Arts and Crafts for Donation

One of my good friends, Jess, is an absolute genius. – She has created a space for us to auction off arts and craft pieces, with all the proceeds going to charity.

Jess was inspired by an online bake sale for disaster relief in Japan where they raised over $3700 for this in just 2 days of bidding.

The idea here is that we can have a craft/homemade online sale. People donate their own crafted/homemade items and then we start a bidding for each item at a certain amount and let people bid on them and then all the proceeds go to a charity of our choosing (well probably a charity of Jess’s choosing since she it was her idea, but I promise she always supports good groups).

Anyways, although it wouldnt be till the fall you might have to start making things this summer and we just want a feel for how many people would participate. I know a lot of crafty type people stumble across this blog so I want to make sure to catch your attention!

You can paint, knit, draw, make pottery, sew whatever you want to contribute.

If you are interested in donating ITEMS – please do three things:

1. Like our facebook page – this is where the actual auction will take place. We will also post updates concerning times and charities.
2. Post on the facebook page how many items, and of what variety you would like to contribute. You will have to determine shipping costs and a starting bid, but that can come later.
3. Share the facebook page on your wall to get your friends and family involved!

If you are interested in bidding– please do two things:

1. Like our facebook page so that you can keep up with announcements and make sure to get your bids in

2. Share the facebook page on your wall to get your friends and family involved!


Sewing Update – Skirt Pattern, Pictures, and More!

As mentioned in a post last week, I am taking a sewing class. Each week we get one step closer to making a skirt. We were able to choose a pattern from a selection of about 15 patterns and I selected to make the Butterick B4686 pattern.

I am making the “brown” skirt, though obviously if you are following along with my sewing adventure posts, you would have seen that my fabric is pink (image of fabric).You can see the plain look below – I am doing item “C”.

In last week’s class (March 31st) we cut out our fabric and learned how to do an overcast stitch around all the edges so we do not have to worry about the edges of the fabric fraying. Because each of us either has a waist line or a yolk (in my case it is a yolk – the top piece of the pattern where a waist band would normally be found). Here are some pictures of my fabric freshly cut, with the pattern still pinned in place!

And this is the skirt cut out 🙂 there is another piece but here you can see 3 of the 4 pattern pieces (there are multiples of each one)

Of the six skirt designs, which one is your favorite?

My Birthday gift – a sewing class!

So of course, as my birthday was February 27th, this is long overdue. But as a gift from my parents, they enrolled me a local sewing class. Can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about it. At this point I am three weeks in. The first week was just a long discussion about what supplies we need and what each of the supplies are for (I had never heard of half of them) and then of course we learned about things like darts and yolks.

The final goal of the class is to successfully create a skirt. Here is a picture of my fabric hanging up to dry on our towel racks (yay for walmarts over the door towel racks)

The front colorful fabric is made of Rayon and will be the skirt. The back solid pink fabric will be the lining for the skirt. we didn’t have to do lining, but I figured that if I was gonna learn, I should take the time to learn everything.

As it turns out, I wasn’t supposed to use rayon. Our teacher gave us a list of acceptable fabrics, one of which was rayon linen, which is evidently a much stiffer fabric. Needless to say, pinning the pattern pieces to this fabric was a royal pain. But I never have made learning easy on myself. When I learned to crochet I started with a purse, and when I learned to knit, I started with a sock, so it stands to reason that my first sewing project should be with Rayon. More to come as class progresses!

Adventures in Sewing Land – learning how to use a sewing machine

Prime Time Epic Fail

One of our wedding gifts was a brand new sewing machine. And before I can start USING that machine, I have to learn how to use it. Here it is, sitting in the corner of our dining room, on the bottom of a solid wood piece of furniture, waiting.

Then… Out of the box comes a brand new sewing machine!
The machine includes the basics – but on the right hand side you can see there are quite a few stitches to choose from. First things first, I had to learn to get the machine set up. The videos that came with the CD were excellent. I popped the DVD into my laptop and was able to set up all the thread and figure out how to use the machine.
So what next?
Before I was willing to sew something important, I decided it would be best to sew some fabric together.Using just a scrap of fabric, I sewed together a little square:
Obviously not very straight lines, but I was trying not to cut the thread and I had no idea how to turn the piece without messing it up. BUT this is why we test things out. When you turn the piece inside out it actually looks pretty nice:
Anyways, I thought I would turn to something more important – the Challah cover I made using tunisian Crochet. But sadly, the results were tragic. because alas, I forgot to sew the front side facing the fabric. Thus it cannot be turned inside out as intended. I did however buy a seam ripper. I will keep you posted on the final results of this project. I really do want to finish it and get a pattern up and available!

Pretty Projects

As every crafter knows, UFO stands not only for Unidentified Flying Objects, but also for Un-Finished Objects. In an effort to complete my UFOs, I have restricted myself to the following 5 projects until their completion.

My current endeavors include 1 sewing project, 2 crochet projects, and 2 knitting projects.

1. A Challah Cover – self designed.
Basic Description: My husband, who studies the bible for a living, helped me design a pattern for the hebrew letters, which read “Shabbat Shalom.” The pattern was completed using tunisian stitch, a particular kind of crochet that requires a specific crochet hook. This website contains step by step instructions, with pictures, to orchestrate the tunisian stitch.
What’s missing: I have purchased some blue fabric to sew to the back of this challah cover in order to refine my edges and add that something extra. I have a date with my sewing machine on December 24th and hope to complete this project at that time.
Review: In the future, should I repeat this project, I will make the entire project much larger.
2. A Scarf for Donation – Designs by Ashbug.

Basic description: a group at the hospital where I work is collecting scarves for donation so I decided to make this one. Scarves are due on January 12th. I picked up enough yarn to make a single scarf and used a pattern similar to the one I designed for my brother’s scarf one year ago. Entirely crocheted, this project consists of single crochet, double crochet, and “loops” (self-defined).
What’s missing: this scarf currently measures 32 inches. The required minimum for donation is 4.5 feet or 54 inches. Due to the color pattern selected, the finished project will be greater than 60 inches.
Review: I am very happy with this pattern and have finished two scarves previously using this pattern, one for my little cousin J, and one for my brother.
3. Scarf for my cousin P – Using “Extra Warm Men’s Scarf” by Cotton and Cloud Shop

Basic Information: Using supersaver yarn, and this pattern originally found on ravelry, I am created an orange and blue scarf at the request of a younger cousin. This is only my third ever knitting project (my first being a sock and the second being a similar scarf for my husband for hanukkah) and as such it is very slow going.
What’s missing: This project currently measures. As my cousin is roughly 5 feet tall, I would like to make this a minimum of 5 feet in length.
Review: I absolutely love this pattern. It is certainly tricky and takes quite a bit of wrist twisting, but it knits up into a beautiful pattern. My wrist and forearm get sore after working on the project for more than about an hour at one time. I have yet to determine if this is a fault of knitting in general or the very tricky MK stitch used.
4. Warm Hat – Using “Delight” by DROPS design

Basic information: Again, I originally found this pattern on raverly. I started with a set of 5 US size 2 double pointed needles. Starting with the rim, this project is worked in the round beginning with a basic rib pattern.
What’s missing: this project currently measures just under 2 cm.
Review: In retrospect, this would be a lot easier on circular needles, as the pattern recommends. I am finding it difficult to keep 170 sitches on these needles without dropping any stitches. The yarn itself is less soft than I had anticipated and hope that my husband will enjoy the finished product.
5. Baby Blanket for Donation -Using “Baby Checks Blanket” by Coats and Clark

Basic information: This pattern uses single, double and triple crochet. Each square measures approximately 4 by 4 inches prior to stitching together.
What’s missing: All that is left to do is tie in all the loose ends.
Review: This incredibly beautiful blanket was very easy to whip up. My main comment would be to make sure you tie in your ends as you go. The blanket generates well over 100 loose ends. My second comment concerns the method used to join the squares. I used this method to join my granny squares because it was suggested that it would survive many washes. However, I do not like the way it bunched up the granny squares and upon further searching, I have discovered this method to join granny squares. My next blanket will use this method. In fact, I think the entire blanket used in that tutorial is beautiful and thus it may be my next blanket. Here is the tutorial for the granny squares in that blanket.