Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Featured on {KID} independent

Today I found a nice surprise in my Etsy convo inbox! Click the picture to read the lovely feature. I love how she displayed my creatures in the ric rac circles, and if you leave a comment on her blog a really cute cartoon face will pop up right next to your message. Mine had ginger hair, loved it. Try it!
Feature on Kid Independent

Friday, September 23, 2011

The machine bears

All the new bears are looking proud and happy in the shop now, they're waiting for new friends to adopt them. And here they all are one more time in yet another collage! I really enjoy making these collages, I'm probably going to keep doing it... no one can stop me now!
Machine Bears

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Newly designed bears

Before making something new I always start with sketching ideas and coming up with a design that pleases me. The huge bear the other was made from this design but without a pattern, I just kind of shaped the bear while feeding the felt through the machine and shaped the bear. I decided that it was way too large and that I really needed to make pattern to get the desired shape. So I made a cardboard pattern, cut out a lot of felt shapes and soon there were nine new bears!

Someday soon, I'm going to make a cardboard pattern for the monkey I drew next to the bear and give that a try too!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spooky Halloween creatures

So the ghosts are all stuffed, sewn, photographed and put into the shop and I just wanted to share this jazzy collage with you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Boo

I have been glued to my sewing machine for a while now, I just can't get enough of it. Here's a peek of what I've been working on for Halloween:

Ghosts, screaming because they're trying to spook you, or yawning because they've been up all night haunting people!

Whatever they're doing I love them because they're so colorful, quirky and sewing them on the machine was so much quicker than could ever be done by hand. This means I can sell them a lot cheaper too! Yes, yes, I'm liking the machine, and I'm doing a little happy dance!

Machine practice

So I've been practicing on my sewing machine, a lot! And I'm pleased to report that it works swimmingly! I found some tutorials online, to try out, and I've already made several drawstring bags, of which this one is my favorite. Oh, and it's even lined on the inside!

But what I really want to make on my machine are little felt creatures. So I found another tutorial for a tiny Japanese owl, which I tried and really liked. But it still had me sewing by hand too much and it was made of regular fabric instead of felt. So then I tried something of my own improvised design: a huge felt bear, which is kind of a mash-up between my old hand sewn bear and reindeer.

I like the things I've been able to sew with my machine so far, and I'm pleased with the control the machine gives me over the stitching. These were just practice runs and now it's time to draw some new patterns, because the old ones aren't really suitable for machine sewing, and start creating new creatures... en masse!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Replaced

Sewing Machines
I bought the old machine on a whim at Target and it being a Singer made me think it would be a decent machine for just $70. But the Singer Quick Fix is a really bad sewing machine. It bunches up the threads, the tension is impossible ending in superloose threads on the bottom and it broke both needles that came with it. I don't want to bore you with more frustrating details, but if you need more convincing on why not to buy this just read these reviews for the Pixie-Plus (which is the same machine just with purple colored knobs instead of green).

So the Singer is useless and my arm is useless... Hence, the new sewing machine. It was about $150 at Walmart and it's not a Singer this time. The new Brother is a computerized sewing machine and so far, while playing with it, it has just amazed me with its abilities. It has 80 built-in sewing stitches and even easily threads the needle for me! 

I've promised myself to do no more sewing by hand, so I'm hoping to get a lot of practice time with my machine and come up with some new designs for awkward creatures made on a machine. And I hope creating on the Brother will be just as satisfying as sewing by hand has been for me.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Look who are done!

That's right, I finished those new Halloween skulls, 25 of them! I also photographed them all and put them up for sale on Etsy! Can you believe it? I hardly can!

I feel great being able to show this colorful display here, but my arm and wrist feel anything but great. Things are about as bad as they were before I got those three terrible cortisone shots, so these will have to be the last things I sew by hand o.O...

Sunday, September 04, 2011

The in between

Sewing a whole bunch of skulls is fun, but sometimes a girl wants a change, so in between a few skulls here and a few skulls there, these new friends were born:
Willem is definetely related to all those Weirdos I made for my coworkers in Japan last year, and Rusty and Ruby are made from the same embossed felt as Jacob the Rabbit. I really like the effect the embossed felt creates. Let's hope these new friends find some new hug-partners on Etsy soon.