Summer time has hit here, even tho it’s still May. 89 degrees today! Well, I am actually enjoying the warm. Made a potato salad and we’ve been having breakfast and dinner on the deck. Nice! Supposed to cool down a bit this weekend so I will plant out the tomatoes and peppers then. did not want to get them burnt right off!
Another week and we head out for the Big Sky Festival in Hamilton Montana. Am I ready? Yeah, sure! lol But I will be. Sis will be coming down to house sit.
The Blue thing is on hold for a bit. I can only deal with that yarn for so long. It feels good, it’s beautiful , it’s a PITA to weave with. So I wove a bag, you may have seen it on Rav already, I am pleased with it and it’s gotten some nice compliments. The nicest of course, is from those who order the looms and the pattern to make one themselves! I call it Tamale Pie since that’s what the colors remind me of.
And things are blooming like crazy in this heat in spite of all the snow still on the mt tops. Coffee Creek it up and running, but staying where it ought. I thought my tree peony was dead but looks like not!
I know you are all out getting dirt under your nails in the garden and those who don’t enjoy dirt are probably planning big weekend parties. Either way I hope you have a fun and safe holiday!
Anyone within Reach of Hamilton Montana & the Big sky Fiber Festival who is interested in pin loom weaving might want to take a look at my class there in June. Here’s a link. We’ll be talking about making clothing with your loom!
Today I made some for a little doll. I wanted to weave Ida Bean for Addy. I think she came out rather cute! I mostly used the 2″ Multi loom and worsted weight wool yarn from stash. Here skirt used the 2″x 6″ but 3 two inch could do the same. Ball game comes on in a few minutes so will get back to weaving 6″ for the next Project!
The sleeves are longer and looser than I had in mind but all in all I am pretty pleased with this one! Already planning the next one! Raining and gloomy today but managed an indoor picture that isn’t too bad, except for the old bag I had modeling it! Wish I had known about this when I was young enough to wear some of the things I would have liked to make! Well, I can make them for Madelyn I guess! For those of you doing this, I think this yarn would look good sewn like this and sleeveless if you can wear it without. The colors and the texture of the assembly method give it all the decoration it needs. I ended up sewing a facing of commercial fabric for the neckline, keeping it simple.
My order From JoAnn’s with the fabric stabilizer arrived. I never saw anything that said how wide it was so only ordered 2 yards thinking it was probably was wide as the iron on interfacing of many ears ago, but it wasn’t so I just applied it to the top yoke part where I needed to cut. I think that’ll be fine and it really really helped with the cut and sew part! I wasn’t really sure what I was doing to it my all peel off eventually but it seems fine now.
I ran a top stitch around the neckline when i had it sewn together just to make sure noting starts raveling. and then I basted the thing together and tried it on. It may be a little wide across the chest, it’s hard to really fit something to yourself, but it’s not tight, even in the sleeve. I won’t post everything here but if you have any questions let me know and I’ll see if I can answer them. I zigzaged all the seams. One thing I discovered about my sewing, maybe it’s from making doll clothes, but I tend to run my seams too narrow, had to redo a couple.
So now I have to figure out how to finished the neckline. I usually knit or crochet an edging but with the stabilizer that will be difficult. It could be worked separately and sewn on and I am considering that. Or I might come up with a facing for it. But huge steps have been taken today!
But my helper has gone over the Rainbow bridge this week. I’m going to miss him.
My order from Joann’s with the white thread I ran out of.. yes hard to believe, like running out of sugar, pretty basic supplies. I also ordered some knit fabric stabilizer recommended to me by an expert sewer I am acquainted with. I want to try it on this project to see if I can get by without pre-stitching my cut lines. According to an email from them this should be arriving today. Not holding my breath on it.
But meantime I have been doing a little ‘hobby’ weaving. for the dolls, of course. Molly needed a new dress for her birthday and for Easter so I made this one for her. Her bonnet is knitted.
And we’re having a Join Along on Ravelry for South Western style so I made Mary Ellen into a little cowgirl. Yeah, her steed has antlers but, what the heck, she’s not herding cows, anyway!
Yes, I added on but found that this method of assembly really does take up a lot. It was barely enough but I decided to add a little more ease, just in case. Once cut you are committed and I can take up easier than let out on this project! So It will be another day before I cut.
Meantime the boobie prize for the Bunko was a hit last night. It ended in a 4 way tie for most losses so they rolled off. The winner seemed happy with her prize. I wove the napkin on the 14″ square and crocheted the edging to make it a bit fancier. The yarn is some nice acrylic in bright colors. I added a loaf of frosted cinnamon raisin bread. It was supposed to go into a bamboo bread basket but the basket proved too small for my husky loaf. Ah well..
I am assembling! If I were not already set on another path, I think this would make a very attractive baby blanket or light weight lap robe, maybe. But made great progress today, I believe. The bed is the only place I have that’s big enough to lay it all out. I got the rest of the strips to length, sorting though the skeins to find the needed colors. They don’t all transition smoothly but I’m satisfied.
Here’s the first bunch of strips sewn together. I really like the way it looks. This is the top, the public side.
And this is the bottom, the underneath. Either side would work but I like the textured side. And besides. I think the smooth side will be better next to me.
More coming! Edited to say: More needed! After sewing the entire thing together I find the seams have taken up a bit more than I figured on so I need to add about 5″. I think two more rows should do it. At least that’s where I am going to start. Pictures are pretty much the same but maybe show detail a bit more. It really is a pretty rainbow, in non-rainbow colors! did I mention that the colorway is called Calming Desert? I guess it’s supposed to be spring in the desert, which is probably timely, tho I haven’t seen spring in the desert in a couple years.