garments, sewing

starting to sew

So I’ve been missing for a long time, eh?

Quick rundown: knitting is difficult, being able to buy supplies doesn’t mean I really want to use them the way I think I want to use them, sewing and crochet are easier than knitting. :) I now know why S didn’t get too far in learning how to knit — it’s frustrating. And oh — I need intellectual stimulation in addition to making things with my hands.

I’ve started work on a jacket…it’s a Folkwear pattern, but I don’t think I should really tell which, at this point. I suppose sewing isn’t as forgiving as knitting (mis-cut and you may have to buy more fabric), but it’s a bit more pleasurable to me, right now. Even with all the pinning and cutting and marking. I’ve done this before when I was a child, so it isn’t entirely new to me…and I think one thing all three of these crafts have in common is that beginning is one of the hardest parts.

I’m using a method of marking pattern points by leaving different-colored threads hanging out of the spots which are supposed to be marked. I feel much better about this than about using chalk or disappearing ink; I don’t have to worry about the marks remaining for all time, at least unless the thread bleeds dye into the fabric.

Right now I’m working on a muslin mock-up so that I have something to practice on and won’t feel bad about messing up nice fabric if I make a mistake or three. I’m thinking about going out and purchasing a book which will help with advanced tips (like marking pattern points with thread instead of with pins or chalk or marking pens, or why diagonal basting is usually superior to straight basting, etc). I have a book a friend loaned me, so this will hold me for now, I suppose. I should also get a pair of shears with angled handles. But I don’t need those immediately.

Maybe I should go work on this now, it will give me something to do.

fiber arts

correction — and quilting!

I mentioned earlier that I thought the Brown Sheep yarn I’m using was supposed to resist felting. I don’t think it is. I went and checked the ball band when I broke into this new ball of yarn and it says, “mothproofed”, not “superwash”. I guess I confused one for the other.

And now I’m wondering how this is going to look after it’s washed…oh, well…I’ll see eventually.

And yeah, over the weekend I started on a quilt-piecing project. This has been pretty nice so far even though I know I don’t know how far in to start stitching or end stitching…right now my stitches are running over into the seam allowances…

I’m doing the sewing in this project by hand with quilting thread and size 10 needles. There’s something about sewing by hand that I like, that I don’t get when I sew by machine. So far I’ve done six seams — I stopped on the weekend after the sun went down.

I should really go now, but I should note to myself that I’m thinking of saving for a rotary cutting mat, should I continue to find the quilting fulfilling…