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For my nephew’s birthday I decided to sew him a lion. I followed a pattern in Issue 21 of the UK magazine Simply Sewing by Jo Carter of Two Owls Design. Of course I did a few things my own way. I used fabric I had, made everything the same fabric, added buttons for eyes instead of safety eyes, sewed them and the mouth on before I was finished and then made the lion a vest out of felt without a pattern. I added buttons to the vest that seemed royal. My first stuffed animal made from someone else’s pattern. I think it came out great. My nephew likes his lion and our cat does too.

Oh and I made a lion card!

 

 

 

 

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This year for our second wedding anniversary we kept it local and simple. We went to dinner in the neighboring town, walkable. Somewhere we both love that is a bit pricey. I made my husband a cozy for his french press out. Using two interior design fabric samples, some extra trim from another project and a tiny bit of velcro left over from projects so old I was surprised I had any left! It can out so perfect that it not only kept the coffee hot for his second cup, that it works on the new french press he bought after the original one cracked and then broke. Maybe one day I will start working with glass so I can just make him a new one when this one cracks. Probably not. ha ha

 

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As a member of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles I, along with my husband and our friend Britta participated in their current exhibition California Yarnscape. Our piece along with 40+ other artists’ work is on exhibition at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Once a month their our public workshops for people to contribute to the yarn bombing, free with museum admission. The exhibition pieces though are on the rotunda outside the museum, so whether you go inside or not you can view them!

From the Dreameco Crafts website:

ART SHOW and Workshops! California Yarnscapes, March-June 2017 at the Autry Museum of the American West! This is a Yarn Bombing Los Angeles event! Sunday, March 19, 2-4pm Opening Reception – Autry Courtyard
Drop-in Workshops, 10am – 2pm The public is invited to create California native flowers!
Saturday, March 18 (day before the reception) – Past
Saturday, April 29-Past
Saturday, May 20-Next one!
Sunday, June 18-Visit before they take it down!

California Yarnscape

Dreameco Crafts & Britta’s California Yarnscape

Dreameco Crafts with Britta

Dreameco Crafts with Britta!

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For Black Friday 2016 I spent time in Long Beach, CA with the Sewing Rebellion. That is where I got to meet Frau Fiber. Her free community activities that day of anti-shopping where to help with a protest quilt and sewing patches. The quilt included cutting out states. To which I cut out NY and NJ (which had DE stuck to it since that state is tiny) and worked on a patch. To my delight I was told the patches were for us to keep. I did and am working on it more at home. I think I will attach it to my bicycle when finished.

She also had homemade soup for all to share. It was a lovely event. Not only because I got to sew, which I love to do, but because you could feel the community gathering. We met new people and witnessed Frau Fiber receive a donation of a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine. OMGosh we all drooled over it. Love when people kindly share their items and make sure they go to a home where they will not only be cherished but used as intended.

Amy NY/NJ/DE NJ/DE NY

 

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Fun-A-Day-LA

Dreameco Crafts, which I am co-founder of is hosting the first annual Fun-A-Day-LA art show! It is free! It is Fun! It is for all! Join in and be in a group art show in February. All you have to do is work on art (can be one, two, three, ten, 20 or 31 pieces) every day for the month of January and then be in a show with your community! Make art with friends, family make friends and meet your neighbors!

Submission is super easy and can be done online. Learn more at http://www.dreamecocrafts.com/fun-a-day-la.

Remember art is an interpretive term. What is art? Music, dance, poetry, cooking, baking, sewing, sculpture, performance, video, photography, oration, mime, embroidery, singing… It really is anything and everything. It also can be collaborative so don’t be shy.

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Pillow Covers

We had throw pillows with cute cardinals on them. They were terribly stained from spills and every day life. The thought of purchasing new pillows to replace pillows that were in great shape (minus complete staining) was unthinkable to me. So I took out my tape measure and went through my fabric stash. I had recently acquired some really fun fabric with images of deers and wolves! (How was I going to turn this into a dress? I was not sure. And I still might for I have some left.) These needed to become the new pillow covers though! With some extra plaid print for borders on the top and bottom. I used a zig zag and straight stitch on the edges of the plaid sewn to the animal print for extra strength. I also did a running stitch by hand to close the new pillows (yes the birds are now inside – why purchase stuffing when I can just put a bird inside it! – bad reference to Portlandia).

Here are the after shots. Enjoy the double sided deer and wolf pillows that now make our couch feel lodge like.

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I’ve made and taught others how to make buildings out of one magazine page. Now I’ve tested out letting the students chose what they are interested and taught them different ways to make them stand. One participant said she was even going to show her family members how to make them. Success I say.

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