Well, it finally stopped raining long enough yesterday for me to take some photos of my latest sewing adventures. I've lined up a couple of craft shows to sell at during the next month, so I'm busily stitching away. As you can see, much of what I've been making has been all about using up scraps. Will I ever use them all up? Will my studio ever have enough space to walk around in?
I've been loving sewing up these soft vessels. They use up the tiniest of scraps, and you know that makes me happy! The shapes remind me of ceramic pots. I'm keeping a couple for myself, just to have around the studio for holding things.These Hot Pot Handle Holders have been popular with the cast iron skillet crowd. Mine are in constant use. These are one of my lower priced items. More bunnies. These are the most fun to make. When I put on the faces and then sew the heads onto the bodies, they take on such personality. So cute!
This style is a bit simpler to make, and great for dressing up. I knit this free-form cape from some of my experimental handspun yarn. It can also be worn as a little dress. As I was making this, I was remembering when I was a kid, and how fun it was to play with a stuffed animal that had clothes and accessories I could put on and off.
Here's another attempt at making a simpler design. The idea for this came from a vintage Women's Day pattern (1967!) I picked up at S.C.R.A.P. The pattern sheets have full-sized patterns for 10 different animals. The original sizes are large, like a small pillow. They have cool embroidered faces, but I prefer using applique. Every year I want to make ornaments, and I finally came up with something this year. These are little angels. My embroidery skills aren't that great, so instead of looking cute, they look kinda' mischievous. I also wasn't sure how angel wings look (have you ever noticed how many styles of wings there are?) so some of them look more like flying creatures than angels. I think I'll be the only one who knows that these are angels! I'm also making these felt flower ornaments. (out of tiny scraps...I'm so happy!) Reading glasses cases. A while ago I made some for myself which I love. I thought I'd make some to sell, to see if other folks would like them. I was able to use some of my special vintage buttons on these. Getting all this stuff together and taking photos made me feel pretty good; sometimes I'm there in the studio stitch,stitch, stitching away, feeling like I'm not making much progress. Now I can see that I am actually getting a collection together. I'm looking forward to these craft shows. It's always so fun to interact with the folks who are drawn into to my colorful, squeezable display of goods.
Ready to go out into the world.