I can hardly believe it but it's the end of the first quarter and the final day of my Daily Dose of Fiber Challenge. I have really enjoyed the challenge and learned that I need to work on a reliable method of posting while I'm traveling. I guess I'm just not a mobile kind of girl. But I did get a lot accomplished this first quarter. You can see my post about it on the Felting and Fiber Studio.

 Today I laced the print to stitch lichen piece around a card.
And then mounted it to matte board. I probably won't get a frame for this one as it is quite small, only 3 1/4" x 4 1/2". It was a little tougher to lace this one because it had a couple of layers of batting under it so there was a lot of extra layers especially at the corners.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Prep Work for Lacing Around a Card

I was volunteering at Brewfest all day today so I didn't have much time for fiber. But I did manage to get one of my small pieces ready to lace around a card for presentation. I will lace it up tomorrow and then mount it onto matt board.

 Here's the front, all pinned and ready to go.
And this is the back. I"ll use the strings to attach the piece to matt board.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Matted Kantha Bird

I spent most of the morning trying to figure out why the computer at the store won't load our new store website. Still haven't gotten it worked out. This afternoon, I met with Paula at Camas Creek Yarn and we figured out the supplies that need to be packaged up for our felting classes in June. The supplies are going to be included in the class fee but we had designated $15 for supply packs. Luckily that gets you quite a bit of fiber in various forms. Once we got that worked out, I went to Budget Framing to get a piece of matte board for my Kantha bird. They were so nice there and actually just gave me the matte board since it was a small piece.

 And here he is, attached to his matte board and looking happy. Now all I need to do is find a 10"x 10" square frame. Hopefully, I can find a plain black one in that size. Tomorrow, I'm off to work at Brewfest up on Big Mountain which is a fund raiser for the SNOW Bus. If you're in the area, it's a really fun event and you get to drink lots of microbrews from Montana. I never drink any beer but I still have fun.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


I stitched and stitched on the machine cut back applique piece. Now I have to decide if it is finished. I still think it needs something else but I'm going to leave it for a few days and see what I think then.

I used several different more shades of orange and a few that were pink. Looking at the photo now, it needs more dark lines I think.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Italian Buttonhole Insertion Stitch Revisited

I decided to try another book cover with the Italian insertion stitch binding. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry this morning and forgot to fold over the edges of the binding so I just decided to try it without the folded edge. It actually works fine except now I'm not sure how I will attach pages inside. But I'll work something out.

Do you ever think that after learning a new stitch, "that was easy, I'll remember that one"? That was what I thought about Italian insertion stitch but the beginning still looks crappy. Once I got started, it was fine except for a little tension issue where I kept pulling a little tighter and tighter but that's not really noticeable once it is off the card. But I still always need to look back at instructions to remember how to start a stitch that I haven't done for a while or that is relatively new to me.

Here's a closer view once I got going. You can see to the left that the stitches are getting pulled a little tighter because the space between the pages is getting smaller. I just have to remember this next time I do this stitch, that would be good if I had much of a memory left!