I usually feel like I’m just getting caught up to whatever holiday right around the day of or the day after, on a good year! I also don’t tend to get a lot of crafting done for my son, so I thought I’d really try harder this year with Halloween. I offered to make my son a trick or treat bag and asked what he would like. His response was it should have ninjas on it.
The thought of drawing ninja profiles free hand was pretty daunting and the idea of searching for images online, printing out, transferring to freezer paper or something along those lines felt too involved and easy for me to waste, I mean take, too much time doing. So when I remembered the ninja cookie cutters we had kicking around our kitchen drawers I was thrilled to have an easy way through. Pressing the cutters into the felt left enough of an indentation that I was able to draw the shape and cut them out. Easy peasy!The bag is super easy, nothing fancy, sewn up in the few minutes before getting dinner ready. Ninjas stitched on while we watched a movie, and done! We charged up the embroidery floss I used to sew on the ninjas and headed for the bathroom with no windows to test out the glow. It worked! I would recommend some thread conditioner for working with the glow-in-the-dark floss. I wanted to use more strands than I could keep together, and think the conditioner would really help with that.
I stitched these up with perle cotton, and think I may go over it with the glow-in-the-dark floss for next year. Finally, we have some decorations that I feel will last, and were so much more gratifying than picking up a Halloween snow globe.
Stop in for Trick or Treat Alberta Street from 3:30-6!
First off, thank you to all of you who made it out for our 9th anniversary sale! We truly appreciate your continued support through the years. It’s been an honor to be able to help with your projects, and all the fun, provocative and endearing conversations had along the way have been a delight. Thank you.
Let’s get started with the new arrivals, shall we?
Sometimes fabric comes in that seriously woos me. It actually takes my breath away when I gaze upon it. You know the feeling. The latest order from Seven Islands (from Japan) did just that. It is such a lovely assortment of different types of fabric, as well as designs. Barkcloth, double gauze, twill, canvas, rayon. Here they are:
Various groups of quilting weight cotton prints have arrived too.
We sold through our first order of these fantastic yarn dyed designs, we just had to pick up more!
We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween. Yes, we have felt and tulle! (We get that question a lot these days leading up to the costumed festivities.) And, we will participating in Trick or Treat Alberta Street, so come on by!
With a six month old, I don’t have a whole lot of time to spend in my studio these days so I thought I’d invite paper origami into my world. I was yearning to see my hands make something so much I could hardly handle it. So crane after crane I went. My husband laughed and said I was addicted.
Then the completion of the 11th crane came and I thought, ” Why not fabric crane?! Then I could have my fabric fix!.” I hurried upstairs and got to pressing. Then I came down with the most perfect fabric crane made of Liberty and my husband said, “I knew exactly what you were doing up there!” I didn’t realize I was so predictable.
And then I remembered April and I making fabric origami butterflies from Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand. Obviously I couldn’t stop. I have something planned for them, just wait and see. I’ve also been garnishing gifts with them, sort of instead of bows. This is a great idea for the gift season sneaking up on us! Remember you don’t always have to sew fabric to make something beautiful-a little steam and pressing goes a long way!