Back to the now old fashioned iron-on inkjet transfers.
This is yet another in the "we're mad on kiteing" series . This time I've created the goodie bags for us to give out to all the other teams at the World Championships. My hubby was going to do this, but then got overwhelmed with late nights at work, so I took over. He'd ordered blank tote bags, because even though he's better with a sewing machine than me, he knew he'd be busy, just not how busy.
So, I took our team's logo, reversed it, and printed it out on the cheapo unbranded transfer paper he'd bought. (Bad idea, my advice: pay the extra, get quality.) I cut the logos out, curving the corners so there would be less lift off. Then I ironed all the bags, all 16 of them. I made myself a template so the prints would all be in roughly the same place on the bags. The next bit was a lot of trial & error.
The instructions on the packet said, turn the iron onto it's hottest setting, press down and iron the print on a hard surface, cardboard was recommended. So first of all, of course, I tried that. Bah Humbug the print singed if I pressed the iron down long enough to seal it to the surface. One sepia toned print then. So the next time I decided to keep the iron moving all the time, it took ages, but still singed , so that was 2 sepia toned prints. The third time I turned the iron down a little, still singed, but markedly reduced, so the fourth time I turned it down a little more: this time it took ages to seal, but did so without singing . Unfortunately the peel off paper failed to do so entirely on those last two. So, 2 very sepia toned prints, one slightly sepia print with a snippet of paper still on, and one nice print with a snippet of paper. So I carried on, number 5 & 6 were ok, no paper left on, number 7 came out a bit stripy, number 8 came out even more stripy and with a snippet of paper left on . I looked a little harder and it was the same pattern as the ridges in the corrugated cardboard, so out went the cardboard. I didn't have anymore cardboard of an appropriate size without corrugations so I decided to try the padded ironing board. Number 9 came out with no stripes . There was one more of the batch that came out with a bit of paper stuck on. A couple came out with incomplete sealing, but that could be easily rectified with a little more ironing on the backing paper. So final count is 3 sepia toned prints, 4 with paper stuck on, 2 stripy and 8 good ones. . Minimum needed were 15. I decided I could live with the sepia and the stripes, but the stuck on paper was a problem. I peeled off what I could but the paper delaminated . I wondered if I could re-iron to loosen it- it bonded stronger to the bag . So the next try was to wet the paper and rub it off (like the packing tape transfers!), that worked in the 3 remaining bags, but not on the one I'd re-ironed
So, after all that, here is my stack of 15 useable bags . The perfect number .
For a recent swap I learned how to bookbind a little. I was absurdly proud of my little book and the many pictures will show so . It is entirely recycled, from the pages to the covers to the thread I used for binding that my mum was going to throw out! Anyway, on with the piccies.
Showing the coptic binding as well as the pretty covers. It's deliberately got quite tight stitching so that the pages can be ripped out easily.
Showing my poor drawing skills for the front plate and some of the onion skin dyed paper.
Showing some of my tea dyed paper and the faint stamping I put on some pages, oh, and the fact that I put in some half size pages.
Showing some more of the onion skin paper
Showing some of my paint splattered paper (recycled from a different project)
Showing the back plate and some tea leaf paper.
Every piece of paper had at least one useable side. I notice that I've really taken to photographing the patterned/splotchy papers, but there were some plain ones in there and plenty of security envelope paper and some dyed paper, with tea and onion and beetroot but they were flat colour, not splotchy.
I was so proud of this, I didn't care that it took me 16hrs to complete!
I received my bookmark from zzdia! It's glorious. It's tiny tiny cross stitch and made in a traditional phillipine tribal weaving design. And it's beautiful, did I say that before? It's worth repeating: it's beautiful.
I've been sewing again! These are all from charity shop materials so are entirely recycled. Because they are all destined for food use, I boil washed the materials before and after I'd constructed them.
For a swap one of my partners asked for unpaper towels or bowl covers: of course, I decided I'd do both. I was really dreading the bowl covers, because my partner wanted unlined covers (so she could use them for fermenting stuff), I had to learn to make bias binding. And that meant (cover your ears and don't let the kids see, I'm about to swear ) ironing!!!!! One of the chores I really, really hate. Worse that that: I had to do it all by hand.
Of course, since then I've discovered those little gadgets that you feed the cloth into and push away with the iron, but I didn't know about them then (and for that matter I still haven't purchased one, but if I ever have to do it again, believe you me, I'll be down that shop so fast they won't know what hit it!).
Sooooooo Fold the strip in half, iron it once , fold it back out, fold one side to the middle, iron it again , fold the second side to the middle, iron it for the third time , finally, fold it all in half again because the first crease I put in has been ironed out and iron it for the fourth time (did I mention how much I hate ironing?).
Anyway, with that out of the way it was back to the sewing machine, and simply stitch round (nice and carefully to ensure that both sides are picked up), insert the elastic and finish off. The set of 6 that I made only took me about 5 hrs, which was pretty good I thought for learning a new skill. They are a variety of sizes, because a) I didn't know what size bowls she had and b) you always want something slightly different when you think about things than when you actually come down to use them, or at least I do. They are plain, because thats what my partner asked for.
I am so pleased with them, partly I think because I was dreading making them so much, but they actually turned out rather nice.
The unpaper towels on the other hand, well. I was so confident I could make these, and then it turned out that they took about twice the time that the bowl covers took (bah, humbug). They're made from the same backing fabric with a towelling front. First of all I found that the towelling would shed everywhere, to the extent it made it difficult to see where I was sewing at some points. The unpaper towels are designed to be on a roll, fastened together with velcro so they're easy to pull off. The first thing I had to unpick was the velcro when I discovered that I'd put some of it on the wrong side. Then, when sewing round them, there were several instances of not quite picking up the edge, but that was just a resew, I didn't have to unpick. The same when I was top stitching, I think I unpicked twice there. I used my stash of velcro, so there were a several types. When I'd thought I'd finished them, I threw them in the washing machine for another boil wash: after all, they were going to be potentially food use. That's when I discovered that all brands of hook and loop tape are not the same! Some of them disintegrated Disaster! I unpicked those that had fallen foul of cheap materials completely and started sewing on more velcro. That's when I ran out of thread. A shopping trip later I started the whole process again, but for fewer unpaper towels this time. The process was roughly the same, but at the end of this process I decided to run the washing machine at 60 degrees (C)- it's what is recommended for nursing uniforms, so I recon it'll be safe. And apart from the new velcro it had all been through the boil wash twice already. I sent off a set of 8 to my partner.
Some of the towels came out a bit wonky, undersized or had a bit of a stain on them: they're the ones I kept. They've come in so useful, I'm glad to have the rejects
This is another in the set of kite obsessed posts I'll be making
As I said before, my team have been invited to the world championships this year. We'd like to make a good show, and not just whilst we're flying. I suppose you could say we're a handmade team: Our team leader is the the kite designer/manufacturer, and whilst it is a business, the kites are all handmade by him and his partner at home. Anyway, he passed some spare ripstop on to me to make up some banners. The team's base colour is black, but we each have a different accent colour (mine's red). We're getting a couple of large banners (4m tall) in black printed with the logo to bookend my series of smaller ones in the team's accent colours.
It looks like a lot, but the team isn't just the flyers (we have 4 currently), it includes all those who make a contribution to the show, the sewists, the ground crew, the choreographer are all included and all have a banner.
This one's propped up agains my hedge, they are about 1.5m tall and deliberately thin so that they don't obscure too much vision. They will be spaced about a person apart.
I read in bed every night, it's part of my night time routine. I read in bed every morning that I'm not working: although that's usually emails from a screen. But either way I get cold arms, and at night I've got to warm through before I can sleep, so it was time for a jacket.
I'm a fairly new knitter too and a bit experimental. Many years ago I saw someone knitting with one huge needle and one tiny needle. I thought I'd try it and it worked really nicely. So my jacket is based on a scarf, but I didn't want a lot of stuff bunched around my back: after all, it's on a nice insulating pillow and I also wanted more over my chest, 'cause some of my nighties are a bit lower cut than I'd choose. So the jacket is knitted as a long scarf, narrowing down to a ribbon in the middle, but with a couple of flaps that overlap across the front of the ribbon.
The jacket is knitted in reused wool from an old and well loved jumper, so if I blocked it, it would reach my wrists and it is easy to stretch if I feel more than usually chilly. But I kind of like it's crinkly texture at the moment.
I'm (as some may know already) obsessed by kites. And my team is doing rather well at the moment: we've been invited to compete in the world championships ( ). And during the world championships the teams tend to give each other little gifts. We've decided on goodie bags with a selection of things inside. I volunteered some bookmarks, then we discovered how many teams were competing this year
So, some time later...
Oh, yes, these aren't all of them, just one of each colour.
He's made from little pieces from an upholstery fabric swatch book, so I got a wonderful faux leather for his top shell. But I cheated with the hexagon patterns and embroidered the pattern on to the faux silk, rather than pieced it, and besides, the silk was lovely. I didn't want to dilute it with other materials. I do wish I'd gone with felt for his head, flippers and tail, but I didn't have any, so that was that. It was a real nuisance turning such tiny bits. I filled him with polyfil. He has little beads for eyes so if I were to give one to a wee babe I'd need to change it to french knots, but as is, he went to someone just a little bit older than that! . He was the tiny one from this pattern http://www.craftpassion.com/2010/04/sewing-tutorial-turtle-pincushion-with-pattern.html?pid=262#picgallery
And being me, and my partner having the appropriate quote on her signature, I sent him off with 4 paper elephants and a wee discworld map.