Saturday, June 12, 2010

Exciting times.

This evening, I have been busily sewing a weighted pincushion organiser. Hopefully this will help me to keep everything easily within reach. This is currently a sew-a-long on the site. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman for Sew Mama Sew. I can really recommend this pattern since it is really well written with a lot of useful photos.

This is the completed bag.
The first photo shows the construction of the weighted bag which is later concealed inside the pincushion. I ended up making mine out of a rather darkly patterned fabric. This will not matter when the whole thing is finished since I have made the rest out of some curtain material I had left over in my stash.

Part of the morning was spent very usefully in the garden.

With my husband's help, I now have a printing board! Yes!!

Why is this so exciting? Well, I have been planning for this for some time now. I can't remember when I bought the felt for the first two layers - it must have been some time back in the autumn. The old striped cotton sheet was bought around that time too - a lucky find in a charity shop.

Now I can start playing around with some screenprinting.

I bought the screens and the fabric printing medium some time ago too. I know I bought my first screen at a show last year. Now I just need to prepare the first screen and I am set to go!

Oh, and I started knitting a pair of socks during the week. The yarn is Happy by Wendy and the colourway is Scorpio. I picked it up rather cheaply in a yarn sale at Hobbycraft. Despite the photograph, I have actually almost finished the first sock - just another four inches to go.

There has been a lot of quilting going on too - the first strip of four squares has been sewn together for Rosie's quilt. The sashing has been quilted too since I took this photo.


Toni said...

Oh--VERY cute bag!

I'm looking forward to details on your screen printing adventures. I've never seen it done, so I'm really interested in seeing your process.

Mandy said...

Thanks Toni. I shall try and take photos so that you can see what I am doing.

janet said...

Wow, you've been busy. I love all the things you are working on, especially the socks, they look like they'll be comfy. I love ribby socks.

Mandy said...

Thanks Janet,
I forgot to mention that the sock pattern is this one:
It is Ann Budd's lovely pattern, "On-your-toes" socks. This is my third time knitting these socks. It was the first pattern I ever used when I knitted my first pair. Those socks are still worn regularly too, even though I have knitted better socks since then. They are comfy too. And yes, there is something nice about ribbed socks knitted in a variegated yarn.