Thursday, September 9, 2010

Another art pencil carry case

Here is another art pencil carry case from Soulemama´s Creative Family book. I should have taken the pencils out to take the photo - they kind of bunch it up a bit at the bottom! It does sit straight when there are no pencils in it. I made this for a friend´s daughter to say thanks for giving me a skirt.

Near Porangahau, North Island, New Zealand

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wardrobe refashion: brown vest

This is a wardrobe refashion of a brown knit collared top. I had intended to make it into a sewn version of the Cavern cardy on Ravelry, finishing it off with handsewing like in the Alabama Chanin book. However, I rather liked how this looked with the collar and sleeves cut off, so I left it like that (sides taken in though). So, another time for the Cavern cardy. I didn´t hand sew the edges as I preferred this with a clean, unadorned edge. The ¨before¨ pic is below.

Linocut ruru owl

Again inspired by Lena Corwin´s wonderful book Printing by Hand, I´ve tried some test samples of another linocut stamp I´ve designed and cut. Its about 8cm tall.
This is a Ruru, a native New Zealand owl. The Māori legends have the ruru often as a watchful guardian, associated with the spirit world. Its high call can mean bad news, but its more common ‘ruru’ call means good news. We can hear them from our house at night saying ¨morepork!¨ (that´s what it sounds like to me).
The left-most owl in the row of 3 is the final one, with the stamp edges progressively cut off (as I realised they were showing - I hadn´t cut quite deeply enough) and was pressed on the fabric the longest. I´ve been using a mixture of Pebeo and Fas Fastex fabric inks, which both seem fine, although these particular owls were purely done in Fastex black ink with a brayer. I like how this has turned out and I´ll print these on some bags.
The row of 3 owls looks quite nice, I think. I might cut another owl in reverse so I can print them in pairs. [I´ve since used the stamp on some feet wheat packs as a gift].

The Seaward Kaikoura Mountains, South Island, New Zealand

Everywhere tote bag

I made another Everywhere Tote bag from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing book. This is from some fabric from wonderful Jellyspec's stash. Thanks Jellyspec!! Its great to be able to fill up this huge, huge bag and still be able to sling it over my shoulder. I made it on late nights while really sleepy, so it had quite a few mistakes and unpicking in it. But it turned out fine in the end.

Near Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand