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Beavette | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Here are a few fun gifts that are personal to the receiver and easy to make. Fabric bowls..Everyone loves to get! and Scarves, beaded or not, they are great in the stretch velvets!
Elizabeth

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  1. Josefly | | #1

    Though I've never wanted to make or have a fabric bowl before, yours are vibrant and attractive - dramatic combinations of fabrics and unusual style make them unique. Very nice work.

  2. SAAM | | #2

    What beautiful work! I made a similar scarf for a friend for the holidays and she loved it. I've never tried fabric bowls. Are they complicated to make? I love your choices of fabrics and trims.

    Sherry

    1. Beavette | | #3

      The reversable fabric bowls are very easy, I like to make the two sides with contrasting colors, usually the center matches the reverse side. The interesting thing is the bowls with the metallic fabric curled at the edges all on their own, this was not planned. I iron them straight, and when they cool they curl. To make them, I just fuse two contrasting fabric squares together, and then in the center of each side I fuse a small square in the center of each large square, then zigzag around the small square. Them you cut wedges out of each side to create a bowl effect when closed. The wedge is zigzagged shut and then the outer edge of the bowl is either edged with the Serger or with a seam binding that can be an accent color as well. Great use for scraps....the exotic fabrics make the boldest bowls. They are great for putting things like jewelry or nuts in. Have fun.Edited 2/24/2008 12:05 pm ET by Beavette

      Edited 2/24/2008 12:06 pm ET by Beavette

      1. Beavette | | #4

        Here are the photos of the bowls in a viewable size.

        1. Josefly | | #5

          The more I see them the more I like them. Especially the curly ones. Did you use steam in the fusing process? I wonder if the steam shrank one of the fabrics, causing the "sandwich" to curl to that side? Very pretty.

          1. Beavette | | #7

            I didn't use steam, but the two fabrics are different types. One is a metallic synthetic and the other is a cotton. Heat alone could have shrunk the synthetic one.

  3. MaryinColorado | | #6

    Lovely gifts for some lucky person on the receiving end!  Exta special because they're made with love.  

    How did you do the lace part?  Crochet?  Decorative stitches?  Machine embroidery?  I can't tell from the photos.  They look very professional.  Mary

    1. Beavette | | #8

      There is no lace , the thread is metallic on one of the bowls, the black is Chinese silk fabric with a design. nothing fancy just zigzag stitch and seam binding.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #9

        I thought there is lace on your lovely scarves.  I plan to make several for gifts and for myself.  I'm going to make some out of serger lace instead of fabric too.  Thanks for sharing!  Mary

        1. Beavette | | #10

          On the scarves there is seed beading that looks like lace.That might be what you are seeing. The larger beads hang from the seed bead weave. I have also used pre-beaded strips from the fabric store on the ends of the scarves.

          1. MaryinColorado | | #11

            Oh how neat!  They are lovely.  Thanks for explaining.  Mary

  4. rodezzy | | #12

    Wow, you are doin' it.  Those scarves are absolutely beautiful, and the fabric bowls are unique and exciting. 

    Did you string the beaded fringe yourself, or purchase them already in beaded fringe strips?

    Love your work.

    1. Beavette | | #13

      Thanks,
      My sister-in-law does the beads, She is much more at home with the tiny seed beads. I love to sew,that is my forte, but the tiny counting and need for immaculate eye sight is to much for me. I have made some scarves for gifts using the pre-beaded strips. They are nice as well, especially if you are in a rush and need to have the beading done quickly. My sister-in-law moved three hours away, so I don't have her near to do the beading anymore.
      Elizabeth

      1. rodezzy | | #14

        Oh, O.K.  Lucky you at the time, to have someone to do it, yes it takes much patience to do that beading.  I've used the strips basically.  I just learned how to put beads in while crocheting and have done a few ponchos with beads, but they are larger beads, not the seed beads.  I've used them on a wall quilt or two.  That's it. 

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