I think the combination of cooler weather and having got into a rhythm with the making of the cushions covers, but they making of them definitely got easier and quicker.
Another L shaped cushion cover and a square one, meant that the settee was finished.
I just couldn't resist seeing how it would look. So, that's one sofa and one chair and I thought I'd finished, but there was a niggling voice in the back of my head. I checked back at my notes and through messages, and yes, there was another arm chair seat cover to do! Oh well, that's the most complicated shape done first and last, some kind of symmetry in that I suppose.
Now, that's a completed set. They've been packed and have started on their journey to France. They may be finished, but they're definitely not out of mind. I am waiting with baited breath to see if they all fit!
Actually, it's T for a T cushion. This was actually the first one made, but it got finished second after restocking on overlocker thread.
After each one, I was learning things that made making the next one easier. So, what did I learn?
1-remember to leave the zip open when fitting the last piece (slight panic on the first one when I was wondering if I could open the zip from the wrong side)
2-overlock the seams as you go
3-overlock the edges before adding the zip, give you a neat edge to align the edge of the zip, and you won't catch the zip fabric trying to keep it out of the way when you overlock last.
4-leave the zip longer that you need until after you've attached it to fabric, it's a lot easier to attach with the zip closed (shame I found that one out on the last cushion!)
5-don't throw away any pattern pieces until you have completed the whole task (horrible feeling to realise you needed two t cushion covers, not one, especially as the paper recycling had already been collected)
6-when ordering fabric, remember each cushion has a top and a bottom.
I don't know if it was finding my rhythm or the cooler weather we had this week, but it was a much more pleasurable process this week. It definitely went a lot quicker this week, and maybe starting on the hardest shape helped too.
I love my boy! Actually, I love both my boys with their different personalities and characters, but this particular boy is my youngest. He just makes me smile, he's a character and a half and it's grown with him as he's got older. (How did my baby get to be eighteen!) Anyway, Daniel is colourblind, which provides us with lots of amusing incidents, but, it meant he always wears odd socks, it's so much quicker and less stressful than trying to pair them up. Which teenager wants to keep checking with mum that his socks match! The only socks he wore in pairs, were the ones I made for him, and that got me thinking! A dangerous occupation, I know.
With all the socks I've been making, I've got oddments of sock wool that I feel compelled to use up. I had a proposition for Daniel. What if I make him proper odd socks, all the oddments go into making the socks. Daniel, being Daniel, jumped at the chance and here is the first one.
It needs blocking, although I'm not sure Daniel will wait for that, but that's the first one. Maybe you recognise one of your socks in there? Daniel loves it and that's all that matters. These are socks that match the personality of my boy, full of character and fun, who never fails to raise a smile.
The second sock is well underway, and completely different. I must say, I love it too.
Hand Knitted Socks
Oh, it was a hot and sticky week last week, not what you want when you are concentrating hard and fighting with heavy fabrics. Despite the heat, I have been making progress on the seat covers. I did the first one, but didn't over lock the seams as I made it with the option to send home to check. After chatting with the lady, she was happy for me just to go on making them. We'd made some adjustments from the practice cover so she was happy to wait.
This meant I made the second one, over locking the seams as I went.
It was definitely easier doing the second one. I was learning with each one I've made. I do have to make another one like this to go the other side of the sofa.
This is the first time I've been using continuous zips. The videos for adding the zipper make it look so easy to do. Frustrating thing is, after fighting with it, occasionally, it would just slip on without a struggle. I think I have found the secret, I'll be testing it out and see if I've got it sussed and share it with you.
Once the second cover was finished, I went back to over lock the seams on the first one. Before I got to the end, one of the spools of thread ran out, so I've been waiting for supplies. They arrived on Saturday, so I'll be back to the cover making today.
Well, it seems that the UK is having a mini heatwave. For weeks, everyone has been moaning about the lack of summer, and now, after two days, I think many of us are wishing it was back to the cooler temperatures. It's certainly having an impact on the making going on here. I actually came to a standstill yesterday, it's just as well the Ask Loopy video was prepared the day before.
With the end of the school year and other events. it's been a bit quiet on the question front, but I did have a message from Pat-I am thinking of knitting jackets etc with zips in I have never done this would you be able to give me some tips on how to do this please?
I'll be looking out for a project to demonstrate inserting the zip. I do have one in mind, I just need to relocate the pattern and yarn.
If you have any questions for next month's session, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Oh, I know it's been quiet around here, but I've been putting the finishing touches to the quilt. I just love hand stitching the binding. The label has been made and attached. The quilt has been washed and now has it's proper lived in look. Even better, it's ready in plenty of time for the big event.
I've also been busy with the socks, and the next pair are ready to go to their new home. This time we have cats. They've gone in the same packet as the goldfish, so I do hope there will be no trouble on the way,
I've loved doing both of these socks, I can't wait for the next challenge. In the meantime, it's back to Daniel's odd socks.
Custom Made Socks
It's funny how things tend to go in cycles. I've made quite a few of these eye masks in the past, but it's been a while. It was lovely to make another one this week. I had to order more supplies and it was easy to know when the postman delivered the lavender, it smelled wonderful.
The combination of the oils from the seed and the scent from the lavender will make this relaxing as well as soothing to the eyes. I do have some more flax seed and lavender to make more if needed. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have the chance to win one in this month's giveaway.
I'm getting very close to saying good bye to this quilt. The quilting is done, which means, it's the trimming and binding to do. I shall be sad to see it go, but happy in the knowledge it will be marking a special day.
This quilt has definitely been dictating how it wants to me made, so many things have changed from the original brief, but it has been a wonderful journey. We had plans for an allover quilting design, but in the end, simple seemed best and that's I've done.
I'll give you a proper tour when I can share the quilt with you. In the meantime, I'm off to make some binding.
Are you noticing a theme? I'm testing patterns and it always means at least two makes before I'm happy with it. This time, I'm looking at dress patterns. I do have one I'm happy with, but thought I'd try something different. This one has lots of variations available, so, if I can get the basic one sorted, I can start playing with sleeves.
I found the pattern via Pinterest and all the details can be found here. It's definitely a page I will be visiting again and again.
There are two basic parts to the dress, the top and skirt. The pattern gives a seam in the back, but I decided to do the back in one piece. For some fabrics, and once I've got the pattern suited for me, I will do some with a pieced back.
I need to make some adjustments to the top pattern. I fall between two sizes, depending on which part of the top you measure. I've adjusted the paper pattern and will try it again.
The skirt on the dress is a circle skirt. I've got to adjust the waist size on this one too, although that isn't much of a problem. The skirt isn't as long as I would like it, but I was restricted by the amount of fabric I had.
There were a couple of techniques I've not used before. Narrow elastic has been sewn across the shoulder and side bodice seams, as well as the waist. It looks like a nice finish, and it does give some stability to the seams.
It has it's flaws, but I really do like the style. This is perfect for wearing about the house, and if we get a summer, it's the perfect summer dress. I've already picked out the next fabric to make a second version, I'll let you know what happens.
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It was straight back to making the next tee shirt. This time, I adjusted the pattern around the under arms and didn't mess up when I was sewing up. It looks a lot better and it gives a lovely cap sleeve.
This is the first time I've done collars on tee shirts like this and I love it. Sometimes it's the simple things that give you pleasure. As Daniel says, "it's just like what proper people make!" It looks good and is so much simpler to make than it looks.
I do need a bit more practice on the hemming of the sleeves and around the bottom. I think I need to get out the twin needles. All in all, I'm happy, I have a wearable top and a go to pattern to make more. I'll definitely be making some more.
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I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.