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The best toy I’ve ever made for a 1-year-old or younger has to be a fabric triangle. The first little boy I made one for is now six. Where did the time go! Anyway he still owns and loves his triangle. His is a monster. My most recent one was for my youngest nephew. He grabbed it and ran! This time I cut letters out of fabric and put on one each side.

Here are some pictures of  the finished project. It is mostly filled with polyfil and a bit of fabric scraps.  I used all my polyfil and do not plan on buying more. I have been saving scrap fabric, threads and old socks to use as stuffing.

 

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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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In the midst of art making I am still sewing. Mending, making presents, upcycling old clothes, making dresses, always sewing. I even had a commission for a potholder awhile back. I still need to take some images, fix some sewing experiments finish a bird. Yes a bird. Here are some pictures of the potholder and a tiny house I made for a friend. The tiny house was based on http://retro-mama.blogspot.com/2011/10/home-for-holidays.html. Although I didn’t follow directions I think it came out fine and my friend loves it.

Tiny House - front Tiny House - detail Tiny House - back Potholder - back Potholder - front Potholder - in action! Potholder - folded Potholder - holding pot Potholder

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On Saturday, September 13 I taught an intimate sewing class for Trade School LA at reDiscover Center. We went over invisible and visible mending. We hemmed skirts, sewed on buttons, practiced hand stitches, and even set up the foundation to machine sew our own reusable t-shirt bags! I will definitely be teaching this class again. Keep posted for dates. And feel free to let me know what you would like to learn and/or review.

There was a male sewing student, facilitator and photographer (we were all busy sewing that I forgot to take a picture of Richard!). All images by Richard Heaven.

Sewing hemsButtonsSample timesDiscussing suppliesCatch stitch learning Practicing3 catch stitches Richard's button done!

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This past week Yarn Bombing Los Angeles bombed the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center in Southern California. I sweater bombed a palm tree at the front of the building near the street. The show is titled surroundings and is up until June 26, 2014. Although I heard that the center may want the tree bombs up through the summer! Yes please I say.

Because I don’t knit or crochet my tree was sweater bombed, actually sweater/scarf bombed. I whip stitched sweaters and scarves together. I left the arms dangling so that they blow in the breeze. And I must say they were doing exactly that! Below are some pictures of the installing of the sweater bomb, the opening night, and of the entire exhibit. Trees bombed, textile forest, and maps of LA and other locations plus a weaved volley ball net.

 

YB Manhattan Beach SignYB Installing 4YB Installing 3YB Installing 2YB InstallingYB me & my treeYB Richard, Me & my TreeYB My NameYB ButterflyYB Cat YB Forest YB Granny Squared Tree YB More Trees YB Octopus YB Sweater Map LA YB Tree Flowers YB Tree YBombers and exhibit YBombers

 

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