Monday, 22 August 2016


A quiver, possibly a Viking one. That was the assignment.
So I found this lovely quiver made according to excavations from Hedeby. Although in my opinion this wasn't the actual correct interpretation of the excavation pictures, I liked it a lot and the pattern looked quite easy.
So I cut the quiver body (I tried to make it so that it wouldn't reach the feathers) and sewed along the edges. When I was reaching the top, I cut four more pieces for the "ears", sewed each two together and inserted them into the quiver body.
I cut two panels which would serve as decoration as well as cover when the arrows are not used. I sewed on the little cross to one of them, with front stitch.
I didn't sew the sides at the bottom of the decoration panels so that the little ears could be used for hanging the quiver. I cut slits in the cover for the fastening.
The arrows I'd bought had a tape at the tail. I covered it with wool - I made this loop, wound the wool leftwards around the arrow, tucked the end to the loop and pulled the little tail on the right so that the loop ended up hidden somewhere in the middle.
When the quiver is used, the cover is rolled down and serves as reinforcement. Unfortunately I had only one big piece of leather. And it was far more tough than I would need so the rolled cover is way too bulky, canvas-like leather would be a lot better.
I think the original version looks much better. You know, I'm still learning...

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Beer Mug - Glass Grinding

I borrowed a dremel tool. I was lucky that it had this adapter - you screw in this pipe and it passes the rotation of motor to the chuck at the other end. You don't have to hold the weight of the dremel when you work and it really feels like drawing with pencil.
I'm really excited.

You can draw the design on a piece of paper or just print it. I drew it and sticked it to the inner side of the beer mug. I drew the basic proportions. Then I removed the picture. I put some black stuff inside to see better and worked on details.

After sime time focusing on the drawing and grinding at the same time is exhausting for the eyes. I closed one eye like an archer to see both just once but anyway after a while my eyes were crossing...
By the way, for glass I used the bit that looks like little metal ball.

The name could have been lower, but the half litre measure was in the way. I filled the letters completely (it looks almost like etched, only the edges aren't that sharp).

My husband as I see him :)
I just love how easy it was to draw something with dremel tool. You don't have to be real artist and it still looks really cool.
Our pissed warrior cat :-D

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Wooden USB Flash Drive - Celtic Knot

I saw a nice video tutorial on making a wooden flash card and wanted to try out - I'll make one for my beloved husband :-)
I took a lath, cut out two pieces with a circular saw. I had a faulty piece of wood where a bit of bark was left, which I found ideal for my flash card. I made inner side flat on a sandpaper, using only big grain.
I outlined the bougt flash card. I've chosen one with a hole so that the card could not be pulled out from the wooden case.
The longer side of chise is used for the vertical outlines, then I flipped the chisel and removed the material on angle towards the cut outline.
I made a slot at both the pieces. I accidentaly tore out a piece at the front. I wish I repaired it then...
No matter.
I used a hot glue to set the flash card in place. This fullfils any space that's left, especially around the hole. I used a glue for wood to attach the inner sides together.
I clamped it between two laths for the glue to dry out.
The wrapper piece seemed too thick to me so I carefully removed the excess with a chisel. I like the V-shaped pattern at the side.
I sanded all the sides and the edges too. Not very much fun, but with good TV series, not a big deal :-)
I drew a simple celtic knot and I removed the wood around it.
Then I took more precise chisels and cut out all the little curved areas, always using the longer side for outline, flipping the chisel and removing the wood with the other side of blade.
I covered the metal part with a paper tape, hanged on a wire and sprayed on several layers of transparent laquer, letting each layer dry perfectly. Here it is.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cat bags

Hi, I've been totally in love with this stretching cat bag for some time and now I finally had time to make one for myself :-)
No mention about bag sewing, just the applique: I drew a cat on a piece of fabric. I lowered the feed dogs and put my quilting foot on. I sewed three times the same path - just a bit inside the shape. Then I cut out the black fabric along the drawn line and frayed the edges. There were some longer threads - I decided to keep them, I just shortened them, so that the cat would look a little bristled.
So these are two sides of my new cat bag.
A friend of mine saw it and wanted to buy one for her mother's birthday, so I drew another two cats and made a smaller bag. I tried to place the tail more in A shape but finally I prefer the first version.
And as I knew the lady loves cats too, I put a short message in the inner pocket. In English, it might sound like "Made with love for cats" :-)

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Cow Handbag

Once I made a baloon skirt for my friend from a cow printed fabric, now I'll make her a bag from the leftover fabric. I wanted to try to make this one. I like pattern manipulation and this could be fun :)
So I made a pattern (I will not share it here, it would be unfair to the designer...), I cut out all lining and outer pieces. I quilted the LINING. It may sound strange, but I wanted the bag to be sturdy and the outer pleats would look too heavy if I quilted the outside.
I sewed the lining and outer parts. I sewed together the seam allowances of the bottoms. I ironed the upper edges, inserted the handle and sewed through the upper edge.
One little bow and here it is. Not very spacious inside, probably because of the thick lining, but there's still enough space for some women's necessities.
I didn't make a zipper there, I just sewed on two pieces of satin strip, so she cat tie a bow inside if necessary.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Belly Dance Veils

Dealing with lightweight fabrics may be tricky, but I think I finally have a knack for it.
I no longer iron the folding of the hem before sewing. Instead, I fold it in hand just before sewing and pull it tight, making sure that the weft threads go horizontally at the hem.
Also beginning and ending of the seam needs more attention. I put a piece of paper underneath and carefully tear it off when finished.
The heap of my silky veils. They'll be used for voi poi. Measurements are like 90 x 220 cm.
And here are organza ones. The upper hem is done with regular sewing machine, the curved edge needs an overlock machine. These are regular belly dance veils, measurements are 100 x 230, the curve may be 45 cm high.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Viking Runestone Birthday Card

A birthday card made for our viking friend.
I found some photos of viking rocks and picked this one.
I took paints and made the colored base. This sais something about how much I like him because I worked with brush which usually is quite a torture for me :-)
For the futhark I used a permanent marker (I love their absolute black).
Finally I tore the "rock" around the dragon and colored it with a pencil (the paper has its structure visible). Water paints would probably be better, but at one in the morning, you just go the easy way.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Dirty Dancing Bag

A gift for my friend who is a big fan of Dirty Dancing movie :)
I ordered a printed bag with a Dirty Dancing photo of my choice.
You know, no one prints your photos just on a fabric, so you have to order a bag and cut out the photo.
So this photo and a few leftovers from my last project (I am trying to get rid of any leftovers, because my heap of fabric tends to heave...). No matter what, I just love this fabric.
I sewed the pieces so that they would make a nice flat surface to quilt. I took a piece of batting and freehand quilted the parisian fabric.
At the photo panel, I stitched along the frames. And embroidered the printed Dirty Dancing writing.
I cut the lining of the same size , just without upper seam allowance. I cut two pockets for the lining.
I attached the pockets. I sewed both the main piece and the lining at the vertical seam and at the bottom. At the lining, I left a gap at the bottom seam for turning over later on.
I folded the bottom to have the bottom seam in the center and sewed the corners (on both pieces).
I made a tunnel for the strap. I filled it with batting and sewed the upper fabric to the bag.
I quilted it. Just straight stitch - freehand quilting in such narrow pieces is no fun...
And I want to have fun in my projects! I have too many UFOs (unfinished objects) in my stash. From now on I prefer to have fun from having everything perfect :)
I made the quilting more dense at the edges - I did't want them to be bulky.
I cut the seam allowance at the upper edge to 2 cms and sewed the straps on.
As the seam allowance is 2 cm and the lining was cut just to the upper edge, I can sew the lining on with 1cm seam allowance and the seam will be 1 cm below the upper edge.
The lining can be turned over and attached to the main piece at the corners - better to say at their seam allowances.
I prepared the zipper - I took a piece of 'endless' zipper and sewed little endings on it. Nice detail  :)
I took the closed zipper and sewed on. No special foot needed because of the batting.
I pinned the zipper to the other size, opened and repinned correctly to be able to sew it.
I didn't feel like hand sewing today at all, so I folded the bottom of the lining and sewed one milimiter from the edge to close the hole.
So, here it is. A lovely bag for my lovely Dirty-Dancingolic friend :-)
The lining.
I hope she'll enjoy it as much as I do. I'm just totally into quilted bags :-D