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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Needlework Of A Different Sort

If you are a knitter or have friends or family who knit, you probably know what "project bags" are. If not... well I'll explain. More often than not, knitters find themselves casting on more than one "project" at a time. Socks on one set of needles, perhaps a cardigan on a second and even a another cowl on yet a third set... (um, yes, I admit in fact that describes ME at this very moment).

So unless they want inquisitive feline paws or other potential hazards to befall their hard work they keep each project in it's own separate location - with instructions, wool, needles and all other necessary tools and embellishments together.

Hence the proliferation of the "Project Bag". There are many such beautiful cases on Etsy; with awesome fabrics and in a variety of shapes and sizes specific to the project (larger ones for sweater quantities of supplies, smaller ones for socks, for instance).

But me being me, I wanted to try to make my own. And since discovering the modern episodes of Dr Who on Netflix (oh David Tennant!  Ahem - pardon the tangent there),  I decided a Dr Who project bag would be awesome.

I found the fabric with the perfect pattern on a site that's new to me called Spoonflower. It's brilliant - you can choose from thousands of designs created by members and also make your own!  So I ordered two "fat quarters" for half price in canvas for the outer bag and designed my own silky interior fabric you'll see later on.

I also found Dr Who printed ribbon and charms from Etsy to decorate my finished bag. At home, I discovered two pieces of material I had on hand that I could use too. So early yesterday, I finally got started.

I used this pattern from the Pink Penguin blog as I had seen many a knitter make this style. I changed it up a bit and also added three pockets to the interior. One of the fabrics I found in my own stash was a plether-like black material - I must have purchased it for a Halloween project years ago. I had just enough left to sew the base and upper edge of my bag. I feared my old circa-1980 sewing machine wouldn't be able to handle the thick fabric, but I am thrilled to say it worked flawlessly!

I made the outer canvas shell first, after heat-fusing an interface to sturdy it up a tad.

After making the lining from a silky fabric (also strengthened with interfacing and with pockets sewn on), I created the handles from the ribbon.

Here is the fabric I designed. It's a very famous line from Mr Tennant's tenure as The Doctor:

"People assume that Time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff."

I used Fireworks to skew the fonts and picked out the colours from the other spacy fabric so they would match. I am so pleased the way it turned out!

I finished the bag this morning after hand-sewing the final interior seam so there are no raw edges.

I really am amazed - I LOVE it! Here is the inner drawstring section that can be pulled up or tucked inside. It keeps everything in tact with no zippers to catch yarn.

A view of the inner pockets made of the same material as the outside.

And a close up of the charms... if you're a fan of the series, you'll recognize some of the references.

And what's even more fantastic, I only used half of the material! Yep, I can make another - which I will probably try in a different shape and size.

Allons-y! *

*The Tenth Doctor's catch phrase "Let's go!"

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tim Holtz Tags of 2014 - December

After all of the holiday hoopla, I had to make sure I didn't forget to do this month's Tim Holtz tag. As usual, I am barely sneaking in before the end of the month... and this time, just before the end of the year!

I got out what I thought I might need for this month's piece.

Here's what I ended up using from that pile:

Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood and Walnut Stain
Distress Markers: Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo
Distress Stain: Brushed Pewter
Distress Paint: Picket Fence and Antique Linen
Distress Stickle Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy
Frosted Film
Kraft-Core cardstock
Industrious Stickers
Green Jute String
Bigz Bookplates and Tags die
Festive Greenery Sizzlits Strip die
Shadowpress Authentic Set Debossing Folders
Philosophy tag
Mini brass bell
Scribbles 3D Paint

I began by cutting out the tags and chipboard backers (for stability). I swiped the cardstock with white paint and Distress Inks. I also used an old paint brush to splatter more Distress Paint for a snowy effect.

After cutting out the reindeer in Grungeboard, I painted it with Antique Linen and sanded it down. Using the Walnut Stain Distress Ink I shaded the edges,

painted Multi-Matte medium on top, then sprinkled it with Distress Dry Glitter.

I also outlined the shape with a Distress Marker. Here is a before & after of how nicely this small step improves the look (I have two of everything since I am making a duplicate tag for The Scrapbook Cottage again).

I also added Frosted Film to the top of the tags after embossing them with small dots.

For the wording, I decided to use Tim's Shadowpress Authentic Set Debossing Folder "Wonderful"

cutting off the "ful" to just have "Wonder". Then I tore the bottom of the cardstock, sanded it down, inked and painted it with Picket Fence.

For the pine needles, I used Tim's Festive Greenery die, cut from his Kraft-Core cardstock then inked and painted them for a snowy effect.

So here is my finished tag after putting it all together and adding a ribbon coloured with Distress Ink and a Philosophy Tag hung from it. I also used a thick 3D white paint to add "snow" here and there.

The reindeer is popped up on foam dimensionals and jute string was used around his neck holding a small brass bell. I also added a strip of Industrious stickers to the bottom as Tim had done.

I do hope Tim continues to inspire and teach us new techniques with Tags of 2015 - it sure was fun to participate each month.

Here's wishing you all a wonderful time ringing in the New Year!

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