Thursday, 22 February 2018

New Blog

I have moved the blog, and at the same time changed the name slightly. The content of this blog will gradually be taken down, but links to these posts at the new blog will be provided. You're welcome to follow me at A Most Peculiar Seamstress.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Historical Disney - Ariel

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Friday, 5 January 2018

A Plaid Skirt

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Paper Star Ornaments and a Free Printable

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Monday, 11 December 2017

The Eagle's Ravenclaw Scarf

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Onion Shaped Paper Ornaments

It’s been a few months since I posted, and to bring those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram up to date, I had my third baby boy in September, and we moved to a new flat at the beginning of  November, and I'm still working on getting everything organised and tidy. For obvious reasons, I haven’t made many Christmas decorations this year.

I did however make these paper ornaments way back in July, realising that would likely be my only chance this year, and as I took step by step pictures, here’s a tutorial. 

I worked with what I had in stash, and that determined how full my ornaments would be, and how many I could make. You can of course make yours fuller by adding pieces, and make as many ornaments as you want. The three 12x12” scrapbooking papers I had, from a Swedish 2006 Christmas collection, was enough to make eight ornaments of six pieces of paper each.

I started by making a template (you can use almost any shape you want, as long as it's left and right sides are symmetrical), then copied that on the back of my papers. I wanted to get as many pieces as possible from my material, with minimal waste, so I adjusted the shape of my template accordingly.  

Cut out your shapes.

Fold each cut piece of paper lengthwise; make it a sharp crease, a bone folder may come in handy if you have one. 

Repeat for all of the shapes you've cut out.

I used all three paper designs in each of my ornaments, so for every ornament I was working on, I made sure to lay them out in the right order so as not to get them mixed up.

Next, glue two of the pieces together.

Make sure the folds align neatly.

If, despite aligning the folds perfectly, the edges are uneven, don’t worry. We’ll trim them later.

Keep gluing your shapes together, until you’ve added the last one. Leave the end ones open for now.

Now trim your ornament, so it looks neat.

If the top is too pointed, you can cut off the top and bottom slightly, thus making any beads you might add sit more nicely.

To hang your ornament you can use a number of different things, from string to ribbon. I used a linen thread, and added beads to give a neat finishing touch. Start by putting a small bead on the thread. This will make sure the thread is more safely secured to your ornament, and won’t slip loose.

Double the thread, and put on a slightly larger bead.

Add another large bead and a small bead – they will sit at top and bottom of the ornament.

Put the thread inside the still open ornament, make sure the beads end up in the right places. Glue the ornament shut.

Your ornament is now finished!

These make good ornaments if you have limited space for storage, as they can be folded flat when not in use. Have you made any ornaments this year?

Friday, 11 August 2017

Baby Quilt III

As I did for my first and second babies, I’ve made a quilt for the one I’m expecting in little over a month. Like I did with their quilts, I’ve only used fabrics from stash, many of them remnants from clothes and old projects, though only 14 different fabrics this time. Am I getting lacy? The boys where fascinated during the whole process, comparing the new quilt with their own. 

I stitched the top together on my 1924 Singer treadle, a little now and then when I had good days. I’ve had lots of contractions this pregnancy, much more than with the others, and have been prevented from doing pretty much anything in any way physically taxing. I was on partial sick leave from 20 weeks and on full sick leave from 29 weeks. Good thing I like to hand sew and read, or I would have gone nuts by the forced inactivity. Anyway. This is a patchwork style I’ve liked for a long time, so it was nice to try it. It turned out pretty well I think.

The binding is made from the same fabric on all three quilts, and some of the fabrics show up in all three as well, while some show up in two, or only in one. Sort of symbolic of how siblings are similar and unique at the same time.

The quilting is done by hand, again in a similar fashion to the other baby quilts. Quilting was by far the most fun part of this project.

And that’s that. I’ve also made some comfort blankets for baby, but that’s about as far as I can allow my nesting instinct to run, as I can’t go crazy with all of the cleaning and organising I’d have liked to do. More time for reading, eh?