This week’s fabric is this amazingly colourful tartan fabric – we have used it for lots of projects and knew this was a definite when we came up with this project.
This is what is know as a gallus fabric and so we knew that we had to do something equally gallus!
We decided to follow the trend that is EVERYWHERE in embroidery-land (just next to Crochet Island!) and do a swear-y post. However we didn’t want to do normal swear words we wanted to celebrate the sheer joy and exuberance of Scottish swear words.
The make was an easy and fun one to do. The embroidered words were on white fabric (sold as black-out fabric for blinds, but it so lovely and soft to sew on!) We printed out the words – having great fun picking out what word exactly to use! – and then stitched them using cotton a broder thread. The thick thread makes it a quick stitch but also makes the lettering really pop. It was then attached to the tartan fabric using a thick black buttonhole stitch to mimic the lines of a speech bubble.
We then gathered the fabric at the back and then covered it with white fabric, with a small hook so that you can hang it up for the world to see!
We already planning the next set of sweary words!
This fabric was never bought for crafting purposes – it was actually bought to be used as pillow cases! However when Lane always wanted to stitch on this fabric – to colour it in – and so when they were no longer used as pillow cases we jumped at the chance to craft with it!
The first step in the process was to identify what where the best shapes and sizes to add the embroidery to. We then cut up the fabric into these shapes (we knew we would be making a glasses case, make up bags and money purses)
Then Lane did her magic and added detail to each item.
The thread used is just standard six thread embroidery cotton. Lane has a stash of random threads that she has collected from different projects over the years (and also from charity shops!) and used them – identify which colours best suited each design. She also used a couple of different stitches, including stem stitch and cross stitch.
It was then over to Givie to transform them into each item. Every item was lined with the same fabric and also had a zip put in – we loved the pop of colour of the red and orange zip!
They were really fun to stitch (if sometimes challenging due to the size and weight of the fabric) and it was fab to see them completed. It was nice to see something that we had thought of doing for so long finally came together – and came together so well!
These items are available to purchase on our Folksy store! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
Today is the birthday of Michael Bond and to celebrate we would like to share this Paddington Bear shopping bag!
I have always loved Paddington Bear – there is something so appealing about his character. We would also wave to a Paddington Bear, every time we got the bus into Glasgow and so this was a very nostalgic lovely make.
I decided to use chain stitch for the umberlla and I loved the effect it helps to give the umbrella texture and also emphasise the shape of each section.
The tag was upcycled from a pair of chinos and we were lucky because the stud on the trousers became the hole of the luggage tag. Serenpidity is an great thing!
If you would like to look after this shopping bag feel free to purchase it from our Folksy store! http://www.folksy.com/givielane
Any other suggestions for author bags please let us know!
Week 2 of Fabric of the Week ties closely into one of our main loves – charity shop shopping! This lovely fabric is actually a single duvet and pillow case set that we bought ages ago from a charity shop.
We have used this fabric before – as backing for our character pinboards (check them out in our Folksy shop! https://folksy.com/items/7019621-Covered-Cork-Pinboard-Superhero-Pink-Hair-) but never made the fabric the focus as we wanted to do for this challenge.
We decided to focus on the rainbows and found an amazing quote from the brilliant author Maya Angelou.
We stitched the letters on using two stands of embroidery thread (and one strand for the Maya Angelou because it was so small) We found that stem stitch made the writing too busy and so did a simple (and quick) back stitch for the letters. The coloured letters had the Rainbow song stuck in our heads but that is a worthy price to pay as they look so pretty against the clouds.
We managed to get three bags out of the duvet and the cloud placement meant that each one was slightly different in look.
As we also hate waste we managed to also make a make-up bag and headphone holder from the material.
The fabric was lovely to work with and a much needed burst of colour when the January blues hit!
Gx and Lx
PS If you would love to own any of these unique items they are all available to purchase in our Folksy store! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane