There are a few things to share today, several more exist just in my head for now.
Crab Table Runner
Four Sundresses, a Custom Order
A Sewing Lesson in the Works
Additional knitting needle cases, maybe some knitting project bags, more wallets asnd some produce bags are all on the week's wish list. With a sewing workshop scheduled tomorrow, the online course and Easter on Sunday, I think if I work through the sundresses and the knitting cases, that will keep me plenty busy!
Kid Sewing Week turned out well! I always finish less than what I intend to sew, and some things got pushed aside for other things (little things like, oh, a business to run, and teaching an online course that wraps up in a few days). Quilts and curtains were not finished, but they have at least been cut or the designs were finalized. Not pictured: a belt for a jacket made last year, crayon roll for a birthday party, and lots of mending. Tell me what you think in the comments.
Curtain, at least started
Birthday Gift--Knitting Needle Case (outside)
Knitting Needle Case (interior, still a work in progress; note the side zippered pouch for tiny things like stitch markers. You can see I have next to no needles since I can barely knit a scarf. But I hope to take some of these to an upcoming Fiber Festival and will be asking friends who knit beautifully to test the pouch first.)
Wallet--new product coming summer or fall
Ever get something stuck in your head and you can't work on anything else until you figure it out? I've had this floating around in my head since at least October. I didn't like the early versions, tried several patterns by other people, even sold a few, but still wasn't happy with it. This week I had an idea that I just *HAD* to try out. This, I think, is finally it. I like it. In fact, this one is now my very own. Slots for cards, a zippered compartment for coins, a magnetic snap flap. I like it. Have I menioned that??
Here's the outside.
Thanks for taking a tour with me. I feel pretty good about everything that I was able to make, in addition to everything else going on around here. If you'll excuse me, I have some fabric to put away to get ready for this week's projects!
This week I committed to making things for my children, as they too often get swept under the rug for other projects or business orders. So far this has been a lot of fun! Following are photos of all the things that *could* happen between now and next Tuesday. There are so many other things I would like to at least start: curtains, quilts, and maybe even some more snack baggies. This avid list-maker so enjoys crossing things off of those lists!
One thing on my wish list for the business side of things is improving my photography. Yikes! Can anyone lend me a few extra hours in the day?
Pillow Cover for the Reading Nook
Overnight Bag--the light pink is corduroy
Today is where I hold myself accountable for all the photos I posted last week and show how many projects were completed. Last week I was blown away by the sheer number of projects I had on my cutting table. I was a little smug about how much I could accomplish in just a week when sometimes it feels like I work on so much but don't have any finished products for a long time. Well, life got in the way, and I don't have as much to show for my work as I had thought. Still, it's not too shabby. And I was able to get a few things started and completed yesterday for my week of Kid Sewing.
Closeup of Pants
Crab Table Runner--haven't even touched it yet!
Delivered Order (not exactly these, but you get the idea)
Bunny Bowling. Still fiddling with the design. I don't like his ears. The carrot fabrics will become two bowling balls. In theory...
Bean Bags. Only half are finished because I ran out of beans...
There you have it. Tomorrow I will post pictures of all the kid-related projects that I have started. Maybe something will be finished besides the dress and pants above?
This week, in addition to showing work-in-progress pictures on Wednesday, I want to press "pause" on all work sewing and focus on my children. The list is lengthy of things I WANT to make for them. You might think that they have mama-made wardrobes, completely DIY decorated rooms and a suite of handmade toys. Um...no. Not quite.
This week I want to focus just on them because their projects are all too often pushed aside for other things. If all goes well, I will probably take a week for my husband, a week for the house and, maybe, just maybe, a week (or at least 1 or 2 days) for myself! Not all in March and April, but at some point this year. Gotta keep things realistic.
This is inspired by Kids Clothing Week Challenge, but I want to sew more than just clothes. I'll post a photo update on Wednesday. Maybe this will hold me accountable and actually finish some things!
Today I thought I would give you a glimpse of the projects on my cutting table. There are a lot of things going on at once, in various stages of completion. Ready for a lot of pictures?? I think most of what you see will be finished in the next week or so.
I'm still trying to figure out how to make the caption font larger. Remember that techno-illiterate comment in my first post? Yup, that's me. I'll figure it out eventually, but look at all the other fun things I could be doing with my time:
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.