It's very blowy and wet outside, courtesy of Cyclone Olga. Good day to stay inside. I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to get my head around the book I'm planning. The home computer wasn't in the mood for starting. I think that it was just having a hissy fit because I haven't been on it much lately. While I was waiting, waiting I started cutting some more junk mail up for beads. I needed to replace all the ones I sold on the weekend plus create some longer ones for a project.
Did a good couple of hours on the book. Started to feel a little confused so I thought I needed a little fun. These are Suffolk Puffs in the traditional manner, made from preloved clothes. Any ideas what the necklace cord is made of. Hint: it's preloved clothing too. And then onto experimenting. Could I make Dorset Buttons from the plastic rings around plastic bottle caps. Yes I think I can. I've just done the outside buttonholing but they certainly seem to be working.
And now for the exciting news. Motor Racing season has started again. Well sort of.It's the 24 hour race from Daytona. It is not V8s, Nascar or Indy but as Alan said they are going round in circles. Me? I can drive in circles. I want them driving fast. I think I will wind a few more beads while watching the last 3 hours.
This post was first published here on 1st February, 2010.
Dylon + Braid = Wow!
A little while ago I re-shared 2 posts here and here about refreshing a navy hat with Dylon Dyes. Well the hat had faded again so I decided to dip it again. I didn't have any navy left so I decided to go with Dylon's Velvet Black.
This time the hat came out a little worse for wear. This had absolutely nothing to do with the dye or the process. I'm guessing, just guessing mind you, that it probably has more to do with the fact that this hat is well over 20 years old.
I love this hat so I wasn't gong to let it go easily. I grabbed some braid and hand stitched it onto the brim. Then I grabbed a Dylon fabric pen and ran it over any obvious bare bits and threads. I reckon I'll get another few years out of the old girl yet.
Recycling Old Denim
Crazy! I have certainly been feeling a little bit this way.
From having my computer skills tested to the limit while trying to sort out codes etc for this blog and finishing a beaded tassel for a kumihimo braid its been one of those weeks.
I've decided that is I'm going to feel crazy I may as well act out - in the craft sense.
Its been ages since I've indulged in some crazy patchwork. The photo is part of a denim bag I made using my hand dyed threads. The motif isn't one of my designs. It featured in a Handmade Magazine a
couple of years ago. I shrunk the original design before stitching. The denim pieces were collected from the end of season sell off at a second hand clothing shop. Fill a bag for $2. This meant that I got lots of different colours without having to buy minimum quantities. The bag is huge. I use it to cart my craft
stuff from home to the shop.
I love crazy patchwork. Okay, I'm not keen on the patchwork part but I do love the hand embroidery. I'm now inspired to use some of my hand dyed fabric to make a smaller bag. Keep checking back for
updates. I'll post a photo of the fabric when I finally decide which bits I'm going to use.
This post was first published here on 13th April, 2007.
Last week I was gifted a complete roll of brushed cotton. The lady who gave it to me is hoping I can give her some ideas on using it, she has another four rolls at home.
Where to start? Hmmmm? I decided that I would add some colour.
I washed and prepared 2 x 3 metre lengths. One I scrunched, the other I twisted.
I then poured Dylon's Dark Green Dye over both pieces.
When used according to the direction this is the depth of colour you get.
This is the result you get when you deliberately choose to use the product against instruction. This will be a good background to add some more surface design. I'll post progress pictures as I go.
This post was first published here on 2nd August 2011.
Popped into the op shop on the way home last weekend and found this vest.
It has these amazingly detailed panels.
It also was covered in grubby stains.
I wanted to dye it but first needed to remove the stains. Overnight in some Nappysan and they were all gone.
Next morning I popped it into some of Dylon’s Tulip Red. I also want to add some further embellishments so no more photos until its all done.
This post was first published here on 21st May, 2011.
Hit Refresh! That’s what I’ve been doing.
This skirt was once black. I also have a pair of 3/4 length pants that were a similar colour. I love this skirt and pants and wasn’t ready to toss them. Decided to pop them into a dye bath of Dylon’s Velvet Black.
This is the result. Sure beats spending money on new clothes.
My original plan for this white blouse was to use a Transprint Ink suitable for nylons etc. When I checked the label it actually stated that the shirt was rayon, nylon and elastane. I didn’t specify percentages but working on the food ingredient laws that what appears first is used the most I decided to use my Eco
With my colouring I never where white yet the blouse was quite a handy weight for throwing over my shoulders so I don’t get sunburnt. I loosely twisted it up then applied the dye.
Now this is something I will wear.
This post was first published here on 10th December, 2010
Yesterday's subtle beige tone on tone skirt.
And After..... being dyed Dylon's Tulip Red.
This post was first published here on the 26th November, 2009.
I bought this cream linen skirt at a garage sale for 50 cents.
I loved the decorative stitching but the colour was way too subtle for me. It's going into the dye bath. Stay tuned.
This post was first published here on 25th November, 2009.
Remember my grubby cream hat that I planned to refresh with Dylon's Tropical Green.
It's all done.
I love this colour.
So fresh for Summer. And I have shoes this colour. How lucky is that. So that is two 'new' hats for a fraction of the cost of buying a brand spanking new one.
This post was first published here on 16th November, 2009.