A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: When you post a project, it's easier for people to discover it if you choose a great title for your thread.
Total Members: 297,175
Currently Running With Scissors:
659 Guests and 25 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2 3  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Cat pee curtains to sentimental and functional gift - info heavy :)  (Read 21054 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
eternallyeve
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 1420
Joined: 04-Jan-2005

Live - Love - Create


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« on: December 02, 2007 10:53:55 PM »

Ok, let me explain 'super ugly'...

Many years ago mum had curtains made from a swan print fabric for curtains in her house. Now I know it was a favour but some of the curtains had the print upside down and a few had the top brown lines on the bottom instead. In addition, it's a cotton fabric.... let me explain just how bloody hot mum's house gets and she hung these things on the 3 west-facing windows that cop the worst of the afternoon sun. Really quite futile.
One of the upside down ones  Cheesy

So I finally convinced her to replace the curtains and they were banished to the depths of the linen cupboard. Over the years as mum's dear old cat got more and more senile she took to sleeping in the aforementioned linen cupboard and unfortunately had a few 'accidents' that went unnoticed (I can hear the chorus of *ewwww* right now). Of course when mum gave me the washed but still slightly smelly fabric I couldn't in good conscience throw it out (I still ask myself 'why?').

Now along came my Christmas crafting ideas and I got to Nanna on my list. She is the worst person to buy for, never mind craft for. She has no hobbies, doesn't collect anything and hates knicknacks. She does however have a far-flung family (*ding*, idea!). I decided to make her a lap blanket that incorporates her family. This way she will be reminded of what she means to us and she can get a hug from her family (via her blanket) anytime she wants. I originally planned a simple 2 colour square block quilt since I have never done anything more complex, but I was inspired by the family tree quilts and although this is not exactly the same I incorporated the tree image since it centred on family.

I picked up a lovely heavy cotton weave from the op-shop for about $3.00 that I wanted for the backing and realised that mum's smelly old curtains matched perfectly. I washed and soaked and washed some more and cut the fabric into squares and rectangles before randomly resewing to create an abstract tree top (didn't really want swans swimming on a tree trunk). I used the top border print for the trunk and teamed it all with left over white and green cotton and a stained old tan sheet. It has no inner batting since the backing fabric is so heavy.

(L - R) Backing fabric, old sheet, white and green remnants

You can just see how the swan fabric was cut and quilted together to make an abstract treetop
Each photo is printed in black and white on green cotton and cut into a leaf shape. Early generations start at the bottom and work up to the youngest at the top, not all the family is there though.
near each new generation are freehand stitched words reminding Nan who she is to us: Granddaughter, Niece, Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Nanna, Great-grandmother, Friend. The wrens (Nan was a WREN in the war - Women's Royal English Navy) were embroidered on separate fabric and attached. My first freehand embroidery too, from a photo.

Backing was attached with right sides facing, turned right-side out and a border seam added.

Finished size: 87cm (34") x 127cm (50")
Total cost: $3.00, all materials second-hand or remnants (and super-ugly Wink)

All comments welcome
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Come visit me Smiley
Website - Gallery - Blog - Tutorials - Store

Our collaborative craft blog!
Hand Made-n's
lucylost
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007 11:03:21 PM »

This is really impressive! As I was reading your story, I had a hard time imagining how the cat pee sheets could turn into anything remotely attractive. But, you made it work! Smiley I really like the textural details form the wren and the leaf outlines.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

----BEGIN KNITTER'S GEEK CODE BLOCK----

KCR++ Exp+ SPM- Bam++ Pl+ Addi+ Syn(-) Nov-- Cot+ Wool+ Lux? Hemp?>+ Stash+ Scale+ Fin-- Ent FI-@ Lace+ Tex++ Flat-- Circ+++ !DPN ML+++ !Swatch KIP++ Blog EZ+ FO- WIP+ GaugeF GaugeS+ GaugeDK+ GaugeW+ GaugeB- AltCr AltX

----END KNITTER'S GEEK CODE BLOCK----
M Fox
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007 11:04:34 PM »

What a thoughtful gift!  You've done a terrific job on all of your sewing and embroidery, and incorporating the "cat pee curtains" into a tree-theme is just, well, I had to pick my jaw up off the keyboard!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
FruityLoops
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Location: UK
Offline Offline

Posts: 2034
Joined: 11-Jun-2007

... and that's why I don't like cricket


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007 02:12:26 AM »

Wow what a brilliant idea, an amazing transformation and really thoughtful, I'm sure your nan will totally love it Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Alli_Lucy
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007 05:01:59 AM »

Wow, beautiful!  I'm sure she will love it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

My craft blog: One Pearl Button

She blinded me with wisting
sweets4ever
Administrator
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 41159
Joined: 18-Jan-2005


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007 05:10:37 AM »

So lovely!!  The story is beautiful as are the special touches you added.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Craftster has gone mobile!!  Read the news here.
eternallyeve
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 1420
Joined: 04-Jan-2005

Live - Love - Create


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2007 06:06:54 AM »

Thank you for your lovely replies  Kiss

I really do hope she likes it, I've been nervous about it since the finish. Nan is just kinda picky about gifts. To be honest I'm hoping for some tears when she gets it, I'll update after Christmas.

I had no idea what to post when I first saw this challenge - I have never entered one before - but then I realised halfway through my project that it fit the bill nicely!

Thanks again,
Eve
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Come visit me Smiley
Website - Gallery - Blog - Tutorials - Store

Our collaborative craft blog!
Hand Made-n's
Inigo Vane
Offline Offline

Posts: 135
Joined: 02-Aug-2007

my hands are my heart


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007 11:57:54 AM »

This is so special  Cheesy
Very nice job.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
April Rose
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2007 03:36:02 PM »

This is my FAVORITE ugly to awesome project so far! This is amazing!! You can tell how much effort you put in.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
mimi_mia
Offline Offline

Posts: 451
Joined: 30-Sep-2005

I love my dogs!!


View Profile
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2007 04:01:15 PM »

Fantastic!!...what a thoughtful gift for your Nanna  Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Teaching Children How to Knit
How to Create Handmade Notebooks
How to Make Large Crepe Paper Flowers
The Basics of Using Glue for Crafts
How to Sew Butterfly Finger Puppets
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: DIY Drum Light
Tute Tuesday: Fleece Puppy Bed
Matchbox Mania!

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.