Archive for May, 2007

TAST week 18- whipped wheel and woven wheel

This time I used felt instead of evenweave, I haven’t used it before and it was a new experience.

The idea was to create an impression of sea life.

TAST week 18

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Eco tags

As you could see, I’m trying to organize my life and this is another step. I made tags to “sign” the boxes with fabrics and laces that I’m using. It takes so much time to find the right box as they are similar and the whole operation is quite complicated because the boxes are over the door. Now I will see, what’s inside every of them. You can guess 😉

eco tags

Another thing- why eco? I used only recycled materials to make them, nothing new and bought especially for them. It’s a good way to use nice papers and other things that you don’t want to throw out but have no idea what to do with them.

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TAST week 17- running stitch

This time I decided to play whith the fabric and made a sampler, where the stitch is almost invisible but creates some tricky folds that become the actual image:

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The thing I learnt is that you don’t really need a difficult and ornamental stitch to make a complicated embroidery.

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Some more ideas about time

I planned some activities for few days and I thought it would be interesting to share some ideas about it.

If there is anybody interested we could establish a challenge, say ‘Find you time’ and share the ideas about time organizing and planning a day, and- to be more on topic 😉 – finding a time for all kinds of textile arts.  Then we could show how we used the ideas and what really worked. For the beginning here are some of my tips:

  • plan your day, don’t loose time just thinking “what now?”
  • use time planners/organizers/callendars to write and check what you are going to do
  • don’t plan too much for a day. It’s better to start less but finish more.
  • sleep more, when you don’t feel sleepy all day, you can do more and you’re more effective
  • don’t forget about leisure time and spending it for what you really like

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Is that spring? (or about ordering)

Funny, but all that months since autumn I felt like a bag of potatoes- didn’t want to do anything and only going to sleep. I don’t know- is it a holiday or rather spring that made me more active? Hope that this will last longer 😉

Anyway I found enough energy to start some clean-up at home (and in life) and that was a good decision 😉 I must say they have a great slogan for that in IKEA now: the better life starts at home. I think it shoud be my motto for few weeks. Better organization of space is the most important as we don’t have too much place, and after all I’m going to add some crafty touch 🙂 I belive that well organized home gives you a chance to organize the rest of life in a better way.You just don’t loose your time looking for everything all the time and when your surroundings look nice you feel more happy too.

This weekend I managed to remove some old magazines and papers and all this funny and totally useless things that you collect whithout any rational purpose. And here: surprise! I found some very nice embroidery fabrics and some other beauties- just for skirts. What’s more- there was a whole bag full of old jeans in the wardrobe- all waiting to cut and sew something fun.

So- todays’ motto is Have a look to your wardrobe more often!

I have some plans for next days and I’m going to return to planning whole days and weeks to get more time as I used to when I was studying. I used universal village planner then and I think it’s a nice tool to organize your time. There’s also a funny service http://www.43things.com/ that works as your electronic conscience and reminds about things you should do.

I hope this will help me to change some inefficient habits and find more time for embroidery.

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TAST week 12- couching

I know I am always very late, but there’s so much around 😉 I spent last two weeks on a small holidays in the Bieszczady mountains and did some craft activities, but unfortunately not TAST. Anyway I managed to embroider quite a lot of richelieu table cloth.

For TAST week 12 I have done three CQ details. First two are fans and the last one is a spiderweb. I found that it’s a great fun to explore this technique in fan motifs, because you can add many different stitches to the background thread and you can also use ribbons or some “crazy” threads to imitate the real fan. It was a good exercize.

Here are the pictures:

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In the spiderweb the biggest problem was the spider ;), but finally I found a button that was absolutely perfect for it.

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