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Sew He knits, too, photos

jothwade | Posted in General Discussion on

I am glad to see that there are a few, way too few, other men who sew on these site. I liken sewing to building models and problem solving. I( have been sewing for about 50 years, have a BFA in Textile Design and worked in the carpet and rug industryfor 30 plus years in sales and styling.

Here are pictures of some of my projects. Most of them use recycled materials, some come from my own clothing some come from thrift shops and rummages, and some is new from decorative fabric showrooms.

the quilt and pieced items were made without patterns but with guidance from books and my daughter, the jackets adapted from a purchased pattern. I have made longer versions and adapted the technique to make skirts. The shirt (Kurta type from India) is from Folkwear and the vests are adaptations from the folkwear pattern (Jewels of India).

I sew to conserve, to share and to create. I love fabric. I also knit and crochet.

Jotham

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  1. SAAM | | #1

    Hi Jothwade,Thanks for sharing your work. I love to see what others are doing. The floral duvet is stunning. It's nice to hear from men who are sewing. My husband tried his hand at it early in our marriage and he did a good job. He made a couple of outfits for our little daughter. Unfortunately, at that time, we had no washer and had to use the laundromat. Both outfits were ruined when someone left something in the washer that left terrible stains all over our clothes. We tried everything to get the stains out, but couldn't. My husband got discouraged and hasn't sewn since. He says he's tried it, he's seen what it's like, and it's okay that I do the sewing for our family.Sherry

    1. jothwade | | #4

      It is really sad when stuff gets ruined like that.... The duvet was made from 3 large fabric samples and some solid sheets. The dark red was not in the original plan, but I measured wrong and needed to rethink and add spacers... therefore the red! Actually better than originally planned. Get your hyusband back to the machine....

  2. rodezzy | | #2

    How wonderful to hear a man speak of doing all of the things you do.  How wonderfully creative you are. 

    I tried viewing your pics, but they are too big.  Takes too long and have to scroll the pic all around to see.  I didn't even try the million byte ones.

    I'm sure each and every item is awesome.  You are inspiring!  Keep talking and inspiring us with your creative genius.

    1. jothwade | | #3

      Thanks for your words... I need to sharpen my tech skillls and l;earn to shring the size of the fotofiles!

      1. rodezzy | | #5

        You are so welcome.  Yes, smaller pics will make it a delightful experience.  Looking forward to seeing more of your work. 

        I've got a lot of things I need to be doing, but I got sick with a cold this week.  I crocheted two scarves last night, but I couldn't sleep and was up late.  Got up early and I feel suspended in space. 

        I'm going to make a spicy chicken soup tonight with lots of herbs and veggies and maybe finish off the ribbed purse fabric I knitted.  Put some handles on it, and try a lining & zipper.  Don't know until I get home.  And don't know if I'll do any of it after cooking and eating.  Not my usual haunts on a weekday.  I usually create, not cook. (giggle)

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