Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Creative Space - Escaping the rain

It's still revoltingly rainy here in Auckland and our basement is more than a little damp. My sewing room is in the basement so my Creative Space is in the kitchen today. I'll be wearing a lovely ensemble of thick wooly socks and extra long cardigans and trying not to cut any of them as I crawl around on the floor cutting out patterns and fabric. Know the feeling?

I have some little red shorts to make for my Dolly Donations soccer player.


If you can spare the time to make a dolly, please do. It's a great cause. All the info can be found via the link above. All you lovely ladies who can crochet and knit can join in too. There are free pattern's on the Dolly Donations blog to make knitted and crochet dolls. The deadline isn't until 1st November so there is plenty of time for you to get creative!


I've been doing some more knitting myself. The green sweater has been put on hold briefly while I make a warm ballet cardigan for Maddy. Mum is going to make Eloise's for her which is a very good thing. I hate making the same pattern twice (my knitting bag is full of single socks and booties). Do you have that problem too?


I'm also slowly adding a few bits and pieces to my Felt shop. I've just finished this little size 2 pinafore dress to list in the shop. It has gathered strips on the front which I really like the look of. I think I might do this on a few of the kid's t-shirts too. To make the gathered strips: 
  • Cut out three or four 2 inch wide strips about 1 1/2 times the length you want them.
  • Set your machine to the longest stitch length and stitch down the middle of each strip. Carefully pull one of the threads to gather your piece to the length you want it.
  • Pin all the pieces to the front of the outfit you are decorating (I used a pin at the top and the bottom and one in the middle to secure it).
  • Stitch down each strip (remembering to adjust your machine back to the normal stitch length), removing the pins as you go. Back stitch at either end to make sure the strips are secure.
  • If you use knit fabrics, the strips won't fray. You could do something similar with wide grosgrain ribbon.
Let me know if you do this as I'd love to see what you make.


What's your Creative Space today? Pop along to Kirsty's Kootoyoo blog and see what amazing stuff she has been doing (and spend the day in awe of all the other creative spaces.)

26 comments:

Amanda said...

Keeping busy....I will check out the dolly donation for sure and yes yes yes I have an issue with doing the same thing more then once which is why I have one fingerless glove sitting next to me haha....

Kirsty said...

Your dolly donation is fabulous!

Screamstress said...

Soccer Dolly is adorable! I will make sure to check out the link too. It does sound like me, sometimes it seems I only vacuum so I can lay fabric on the floor!

Kate said...

Yes, I hate making the same thing twice. I think that's probably the main reason I've pulled out of selling my clothes to shops this year. I love your little doll and his outfit.

Selina said...

Love the soccer playing dolly!

Chicken Willow said...

Love the pinafore, so cute! I also find it hard to knit two of the same things. I always do two at once now so I don't have the problem.

michelle said...

you are busy. i love portable creative spaces. i follow my family around with mine. your doll looks great and i love the cardi and the pinafore

dash robin said...

I really love the fabric and the gathering on your dress, its so pretty. And thanks for sharing the dolly donation link, what a great thing to be involved in!
Don't let the rain get you down, not long now til you can soak up some qld sun!

Jennie said...

I love that style of cardi - it'll last her for ages!

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for making a dolly! I adore your pinafore dress, the ruffles are so sweet!

Ky said...

very cute little dress.

Michelle said...

The doll looks great, and so does the pinny. I love the idea of ruffles on a tshirt.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous! I'm loving the pinny, and now that my machine's fixed...

Gina said...

Adorable pinny, those gathers are really fun. The damp basement sounds less fun...

Kellie Christie said...

Love the dress!! So adorable!! The little soccer doll is great too, nice to see something for the boys. Happy creating :-)

Strickbombe said...

second sock syndrome is rife in this house too!

Tammy James said...

Oh the little frillys on the pinny are sweet. The cardigan pattern looks lovely and your doll is too cute!

Claire Gale said...

am loving the ruffles on the dress and the pink fluffy wool for the cardi - gotta love a cardi this time of year:)

Seaside Siblings said...

Gosh you have been keeping busy. Love the ruffles, will have to try that on the next thing I make for one of the girls.

Steph said...

Your doll is fabulous! And I simply adore that pinny. Thanks for the "how to" on the ruffles. Will definately give that a whirl. Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

ecoMILF said...

Thanks for the dolly donation link- will definitely look into it. Love all your creative happenings! xo m.

teddybearswednesday said...

I love your soccer doll!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

you sound as glamorous as me when I'm crafting ... in my thick wool socks and nasty old track suit pants. your crafting looks really good, the dolls are so sweet.

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Brenda said...

Your little dolly is super cute and the little dress with the extra detail......gorgeous!

littleminx said...

The doll is just gorgeous - thanks for the link. Love the dress too - don't you find such winter comfort in corduroy? x

Sarah said...

The dolly is gorgeous as is the ballet wrap cardigan, how soft and girly lovely does that look! I'm also loving the dress, how busy you have been, a great creative space.
By the way thanks for your comment, I would love to have a go at the willow cross stitch pattern, if you ever come across it let me know, thanks. x

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