Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Baby Snow Seal Wool Mittens

My daughter and I are collaborating on a line of knitwear with the "critters" theme. Sometimes collaboration leads to the cutest things.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Grandma's Patterns

Simplicity Primer 4981

Butterick 4532

These patterns belong to my grandmother and I am just not sure which one to make first!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A-Line sixties patterns

Simplicity 7683

Simplicity 8682

I've been gathering a lot of these great sixties patterns so I thought I would catalog them here for reference.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chenille Bedspread Coat

The thing about this Betsey Johnson 2012 Apring Eunway look that I just can't get over is thia bedspread coat. Who doesn't want a coat like that? I have some of that almost exact sheer fabric from when I was going through a sheer obsession. The goal now is to focus and complete my own version of such a fabulous outfit.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Looks Like Your Boyfriend Made It Cap

I finished the pattern for the Looks Like Your Girlfriend / Boyfriend made it cap. Their randomness is what makes them special, that and the handspun wool yarn. - Knitting Architect

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sandra Backlund

I am rather fan of Sandra Backlund and knitting that pushes the edges of tradition.
I don't remember where this picture came from, but I think it has a fantastic sculptural quality. -Knitting Architect

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sweater Skirt Combo - Twist Collective

This has got to be one of the best ways to wear a handmade sweater. I recently found the Twist Collective again, check it out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Patchwork Summer Dress

Ever since I discovered Gibbous Fashions I have wanted to make a dress out of fabric that has been created using the last little remnants of beautiful historical fabrics. This panel is just the start as I still have to come up with the design of the dress.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Affordable Wool Yarn to Dye with Kool Aid

The first part of this post is the cheap upcycled yarn part. If you or someone you know likes to go to garage sales, have them on the look-out for unfinished hand knit sweaters like this. My mom found me this one at a Minnesota garage sale for $3.00. If you have bought even the most affordable skein of yarn lately, you know that 100% wool is at minimum $8.00 for 4 oz.
A lot of knitters are not that into the sewing part and just do not get past this final phase of sweater making. The first thing to do is unravel all of this valuable wool.
Here I am dying the wool with Cherry Kool Aid. First you dampen the wool, then add it to a Kool Aid bath. The more you add, the brighter the color. I haven't tried setting the dye with vinegar yet, but maybe when my sweater is done, I will do one more dip.

I heat up the mix until the water runs clear or almost clear. Isn't this amazing?

Finished product in low light.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Crochet Rippy Rug

On a recent trip to a 500 acre farm in Minnesota my parents took me and my daughter and sister to see their animals. The Mrs. Farmer has a studio where she weaves rugs out of rags. I was so inspired that I had to make my own rug out of rags using crochet. This is made of some ribbon and some old sheets.

Instruction: Snip the sheet on the edge in line with the grain about 3/4" and rip the full length. Tie to a previous one and crochet a square or rectangle. I just keep the knots on the back. That way, the knots can help sweep up.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Doily Shoulder Adornment

Originally I wanted to make a top like the one picture above by Magic Horse. I have a vintage suitcase filled with bits of lace and beautiful doilies and linen squares of history.
As I got to working on the piece, trying to choose which I liked best and how to make all of the lacing come together.
I got an idea from MaryJane's Farm magazine to cut a hole in the top. I draped it over the dress form and this is what happened. I loved it so much that I couldn't go any further.

If you would like to purchase this one, it is listed on my Knitting Architect etsy store, but if you would like to make your own...

Basic Instructions

1. Find a large doily, or crochet one of your own.

2. Cut a hole out of the center big enough for your head to fit through, not too large as crochet does stretch a bit.

3. If you know how to crochet, clean up the edges and use the thread from the center section you cut out to unravel. Using this, attach the yarn to the neck edge and crochet a finished detail around. There are a number of stitches you could use to make it very interesting.

3b. If you don't know how to crochet, I suggest stitching the edge with a zigzag stitch using a pretty fabric edging.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sheer Obsession

As I mentioned earlier I am having an obsession with dotted swiss fabrics that has now transferred to sheer fabrics as well. These lovely 1920's dresses were posted on Astral Boutiques's Blog

I scored some vintage sheer fabric the other day and will show them on this page a little later.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Perfect 40's Dress

The perfect 40's dress is not only a vintage dress from the 40's, but one that I would consider the perfect dress for a woman to wear when she is in her forties. This is a seller on etsy, she already sold this dress.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Magazine Clippings

 I have spent the last week trying to reduce the clutter, or at least organize it and came up with this great way to store my favorite fashion clippings. My mom made the corkboard and pins, this way I don't have to put my ideas in a book where I won't have access to them. The dress is sheer and over a blue under dress.
 Currently I am obsessed with dotted swiss sheer fabric and this is double dotted swiss.
Is it just me or does everyone need a pair of those fabulous white photoshopped pants.
An adorable dotted swiss dress from Sarah Seven
This is my own dotted swiss creation purchas here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Teenie Tawn's watercolor class Day 3

Teenie Tawn is my sis and she has most of her experience in oil painting, so I am making it my job to give her some tips on watercolor painting which can be a tough transition.

Things to think of...

1. Remember the capillary action of water and use it to your artistic advantage.

2. White is the paper, not a paint, so to make whites, just don't paint in that spot.

3. Water is a medium and when added to paint, it makes a thinner version of the existing paint color. For example, in oil if you add white to red you get pink, but in watercolor if you add water to red you get a paler red. You will just have to try this one out!

Here goes...

Just showing a few of my brushes.

This is generally the set-up, but you should have an extra glass of clean water that stays clean. I love this palette.

 Well, I am having serious trouble arranging my paintings and running out of time, so read throught this whole thing and then put the thoughts in order. Below I show that if you get to the bottom of a painting and have extra water to keep bloom from happening, just dab it away with a paper towel. Paper towels can also be used as erasers.

I mentioned above that water is a medium and here you can see the difference between adding white and adding water. The whole page was covered with water and I just dabbed in some blue. Also note the capillary action.
Above show the point in a wash if you panic and stop and here is where a dry line will form.

 When you are doing a wash, it is wise to make a big pool of the color you want as time is a little bit of an issue.
 Start by experimenting with your brushes. All of these strokes have been made with the same brush I like to think of a brush as more of a fountain pen and you let out as much water as you need. I added some blue at the end of the two strokes before they dried.
When doing a wash of any type, it is important to leave a bead of water so that there is no drying before you can decide what to do. This is a tad exaggerated, but if you let it dry you will get a line instead of a nice solid color.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Trout Trajectory

I am forever being inspired by Winslow Homer. This is my version of one of his paintings. I think that when you copy someone else's style you can learn a lot to carry into your own style. This one I am selling this painting on ebay as well as a few others.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chinese Gardens watercolor P. T.

Chinese Gardens is my latest miniature watercolor painting of
Port Townsend scenes. This one I ride my bicycle by all the time. I love the way the green bleeds into the aqua in the water.