Fabric designs contests, refurbishing, submissions & sewing classes : bring it on 2014!!!

Since the beginning of the year I have a energy renewal. Many people have gone through a pretty difficult year in 2013 and attack 2014 with a different perspective.

I’ve continued to submit my designs to the Spoonflower weekly challenge, gave sewing classes, submitted my artwork to fabric manufacturer and refurbished a chair.

FABRIC DESIGN : Since the beginning of the year there has been 7 contests, the most difficult is yet to come. Toile de Jouy is this weeks contest. Famous female scientists is added to the theme making it interesting but still very hard to achieve. So until the deadline you’ll find me at my drawing table!

SEWING CLASSES : It’s going great. I have a little less students that I hoped for, but all is not lost : I manage to finished almost half of my un-finished projects and still going at it. I should be able to put up some of my work for sale on ETSY pretty soon and I got time to do an interior design concept. (It was awesome to return to my design expertise which wasn’t lost at all)

ARTWORK SUBMISSION : I pushed myself to submit the best of my artwork done in the past year to fabric manufacturers. I decided to submit once a month to a different company every month, for 12 months /or until one offers me a contract for one fabric or a collection. It’s officially my 2014 resolution. We’ll see what will come out of this experience.

FURNITURE REFURBISHING : I was always very drawn to vintage furniture and refurbished chairs, tables and other pieces to my tastes. But lately, I have so many ideas, I surprise myself looking at little adds on the web to find vintage, unloved or ugly (at first look) furniture. Last week I refurbished a chair and the Facebook response to it was amazingly hear warming!!!

Here’s a before / After photo of it :

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I already have another chair lined up for a make-over.

Keep you posted on ALL my projects lined up and hope you have the same enthusiasm towards what will 2014 bring us in projects and other exciting+teaching+learning+humbling moments!

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Make your own curtains with big grommets (DIY sewing project tricks)

Here is a step by step how I did my 2 colours curtains for a patio door :

I’ve pre-ordered 5 yards (4,5m) of one of my textile design on linen-cotton canvas and put my curtain pole up.

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1) Once it has arrived I cut it in 2 equal parts of 2,5 yards (90″) or 2,25m each

2) Then I measured the width of the window (72″ or 1,8m) and the height from the floor to the top of the pole (90 ” or 2,25 m)

The width of the fabric is ( 56″ or 1,4m) so 2 panels will add to a (108″ or 2,7m)

so perfect to cover the entire patio door!

But the height  after the hemming won’t be enough so I’ll add a black fabric header to both parts and it will add a bit of drama to it 🙂

3: 3HEM 4 : 4FoldOnce

3) First I’ll overlock all the cut edges so it won’t fray and I like the overlock professional finish but a simple zigzag will do the trick.

4) I fold the BOTTOM (take car of the direction of the fabric ) and measure the fold so it’s 9,5 inches or 23,75cm  from one side to the other, I do so for the 2 panels

5 : 5Refold 6 : 6Pinit

5) I re-fold outwards a lip of 1,5 inch or  3,75cm and as I go along …

6) I pin it in place sir all my measurements are not in vein.

7 : 7SewSides 8 : 8Clipcorners

7) I stitch both side of the bottom fold, I do so for the 2 panels

8) I cut the corners not getting closer than 1/8 of an inch or 4mm

9 : 9FlipCorners 10 : 10PinitMesure

9) I flip the fold outwards pushing the corners all the way out to make them perfect and square

10) I make sure that my bottom fold now measures 8″ or 20cm from the bottom to the inwards flip, and I pin it from one side to the other.

11 : 11Sewfold 12 : 12ironsides

11) I stitch the closest I can the the border 1/16 of an inch or 2mm

12) I iron inwards the 2 side of the 2 panels

13 : 13Pinsides 14 : 14SewSides

13 ) I pin my ironing so it won’t move while I sew and move the panels

14) I stitch near the finished edge of the fabric (away from the fold) from the bottom fold to the top, I do so for each sides of the 2 panels

15 : 15MesureLenght  16 : 16MesureWidth

15) I measure to length of the panels it gives me 80,5 inches or 2,05 m

16) I measure the finished width that gives me 54″ or 1,35m

17 :  17CutBlackFab 18 : 18PinCurtaintoBlack

17) I cut 2 pieces of black fabric 55″ or 1,375m wide (54″ + 1/2″ seam allowance on one side + 1/2″ seam allowance on the other side) or (1,5m + 1,25cm  and seam allowance on one side + 1,25cm seam allowance on the other side)

by 26″ or 65cm in height (90″ *from pole to floor* – 80,5″ = 9,5″ + 2 x1/2″ seam allowance = 10,5″ +2,5″ on top of the pole= 13″ x 2 because I want to double it EQUALS 26″) or (2,25m *from pole to floor* – 2,05m = 20cm + 2 x1,25cm seam allowance = 26,25cm +6,25cm on top of the pole = 32,5cm x 2 because I want to double it EQUALS 65cm)

18 ) I pin Right side of the black fabric to wrong side of the of printed fabric leaving the extra hanging equally on each side

19 :  19SewblacktoCurt 20 :  20FoldBlackBack

19 ) Stitch 1/2″ (1,25cm) from the the edge All the way from one side to the other, I do so for each sides of the 2 panels

20) I fold the black fabric backwards and pin the sides

21 : 21SewSidesBlack  22 : 22Flipcornes

21 ) I fold upwards the bottom edge of the black fabric 1/2″ (1,25cm) before stitching over it 1/2″ (1,25cm)from the sides

22) I fold back outside in the black folded part pushing the corners to make them square

23 : 23Mesure&pin 24 : 24StictchOver

23) I measure the fold making sure that 1/2″ (1,25cm) is folded inwards at the seam and that it measures  12,5″ or 31,25cm I do so for each top of the 2 panels

24) I stitch the closest I can the the border 1/16 of an inch or 2mm

25 : 25IronTop 26 :  26MesureGRometes

25) I press the black fabric flat on each panel

26) I measure the width of the panel 54″ or 1,35m  and I divide it by 8 (8 grommets) = 6,75″ or 16,9cm (always put an even number of grommets so your curtains sides will point the walls)

I make a mark with a chalk  at 3,5″ or 8,75cm from the top so the top of the grommet will end up at 2, 5″ or 6,25cm from the top of the panel. The first mark will be 3,375″ or 8,45cm from the side, the second 6,75″ or 16,9cm from the first mark, and so on… I repeat for the other panel

27 : 27Stencil  28 : 28-CutCircles

27) I use the stencil to make the circle putting my mark in the middle of it and do so for all 8 marks on each panel

28) I cut carefully all of my 16 circles

29 : 29-Pushgromets

29) Each grommet comes in 2 parts, one positive one negative. I put the positive on the right side facing down, the negative part underneath facing upward and then press until I hear “click” and hang them

30 : 30Resultat

30) RESULTS!!!! 🙂 Really happy about it.

Decoration for Halloween & Winter/Christmas – hand made BROOMS

For Halloween I wanted to decorate dramatically the way to the front door for all the trick or treaters.

This year we had a few wind storms that made branches from the trees fall off, way more than usual. So, since it was tricky to get rid of it all (city overwhelmed by the amount) I decided to use them… to decorate!

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I decided I would do witch brooms. I collected all the little branches to make the bristles and 5 big ones 2″ (5cm) diameter and 6′ (1m75) long to make the handle.

With a pair of pruner and lopper I cut all the little branches in 12″ (30cm) to 24″ (60cm) sections. and made 5 piles evenly distributed  (the best that I could).

To the tip of a handle, I attached the thickest of the little branches all around with twine-nat rope. I put gloves to make it tight without burning my hands and asked for a second pair of hands to help me hold everything while I was attaching the bristles . I made three layers from the thickest to the thinnest bristles. Attaching the branches in bunches the best and the tightest that I could.

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I didn’t care about the perfection of it because; I thought it would look like a witch made it up herself, and in a hurry so…. It gave imperfect, perfect witches brooms!

Once all five were done I attach the handle the the hand rail with fat tie-raps.

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I dispersed the brooms all the way up to the front door, bristles up to make a creepy – witchy entrance for the trick or treaters and voilà !

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But wait for it… I took them off after Halloween,  but I kept all them for the winter time, so I can make snow man with beautiful brooms 🙂

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I hope you liked my DIY Halloween / Winter-Christmas easy to make BROOM-decoration!

On my way to a working sewing studio

One of the most exciting part of putting together a room is the last details that brings every thing together.

I’ve always had a soft part for antiques and “the old days” and how we use to do things right. Don’t get me wrong, I looove this days for technology, communication and accessibility. But through out all the flea markets and pass down stuff, I gathered a few beautiful elements that I decided to put on a stage wall for my sewing studio. First I managed to save a few frames by repainting them. I bought a few new empty ones.

I used every single and last element that was from near or far related to sewing that I gathered over the years and decided to either frame them or simply screw them directly on the wall.

I started with a shallow frame that was given to me and pined the best needle booklets I had in it. I’m so thrilled with the result :

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I’ll put a photo to show you soon all the frames and other old stuff up on the wall once is totally finished. (I still have 2 holes to fill in) and still doing my weekly challenge of participating on the Spoonflower contest.

This week is small geometric shapes. And the winner has custom made shoes… that speaks to my girly side!!!

Keep you up to date!