Gah, I HATE vinegar. It smells disgusting, I hate the taste, etc etc. OK. Well, I dyed the wool to make legwarmers (there aren't many pictures of the wool, but I had great fun making up heaps of different colour combos), and I also dyed a whole bunch of feathers.
the legwarmers all knitted up (most of the bright colours are food dyed)
the feathers. They are cockatoo, peewee and chicken feathers, with food dye (see how the chicken ones still show brown through the colour?) It's quite hard to get subtle colours with the food dye, but I'm starting to work out the ratios and colour mixes I need (I use queens food colouring, which comes in bottles so you need a syringe to measure the dye out, or just pour it out and hope for the best - no droppers - I have red, green, pink, blue (which is a bright cyan colour like printer's standard blue) and yellow.)
This is the first time I've tried cable before! I did reverse cables, regular ones and ones that twisted both ways (I realise sometimes I forgot which ways the cables were going but I don't mind.)
I don't know how to knit on the round yet (I'm a beginner knitter, this is the first thing I've done that wasn't a scarf!) so I just sewed these together at the back. I realise I didn't decrease the stitches, but it doesn't bother me. Some of the wool was left over stuff (inherited stash and from the thrift store for cheap), and some of it was white wool that I dyed with food colouring. Woohoo! so...do you have any links to anything that teaches me how to knit on the round easily? I'm not a good knitter! Although luckily I am far past the wonky tension dropped stitches stage Here are some in progress photos:
OK. So I was sorting through my fabric one day and I had all these scrappy bits...just enough to make a project, and I'd bought all this red fabric last year (no idea why) and just didn't know what to do with it! Not to mention all this dyed turquoise stuff. I also got a bunch of lace from the thrift store and the fabric store. So I made a really fun skirt.
It has: turquoise, gold and white lace (I dyed the coloured stuff with acrylic and textile medium), white piping on the pockets, turquoise and pink (bleached red fabric) pleats on the back, a turquoise ruffle on the front, and a pinecone embroidered on the right pocket (phew! Deep breath.) No one can say I was subtle!
view of the back. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the embroidery, but it's not really the best so you aren't missing much I also made the armwarmers and legwarmers, and dyed all the feathers in my hair with food colour (they are cockatoo, magpie/peewee and chicken feathers)
Ok! I'll see if I can get a photo of the embroidery later. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of this (my friend is the photographer), but it WAS freezing that day so my legs were quite cold....
OK, so I got this fabric for $1 from the thrift store.
Colour is a little bit off in the photo, just imagine the pinky-white bits are pure white and the whole thing is brighter greens etc. The piece measures 70 by 90 cm, and the stretch goes so that the fabric piece is "portrait" rather than "landscape" (tall rather than wide..so that the 70 cm is the top, if that makes sense.) It's really really really really really really realy stretchy, I think it's spandex or something (as in you definitely don't need seam allowances and it's very irritating to cut.) I've used a little bit as a waistband for these great colourful parrot pants I made, but I don't know what to do with the rest. Too little for a minidress. The options I came up with were: - short shorts (not sure if I'm brave enough!) - miniskirt (also not sure if I'm brave enough) - arm/leg warmers (not sure if I'd get enough wear out of them) - sleeves for a shirt (it would only go on one shirt though) - Use bits of it as waistbands/short sleeves/hem binding for other projects (it's just too awesome for this!) - Gloves (wtf? gloves? that's almost crazy enough for me to want to do it!) That is about all that I can think of now. If you can think about anything else, please comment. It's not very thick fabric so I doubt it would be warm (although it is very clinging.)
I made this for my mate Paul. I had no idea what to give him for his birthday but then I hit upon the idea - what about a hoodie that looks like formal wear at the front but is actually a hoodie? So I present to you, the well dressed bastard hoodie!
It's made out of one of my brother's old shirts (that ripped right next to the buttons, so my Mum chucked it out and I nicked it out of the bin), a $6.50 guy's t shirt, a small $4 girl's t shirt, black fabric and a whole bunch of fleece scraps I have left over from a hoodie I made in year 8 and some fleece remnants.
The back just looks like an ordinary hoodie, like this:
The waistcoat bit buttons, but the placket at the front is actually stitched together..so it looks like the shirt buttons but there is actually a zip there. Much easier!
You can wear any tie with it that you want owing to this great hood slot false collar arrangement.
The cuffs go all around the sleeves...
Also, it has hidden pockets
and a super warm fleece lining!
(I apologise for the slightly woeful quality of those pictures. The real colour of the back is best seen in the first two pics. )
Welll..you asked for it! the HUGE tutorial! Sorry about the rather bold colour scheme..I wanted to make it very clear which bits were which with the hoodie. And I had to draw the pictures all by hand (dies) they took up 5 pages!
Well..er...I used LauPre's tutorial for leg warmers but changed it because I a) didn't have fleece (I used corduroy) and I also wanted long tapered ones.
Unfortunately, since I only had small scraps of fleece the lining is pieced together, like this.
And that made the leg warmer really bulky! It looks like I've got some sort of bandage on..it's really really warm, but looks a bit silly.
I feel like I'm going to have to unpick it, take out the lining and just replace it with another layer of corduroy. It won't be as warm but it won't be as lumpy either. I haven't made the other legwarmer yet so I will trial it with two layers of corduroy. It's just a bit of a shame really that I went to this much trouble. That's why I've only sewed on four buttons..cause I don't want to go to all the bother of cutting them off again!
What do you think? Should I unpick it and resew with another layer of corduroy?
BTW, I'd just like to comment on the lawn, hahaha here in Australia we've had drought for YEARS and water restrictions so practically no one has a lawn anymore. So whenever I look at a lawn like that I think a) wow...it's green!, as well as b) my chickens and guinea pig can eat it!
for reference here's our lawn:
well..it's a bit greener than that now, but still pretty dead.
I was bored. I got out the crayon box. Yes, the crayons I had when I was a kid, busted up crayolas and such, broken with their labels partially missing. And I drew!
it looks rather better in real life. That's me in the picture, and IRL there are a lot more reds on my face, and pinks and violets and greys etc, but that didn't scan huurgh which is why my face looks like I just left a huge chunk of paper white. Crayon drawing can be pretty annoying before you use each crayon you have to test its colour on a different piece of paper or you can get nasty mistakes because black and violet crayons or bright cyan and dark blue crayons look pretty much the same. What can I say, I like a challenge!
Well. I've been eyeing this AMAZING menswear waistcoat for quite a while. I can't find waistcoats very easily (well, I can find women's ones, but I wanted to go to the formal in drag, and it's going to be a little hot for a full suit so I was thinking that I'd go for a nice men's waistcoat and shirt and pants.)
Well, anyway. So, today, I bought it. It cost only $5. I lied to the lady in the op shop, and said it was for my boyfriend. (I don't have a boyfriend.) I don't know, I wanted to make her feel better?
So I knew it was going to be too big. So I was just going to use it as a guide/pattern to make my own waistcoat, because the front is a weird beigey sort of colour and that doesn't suit me too well.
And it has gross buttons but that's not a problem, I can replace them.
But then I discovered that it was reversible! The other side is a nice chocolate brown, and it's so well made! I am thinking of resizing it but I don't know how without ruining it forever :S
And on me:
Crafty suggestions would be great. Of course I can do pinch-pin sort of thing, but I do want to finish the seams properly and not ruin the proportions too much. It's too long for me as well, I suppose. I might just have to use it as a pattern guide/inspiration for making my own.