Sunday, April 26, 2015

THE MAKING OF A BASKET/BOWL



Fold the rope to the left and zigzag down the center with a wide zigzag stitch


keep turning the rope counter clock wise slowly, all the while zigzagging catching both sides of the rope. Sewing on a cotton clothes line produces a lot of lint, these baskets/bowls use a lot of thread…
so I cleaned my machine every bobbin change and oiled the machine every two bobbin changes. Use a big needle or a jean needle if you have one avaiable. Get into the rhythm and it will become meditative before you know it.



Make a flat disk to what size you wish, then…


push down in the center


raising the side up about 45 degrees


each round raise the side a little higher to build the side walls.


keep going round and round…raising the side





when you have the height wanted


and if you choose to have a handle,
back stitch where you want to start your handle and cut the threads


make a loop the size wanted then start stitching on the other side,( see picture 3rd one down),  remember to back stitch! go around and add another width to the handle. Add as many widths as you like or have rope to use, don’t waste any.



see below how it all come together ;-)


I had a little bit of line left, so got a little creative.
every bowl/basket will be different if you let the moment do all the creativity.


inside my completed bowl


 Using my bowl for storing loose makeup containers.


that’s pretty much it….let your creativity go wild. These are fast and it feels great to finish something useful all in an hour to a couple of hours.
Don’t forget to put on a corny movie, one you have seen a hundred times so you do not actual have to watch the movie.
Have fun, and be sure to share what you create!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

THE MAKING OF CLOTHES LINE BOWLS













sewing clothes lines round and round is equivalent to meditating, no it is a form of meditation. i start with no more than a couple of inches and sew till i feel like stopping or run out of rope and it matters not which one happens first. every design starts out with “i wonder what shape this will take on”. the excitement is watching the entire project come together, knowing at the end it will be the perfect completed object, beautiful and useful.
tomorrow, i promise , i will put a few how too’s on the blog to get you started. be careful though, and know how addictive this kind of sewing is…you have been forewarned .  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOWLS---FLOWERS---YARN

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I’m trying not to come home from work and  just sit and do nothing!  I could so easily stare at the TV or take a nap, I have a hard time finding any energy after working at a computer all day.  BUT I want to get some fun things done! So today I came home and took a clothes line and bada bang - bada boom, I turned that plain ole’ clothes line into a very useful bowl, to hold some beautiful skeins of yarn.
And let me say, that this project met my need to “just run it through”.  Meaning I find it relaxing as well as comforting to run fabric through a sewing machine…weird I know, but true.  90 minutes of running a clothes line through my sewing machine was pure ZEN.
I am sure I will be purchasing more clothes lines, so if you are needing to replace yours, better get to the shops before me……I see Christmas, Birthdays, friendship gifts………

Spring is really trying to bloom forth here, I like a slow spring with cool temps and plenty of rain. 
And it’s proving to be a Spring that meets all my expectations. JOY JOY JOY.
The flowers pictured here are in my yard, as pretty as they are, my spring garden needs attention.
Oh, the plans I have when I retire. I lay in bed just dreaming of all the fun garden projects….
Soon, so very soon!

I have a full weekend planned, planting some of the garden, more clothes line sewing and on Sunday making pillows from an old worn out quilt. Of course some needed house duties will be sprinkled in-between my need to create enjoyable “things”.
Enjoy your weekend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SPRINGING AROUND HERE


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what’s not done-is planting these cold crops
or my flower seeds!
all because of….



this. A much welcome spring rain/snow mix storm.
i’m hoping that before monday a break in this spring strom
i can get a few wee minutes in the yard!



no complaining though, how we need this moisture!
on to some sewing!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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Nothing shouts Spring like the daffodil…..yellow of course!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

WHAT’S UP











Well spring is certainly trying to burst forth, early I might add. I love Spring and the newness it brings, the wonder of planning the garden. Each year I say I’m going to plant more flowers, get that arbor for  pink climbing roses, more trellises , mentally I plan an English garden living on a high plain dessert. Seeing the problem I’m having, called water!  But every spring I plan it out in my mind.
Hopefully this year the laws will change out here regarding collecting rain water from ones' roof. yes, here that is illegal. However, being the renegade I am, I have been collecting rain water in buckets to water porch plants for years. But a rain barrel!, to water a vegetable garden, a dream hopefully to be fullfilled.
The pink bubble gum quilt has been sitting in a closet for….well years, I had children in grade school when I pieced this quilt. I put real cotton wadding for batting, started hand quilting and realized this was going to take longer than I had to live. I needed a small hammer to get the needle through that dang batting. I found the bubble gum pink quilt recently and thought I’m machine quilting this, not going to remove any of the hand quilting I completed either.
To my great surprise it is turning out beautifully.
I giggle thinking that this pink bubble gum quilt in 150 years will show up at some quilt guild show and the presenter will show it explaining this is an example of a quilter that just didn’t have the stamina for hand quilting! And why should she have, she had a machine right there, so she moved her chair over and went to work!
The baby sweater is Baby Kina, a great easy fun knit.
Our Longest Days, an amazing read. WOW, I am grateful that my life has been easy!
The Old Women knitting, just liked the picture….I can Identify with her,{ I may even have a certain likeness to her}.
Have a great week. Hope to post more often, but good intentions is just that….good intentions ;-}

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