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Jellybean

I'm super excited about these new clubs (thanks @Curious, @Destiny, and everyone else who made them happen) and I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves to see the results of other people's creativity, especially when I 'know' the makers. Pinterest is just Not The Same.

Show off your most beautiful finished items (or disastrous, unfinished and abandoned projects for tea and sympathy), samples, sketchbooks, project notes, sewing space or stash of fabric/yarn/haberdashery.

Or all of those things.

Tell us about the tools and techniques you love, that you want to learn or improve, or those that scare you too much to try. What sort of patterns do you use? Do you make alterations to the pattern and test garment for a perfect fit? What projects are in your queue? 

Would any of you be interested in a sew-along or a topic on this forum specifically for people to experiment with new techniques, tools and materials? What about pattern cutting and customising commercial patterns?  We could help each other, SOTDRT-style, but with drinks and snacks and rescue ferrets.

As I'm the only one here, I'll start:

I store my fabric in drawers and clear plastic boxes, or upright on bookshelves. Storing it like this means I can see all my fabrics and find what I need without having to 'stir' the drawer. Just looking at them makes me feel inspired and happy!

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Happy
Jellybean

I made this last weekend - it’s a draught  excluder for one leaky window in our apartment (apologies for the cat - letting her be in the photo was the only way I could stop her either putting her whole face in the camera or lying in front of the draught excluder):image.thumb.jpg.734d1a8c45638a5f48866a66a10325a8.jpg

It’s supposed to look like beach huts and the roof/top is made with a grey fabric with a print of little white stars 

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

@Jellybean, what did you stuff your draft excluder with? I would suppose that the regular polyester fiber-fil my mum used for stuffed toys wouldn't have enough weight to keep it in place. I guess you could put something heavy in the bottoms?

Your fabric stack is lovely. :) When I pet-sat for two different quilters, I always admired their rainbows of fabric, so carefully stacked on shelves. It inspired me to have open shelves for yarn storage in my completely hypothetical dream house. :my_biggrin:

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Ais

I have been determined to learn how to sew properly for years and never quite managed. I can hand sew well enough to hem/repair but o would love to be able to take fabric and create something beautiful. I love your draught excluder @Jellybean

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Jellybean

Thanks!

@WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? I did use regular polyester stuffing, but I put a long, thin plastic bag in the bottom, filled with mung beans (I didn’t think we were going to eat them - I’ll let you know if my husband asks where the mung beans are in the next year or so) so it’s pretty heavily weighted at the bottom. 

What do you make with your yarn stash? 

@Ais (is that pronounced ‘Ash’?) I totally know what you mean about wanting to create beautiful things and going to fabric stores and stroking things but not really having a plan of how to use them. Craftsy has some excellent classes (some free) from beginner right through to expert. I’ve done a couple of their couture sewing courses and would really recommend them. 

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Ais

@Jellybean yes it is, not many people catch that! 

I must look into craftsy for classes, I think I set up an account many moons ago for crochet and knitting patterns. I was gifted a sewing machine about a year ago so I really have no excuse.

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Jellybean

Do it! And then come back and show us for applause and congratulatory hugs!

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?
On 2/20/2018 at 5:08 AM, Jellybean said:

What do you make with your yarn stash? 

I'm a knitter, but I don't knit all that much lately. I have more time now that my kids are both in school, but I've never really gotten "my groove back" as far as my knitting goes. I'd also like to learn to crochet one of these days.

I own a sewing machine that was my grandmother's. Unfortunately, I don't know how to sew, the machine needs repaired, and we don't have room for it in our house. (My MIL kindly lets us keep it in her guest room.) When my grandma gave me her sewing machine, I was going to try to learn at least some basic sewing, but when it turned out that the machine wasn't working right, I kind of lost interest. Getting it fixed and learning to use it is still on my mental list of things I'd love to do.

My grandma was my domestic arts inspiration. She sewed, knitted, crocheted, and was a great cook. She was also a teacher and went to college to get a degree, even though she could have kept teaching on her old "teacher's college" certificate. She got her bachelor's degree at the same time my dad (her oldest son) got his. (My other grandma was cool too, but homemaking wasn't her big thing--music was.)

Thinking about her and my other grandparents makes me sad that we only saw them for one week every year. There are so many things I wish I could ask them. I'm glad my kids get to see their 3 grandparents at least once a week. :)

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Ais

I joined this club and then couldn't find my way back to it. Needless to say I still haven't mastered the sewing machine but I've been asked to make newborn photo props for a family friend/photographer so right now I'm mostly spending my time on Pinterest lol

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Happy
Jellybean

I love Pinterest! I have to be careful, though, because I can get sucked in for hours!

I know what you mean about not being able to find the clubs again @Ais - I use mobile for FJ and get here by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner, then choosing browse, and clubs. I find it a bit clunky, which means I forget the clubs are even here. Oops!

@WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? I lost my creating mojo for a long time. It’s frustrating but it will come back. Don’t fret. I love Craftsy for their courses (don’t ever pay for them at full price - they have good sales). I haven’t tried any of the knitting ones, but the sewing and pattern cutting ones I’ve tried have been absolutely excellent. 

ETA: just saw that I recommended them above too - oops! I’m not affiliated in any way, I promise!

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