The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby Lady Arwen » Feb 21, 2018 10:30 pm

That dress is quite gorgeous! I've never been much for sewing doll clothing (it's the only time in sewing where I feel my fingers and machine are much too large) but yours are awesome.

I may be teaching a few daughters of friends to sew soon. They've been getting into costuming, which I do (just in case any of y'all missed that), and I've found that old sheets make great bases for quick costumes that can be easily sewn (and just as easily ripped ;)) ).
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby Grandmama » Feb 27, 2018 8:29 am

Lady Arwen wrote: I've found that old sheets make great bases for quick costumes that can be easily sewn (and just as easily ripped ;)) ).


Good idea with the sheets. I've also used them to practice with patterns to make sure they fit before cutting into the "real" fabric.

Lady Arwen wrote:That dress is quite gorgeous! I've never been much for sewing doll clothing (it's the only time in sewing where I feel my fingers and machine are much too large) but yours are awesome.



When my girls were younger, I used to sew Barbie doll clothes. However, I no longer have the desire, the patience or the good eyesight for that!
I understand the "machine being too large" for doll clothes. Set-in sleeves, for instance, need to be done by hand.
I'm looking forward to getting back to sewing doll clothes, but at present, there are too many other projects demanding my attention.
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby Grandmama » Oct 22, 2018 2:04 pm

Now that the garden is done with for the year, my thoughts turn to sewing, quilting and embroidery! After having the summer break from sewing, I kind of went nuts last week and now have one baby quilt top pieced, a lap quilt top half pieced and another lap quilt about 3/4 pieced.

I was hoping to make a Quiet Book for my grandson for Christmas, but right now it's difficult to get to the needed supplies in my sewing room as it is currently Ryadian's bedroom.
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby fantasia » May 27, 2019 11:21 am

I took my daughter to JoAnn fabrics this afternoon to pick out some fabric to make some pillowcases for her bed. We ended up with pink, pink, and red. ;)) But she's been interested in sewing and making clothes, so I figured I'd better find something that's super easy and I can show her how to do it. ... And then I'll let her take it from there. :))
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby Grandmama » May 27, 2019 6:24 pm

Fantasia, I hope you daughter enjoys sewing. It is one of my passions.

Recently a couple from church asked me to sew a dress shirt from some fabric they had got while in Africa. When I agreed, I didn't realize what a beast the fabric would be to match across the front and at the side seams. It had strong graphic lines going horizontal, vertical, and diagonal. Anyway, the shirt is complete, and they are happy with it and I am happy to be finished with it!

Next sewing project: dress for my granddaughter.
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby coracle » Jun 30, 2019 1:02 pm

There's been a bit of a debacle at Ravelry, so I have followed a family member into deleting my account and joining another knitting website.
Who else belongs to another site? Which one and how are you settling in?
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby Grandmama » Aug 14, 2019 11:20 am

Coracle, I don't know of any knitting websites, since I am a horrible knitter. I keep thinking that I should take up knitting or crocheting since they are so portable (you can work on them pretty much anywhere), where it's more difficult to take say, a quilting project with me to the doctor's office, for example. However, I have too many hobbies as it is, so I will just admire other people's work.

I have been busy working on an appliqued quilt this week. Next week the grandkids will be here and I predict that I won't get much sewing done, so I'm getting as much done as possible this week. I've been appliqueing flowers, which is a nice break from just piecing fabric together.

I did get the dress made for my granddaughter. I will attempt to attach a photo once I figure out how to.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... YzTHXKpO4V
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby coracle » Aug 14, 2019 12:59 pm

There has been a new site for refugees from the Other One, and I have followed one or two others to join it, but without being active on it.
https://community.openravel.com/
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Re: The Second Measure: Sewing, Yarnwork, and other Needlework

Postby Wunderkind_Lucy » Sep 05, 2019 1:20 pm

Hello, everyone!

I saw that there was a thread about sewing, yarnwork, etc., and thought I'd join. I'm not very good at sewing, but I enjoy crocheting and knitting.

coracle wrote:There's been a bit of a debacle at Ravelry, so I have followed a family member into deleting my account and joining another knitting website.


I didn't realize there were other options. I'm glad, although I never was very active on Ravelry to begin with.

Grandmama wrote:I did get the dress made for my granddaughter. I will attempt to attach a photo once I figure out how to.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... YzTHXKpO4V


I wish I could see the dress. I'm sure it was quite lovely.

Grandmama wrote:I have been busy working on an appliqued quilt this week. Next week the grandkids will be here and I predict that I won't get much sewing done, so I'm getting as much done as possible this week. I've been appliqueing flowers, which is a nice break from just piecing fabric together.


*looks at the quilt pieces sitting in the corner for the last who-knows-how-many years* I finished a lap quilt once and started on a second one but never finished it. I don't like our new sewing machine, probably because I always seem to get a tangled mess on the bottom of whatever I'm trying to sew. I never had problems with our old sewing machine. *sigh*

I'm much better at crocheting and knitting. I recently finished crocheting a backpack and am hoping to take on a more ambitious project: knitting a sweater.

Here's what the backpack looks like:

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