Tuesday, November 30, 2010

GreenStitch Episode 15 - A chat with Charity

What fun to visit with Charity Beasley, the wonderful creator and author of Indie Tutes! Listen to the full podcast episode here.

Don't you love the Fair Weather Jacket from Charity's pattern line? Find the pattern on her Etsy site (link below)

Enjoy these links from the episode:


Thanks, Charity, for sharing your thoughts and inspirations!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

GreenStitch Episode 14 - Eco-scarves

In today's episode (listen here!) we take a look at easy scarf projects. Because, at least here in New York State, it's getting cold out there.

The more I'm around this scarf, the more I love it. The shirring with the elastic thread is just so easy to do when you follow Erin's great tutorial. Yes, the tutorial is for a sundress, but the shirring technique is easy to adapt to any project. You can do it, I promise. (Here's the main link to House on Hill Road.)

Here's the dress that yielded the fabric for the ruffled scarf. Isn't it horrible? As in, really-and-truly, total-crime-of-fashion horrible? Don't worry. Like the parrot in the old Monty Python sketch, "It is no more. It has CEASED to BE."

Ah, the T-shirt scarf. So cozy, so casual, so versatile. Am definitely going to try onion-skin dying a white one with some lacy appliques on it. I just think you can't have too many of these. Would also be cute to insert narrow ruffles in the seams.

Here's the flannel-shirt scarf, pockets and all. I look really carefully at the flannel before I make these. Sometimes the older flannel has a lot of pills from wear, and you don't want those scratching around on your neck.

This one didn't photograph all that well on this overcast day, but you can get a little sense of the drapey cowl out of velvet and sparkly sweater knit. Get the instructions for this Erin Harris design in the current issue of Stitch magazine.

Here's the finished Project Night Night quilt. Keep up with all the results of the project over at the Quilted Cupcake.

Other links from this podcast:

Finally, here's a shot of Mr. Leo, who wandered through in mid-podcast. After he realized it wasn't playtime, he headed to his basket for a nap.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

GreenStitch Episode 13 - Be a Wrap Star

Haven't heard the episode yet? This click will take you there.

Here's a loaf of bread in all its dollar store tea-towel finery -- I just used large hand-basting stitches and the bag looks dandy. And the bag for the jelly jar will be a great size for someone else to use for a small gift.
Here's another tea towel dressing up a loaf of bread. I really can't believe I'm lured in dollar stores from time to time - the siren song of the inexpensive tea towel is powerful indeed.

Even a small box can look pretty good wrapped in a tea towel. I had this red lace in my stash from some eBay assortment of trims I got ages ago. Since I'm not needing to decorate a bordello anytime soon, the wide red lace lent itself nicely to some gift-wrapping.

Wine bags of various origins. I think I'll stick with the ones made from cloth napkins.

Meet the Morsbags! These are just a few of the batch that I've made. I smile when I look through this stack and remember how all these bags started out -- some pillow covers from the Salvation Army, my friend Beth's old curtains, some leftover upholstery fabric, and a cute but outdated jumper I picked up at my friend Peggy Jo's garage sale.

Other links from this episode:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

GreenStitch Episode 12 - Embellishments

Haven't listened to Episode 12 yet? Just click here!

Look how easy it is fill in a simple monogram shape with all manner of buttons! I went back and did a little editing after I took this photo -- the "K" looked a bit too much like an "H." Easily fixed. The finished accent pillow is now nestled amid other pillows on the living room couch. I made sure to sew each button on securely, since it's only a matter of time until curious little cat paws will be rubbing it, I'm sure.

Here's a look at a little machine couching with metallic embroidery thread on top of menswear wool. I'm not certain this attempt was entirely successful, but I know I'll be experimenting with it more. The juxtaposition of conservative suiting fabric with sparkly, meandering decorative thread is pretty intriguing.

My office no longer looks like the optical department at Sears since I hung this funny-looking thing Velcroed to the end of my desk. It's certainly not pretty, so I'm glad it faces the wall, but I'm also glad I no longer need to hunt around for the spectacles of the moment -- and it's been a critical component of my 5S success! (Here's a 5S link, in case you're interested.)

Other links from this podcast:

Thanks so much for listening!