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I am sewing with the last of this favorite fabric.

I believe I purchased it in 1993 or 1994 from a long gone fabric store in Newark, California.

I just tried an image search using this picture, hoping to find some old store stock, but Google could not recognize it as sewing fabric at all,

I suspect it is a rayon poly blend. I remember it being fabulously expensive (to me) when I bought a small amount, perhaps a yard and a half, all that I could afford at the time. The vest I made from it was worn until threadbare and the scraps have become treasures I reluctantly use.

The bulk of the piece above will be a focal panel in a tunic currently in the works, the very last crumbs will go into a collage.

I do wish I could find more of this.

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Today

I had to put a new video card in my old computer.

Fry’s was a boiling pot of weak sauce. Long lines, glacial speed on retrieving orders, general chaos. Wasted too much time on that, not enough on creating.

Thought the tree was nice on the way back. I did not notice how adorable the cute wee one being photographed by her mum was until I looked at it this at home. Had to share.

At least I got some light sewing done.

 

It all started with Karaoke

This! Is! So! Cool!

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As Karl Lagerfeld has said, “Some things never go out of fashion in the world of fashion: jeans, the white shirt, and the Chanel jacket.”

Ahh, the Chanel Jacket.  It’s classic, reported to be comfortable and easy to wear, and I have been dreaming of owning one for years.  This is the year I am going to make it a reality, and sew a Chanel-style jacket out of my own handwoven fabric.

This is really going to be a long-term project that I started over a year ago.  I examined the tweed fabrics in the Linton Tweeds catalogue.  I searched the internet and looked at examples of Chanel jackets.  I knew I wanted to create a unique tweed fabric.

This is where it all began.  My fabric started with a ½ pound of fibre from Louet, called Karaoke in the Parrotfish colourway, in mainly greens and pinks,  50% Soysilk / 50%…

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Woven scarves

I am about to pull my Kromski Harp out of hiding and this is very inspirational.

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So after a long time, I finally pulled my Cricket out from the basement and successfully wove a scarf on it. Our long standoff has come to an end, and a beautiful British wool scarf is complete. I have no idea why I thought making a plaid pattern was a good idea, but I’m pleased that my foolhardiness did work out in my favor, at least this one time.

I used almost two full skeins of DK weight BFL yarn, both dyed in Wales. The green wool was dyed by Squeaky Elliot on Etsy, and the orange Bonnie DK yarn was dyed by Posh Yarn. They’re quite possibly the same base; the Squeaky Elliot BFL felt a little thinner when weaving, but once I soaked the scarf and let everything sort of bloom fully, I can’t really see a difference. In any case it’s so soft, as one would…

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Diagnosis is not an end point.

The other side

STU_1975DPP_001 Photo bu Stu Allsopp 

Diagnosis for autism was a surprisingly unequivocal call for my psychologist.

Ever since I’ve been filling in the gaps. As we approach February I’m shocked to find I’m almost a year old (diagnostically speaking). March 4th will be my birthday.

The other night I had a powerful dream that I was interviewed on national television about being autistic. To articulate what this means in public was clearly wish fulfilment of a kind. I guess I’m tired of being on the margins where I’m invisible and expected to be a good quiet autistic who continues to resemble the neurotypical person everyone (including me) thought I was.

You see I’m learning something important. I don’t want to be that person – one who has to work against my nature and cultural affinities.

Part of this is speaking up and out about everyday matters and expressing my preferences more…

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New Life for Old Jeans

I love denim patchwork. This is arranged very well. Such a great interplay between the different tonalities of the jeans.

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Awhile back I saw a denim quilt and thought, “I could make one of those.” I started saving our worn out jeans and cutting out squares when I had some time. These projects always take me longer than I think they will, but this weekend I finished the denim quilt! It is heavy! I think it is going to be more like a picnic blanket than a blanket for snuggling on the couch.

The finished picnic blanket.

I found several great tutorials online and read through them. Then I combined a few of them and made it up as I went along.

Here are the steps I followed to make my picnic blanket:

  • I cut open the inside leg seams of each pair of jeans.
  • I used a rotary cutter and a 6 ½” acrylic quilter’s template to cut out squares on my cutting mat. (Avoid worn or stained areas…

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