fiber arts!

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. aetherGeologist

    aetherGeologist Well-Known Member

    That’s a relief to hear!
  2. Re Allyssa

    Re Allyssa Sylph of Heart

    So, I have this purse that I love. It is exactly perfect for me. I call it my bag of holding because it can hold a lot more than it looks like it can, and still be pretty comfortable. I love where all the pockets are. I haven't been able to find another purse like it. It's also important to me because I got it from Medieval Times on my birthday :P

    A few years ago, the bag went through a really bad car crash with me. The jewelry that I had in the back pocket ended up crushed - some of it into a power. My mom cried when she cleaned it out. It also got ripped in a bunch of places and the stitching started unraveling in thick threads. I stubbornly continued to use it, but I had to stop using it for any occasion in which I wanted to look professional or put together. It looked like a mess, lol.

    A little while later, it finally became completely unusable, as the holes had gotten big enough to cause problems. (the inner lining was intact, so it wasn't like I was losing my things, but still). I thought I threw it out, but since I am a terrible hoarder child, I actually threw it to the back of my closet at my parents house when I moved out. Well, I just moved back in and found it again.

    I cleaned up all the edges - cutting away the threads that were loose and tangled, so it looks mildly presentable again. But in the pictures you can see all the rips and tears, or at least most of them. I really want to try my hand at darning and other decorative mending stitches, but there are a few places that i'm going to need to actually patch, so I might do some embroidery things there.

    I already did a small darning patch in one corner - the blue and purple patch. The thread I used is more of a cord, since I originally bought it to fix jeans. I think I'm going to need to use something smaller going forward though. I have a ridiculously large stash of embroidery thread, so I'm not really concerned lol

    If you know of any cool stitches, or have any suggestions or links or whatever, I'm happy to take them! I have no idea what I'm going to actually do yet.

    Purse Adventure 1.1.jpg
    Purse Adventure 1.2.jpg
    • Like x 3
    • Winner x 3
  3. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    I feel like I keep running into videos of this kind of thing on pinterest, though of course when I try to find them on purpose, it's totally impossible :p

    But this is hopefully a decent example with a few options! I got to it by going to pinterest and searching 'embroidery hack' and looking for a promising link to click through. Some of the things they suggest are more complicated than the others, but I've also messed around a little with things like sashiko as a total amateur and was able to get some cool looking results.
    • Useful x 2
    • Winner x 1
  4. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    second panel on the skirt finished today! meaning I only needed 5 days for it instead of 8, but then I'm on vacation and have a lot more time to actually sit down and embroider than when I gotta go work.
    • Winner x 4
  5. Jean

    Jean Let’s stop procrastinating -- tomorrow!

    I think I am comfortable saying that i am getting better at this.
    • Winner x 10
  6. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    Blankets! A baby blanket, and a wedding gift blanket that's so very late I'm also sending it with the subsequent baby gift. The baby blanket is the Atlanticus CAL, and the adult blanket is the Wrapped In Jamie CAL (and I am so bitter this thing has gone on pause, even though it destroys my hands. there are only six squares out of twenty released, and I'm able to follow the patterns as written just fine, and I crave MORE overlay crochet)



    • Winner x 11
  7. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    holy crap that's amazing.
    • Agree x 1
  8. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    i have 3 rougly 100g skeins of handspun laceweight in a sort of creamsicle-and-raspberry-sherbet colorway and no idea what to do with it. i don't like knitting lace. what do you do with laceweight if you don't like knitting lace?

    ideally i'd like to make something for myself. it's a bit of a femmy color scheme and doesn't go with anything i ever wear, but dangit, i spent way too long spinning this stuff, and i keep giving away the things i make.
  9. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    i find ajour/openwork knit patterns work well in lace weight, especially on giant big needles to get a sort of spider-webby loose effect that looks very delicate without much effort at all
  10. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    I've seen some really nice cardigans and drapey (but not lacey) shawls in laceweight, and really really really detailed and delicate socks!
  11. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    I've seen some fingerless gloves too! My fave way to enjoy luxury yarn. A lot of the patterns on Rav are lacey, but not all of them.
    • Agree x 1
  12. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    hmm, my gloves need to be tough. a shawl or throw could be good tho. iirc stephen west has some great patterns that are textural but not lacy, i should check.
  13. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    after browsing west’s patterns a while, an idea came to me: blocks of stockinette and seed stitch, with the increases at the edges of the stockinette rather than the center, so the outer edge is angled rather than square pointed.
    • Like x 2
    • Winner x 1
  14. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Got this pillow that ended up going through the washer a few too many times, for cat incontinence reasons, and one side ended up turning into something like a mesh bag of stuffing, and it looked like one of those needlepoint testers- you know, the kind they make for kids? Come with cheapass yarn and blunt plastic “needle” included? So I decided to roll with that, and fix it with embroidery thread.

    I like sewing, but I cannot stitch a straight, even line to save my life.

    (caution: lorge)

    I am making up for my lack of skill with enthusiasm.
    • Winner x 4
    • Like x 3
  15. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    @Re Allyssa , I think you’re right, that looks like it would be pretty cool with embroidery mending and patches.

    To start out, I’d use your heavier thread and do a whip stitch (*edit* sorry, pressed post early) hem around all the edges to stabilize the fraying, then go back with your embroidery thread and Make It Pretty.

    Here is what I found when I went looking for embroidery mending how-tos for my mesh-pillow. Assuming you didn’t already consult Google with the same keywords as me, go and see; is v cool.

    *edit again* Frig, @spockandawe already showed you the thing. Teach me not to read the whole thread including links before posting.

    (I’ve been having a lot of fun trying various types of back stitching, too. There’s more than one that look like sutures! Look cool, also v strong. You can do them in a straight line like that, or do them in X-es or V-s or unconnected slanty lines. ... There’s probably names for those. I don’t know em.^x^)
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2019
    • Informative x 1
    • Useful x 1
  16. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    I am excite.


    On the night my niece Sylvie was born, I had a dream where she turned into a tiny bee-pony and flew around the hospital, so I decided that I would make her a bee-pony.

    Today I embarked upon a quest, and though I haven’t the spoons to share the details at this moment, above you may see the the spoils: Three of the softest, prettiest silvery fabrics from the upholstery section, and a pink-and-flint checked cotton flannel, which is also the softest.

    For lo, there will be 2 toys; one heirloom, and one edible.

    (Saturday was Sylvia’s 2-month birthday!)

    *edit* Here’s a picture of the 3 upholstries in better lighting:


    thumbnail bc big
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2019
    • Winner x 14
  17. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    I don’t know if you guys have seen this yet, and frankly I don’t have the time or spoons to dig through 75 pages of backlog, but I found this in an old phone and it seemed right up your alley
    • Winner x 9
  18. vegacoyote

    vegacoyote dog metaphores and pedanticism

    Watched some tutorials, google-image-searched some stuff, made a pattern for a (chewable/puke-on-able/washable) doggy.


    (also there’s my feets.)
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
    • Winner x 6
  19. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    Among the many many fiber craft gifts I'm doing, I just finished this one for my sis right now and I'm so excited about it

    It's a hand-dyed gradient rolag set, and I'm gonna make notes and name colorways all hobbit themed. Also I made enough of each sub-colorway that it could be spun as two matching gradient hanks, or since they're in rolags my sis could remix into a fractal or self striping yarn or whatever tickles their fancy. About 150g of Manx Loaghtan, originally the brown in the upper right and overdyed and blended by me.

    • Winner x 13
  20. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science


    • Winner x 11
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice