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Back to work!

Well folks, the summer is over and so is my vacation and my slow down, things are now moving apace!  Since I last posted, I have finished a few aprons, a pair of pants,  and a tunic.  I made out like a bandit at the McCalls $.99 out of print clearance sale.  I bought about 15 patterns, some for me and some for my niece and some for aprons to make for sale.

I also cut out a number of items which I am going to start sewing this week.   I started designing for WM Bridal, the new line I am going to add to my Etsy shop.  I registered for 2 craft shows this November at the Ottawa RA Centre in the Clark Room on November 16th and 30th.

Here are the aprons I have made so far.

 

This is what it was supposed to look like, (far right with the scalloped edge)

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Now, as you can see, what I created is completely difference from what it is supposed to look like.  This is because the scalloped edge came out looking horrible!   So after cutting off the scalloped bit, I didn’t have a very big piece left so I took the accent green and created a gathered skirt-like piece with patches from the main fabric.  The carrot patch is a secret pocket.

The other two when MUCH better!

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This one is cute, I used some sheer lacy fabric for the flounce and the ties at the back. and I am pretty happy with the results.  I can see trying the other versions on this pattern.

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This one is my favourite!  It is hard to see in the picture, but the fabric is little owls, with red linen accents.  The pattern is a retro one either from Vogue or Butterick, I can’t remember, (I will add the info later when I find the pattern).

 

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Those are the projects I have actually completed in the last month or so.  Here is what I have cut out that I am going to start sewing this week!

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A Jumper, skirt and blouse for me.  A t-shirt and blouse for my niece, and three aprons for upcoming craft shows!  That should keep my Jenome working overtime for a while.  I also ordered Simplicity 4940 for a Halloween costume for myself,

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2201-costumes.aspx

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I can’t decide between the Arwen dress and the Eowyn dress.

Now for the Jewelry items.  I haven’t been as busy with this as with the sewing.

I have started developing some items for what I am calling WM Bridal.  I started working with some sterling silver and fine crystal for some items, but also with silver plate and glass for bridal on a budget.  My own bridal set was silver plate and crystal.

Here is what I have come up with so far.   I would love some feedback, items that you like, and things that maybe could be better, or things you would like to see.

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I also did a really neat up-cycled necklace out of different chains that I got from my Uncle whose father had owned a jewelry store, combined with beads that I salvaged from some old costume jewelry my Aunt gave me from her theatre group that wasn’t being used.

I really like the effect!

 

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Well, I think that might be it for now.   I have lots of work to do this fall.  I can’t wait!

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and sew forth!

Well my faithful readers, I have settled in nicely to my new and improved craft room, and I have been fairly busy!

The first project in the new room was my first ever fascinator.

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I made it by hot gluing satin to cardboard and adding rhinestones and filigree metal pieces.  It’s pretty cute, but I think it would go best with a messy up-do, it’s a bit big.

Next were some feathered hair combs for a friend of mine who was going to a charity gala. She also borrowed a necklace from my inventory and I made her a pair of earrings to match and for her to keep.I have never made anything like this before, and I have very little experience with feathers…the get EVERYWHERE!

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I had a few false starts and burned myself more than once with the hot glue gun, but in the end, I am pretty happy with the results.

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I like the one on the bottom the best, I think the less symmetrical look is more appealing, and that is the one I gave to my friend to wear.  I used small pieces of black satin and flat back crystals.  I used hot glue for the feathers and satin and epoxy for the crystals.

Then I broke out the shop-vac, and removed the excess plumage from my work area, and my clothes, and waited for the rest of them to finally descend to the ground so I could vacuum them up too.

Other than feathers and sparkly bits, I have been back to my chainmailling ways!

I made a bunch of rainbow  byzantine bracelets.

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I love these, I made them with different, types of attaching chains, a simple 2-2 chain, byzantine and box chain, and a 2-2 in black nickel as well.

I also finally got to use some great pastel jump rings I got from the Ring Lord months ago, before the great reno began.

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Pastel Pink anodized aluminum in a light box chain.

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and the pastel blue anodized aluminum and black nickel in a byzantine pattern with three rings in each section instead of two.

But now on to the even more exciting goings on in the World of Wearable Miscellany.  I have started sewing classes at a local high school!

Now, I grew up around sewing.  My mom has been making my clothes since I was a baby.  There were many nights I fell asleep listening to the soothing sounds of her Janome purring away in the room down the hall.  So many times I have stepped on dropped pins and needles and had to pull them out of my poor little kid foot!  Sadly, like knitting and crochet, sewing was not something I have been adept at since I was a child.  In the case of knitting, both my poor grandmothers attempted to teach me many times throughout my childhood.  However, it wasn’t until my 20’s when my sister-in-law attempted my instruction that it finally stuck.

So even though I have spent my entire life around sewing,  I have only ever a few times actually constructed anything myself, Usually gift bags and pillow cases.  When I expressed some desire to learn to sew a number of years back.  My mother gave me her vintage Singer machine, and I mean VINTAGE.  This puppy was built during the 1950’s.  And after a few electrical adjustments, it runs really well.   It isn’t the type built into a table, but was one of the early “portable” models.  It comes with a handy case that you can carry it around in, although since I think it is either steel or cast iron, it weighs a ton!  It doesn’t a lot of fancy stitches or anything, just forwards and backwards, but for most of my sewing up until now, this has been more than sufficient.

This past Easter holiday, we were visiting with my family in the GTA, and my mum and I went off to the local fabric land, Simplicity patterns were on sale and I needed some proper fabric scissors.  As we discussed the various attributes of our sewing machines, she suggested that I might need something more advanced than the Singer, something that could do things like button holes and overcasting.  Then she gave me her recently retired Janome, the very same Jenome that had been lulling me to sleep since the mid 1980’s!  It’s was retired mid-way through my wedding dress when it developed a problem with its onboard computer.  It still runs just fine though and I am delighted to have it!   There is a lot of family history in both of these machines!

Sew, I showed up to my first sewing class last week, we went over what we will be doing in the course, taking measurements, and learning about the different tools of the trade.   Great teacher, very knowledgeable, and pleasant.

Yesterday evening was class #2 and we all started to cut out our patterns and fabric, ready to start sewing next week.  I chose a Simplicity pattern, and a lovely cotton fabric for a summer dress.   Thankfully, for a first kick at the can, this pattern only had 4 pieces!   YES!

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It still took a little fancy maneuvering to get the pattern pieces all on right, because all 4 pieces needed to be cut on the fold.  Thankfully I had plenty of fabric to work with.  Now

Now, before next week, I have to pick up some 1/2″ wide single fold bias tape and then we get sewing!

Till Next Time!

Of Snow and Shows and Other Things

Well hello there faithful readers.  I know it has been a while, but here in Ottawa we have been doing a bit of hibernating as temperatures have dipped below -30 more often than I think I am equipped to deal with!

I wasn’t able to get much crafting done in the first part of the month as I spent an entire week sick in bed, too sick to go to my craft room…that is SICK!  Not that the time was entirely wasted.  I did teach myself how to crochet a granny square and have since made quite a few as well as starting a blanket project.  I realized it was time to start using up some of my vast yarn stash so I took out all my worsted weight yarns in greens, blues as well as tan and grey and decided to start a blanket made to look like a simple topographical map of an island. I have made it out to sea, but ran out of navy yarn, so I need to buy some more yarn.

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It have another baby blanket on the needles in a aqua and white basket weave at the moment as well, so anyone I know who gets pregnant in the next year is in for a treat 🙂

I did finally kick the cold to to curb a week ago which was a very good thing.  Besides the obvious lack of coughing, I got an email from the Trend Arlington Community Association to let me know that Feb 2nd, they were having a garage sale/craft market at the Community Centre.  I happy applied for and got a table, so now I had something to get making jewelry for!

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I am still pretty hooked on my Rainbow Jump Rings, so I made a few really neat bracelets with those.

I also made a number of really pretty earrings in cut glass and glass pearl.

I didn’t bring my full set up from the Christmas Show, just my Eiffel Tower for Necklaces, my earring case and a tray for bracelets.

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At first the turn out was great!   Sadly it started to snow pretty heavily and it slowed down, but I still had a great show and made lots of sales!   I can’t wait to do another one!

I also have a number of new items now to put up on my Etsy site, which will be my plan for this weekend.

Till Next Time!

 

As the year comes to a close

2013 has been a pretty good year for Wearable Miscellany. I have gone to two professional craft shows, made a couple of Etsy sales, learned some new techniques, found a couple of great new suppliers and started tweeting.

So now as the year closes, I think about what I have learned during all these experiences in 2013, what I have learned as a part-time crafter is this,

  1. Rejection happens, not everyone is going to like everything you do.  And that is ok!   Create what you like, for yourself, that way your craft never loses its joy.
  2. Inspiration comes and goes.  Sometimes you just don’t feel like making anything, and there is nothing wrong with that.  Sometimes I go down to my craft room and do nothing more than move beads around, rearrange my desk and think about what I want to make while I listen to an audio-book, and sometimes I make absolutely nothing.

Ok, now the above is just what I learned about MY personal crafting lifestyle and philosophy, so feel free to agree, disagree, or think I am bonkers, the choice is yours.  I don’t know how I would feel if creating jewelry was my full-time job, if I would worry more about creating things I think will sell, or getting more stressed when I get hit with a bad bout of crafters block.  If I am lucky, one day I will find out.

So, here comes 2014, and what resolutions have I made for myself?

  1. Get more of my pieces on Etsy
  2. continue to keep up with this blog
  3. do at least 2-3 craft shows
  4. conquer at least 2 new chain maille weaves (specifically the Romanov)

That should probably be enough to start with.

Until next time folks, check out the excellent supply organizer Santa brought me 🙂

new storage! Thank you SANTA!

 

Oh, and I made these,

hematite chain earrings 1.1 I can never seem to get enough of super dangly earrings, and I love the hematite rings. I am thinking the next pair need something Swarovski in the middle.

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These are aqua glass pearls with black bead-caps, I kinda think they need a little bit more…just not sure what.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You can’t go wrong with byzantine!

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

The chain maille ball is a current favourite!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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 🙂