Tuesday, October 20, 2020

It's done!

My new portable project got finished already! This is the tiny Fall stitchalong from Armada Designs. I started it I don't know when, then put it away from apparently quite some time, and recently pulled it out. This is what happens when you need a project for the hockey rink.

 I still need to paint the embroidery hoop before I can frame it, but I'm excited about having this one (mostly!) done! And still debating removing the steam and re-stitching it with a lighter grey.....

Next up? Winter! And we have three games this Saturday, so we'll see how far I get!

Friday, October 16, 2020

New Portable Project

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a free tiny Christmas stitch-along from Armada Designs, and I really enjoyed stitching it. So I bought all of their other tiny stitch-along patterns, none of which I have completed, despite good intentions. But after I finished my Wonder Woman bookmark, I needed to find my next portable project. So I pulled out Fall! I had actually started it awhile back, but then put it away for who knows what reasons. Here is my current state of affairs. I'm having fun with it and look forward to finishing it finally.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A request for lightweight PJ pants

Sometimes it's hard to know what to gift people. I had asked my brother if he thought our mother would be interested in PJ pants (she's worn nightgowns as far back as I can remember, and I still haven't gotten around to trying the nightgown pattern I bought ages ago for her....). He thought yes, so I made a prototype flannel pair to test sizing and interest. Apparently I never took a picture before sending those. They were stitched probably in December or January and sent for her birthday in June. Well....the response was that they fit perfectly and were definitely desired, but that lightweight PJ pants would be more appreciated.

At that point, there were no decent deals on fabric, and have you noticed that the clearance sections are also completely picked over?!? So I bought a microfiber sheet set at Target - that's the folded pair on the right. It didn't behave terribly well, but it does feel very smooth against the skin. I'm using leftovers to make matching PJs for my niece.

And then I found this print when novelty cottons were on a good sale! So a second pair was in the works. Hopefully she loves them.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Portable Project Finished!

As previously mentioned, no doubt, I like to have portable projects going. And I recently looked at my Pinterest boards and decided the time was right to try a pattern I'd tagged for a bookmark. I bought these ready-to-stitch bookmark blanks from either Etsy or eBay awhile ago - don't remember for sure. I used a black one a couple of years ago for my PacMan bookmark. This time, I decided to use a friendship bracelet pattern for a Wonder Woman bookmark.

I did one thing that I regret - decided to try using four strands of floss to stitch. Two might not have been complete coverage, and three I think would have been perfect. Four was just too much. But I wanted to use the loop start, so.....by the time I came to my senses, I was over the halfway point. Will not make that mistake again.

I do think it turned out okay, and a few days or weeks in time out will make me like it so much more.


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Going Away Gifts

When you've got a work buddy who's leaving for greener pastures, you have to send them along with stuff to remember you by.....

She had seen me wearing a similar mask a few times and requested this one, with hair elastics that she provided. So she did know this was coming but not when....

And scrub caps have been an on/off needed item at work. They became even more important recently when disposable bouffants became hard to find. So I thought she needed a few for her journey. 

The rainbow paw prints seemed like a given, but there were several colorways at the fabric store when I went. I ultimately texted her to ask "Pink or purple? Or blue?" And the answer was "PURPLE"

And when I spotted this goat yoga fabric, it was a total no brainer! How hilarious is that?

 She was surprised and very pleased on her last day, and the mask and goat yoga scrub cap were immediately pressed into service. Very gratifying. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

More Scrub Caps

So as mentioned in my last post, I need motivation to work on some of my unselfish sewing. I'm not a big fan of sewing these scrub caps, even though they don't take a lot of time, so I need a push. Especially since I have so many other projects to work on. But since I just made one, I decided to suck it up and make the next three at once. So these are ready for birthday/Christmas gifts for some coworkers.

 Whale Watching pattern

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

New Scrub Cap

Unselfish sewing isn't always easy. I had previously made a scrub cap for a colleague (her request and fabric, but it became her Christmas gift that year - first one in this post). And she loved it and wore it all the time.....but then she lost it. So she asked if I would be willing to make her another one, and she provided this fabric. I said I would, but also no guarantees on when I'd get around to it. All depends on free time and motivation. (Both in short supply.)

Well, it's now apparently impossible to buy disposable scrub caps, so our inventory person said everyone needed to start saving theirs for re-wear or using their washable caps. Which means that my colleague is SOL until she can find her missing cap....or that I needed to suck it up and find the motivation.

It really doesn't take long to make these. I already had the pieces cut out and interfacing fused in place. I just had to.....sew it. She won't even be at work tomorrow, but I get to leave this in her cubby and wait to find out how excited she is to find it on Friday.

This time, she asked for the "regular" size, as her friends kept making fun of her cap and saying it looked more like a chef's hat. Guess I'll see how well this one fits her before making her next Christmas gift.

 Whale Watching pattern