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I sold a double potholder I custom made for a friend and ever since I’ve been meaning to make one for my husband. I had to adjust the sizes for larger hands and some how manage to use up the scraps (I mean remnants!). I had a personal goal of not buying anything new for this project. I managed it! Used three different colors of seam binding to add some slight detail. He loves it. He even got it dirty already, which is a sign of a good cook. We took some pictures of it this weekend so I could share with you all. Adjusting sizes (or grading in pattern making terms) is really easy. The only challenge was doing it with remnants. Would of not been to difficult to match up different pieces, but I only had this blue terry cloth and was determined to use the largest pieces I could get out of it.

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I’ve been sewing up a storm behind the scenes. Many were presents so had to wait till they were given to their owners before any images could be seen online. A few are still being worked on for presents and December holidays, those will remain behind the scenes. Here are a few photos.

 

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I have received all of my art supplies from storage back east and it is now time to incorporate them into some new pieces! While modifying the old. Particularly thinking about incorporating my Teabag Reuse Project and Full Circle: rebirth of a tree projects with my paper and muslin shirts.

Tea Bags and tags

Tea Bags and tags

Dried Tea Bags

Angles of Art Shirts

Pile of Art Shirts

Art Shirt

Detail of my Tree

Close up of my Tree

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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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One weekend in July was about preparing to sweater bomb planters in Chinatown. I even got Richard Heaven involved! Anyone near me while sweater/yarn bombing gets to help out. Below are pictures of the preparation for (read my previous post for locationYarn Bombing Los Angeles at Perform Chinatown. Visit there the yarn bombs are still up!

Yarn Bomb prepYarn Bom Prep IIRichard

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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles takes over Chinatown!

I have a wearable sculptural piece in Chinatown and it is for sale!

"Details" Back hanging up "Details" Close-up of top "Details" back laying flat "Details" front hanging up "Details" front laying flat

TITLE:
THIS IS A TAKEOVER!

WHEN:
July 12 – July 26, 2014
Opening Reception July 12, 7 – 10pm

LOCATION:
945 Chung King Road – CHINATOWN – Los Angeles, CA 90012 
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday Noon – 5PM
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I will be yarn bombing as part of Perform Chinatown. Come check out all the events.

When:
July 26, 2pm – 10pm

LOCATION:
Good Luck Gallery
945 Chungking Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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