Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Granny Stocking - pattern release

Just in time for the holidays!
This is a fast and easy Stocking pattern! 

Granny Stocking is 14" tall and 10" wide (from toe to heel), but you can make it larger or smaller only by printing at different scales the templates you will find at the end of the pattern.
The templates include seam allowances, so you only have to cut on markings.
The pattern has 14 pages. The instructions are clear and easy, illustrated by 28 images. 

 The little story of this Stocking is this:

Initially, I only wanted to make a Christmas Stocking using someone's pattern. I did not planned to make my own design. I started to look on the Internet but the huge number of Stockings I found overwhelmed me. Even so, I didn't find a stocking shape that I truly liked.
As usual the first thought was: So, I can't decide what to chose. How about to make my own design?
And again as usual, I did some research into my preferred source of inspiration: Romanian traditional clothing.
This time I aimed traditional winter footwear both for women and men. I noticed the shapes, colors and a few more defining details. I made a few sketches. I chose the fabrics. Only two: classical deep-red and bone-white. Cotton. Consequently, using white cross-stitch embroidery as embellishment came so naturally that I didn't need to think about alternatives.

For Granny Stocking you need only a few materials:
-2 pieces of 11" x 15" for stocking body
-about 12" x 12" for cuff and shoe
*Tear-away stabilizer for cuff embroidery
*A piece of ribbon for the loop
*Coordinating threads 

For my stocking I chose the simplest way to beautify it: embroidery using sewing machine's decorative stitches. 
If you don't have decorative stitches on your sewing machine you could use utility stitches as decorative stitches by simply changing the length and width of stitches. Look bellow at my sample:
Utility stitches
It is preferable to use stabilizer for the embroidered section mainly to obtain a well formed stitch.
If you don't have stabilizer you might use a piece of lightweight interfacing, but you need to reinforce the whole cuff wrong side not only the embroidered area in order to have the same thickness of the fabric allover the cuff.

Granny Stocking might be even a graceful decoration long after the Christmas holidays are over. Of course, if the chosen fabrics will not betrayed this!

If you want more for your stocking, giving it a deeper traditional accent, you might add crossed ribbon or cord over the stocking body. Like here:

It can also be sewn with modern fabrics to give a chic look. 
I designed Granny Stocking to be graceful but also to be easily sewn and to give endless possibilities to show your creativity.
Look how gorgeous is Silvia's test-stocking with her personal twist:

Thank you, Silvia and Geta for your reviews and suggestions!

If you'd like to refresh your Christmas stockings look  - I think they would make great Christmas presents too- you are welcome on my Etsy Shop.

I'm offering all my patterns at a discounted  price for a limited time

Have a beautiful day! 


Friday, 30 October 2015

Bluebell Handbag Pattern release

Hello my Friends!
Have you been looking for a nice new bag pattern?

Today I am happy to launch my first bag pattern!

 It is a handy and roomy bag: 14" (36 cm) wide; 14" (36 cm) tall; 7" (18 cm) deep. This means that you have enough place for all necessary things: wallet, phone, tablet, a few books, and even for small shopping! 

It is a versatile bag. It is s
uitable for quilting cotton reinforced with fusible interfacing and/or batting, but it is suitable even for home decor weight fabrics.

The pattern includes:
            - fabric reinforcement tips
            - guidance to make up and apply piping to the bag base

            - detailed instructions for magnetic snap closure

            - detailed instructions to sew a zippered pocket on one side of the bag

            - directions for attaching metal rings to handles
You will receive 32 pages of easy to follow step by step instructions and 89 color photos and diagrams, plus one printable template to make this handbag.

The measurements are in both inches and centimeters.

Thank you, Geta, Kat, and Silvia for reviewing the instructions! Your help was so precious for me!

To celebrate this launch, Bluebell Handbag Pattern but also Country Home Pillow Cover Pattern are for one week at a reduced price.
Here, in my shop.
Click on the photo above

Thank you for your support!

I am linking to Finish it up Friday!

Have only beautiful sewing days, my dears!


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Black & White second sight - quilting "Time is Running" block (II)

I finished quilting the two versions of my new pattern.

The two tops are washed and are waiting to be transformed in pillow covers.
In my quilting design I assumed I'm weaving canvas pieces.

I used the same thread colors on both versions: black, white and grey, but the two main background colors played their parts in the final different look of each quilt .

The backing is quiet and beautiful like a whole cloth quilt top!

All in all, I like how they came out!
Did you see the other interpretation of this pattern? Is here, in my past post.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!
Moving on! Time is Running!

I am linking to Finish it up Friday!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Quilting in an autumn day - Time is Running block (I)

It's a cold autumn day and it's raining. The natural light is so poor that I use two lamps while I'm quilting my new patchwork block "Time is Running".
I have made three versions of it: this, this and this. They will become pillows tops.

The gray version is ready.

I started with it because its quilting design came up to me first.
I wanted an accurate quilting, so even I new I will use the walking foot, I decided to mark the design onto the fabric top.
I taped the paper design to the window .

Then I taped over the paper the fabric top and copied the design onto the fabric using washable fine-liner pens.

The quilting was fast and easy.

I washed the pillow top and now it looks like this.

I had only one bad surprise: a small portion of a marking line is still visible.

I hope that at the next wash it will disappear.

Now I just finished the second top. After I will wash it, I will show you.

Have a beautiful week, my dears!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Lazy Cat - a toy pillow

The perfect companion in a rainy day - a lazy cat, isn't it ?

I'm still working on this project trying to turn the drawn character of my friend, visual artist Elena Dragulelei, in a cute and comfortable toy-pillow both for children and the adults with the soul of a child.

Here are my first four tests:

And here is my fifth:

Others may follow, but in a completely different register of colors.
One big problem is that we didn't decided how we will call him. Any suggestion?

You may see other results of our collaboration here, here and here.

Back to work now.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!


Thursday, 10 September 2015

The first sign of autumn

The first days of autumn reminded me of a project started earlier. Of course, it's still in testing.
My work-in-progress-projects-pile keeps growing. But sometimes that's the way the things are going.

It's all I'm showing you for now!

Have a beautiful autumn, my dears!