Wednesday, April 25, 2007

binder clips

If any of you are working on one of the patterns where you sew the top trim to the backing prior to attention ;-)

During the creation of my latest purse, I was having a very hard time pining through the ultrasuede and various other layers, without bending a lot of needles -- and having everything shift around in the process. To solve this problem, I started using binder clips to hold everything in place. By putting many clips close together, everything is help in perfect order -- I just remove each clip as I sew up to it. It's almost like having another pair of hands. Hope you find it just as handy (no pun intended ;-) )

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

marie's purse

A couple of months ago, I sent mailed some patterns off to Thunder Bay, to Marie Kelly and her friend. Marie has now completed her first purse and is busy planning her next one. Here is a picture Marie sent me of her purse…

I welcome pictures of your completed purses – and I will only post them on this blog if you say that it’s okay. Please send them to fisheyerugs AT hotmail DOT com

Friday, April 13, 2007

feast or famine

I have come to the conclusion that my approach to many things in my life is either feast or famine. All the time or not at all. Regularly or never. A lot or none. This blog is just one example (the irony is not lost on me as I write a new post for the first time in a couple of weeks...)

Yes, I know that the best blogs and more widely read blogs are those with frequent posts. I often think of things to post about, I do. But if for some reason there is a long enough delay between the seed of an idea and sitting in front of the laptop, nothing happens. The longer I put things off, the easier it becomes. I am sorry. I will try to do better.

So, what have I been up to? I did manage to create some scarves...

...they are a lot of fun to make, and I am thinking that they will be my handmade gift for most of my friends and family this Christmas (it's too late in the season for new scarves now). There is a real opportunity to play around with colours and use up leftover bits....while diving into my stash of novelty yarns.

I modelled the design on a scarf I purchased here a couple of weeks ago -- sorry, I forgot to take a picture -- but they are practically unrecognizable from the original, anyway. I was going to sew my knotted "ropes" together with a bodkin and yarn....but ended up using them as warp threads and weaving them together with yarn. Maybe I follow in my mum's footsteps and take up weaving one day...