I like the basket, D. It does look like Easter and spring. I can see that it would go fast.
Today was supposed to be about baking bread but I got sidetracked to the little beaded dress. I went to the work table with every intention of packing up the parts of that gown for some other time, but one thing led to another... Attachment 48275
I'm completely sold on the use of clear patterns. Since I think they could be used for so many different uses, I'm just going to leave some tips here. I used sheet vinyl sold by the yard because I had it on hand to make my patterns. The person who posted the idea online used clear sheet protectors slit open on 2 sides and opened flat. Another suggestion was using a clear shower curtain from a dollar store. I used a Sharpie to draw on the plastic and let it dry for a good long time before touching it. It seems to be holding up fairly well. I snapped a pic of how easy it is to use the clear patterns. Placing the pattern to get the design exactly where it needs to be is a breeze now, as is being able to tell just where the beads are that would interfere with seams, so adjustments can be made before cutting, avoiding yet another "I sew, therefore I swear" moment.
01-25-2019, 04:07 PM
Hit the wrong button. Here's the pic of the clear patterns being used this morning to cut the beaded baby gown. Attachment 48277
01-26-2019, 07:34 AM
Ooh, I love the basket. I may have to try that when I get a chance. bride was OK with bolero pattern so it is a go and I have it half cut out now. will get that finished in the next few days. I now need to take out the bodice of the wedding dress by just about an inch, so it is a date with Jack that I need to make and get that done. Next time she comes for a try on, the jacket will be done and hopefully the bodice too so I can get the dress back together. I also picked up another sewing job this week of hemming a couple pairs of men's pants so that is now on the list to get finished. Need that done by Thursday.
SD, thank you for sharing your sewing burial gowns project with us. they are so beautiful. and thanks for showing the clear patterns, makes so much sense. Keep up the great and motivational inspirational work everyone.
01-26-2019, 09:36 AM
It looks like I am back to work Monday. At least for three weeks. I am not counting out the possibility of another shutdown in three weeks. My husband feels that future shutdows will not last longer than one month. It seems to be the point where enough things go wrong that politicians reopen things. I think we will still keep a few months money saved though.
This makes me think that I will really enjoy retirement. I sometimes read how people in retirement get board. I do not think that will happen to me. I enjoyed having time to play board games with my husband and read and do crafts. New games and books come out all the time. And the number of things to craft is litterly unlimited. Any line drawing could be turned into an embroidery pattern. I have more than a life time of drawings I can use at home.
I still want a place where I have a museum or art gallery or other nice places to visit in an easy walking distance or short bus ride.
It is still some distance away - almost nine years. But I feel a bit like I was retired for a month.
01-26-2019, 12:08 PM
Kathy - you will never be bored in retirement. I think those who are have so identified themselves with their work that they are lost without it, or have led such a physically active life that as the inevitable ills of age set in are unable to carry on and never learned how to just be still, and maybe most of all those who have never learned how to entertain themselves. For my part, I have loved every minute of retirement. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all I want to do.
I am almost finished with the yellow scarf and maybe over a little half finished with the second basket. It can be a Christmas present one. I’m using RH Aran fleck, aspen, and sandy print. That’s making a really pretty light neutral color. I think I may have enough of those to make a second one. If there isn’t enough sandy I could double one of the others, making a differently shaded band around the top.
Housework today, then crocheting. I am definitely going to give a block of time to crochet before I start the embroidery. It feels great to be using some of the ridiculous yarn stash. However I bought it all to have for retirement and here I am. I’m glad I did lay in a big stash, even if it bugs me sometimes. Nothing is getting cheaper and it’s good to have it on hand.
01-26-2019, 01:24 PM
I hope the budget battle gets settled without another shutdown. Bills are being introduced to make them illegal, but being the skeptic I am, I doubt they will pass. One of our senators is trying to pass a bill to give back pay to the contractors too. I hope she can get it through.
I guess I retired about 25 years ago. I didn't plan to but it just worked out that way. I haven't been bored at all. There aren't enough hours in the day.
I baked bread and buns and made WW pork ball soup and WW hot pretzels this morning and cut some angel pockets, which are just squares of various sizes. I bought 2 yards of satin at a thrift store a while back so will cut all of that and see what I end up with. I also reorganized the fabrics for the gowns so I could empty one to store completed gowns in. I've made about 25 gowns so far and barely made a dent. I'm surprised how many little gowns I can get from one big one. Since I've picked up so many little accessories and now have a great supply of all the basics, I should be able to afford to keep making these for as long as I want to, just picking up one or two gowns now and then. Now I'm on the hunt for a very ornate, poofy gown with lots of fabric. If I find the right one, I'll be willing to pay more than I usually do. Who knows what I might find at a garage sale this summer, too?
01-26-2019, 01:42 PM
hopefully the govt stays open for everyone. being good and just trying to work on mils present. have the urge to start on a new project lol one thing I have to do is come up with a craft for guides..thinking italy flag out of beads ..maybe get dd to sort out our beads. saw one with beads and pipecleaner in a trefoil pattern.
told dh to move the tv off the sewing table so I can work on the very long awaited blanket I promised. just forget all the time and she doesn't remind me. because crochet is easy and portable and upstairs. everytime I go downstairs it is work and others mess.
01-26-2019, 02:26 PM
Has anyone heard from CH? Any posts on other threads I don’t look at?
I finished most of the day’s assigned housework. I’ll probably do the living room floor later but that’s enough for now. I’m taking a break, then I’ll check the mail. Usually I don’t every day, but until the templates arrive from Australia I am. They were expensive, postage was expensive and I don’t want to just leave them sitting on the mailbox on the road. It’s very unlikely anyone would get them since only a couple of othervpeople live on the road and it’s so out of the way there is no traffic, but still. I think it’s better to watch for the package.
01-26-2019, 02:59 PM
I checked a CH's last posts and when she was last here. That was a few days ago and she hadn't been anywhere on FV then. I couldn't see in her last posts any mention of a,trip or anything. I'm worried about her. I hope nothing has happened.
01-26-2019, 04:07 PM
I’ve been worried too. It’s not like her to just disappear.
01-26-2019, 05:05 PM
I know. I don't know how to find out anything.
01-26-2019, 05:43 PM
I worry about CH too. I hope it is just computer malfunction.
I'll try to complete 2 small sewing projects this week - change zipper/liner in a raincoat. Hate the liner in my raincoat, salvaged one from mom. Have to change the half-zipper on the salvaged lining to the raincoat's one. And one quilt block that I'll just sew, iron and store. I know there is other small stuff to be done. Working extra hours and have 2 audio books and 2 books reserved at library to get through.
01-26-2019, 06:59 PM
CH's husband builds computers, so I don't think that's it, but we can hope.
01-27-2019, 11:00 AM
Car problem today so there go my plans. Not going to get much done while this gets sorted out.
01-27-2019, 06:55 PM
Good luck, DLR. Nothing like a broken car to mess up your plans.
I got the white satin for the baby pockets all cut and 2 of them sewed. I think I have 8 more and some spare parts. They don't take long to sew, but I spend a lot of time picking ribbons and appliques and little details. I take a lot of time organizing little stuff too, like going through my button pail today and pulling out some buttons suitable for the babies. The next round of mass production should go quicker after getting things in better order. This project is starting to get enjoyable.
The winter air is so dry here it's hard to work on this stuff because of static. Everything sticks to me and everything else. If I clip threads, I can't get them off my hands. Annoying, and that takes more time, too.
I ripped up a teal gown and can't wait to get done with the pockets so I can work with the teal fabric, which has some pretty beading on it. I think I can get 3 or 4 little beaded gowns from it, maybe some plain ones, too. It was a sleeveless gown without a huge skirt so not as much fabric as a wedding gown, but I couldn't resist the beading and color when I saw it. I even found matching teal ribbon in the stash, which made me happy. I didn't really want to use white.
01-28-2019, 04:36 AM
This is my first day back so I expect to be really busy.
Just a quick pick of my work in progress. It might be slow going from now on.
I need more practice with the flowers. They look pretty wonky.
01-28-2019, 07:02 AM
I like your flowers. Real flowers aren't usually perfect either. I hope you have a good day at work.
Sewing for me again today. I cut 3 beaded fronts from the teal last night, so those gowns are started. I will work on cutting more when I get overly annoyed working with the extra static-y white pockets. I'm curious how many gowns and pockets I will actually get from it.
01-28-2019, 07:35 AM
I plan on a quick trip into town today to do a bit of banking, then I hope to come home and finish cutting out the bolero. didn't get that done over the weekend. DH wanted to visit some people ( one who is home recovering from a car accident, the other who is in hospice care with several things. not sure how long she will last) So we visited instead of staying home and getting things done. but that is ok, it will get done. Do have a piano student coming by tonight, but probably not tomorrow or Wednesday. Snow coming in and it is terrible to drive in as it turns icy fast. Also need to get 2 pairs of pants hemmed before Thursday, so being stuck at home can get a lot done.
Kathy, I love that embroidery. I have a crazy quilt stocking that I am also doing for my youngest DGD and I am still getting the fabric picked for the stocking, but it will be in creams and pale yellows and whites with embroidery stitching along the seam edges and such with her name embroidered on it. I have a little time to get it done. She is only 3 months old right now and hope to have it finished before this next Christmas.
01-28-2019, 08:33 AM
Nice work, Kathy.
Finished the second wool afgan on Saturday. Yay. Now it's just a matter of getting them to my friends. I'm taking a class that one of them is teaching so I'll deliver them when I go to that.
Started the purple and green afgan for one of Dad's nurse/aides. I did get some work done on it last weekend but just enough to get it started so I could just pick up and go with it. I'm using the 6oz skeins so they go pretty fast. As it stands right now, I finished the first skein and am halfway through the second one. I'm using two skeins of the same color for each 'stripe'. I started with the purple so the next skein will be the first of the green. They're pastel style colors as they were the colors I thought worked well together.
01-28-2019, 10:39 AM
K - the mushroom is coming along well. I’m glad the shutdown is over. I hope it doesn’t happen again in three weeks.
All I did yesterday was another donation scarf, a corner to corner in navy and dark red. It’s not a favorite pattern but I thought I would give it a try for the scarves. I think it’s a thumbs down. It looks ok but it’s not a stitch I enjoy working. I’ve made some lapghans with it but it’s not something I would want to do again.
I need four baskets for Christmas. I have the one done for the neighbors on the next lot over. I’ll use Browns for the guys, gray/blue/ lavender for Sharon and M, and probably something red/pink for little girl and mom’s house. I still plan to do the placemats and pot holders and I can pack all that in the baskets. They will be household, not individual presents. For a nine year old placemats would be about equivalent to coal in the stocking - lol.
I like the idea of the crazy quilt stocking. I’m tucking that into the maybe someday list.
01-28-2019, 02:43 PM
Ok. Embarrassed. I just placed an online JA order for some yarn. I know. I’m trying to use it up. However for these baskets I want specific colors to go with house decor and/or individual color preferences. It takes about 1.5 skeins of variegated of each color, and I just don’t have enough of some of them. There will some leftover that will go in stash but I only bought what I wanted for the baskets, exercising mighty restraint, mind you, because there are some scrumptious new colors since I last looked at yarn. I checked out fast before I could weaken. There is a $3 shipping coupon. I prefer free, but that’s a lot better than regular shipping.
What I have on hand for the guys is a dark brown with a little dark gold and green. I got a mid range variegated brown for a base color, and one called sunrise with some brighter red, orange, and a little blue to brighten it up.
For the pink preference I got a cool tone gray variegated for base color and a red to pink variegated for the punks. I have several options on hand for the third color.
For Sharon and M, I have one skein of a newish color called mulberry mix that is a subtle gray, lavender, pinkish. She will be using a lot of light gray in her new house so I really wanted to use that. I ordered that to have enough. I will use other yarn on hand to go with it. Either a dark or heather gray and the blue-lavender mix called ocean.
Some were jumbo skeins, the best buy and they won’t have much left over. What irked me was that I had to buy regular super saver for the mulberry and sunrise and they have to bought in 3 skein packs. Grumble. That will be too much left over, especially on the mulberry where I already had one skein. However it will be a good color for donation scarfs, especially for the older girls, and since these will be gifts I didn’t want to use just any old thing. I had some pretty bright colors I guess I could have used but I want those for myself! I guess I’ll work mostly on scarves until that comes. Maybe make a second basket for my yarn scraps. I want to use the pop up hamper they are in now as a holding bin for the scarves I make through the year. We will soon be past cold weather distribution time.
01-28-2019, 03:03 PM
I feel you, dc. I had to buy more yarn for the purple/green afgan since I knew I didn't have any in my stash. At least none that I thought looked good together at the time. I think I do have some left over skeins from another project but I think I want to keep those for a project for myself. Don't really need another afgan for myself, I have several already. But I do like the colors.
Fortunately, I remembered that Michaels sold their yarn in packs of 3 skeins (per pack) when purchased online. So I just got 1 pack of each color I needed and nothing more. I try not to look online for yarn, partially because of the temptation and partially because I want to feel the yarn before I buy. I also try not to go into Michaels or Joanns that often anymore until I get rid of some of my current stash.
01-28-2019, 03:28 PM
back from errands and now have the bolero fully cut out. I did need to pick up thread to do the hemming job, and picked up snaps for the baby bib to finish it off. Tomorrow will be an all day stuck at home day without going out so should get lots of this sewing and stuff finished. I have really backed off from stepping in stores and I so want to use up what I already have. I was really wanting to hit Joann's last week to check out the Burda patterns. That was the pattern sale last week, and I totally resisted the temptation. It helps that I just didn't want to go out in the colder weather. Haha! I have never tried ordering yarn on line ( or fabric for that matter)
01-28-2019, 03:55 PM
knotme, I only order yarn online if I can't get everything I need from a brick/mortar store in my first pass. Especially if I'm going through the skeins quickly. Plus I usually just get a brand I'm already familiar with (such as the Fisherman's Wool for the recent wool afgan or Caron Simply Soft for my current project).
I tried to get some from a vendor I liked from the sheep and fiber festival I go to in the fall but I ended up getting a different blend (it was a wool-blend yarn). Loved the yarn but it didn't seem to match up with what I already had. I think the wool-blend in the yarn changed somehow.
That and I like to see the color and feel the texture before I commit to buying more yarn.
01-28-2019, 04:22 PM
I got a few more pockets done and tinkered with the teal gowns some more, which are maybe more aqua than teal. If I don't use any of the beaded pieces for bonnets, I hope to get 5 gowns with beads from the original gown and 1 with some fancy lace salvaged from another one. I got 10 complete pockets of various sizes from the 3 yards of satin from the thrift, which I think I paid $1 for. I made one pocket using fabric from a blue dress, and might make a couple more two color dresses. That stuff is so full of static I hate working with it. I may just toss the leftovers. I have 5 more pockets to sew but they're all cut now and should go fast. Most of what are left are fairly plain so will take less time.
01-28-2019, 05:40 PM
I finished a Ohio Star block last night. I just make them and stash whenever I have enough scraps in compatible colors to do a block. Eventually compatible ones will be combined into small quilts. Found some floral pieces already cut out, need to cut solids and assemble another block or two.
12-year-old car won't be fixed, too expensive. So I am in a rental for 6 weeks until new AWD Prius arrives. They will give me $1K for trade-in as-is which is better than I thought. The drama is over for today. Trying to hurry hubby to sign car over to dealer so we can drop insurance and return tags. Expecting snow and bad weather for next 2 days though. It's always something.:vs_cry:
01-28-2019, 05:57 PM
I had a lot of static problems when I was doing the stash. It is truly aggravating. The worst I had to deal with were some little leaves made with some sort of synthetic. To color sort them I finally to go get a couple of pairs of tweezers from the bead tools, picking up the leaf with one and detaching it with the other. Sometimes one or two would just go randomly skittering off into the air for no apparent reason. It took forever and before it was done I was wishing that I werenít too old to throw a temper tantrum.
The only good thing about my chronic arthritis pain is that shopping in stores is very difficult and just thinking of doing it is a deterrent, so I rarely go in any store. That doesnít stop me from online shopping but at least I donít have to walk down aisles full of yarn and fabrics that want to jump in my basket. All of the JA trips before the holidays were unusual.
In a few weeks I think several of us are going on a thrift shop expedition. It will be a easier with someone along to manage my finds, leaving me just to push or sit on the walker. That will be an allowable stash building day because who knows what will turn up. But there wonít be any random on line stash building. Iíve removed the eBay and Etsy icons from the phone. I want to forget they exist.
The templates from Australia came today so I can stop watching the mail so closely. Iím making beef stew and it smells wonderful. Itís time to go add veggies.
Edit - I glanced back over that and had typed manage my funds instead of finds. I should do that too - lol. Give one of them some cash and when itís gone tell them to make me just sit in the car.
01-28-2019, 06:07 PM
dircpa - I’m sure you will enjoy the new car. Having to buy a new car isn’t fun, but neither is wondering when the next car problems will pop up and then having to dealing with them.
01-28-2019, 06:52 PM
Gonna be a cold one. Everyone be sure to be safe and be smart. They're talking about ice in Atlanta. Wind chill forecast here is 60 below. They're even giving us dire warnings. As long as the air
temps stay above -44 and we don't lose power, we should be okay personally.
I'm excited because I just found out Rit has a new dye for synthetics. I have a lot of beautiful, expensive lace from wedding gowns, but it has been dragged through mud and dirt. That will not wash out, and I've always wished I could dye it to cover the dirt stains. I don't think the dirt would be a problem with dye, since it just looks light gray. It looks just bad enough I can't use it on gowns as is. WM is supposed to carry the dye so for once I'm looking forward to going there next time we're out of town. I have to figure out what color now. I'm thinking maybe a deep pink. Being able to dye some of the separate lace motifs I salvaged from gowns would be nice, too.
01-28-2019, 07:59 PM
I have never seen Minnesota schools closed due to cold for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS. :yikes: They're not canceling the Beargrease sled dog marathon though. Our vet and her husband are each racing a team this year. It's going to be brutal the way it sounds.
I dug out the bridal lace for another look. Now I need some opinions, please. Do you all think I could use either of these on boy's gowns? I was thinking a royal blue dye would look nice with white satin. But is it too flowery? Attachment 48283 Attachment 48285
01-28-2019, 08:35 PM
Would beet juice dye work? Plus, you could eat the beets.....
I think I would go less flowery for the boys.
01-28-2019, 09:27 PM
I'm trying to avoid reds. I'm thinking maybe that's not a color people who have miscarried would want to see, based on my mom's description of her own horrific experience. Beet juice is a good idea but it would take a lot of it. I think I need to try the Rit dye though, since it's made for synthetics. I've tried using regular dye and it doesn't work at all with synthetics. Not sure a natural dye would do any better.
I think you're right about the flowers on boys things. I hate that about society but in this case I will conform. :sigh:
I will never be done with these gowns. I keep getting new ideas I want to try out. LOL!
01-28-2019, 10:54 PM
I think the top parts are fine but the bottom bigger flowers are too much. would work if they were scattered over a larger garment.
Traded the crochet hooks w friend so got my favourite back. did destash a bit by giving her some of my stash. not much on my projects but moved stuff in basement playroom..definitely destash time there. at least the paint it gone to a good home. pulled out my girl guide craft stuff for something tomorrow. have to go though it and take out my stuff vs their stuff. because the drawers are a mess and what to make it clear what is mine. since I am stopping in june. will use my stuff just not mix it up with theirs.
01-29-2019, 12:17 AM
Decluttering and organizing is an endless task.
I agree that the lace is too flowery. Personally I wouldnít care for lace on them at all. I guess it just seems too Little Lord Fauntleroy - lol. But I donít do babies, so what do I know? For dying it, maybe a peach color?
I finished another scarf. Solid navy, just what was in the mesh trash can I work from, leftover from the corner to corner. Iíve gone through my books of shell, cluster, and post stitches, marking a bunch to try. However since Iím limited to about 13-17 stitches, depending on the yarn and hook, I can only use the ones with small repeats.
We had a smattering of rain, but itís stopped and the rest has dropped out of the hourly forecast. The temp will be milder too. It should only drop below freezing for around four hours, possibly dropping to 29 for an hour or so, no lower. Itís windy out of the north but a couple of days ago it looked like it might be worse.
01-29-2019, 01:19 AM
Thanks, everyone. No lace, or not that lace, on boy stuff, got it. 😁 I just hate that boy stuff has so many fewer options for embellishment than girl stuff. But I've been looking at Pinterest and finding other ideas for boys. I should print out some of them for my baby gown folder.
01-29-2019, 09:08 AM
Almost finished skein #2 on the p/g afgan. I should have it done tonight and start skein #3, which is the second color in the afgan.
I'll probably take my down comforter out again, if only to use while crocheting. We're supposed to get rain today, turning to snow tonight. But then the wind comes tomorrow and we're going to drop to ~4* overnight. Thursday is supposed to be only in the mid-teens before finally warming back up into the 20*'s by Friday. Next week is supposed to be warm - back into the 40*/50's but with rain. Sigh. It's looking like it's going to be another wet year.
01-29-2019, 04:57 PM
SD - The gowns are just beautiful. I always think how nice for parents in that sad situation to receive one of
these. At a time when it would be something you think about. You really are doing a service and it seems that
you are getting something out of it too.
I would agree that the lace probably wouldnt good for the boys. What about an applique that is more boyish?
I dont know if that would be too casual. Just an idea.
I always look forward to seeing what your making or remaking. lol
01-29-2019, 05:25 PM
Thanks, EB. The past few days have been aggravating because of all the static in the fabric. I set one piece down today and it had 6" strands raveling off the raw edges and sticking straight up in the air. It was worse today than yesterday. But I finally finished all of them. I ended up getting 12. Glad that fabric is gone. The static is way worse than with the heavier satins in the big gowns. Attachment 48299
I figured out how to make loopy bows like the one on the blue and white pocket and the small one with the blue insertion lace. Instead of a flower in the middle, I put a button. I like these bows for boy things because they fancy things up a little without being too froufrou. It's a good way to use up scrap ribbon too.
The pockets are used sort of like a blanket, with the baby placed into the bottom triangle and then the sides folded over the baby and tied. Attachment 48301
I will probably make some more of these before too long, but first I need get the teal gowns made up, before I forget what I have planned. I can start those tomorrow. I hope it goes well. They will be beautiful if I don't mess up.
01-29-2019, 05:41 PM
EB, I do plan to do some items that are more casual. I'm working on building up my inventory right now. Eventually I'll get to doing more than the basics.
I plan to look at JA for some angel print fabrics to use for certain accents. I think that would be cute on a boy gown as a vest, for example. I will have to see what I can find. A yard of fabric just used for small contrasting pieces would go a long way, and not be very expensive per item.
I do use small applique lace pieces on some items. Nurses can decide if they are suitable for boys, with input from the family. I make some gowns with very little embellishments so people can choose. Everyone's taste is different, and not everyone wants an ornate gown.
01-29-2019, 10:59 PM
I restitched some seams I had to rip on the teal gowns, so those have commenced now. I can't wait for tomorrow! I want to see what they will look like. I hope I will have enough fabric for all 5 gowns and bonnets. I think I will, but I have to have something to worry about.