Jumper/Sweater Bag & Star Wars!
Actually, that was one stage into the process. I’d already felted it at that stage. Felting sweaters/ jumpers is easy- just make sure they’re pretty much 100% wool and not a new jumper that has been pretreated to stop it shrinking! You’ll get a feel (quite literally!) for whether it will felt. Shove it in the washer at as high temp as possible & do something to distract yourself whilst you wait for the process to end! Once out, put in the tumble dryer to complete the shrinking of fibres. Depending on what it looks like, you may need to wash it again if its not felted down enough. You shouldn’t be able to see individual fibres in the garment – and when you cut it, it shouldn’t be able to fray.
Some will tell you to cut it up ( sleeves etc) before you shrinkie it- but I’ve never worried about that.
Now onto chopping it up ( always gets me- I never want to!!)
These were the handle straps ready to sew.
The thing is- the jumper cost £4 in a charity shop ( thrift for my US/Canadian friends!).- I realise the jumper thing and even the Hackett brand is a mystery to y’all ( thanks Joscelyn!!). The fabric I’ve lined the bag and handles with I had in already but it’s a bag for a fiver. Not at all bad value.
Cheekily, I cut out the designer label and sewed it inside the bag! Obviously I wouldn’t sell it, but it makes me smile when I see it.
What do you all sew?
Well, yesterday I met with a manager from Hobbycraft. They’ve got a fantastic scheme called the Artisan Scheme. Looks like I’m going to get involved with some demonstrating of the things I do, perhaps sell some bags and will be hoping to book some workshop space in one of their newly renovated stores. Exciting times.
I’ve still a couple of spaces left on Friday’s class ( feb 1st 7:30pm)- will be fun; ‘sneaky and superb stamping’. Come and join us!
Kiddy front- well where do I start. One kiddo is on a one man( girl) mission to bake enough cupcakes to save up to get her bunnies spayed. That will be a whole lot of cake!
We’re being taken over brick by brick by Lego kits. You look where you’re stepping before you commit. I’d love to know how many lego-related injuries are caused each year. I think I may need some safety boots.
I’m sure they’re secretly multiplying.
Our dining room table is currently the residing place of a half finished Dark Maul’s Sith Infiltrator! ( don’t ask!)
I am however having to learn the Star Wars language which is utterly alien to me. I know people glaze over when I start talking about the nuances of craft gear but honestly- the names…
Admiral Gial Ackbar, Boba Fett, Ak-rev, Stass Allie, Darth Andeddu..
I’m never going to understand them. Han Solo I can cope with.
Bring back Thomas the Tank Engine!!!
I did want to have the coiled buns like Princess Leia – when I was little. NOT now! Was it just me?!
Better go… I’m in the midst of the school run. May the force be with you!!