Archive for November, 2010

Yep. I’ve been BUSY…..

November 19, 2010

This was no easy task, but I got it done.

Made FIVE matching sized rag bowls for a customer, as Christmas gifts for her five grown children.

They turned out BEAUTIFUL!!  I gotta admit , it was hard to let them go.

They are actually larger than the picture appears.   Roughly 13″ around and 5″ high.

A perfect size for so many uses!

I could have easily found a place in my home for all five.    🙂

Thankfully she loved them, actually loved them so much, she now wants two more…..for HERSELF!!!

I love love love to make these things!!!!   I wish it would be suitable to make one for every single person on my Christmas list.

Wouldn’t that make Christmas SIMPLE??

Yes . it . would.

{ sigh }

 

 

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making progress…

November 5, 2010

Each rag bowl get just a little bit better.

Not perfect, but are they really suppose to be “perfect” ?  no.

Imperfection gives them character. 🙂

(for some reason the photo did not take too well, so be sure to click on it to enlarge image)

So, in the last few days, I have mastered handles, an oval shaped basket, tapered as well as straight up and down style.

I love this one SO much!!  I really love the size of it, as it is the biggest one I have done so far.

and it is already spoken for, so I will have to part with it.

(sigh)

Rag bowl….

November 2, 2010

I have always loved Rag Bowls.  Fabric Bowls…whatever you call them,  I love them.

So, this last weekend I went browsing around a quilt store in Des Moines (Clive) and right there, front and center was a book with my name written all over it!!!   “It’s a Wrap” was the name of it.   I had intended to find quilting supplies, but left with this instead.   I am telling you, this store was a little off the beaten path, but WELL worth looking for.  I believe the name is Creekside Quilting.  If you are in the area, you need to seek it out!!!

The book  is now mine as well as some of the WONDERFUL fabric the store had to sell, the clothesline I needed, and the inspiration I needed to get the dust off my sewing machine.  I am set!!!

These are so fun to make and the variations are ENDLESS.  I started out basic, but I am ready for advanced techniques already!!

Beginning process. Could easily be made into coasters, table runners, placemats....or bowls!!! I pick bowls.

Cotton clothesline, wrapped with ANY pattern or solid cotton fabric, coiled together row by row…..

it is taking "shape"...... yeah!!!

Then… zig zagging rows together, and sewing at an angle when the base is the desired size….

Ta-Da !!! the finished product!!!

and continue adding rows to the desired height.

Done.  Isn’t it awesome, if I might say so myself?

Now, I already have BIG plans for more.   Adding coiled handles, different patterns all within the same bowl, making them in “school” colors, adding a different colored “rim”, adding beads, and possibly even trying oval shaped bowls.   Plain ones, colorful ones, table runners, coaster sets…….

I am excited.

Not to mention how many of these creations are going to make their way under the Christmas tree.

Honestly, I would LOVE to have a handmade gift like this.

and it is a frugal and repurposed project.  I will be digging deep to find the FUN scraps of fabric I have in my stash, and making really interesting combinations of lots of things.

And although I am buying NEW cotton clothesline for mine, you COULD go cut up an old clothesline if ya really wanted to do this “on a dime”.  LOL

Just saying…….

I am sure there will be many more pictures to follow…eventually.