Tag Archive | aluminum

My last sewing class, another productive weekend, and a challenge…and another disaster!

Well, last Wednesday was my last sewing class.  I can’t believe how quickly those 8 weeks went!  Not to mention how much I have created in that short time.

I didn’t want to start anything brand new so I took with me, the disastrous hot pink tank top and my Royal blue skirt from B3460,

B3460 which I had cut out and had completed the first couple of steps.

 

I wanted to see if my sewing teacher had any ideas for making the pink tank top fit me.   So we looked at it and she suggested putting in a number of pleats or tucks in the neck to pull it together both in the front and back.  I assumed I would do this with the machine, but after a number of false starts where the knit moved at the last moment and didn’t sew in properly, and then stabbing myself in the finger with a pin hard enough to require a band-aid, I figured it would be easier to do the pleats by hand.  So I moved onto the skirt which went together really easily and I am quite happy with the pockets.  I didn’t get a chance to finish the skirt before the end of class, but all that was left to do was the hem.

So this last weekend, I spend all my time in my sewing room,  surfacing only for meals.   So I finished the blue skirt.  Finished the green skirt and red capris.  I made another top from  M6927 view A, exactly like my Hawaiian print one, but in a fabric I had liberated from my mum’s stash.  It is a pale aqua with a pattern on it in white of stylized flowers.  I also completed M6551 View C, in a similar fabric to the one displayed on the website, oddly enough.  It’s a thick cotton with some stretch in it, with a white background and a dense pattern of red flowers in a sort of water-colour style.

m6551

I didn’t make the belt, because I ran out of fabric.

My only issue with this dress is that because the fabric is fairly stiff, the sleeves and the facings are a bit thicker and stiffer than I would like.  Still, it looks pretty spiffy on, though it is a little shorter than I was anticipating.

The last thing I did was to cut out M6899 View A, in a mid blue cotton.

I also convinced my DH to let me bring some chain maille up to work on while we watched the World Cup.  So I have been having a good time making a long rainbow chain in the full Persian style.  I haven’t decided what the final product will be yet.  The other thing I did last weekend was to measure a number of the earrings I have in my Etsy shop and updating my listings.

So that was the weekend, and sometime during, I decided to set myself a challenge for the coming week.  I would wear something I made everyday.  And I have done so!

Monday –  The new  M6927 (with rtw beige capris)  excellent office outfit!

Tuesday –  M1620 blouse in the white/blue floral with  B3460 in the Royal blue – LOVE this combo!

Wednesday – The red capris (which are more like shorts) that I doctored from M3056 (with a rtw white blouse) a bit frumpy but super comfy!

Thursday – M6551 red/white floral dress

Friday – M6927 in Hawaiian with rtw jeans as well as the matching earrings my pink full Persian bracelet

* rtw = ready to wear/purchased

Challenge completed!

Now for the disaster.  M6899 View A.

m6899

 

I had cut it out in a plain mid blue fabric, I should have used a pattern, patterns hide errors!   The pleats were tricky enough, and i wasn’t use to dealing with so many of them on one garment.  I also made the mistake of taking out the basting before I had completed construction, so that it was a lot of fabric to deal with.  This however was not where the whole thing “fell apart” as the saying goes.  The big trouble was with the collar.

First, I foolishly forgot to double-check the pattern and I sewed the collar to the wrong side of the shirt..dang it!

Second, it got accidentally snipped when I was removing the stitches.

Third, the sewing machine started having fits as I was trying to re-attach the collar (and somehow hide hole) because the thread had fallen off of the arm which at least was easy to fix once I had figured out the problem.

Fourth, could NOT figure out what the heck the button band and collar edge instructions were saying.

I ended up somehow having the button band I think folded over too many times, so that you couldn’t actually tie the collar properly.  It looks so crappy, especially with all the places the fabric has torn or frayed from sewing, un-sewing, re-sewing and re-un-sewing!   UGH.

So I shall now take a break from sewing for me, and get to work on my DH’s multi-meter case.  Assuming there is time this weekend, since we are rebuilding our deck.

 

P.S.  Sorry there are no pictures currently of the completed items, I will add them this weekend.

 

Advertisements

Yesterday’s Show at the Trend-Arlington Community Centre

What an absolutely great day!   It was a really positive experience start to finish.

Friday night was a late night of course with all of the last-minute prep work that had to be done.   Throughout the week I had been making new earrings (all chain maille of course) and printing up my signs and anxiously awaiting my shipment of Swarovski to arrive from Fire Mountain Gems (which it did, on Thursday, thank you Fire Mountain Gems, excellent people).  So my earring case was packed up and all my items tagged and ready, and my excellent husband added all the hooks to the display cubes and packed up the car.  I chose a large hardcover copy of the Poetry of Robert Frost to help display my bookmark collection.  One little hitch, as I was cutting and framing my Family Pendants sign, I realized that I spelled crystals wrong in one place…crustals…oh good grief.  I wasn’t about to re-print the sign as it was getting late, or as Dick Van Patten said in Spaceballs “It’s too late, keep going”.  So I fixed it with a pen and carried on.  The idea for the family pendants is to create a little pendant of Swarovski rounds by birthstone colour on a head-pin with a bail, custom-made while you wait.

Image

While I didn’t sell any yesterday, People were certainly interested in them and thought them a good idea.  I will have to add them to Etsy!

My alarm went off at 6 (so early), and I hopped (ok, crawled) out of bed and got ready to go.  This included of course, the usual shower, and tooth brushing, standard stuff, but also trying on several outfits and trying to choose just the right jewellery for the day.  That was hard.  I settled on all black with silver shoes and my big sapphire crystal earrings that I made for the wedding I went to in Halifax back in September.

IMG_0289

These made it half-way through the day before my ear lobes began to protest.

So, we pile into the car for the 2 minute drive to the Trend Arlington Community Building, arriving at 6:58.  We were the first ones there.  The organizer arrived at 7 and opened the doors.  She and her daughter were a pleasure to work with and so helpful.  She even supplied the coffee.  My hubby helped me carry everything in (one trip) and then popped over to Tim’s to get breakfast.

So I began to set up, and it went really smoothly, I kept everything fairly simple.  So by 8 am, my table was ready to go.  The doors opened at 9, so I had some time to kick back, drink my coffee and make more chain maille.  I sent my hubby home to go back to bed and settled in.

WM table

I am quite pleased with how the table looked and even though the room was well-lit including windows letting in the lovely bright sun, I thought the little battery tea lights were a fun addition.   My big silver Eiffel Tower was a bridal shower gift from my Dad and Step-mum who threw me an awesome Paris themed shower.  The “s” hooks fit in perfectly and hold lots of my beaded necklaces.

The doors opened at 9 and folks started to wander in.  It was fairly steady all day and I didn’t leave my table more than a few times.  My first sale was a silver bookmark with little crystal dangles, and things just got better from there on in.  Everyone I met was so nice from the volunteers who ran the show to the other vendors to the folks from the community who came in to shop.

My good friend Lian from ReeseSpeaks came in with her daughter around lunch time and hung out with me until 3, she kindly watched the booth while I did a little shopping for myself.

At 3 when the doors closed, my hubby arrived, we took down my table, and loaded up the car.

All in all a fantastic day.  I made lots of sales and met some wonderful people.  I think the show was very well-organized with a great variety of vendors, all of us offering something a little different.  There were other jewellery vendors, but they were all different.  I will certainly be at this show again next year!

My favourite!

I have to say, that the Japanese 12-2 weave is my favourite chain maille weave of all time.  There is so much fascinating variation with it that the possibilities really are endless.  So in preparation of this weekends craft show, I decided to re-think my earring offerings.  I will still have my sterling silver birthstone crystal earrings, and my fancy chandeliers, but instead of simple beaded earrings, I will be offering more chain maille.  Last night I made a number of variations of the 12-2 in various colours.  I also tried out the European 4-1 fan, which I really REALLY like!

nov 12 2 nov 12 1 All in all I made 9 pairs of earrings.

I worked almost entirely with base metals in your standard, gold and silver plate, black nickel and antique copper.  However, I also have 4mm rings in anodized aluminum that I am looking forward to trying out.  I also have my thicker anodized aluminum rings that I am going to try out the 4-1 fan with.

aluminum 4

Only 3 more evenings to prepare everything for the show!  Tonight my husband is going to help me set up the cubes and attach the hooks for the bracelets.  I also have to print up my sign and price and card all the new items.  I always say, there is no inspiration like last-minute panic!  (originally quoted from Calvin and Hobbes).

Getting ready for my first craft show

On November 2nd I will be joining my friend Meghan at my very first craft show at All Saints High School in Kanata.  So I have been busy getting lots of fun things ready to bring.  The only other sales I have done have  been in my own house with varying success.  I am not really sure what sorts of things I should bring to the show so I have been making lots of different items.  Here are a few different examples.

Image

Image
Picture 011 Picture 016 Picture 018 Picture 021 Picture 025 Picture 028 Picture 032 Picture 035 Picture 038 Picture 040 Picture 043 Picture 045 Picture 048

 

 

I Just Can’t Get Enough!

Of my new aluminum jump rings that is!  Since last we chatted, I have made another chain maille ball, some earrings and have experimented with a couple of new weaves.  Also incorporating some of my usual plated base metal rings and beads.

lPicture 598

You can’t go wrong with byzantine!

Picture 554 Picture 542

I love this lace like weave I found in a magazine!Picture 568

The chain maille ball is a current favourite!

Picture 573

The great thing about the aluminum is that you can make a dense weave like full Persian and it is still super light to wear.

Picture 599Something simple to show off the bright green rings and the delicate leaf beads.

1235520_10151901653726217_99163204_n (1)Picture 587

This weave makes great earrings as well as bracelets, but it can be frustrating to assemble at times.
Picture 603

I do love the rosette look and you can’t go wrong with adding crystal to pretty much anything as in the case of the barrel weave with 6mm sapphire bicones below which makes for a rather glamorous necklace.

Image
As you can see, I have been very productive in the last couple of weeks.  Thursday, my friend Meghan came over for an evening of pizza and beading.  We both decided that it was a chain maille kind of event.  I still have a fair amount of the colourful anodized aluminum jump rings that I got from the Ring Lord and so I made another chain maille ball, this time in black and red.

Image

Now that I have a comfortable grasp  of the pattern itself, I can now play with the colour schemes some more.

I also made a few other items that night and last night as well. There was a new chain maille weave I was itching to try out called Inverted Round, I got the pattern from CGMaille.com.

Picture 619

The first one is a mix of bright aluminum and a regular aluminum with a section of black worked in.

Picture 620

I also had a lot of red, green and gold, so I thought, hey, something for the festive season.

The next pattern from CGMaille.com that I want to try is the Dragon Scale and the inverted Round with Captive Rings.

I also have taken a liking to making rosettes from rings, some with just three, like this cutey cute bracelet in pink, purple and lavender.

Picture 614

And some with with many rings to make a dense almost ball like rosette.

Picture 615

I also used one of my favourite patterns, the size 2 seed bead and 9mm jump ring, to make this fun rainbow bracelet!

Picture 616

Yesterday I put another order in to the Ring Lord for more aluminum jump rings in rainbow colours which I cannot wait to get working with!

Till next time 🙂

Fumbling Towards Entropy

Why is it, that my craft room can never stay completely tidy or organized?  I swear things move around and displace themselves when I am not watching.

So after a fabulous week at the cottage, I spent the last couple of days doing a little organization of my beading workspace.  The reason it takes a couple of days is of course I tend to get sidetracked very easily.

I had gone down Thursday evening around 5pm, to start tidying and didn’t surface until 8pm having done little to no tidying but I did make this…

Picture 529

Picture 530

I love working with wire, but I would not say I am all that good at it.  Braiding 12 gauge aluminum wire is hard on the hands, I like the effect though.

So yesterday and today I did actually get things sorted out, at least the beading part, the sewing section is still a disaster.  I also took another crack at making a wire bracelet, this time I used a bench vise to steady the three wires while I braided them.

Picture 527 Picture 528The biggest challenge is getting the wire to harden enough to make a solid bracelet, as well as shaping it to fit.  I had dreams of also weaving thinner wire with beads on it through one of the cuffs, but I didn’t like it.

One of the other reasons I like to organize and re-organize my beading stash occasionally is that I get inspired and re-discover old items.

Today was no exception, I came across a purple teardrop bead that I had made into a pendant with freshwater pearls previously and turned it into this…

Picture 532

I also took some metal beads I had combined ages ago with a bunch of chain and recombined them with freshwater pearls and brown glass pearls.

Picture 531

What will I discover next time?