Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lola Pants

I've spent a lot of time looking at the StyleArc website, I like the look of quite a few of their patterns, but have always hesitated to buy any.  However they recently started selling pdf versions of some of their patterns through etsy and I finally succumbed and bought the Lola pants pattern.  The pdf is very simple to put together, the only problem I experienced was that my printer printed the watermark logo over the pattern instead of behind it which meant that parts of the pattern outline were missing.  However I contacted StyleArc  about this and within a day they had sent me a copy that worked with my printer.

 This is a basic pant pattern, with an elastic waistband  and elastic at the back cuffs. 

The instructions for the pockets are very basic,  I stitched around the pocket opening to make it look neater. A suggested option is to sew zips into the pocket openings.

I made a size 14 but ended up upicking the waistband and cutting the elastic down to the recommended length for size 12 as the pants were too loose around the waist. I'm not totally sure about the fit of these pants but they are comfortable to wear and I think they are a good casual pant.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Indigo Dyeing

Finally trying out an indigo dyeing kit I bought at a craft show a couple of years ago.  I  can't remember who I bought it from but you can get the same brand ingredients from 
You dip your fabric in the dyepot and when you bring it out it is green.  It turns blue as it oxidises.  You  keep dipping the fabric until it is as dark as you want. The colour fades a bit when you wash it after dyeing and obviously the colour looks darker when the fabric is wet so it is a bit hard to tell how dark the finished product will be.

 I thought the first batch of fabric looked quite dark but after washing it and drying the colour was lighter than I'd hoped for.  The instructions with the dye kit said to soak the fabric in the dyepot for one to several minutes before removing it so I left it in there for about 5 minutes max.

 The second batch I let the fabric soak for 30 minutes at a time and it came out a darker blue, more the colour I was hoping for.

Now I just need to do something with all this fabric!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

More Weaving.

Another bag, this one used handspun and commercial yarn in the warp and weft. 

 And my first weaving project for 2015, a blanket made in two pieces. I got a new rigid heddle loom for Christmas, an Ashford 60cm, so now it's time to practice.

Waihi, December 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Camino Bubbles

Yarn: Kauni  Wool 8/2 Effektgarn EKS (Spring Violets) 160g

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Triangle / Origami / Azuma Bukoro Bag #2

Remember the little bag I made a few weeks ago, well here is its big sister.  This piece of fabric was woven using white Moda Vera pure wool yarn as the  warp and  several brown handspun woollen yarns for the weft.  I used a variety of patterns, trying out simple weft and warp floats from "The Weaver's Idea Book" by Jane Patrick.  I'm a beginner weaver and my selvedges aren't that great, and some of the weaving patterns draw the fabric in more than plain weave so the width of the fabric varied a little along its length but on average the finished width after washing was 36 cm. The finished bag is a good size for a shoulder bag and my current knitting project fits nicely in it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


A walk on Union Hill, Waihi. Lots of fun climbing over the ruins left from mining & processing operations in the area.

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