What other fiber arts crafts do you do?
Besides garment sewing, what other kinds of fiber arts related crafts do you do? Knitting? Crocheting? Embroidery? Beading? Quilting? Etc.
Deana Tierney, Assistant Editor, Threads
Besides garment sewing, what other kinds of fiber arts related crafts do you do? Knitting? Crocheting? Embroidery? Beading? Quilting? Etc.
Deana Tierney, Assistant Editor, Threads
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All of the above, but knitting is definitely 'way up there with sewing. Also included: anything using fabric. Years ago I was interested in rug hooking (traditional type) and looked into weaving for a time but didn't need an extra hobby just then.
A little crocheting, embroidery and x-stitch on occasion. Trying my hand at weaving on a table loom. Right now I am into Chinese knotting using rattail and beads.
Edited 7/19/2007 2:07 pm ET by Sew Biz
My favorite thing is to learn new techniqes with fibers. I love to embellish or blend fabrics and fibers together to create my own "fabric". I love pintucks, lace or fabric joining, bobbinwork, threadpainting, crazyquilting, quilting, piecework, dollmaking.
Anything new is always fun to do with fibers! I would love to learn about beading, beading with a loom, beading on fabric. Not the bling kind, but more subtle or Native American style beading. I bought supplies to dabble in jewelrymaking but haven't started yet.
Oh, and I want to try using colored inks on fabric too. Dying is just too messy and takes up too much space, though interesting.
The end product can be to wear, hang on a wall, pillows, bedding, dolls, toys, you name it. The best part for me, is the creative process. Mary
I would have to say that I primarily sew. Never got into quilting, although I do love the articles on the art quilts. I do bobbinwork, freemotion embroidery, piecing, fabric manipulation. Pattern alteration to accomodate fabric manipulation, and some knitting (sweaters). The more complicated the better. For me it's not so much about having a finished product, it's all about learning and the act of problem solving. Just picked up a book on fabric doll making. (Art dolls) It's gotten my creative juices flowing. Lots of fiber inclusions and different dye and paint techniques. Mostly surface decoration with more than just embroidery. But I always go back to making a piece of clothing. It's long term satisfaction in a rush world.
I had to think about this a bit. Over the many years I have tried my hands at a lot of different things but always the core was garment sewing. Around that core I have enjoyed embellishment, surface design, lots of quilting, crewel and traditional embroidery, tailoring, pattern design, beading in regards to garments, and now, smocking and heirloom sewing. Heirloom sewing was really how I started having attended convent schools where we were taught drawn thread work, embroidery, etc, in all grades. I really loved it and here I am today back at it, sewing frothy little heirlooms for my grandaughter.
I do quite a bit of embroidery: crewel, blackwork, mountmellick, stumpwork and needlepoint. I'm just beginning to learn more about goldwork and thread painting. If you're contemplating launching a magazine about those other subjects, I'd be very interested.
Crocheting, beading, drapery, upholstery & furniture construction, hand embroidery, quilting, costuming, millinery, lots of altering and repairing of clothes, backpacks, & outdoor gear, including tents and sails. Trying to learn to knit more efficiently and would love to weave, spin, dye, & felt, but don't have space/time at the moment!
If it involves fiber in any way, shape, or form, I'm interested in reading and learning about it, even if I never get a chance to try it: historical, ethnic, or couture clothing, tatting, lace-making, wearable art....
Interesting question; it's made me realise that practically all my my various fibre endeavours are connected to wearables. Knitting, combining knitting with sewing, felting/fulling and embellishment are my thing.
Quilts; to hang, for the bed, to wear. I made my best friend some new pot-holders and she refuses to use them ('they'd get dirty!') so they're used as mini-art pieces in her home.... Garments of all manner (winer jackets, silk blouses).
In addition to garment sewing, I have a wholesale drapery and soft furnishings workroom, I weave, spin, stitch needlepoint, embroider, do traditional rug hooking, machine embroidery, and have tried my hand at everything except quilting.
I am a self taught digitizer, and I have created a line of 3D flowers and butterflys for the embroidery machine. They are so much fun to make and have helped me through some very tough times. I started working on them after my Mom had a severe stroke, and then last year when I had to go through Kimo, for Overian Cancer. But having them to work on kept me from being to focused on the bad stuff. If you want to see them check out my web site. <pams3ddesigns.com> I also love to sew and do lots of other crafts.
Sewing is my main hobby--garments, accessories, quilts, home dec, doll clothes. I also crochet, but never learned to knit. I used to do embroidery, needlepoint, and counted cross stitch, but it's been quite a while since I've done any of those.
I also teach sewing -- both privately and in group lessons. In addition to my own garment sewing, I do "art" quilts -- right now I'm working on two window coverings that will eventually look like stained glass, using poly organza for light transmission.
I also construct handbags and like to do bead embroidery. Basically if it can be done in fabric, I've probably tried it. I'm in the process of teaching myself how to felt right now. I've been dabbling in millinery for the past year and have made several very cute blocked felt hats.
Are you by any chance related to the inspirational sewist, Roberta Carr?solo
I wish you would post some pictures of your felted hats. I just discovered some great wool yarn from Yarn Bee and I love it. It is soft and spongy, not scratchy, with beautiful colors in it. Marcy
I'm interested in your felt hats, aas I've just recently begun to do some felting, but then I wonder what to do with the piece I've created! Any photos of what you've made? I think I'm OK (usually) at working out how to do various projects, but sometimes am short on the initial ideas.
Hi Moira, the hats that I've made were done using what are called felt hood or felt capes -- they are pre-prepared hat "thingies" that you then shape over wooden blocks to form the actual hat. My teacher had some really great antique hat blocks that I was able to use.
However, there are also ways you could use your self-made felt to make hats too using a buckram frame to attach the felt pieces to. Or if the felt is fairly thick, you could use it just like regular fabric to make you hat. If you are lacking ideas, you might want to look at Vogue patterns -- they have come out with some really awesome hat patterns in the last couple of years. I've purchased a few of these patterns to play with -- but like with everything else, there are just too many patterns and not enough time!
I also need to figure out how to take pix of my work so I can post them to share. I'm really behind the curve on that one though!
Thanks Mary. I must look up some of those patterns and see if there are ideas I could use this winter. The digital photo thing is also on my challenge list! I'd like to master that one. It's lovely to look at people's photos of their work I think.
Hi Moira, I just got a new digital camera too. I have software to sew the pictures. Could you let me know if you have discovered any fun sewing ideas with our cameras? thanks Terri
Wow, that's a cool idea! I just got a digital camera for my birthday. That would be a great way to use it.
Hi Tatsy, Well, I have taken a picture of a tractor in a field by our home. I have Auto Punch software with my embroidery machine and it stitched it out really nice. Also, I thought I would try printing my pictures that I download from my camera on fabric sheets. Then make a wallhanging with them. Is this a fun thing to do or what! Could you let me know if you have any ideas too? Terri
I'd love to, but I'm in awe of most technology. Haven't opened the book for my new camera yet and am waiting for a friend who's a Martha Pullen instructor to give me a lesson on the embroidery machine I've had for five years. I retire next year so maybe I'll put time in on it then. (I grew up in a house w/o running water or electricity and still remember when we got the new crank phone!)
Hi again, sewing friend. If you need anymore help, just let me know. You are going to have so much fun! What kind of embroidery machine do you have? I will try to help too and the library is starting to get machine embroidery books. thanks Terri
I have a Viking Designer I and all the program disks that go with the embroidery, but I am a big fat chicken and have let it sit on a shelf next to my serger for too long. Next June I retire and will have time to do lots of things, or just sit and relax.
I have the Designer 1 also. Due to working full time including a lot of travel, have not had the opportunity to learn all of the facets the machine will do. I plan to really learn all of its capabilites this fall. I had mine upgraded to the USB. I really want to learn how to create my own embroidery designs. I wish you good luck in learning and I hope that I am not too old to retain all of the information. I will be 78 in November and love to design clothing for myself and my three great granddaughters. Time has kept me from doing as much as I would like to do.
Good luck with your learning experience.
Thank you. I retire next year and hope to do all sorts of things but when I am on summer vacation I tend to moult. I hope being retired will make it easier to organize my time.
As for remembering, I know that all the research says the more active you keep your mind as you age, the less likely you are to have memory issues.
How did the USB change work out? I have heard some bad things about that procedure.
I have had no problem with it. The flash stick may be a little slower at first, but I think that is just a matter of getting used to it. I was told the smaller capacity of the stick, the faster the designs come up on the machine. It was expensive for our income but I inherited some money and therefore it didn't bother our budget. I was charged $600 to have it put in. Since the floppies are becoming obsolete, I thought I had better do it to keep my machine current. At my age and the cost of the SE I will not be able to update to it and one of my friends who works in the store where it was purchased told me she thought I was better off with Designer 1 than even thinking about the SE.
Edited 8/30/2007 2:17 am ET by BJB1929
Thanks. That's really good to hear because I've been told exactly the opposite.
Glad I could help. Remember, as we get older, memory does not serve us as well. At 78 I have been taking computer classes for the last 4 years or so. I have repeated some of them a couple of times. Our local college has classes for seniors and the cost is very small. The classes are five days for 4 hours. This fall I will be taking 5 different classes. I have always loved school and learning. Wish my memory was better. Thank goodness for books that help. If the learning on the Designer 1 is a little slower than you think it should be, just keep at it and it will finally stick. God bless you.
Edited 9/1/2007 12:34 am ET by BJB1929
I am considering new software for my Husq/Viking Designer 1, do you know if your software is compatible with it? Who makes the software you have? Does your software also allow you to scan your own drawings and embroider? Mary
Hi Mary, well I don't know yet, what to tell you. So far I have found generations and buzz 2 stitches. The auto-punch software came with my singer futura, and I like it. I don't know what goes on your machine, but I bet it will use anything. Let me know what you find out. thanks Hattongirl
I love to piece quilts. I, also, sew for my animals and family. I do a lot of machine embroidery. Would like to know how to make pants fit. I sew a lot for plus size women. I have made patterns using the plastic drop cloths used by painters. It came to me one weekend when I didn not want to visit Wal-Mart AGAIN. It is easy to mark on and last longer than the tissue patterns.
Right now, I'm making quilts, wearable-art garments, decorated home decor items, and elaborate doll costumes from the Edwardian era. I've also made Renaissance costomes, drapes, valances, bedspreads, handbags and tote bags. I have an insatiable desire to try everything!
Spinning and weaving.
I want to sew with my handwoven fabric.
Berna, I've been covering sewing with handwovens for Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot begining with the last two issues and the summer issue which should be in print soon. http://www.weavespindye.org
There's a condensed version of the cutting technique at: http://www.sewing.org/educator/html/ed_guidelines.html
The intent of the articles is to give the weaver (or purchaser of handwoven cloth) complete confidence about cutting and sewing!
Thanks, I'm sure I've seen those articles, because I belong to HGA and get Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. I'll have to go back and reread them.
I just finally bought myself a new sewing machine (Janome), and decided to start reading up on sewing techniques. My old machines are 80 and 100 year old Singers. I'm actually enjoying sewing much more on the new machine.
I've done lots of sewing over the years, chiefly when my children were growing up, for all three children and for myself as well. I didn't do much for a number of years but now that I'm retired, I've returned to sewing for myself. One inspiration has been that my husband is interested in making costumes and has enlisted my help in demonstrating various sewing techniques (he took a class to learn the basics). I'm also getting back to knitting and am about 3/4ths of the way through a winter sweater for myself. While traveling in England I bought several cross-stitch kits that I want to do but can't seem to find anyone to show me how, without paying $50 or so for a private lesson. I did do some embroidery years ago so I know the basic techniques but these kits have me stymied. Books from the library don't demonstrate the basics but seem to show only specific "projects." I have also done quilting but am not too interested in going back to that (eyesight is poorer than it used to be, for one thing). Did some rigid-heddle weaving also but don't plan to continue with that. I expect from here on garment making and knitting will be my chief pursuits.
I LIKE TO PIECE AND QUILT QUILTS. PARTICULARLY I LIKE USING SILK TIES AND USE MY SEWING MACHINE TO DO MACHINE EMBROIDERY ON THE QUILTS.
I JUST LIKE TO PLAY WITH FABRIC. IT IS MY PSYCHIATRIST AND HAS BEEN FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS.
sewwing is tops but I do a lot of crotcheting and some knitting on the sweater machine and lots of crewel and thread embroidery occasional cross stichbut I am very slow at it
I just saw the question and I have just picked up from framing a picture I made out of fabric, a sunrise behind our house in the country and I looked til I found the fabrics I wanted and put together a fabric picture. It is only my 2nd try at this but I must say it opens a whole new area of stitching for me for it is to all be hand picked and finished and if you do not have the right pick type stitch you get nasty long stitches showing up om the right side. Very interesting challenge for an impatient sewer as myself, much as I love heirloom work this is a simple pick stitch and it must be done right in perfectly matching threads to be invisible. It is a lesson on self control as well as a chance to explore fiber art work.
I quilt. (With my screen name, I bet that was quite a surprise!). Bed quilts, wall-hangings. I also cross-stitch and knit, and when I don't have any other projects on the go, I make teddy bears. I've made quite a few out of recycled fur coats but most of them are made with mohair.
My love of fiber related quests started years ago with a Brownie Scout embroidery project. I loved the feel of fiber and still do. The quests continued with macrame, garment construction, and quilting, dying, marbling, airbrushing, free motion machine embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery & beading.
Every new technique or product calls to give it a try. It took years for me to realize the true connection between all my projects was the DESIGN PROCESS. I thrive during that stage; creating my own designs, selecting the fabrics, the colors and experimenting for effects.
Used to: knit, crochet, hand embroider, machine knit.
Still: tat, bead on fabric.
Am learning: Chinese knotting and various jewelry techniques.
My principal interest is sewing garments. Since I value a good fit, I have learned pattern drafting techniques (flat pattern and draping), which I use to personalize commercial patterns and occasionally to develop a design of my own. I also love home decor and sew soft furnishings for the home. Since moving to Atlantic Canada, I have been fortunate to become part of a small sewing group, who love sharing their knowledge and their new discoveries, but most especially their enthusiasm. (Travel always includes a bit of time for fabric shopping.)
My second passion is cross-stitch and blackwork, which I use mainly to embellish items for the home, such as table linens, cushions, etc. This is a very transportable hobby, which I can take along when travelling. When the day's activities have wound down, evenings in a hotel room or rented flat can be very dull, unless you bring along something to do. (As well, many European countries can be a treasure trove for patterns and even-weave fabrics unavailable in North America.)
In the fall and winter I enjoy my PASSAP knitting machine. Making a high quality garment (e.g. hand-metered sweater or jacket) is child's play with this reliable machine.
I am very disappointed that the SewStylish magazine will no longer be available as of the end of this year, but thank goodness I can still count on Threads for info on new products and updated techniques.
I have enjoyed making clothing for myself and other family members nearly all my life. So, after some life changing experiences, I returned to school to further my knowledge of fashion and tailoring. In addition to that, in 1983 I made my first quilt and immediately became addicted. I found that it was a great way to make gifts for friends, etc. I have always enjoyed the freedom of using fabric as an art form, either in an original design or something as simple as a grandchild's Easter dress.
Outside of sewing, which I've done since I was 15 (now 50+), I love to crochet. I learned to crochet when I was nine. I taught myself to read the directions for both crocheting and knitting when I was about 25 or so. I just picked it back up with a vengence I've never felt before. The yarns today are yummy, yummy, awesomely wicked. I've made ponchos I've never experienced before, kimono coats that dazzle the eyes, I'm combining all kinds of textured yarns with each other and finding an ultimate thrill in wearing and giving my new creations.
I went to the Stitches Knitting Expo at Stephens Convention Center outside of Chicago on August 11, and bought a wicked stash of novelty yarns. Combing them with some conventional yarns, I've made a poncho sweater, two rectangular ponchos, a sweater jacket, a triangle poncho and a vest, all my own creations, not from patterns and today is just the 24th of Aug.
These new novelty yarns brew passion to crochet deep inside me and my needles burn up some yarn. I started on a new project just last night. I just can't stop right now until I use up all the awesome yarn I bought. I have never had this much fun crocheting in all the years I've known how to do it until now. I've also picked up the knitting needles, I watch Knitty Gritty, Knit 1-Purl 2, and other craft related programs that I tape while I'm at work.
I buy crochet and/or knitting books and magazines, something I haven't done since the seventies. I subscribe to Threads and Interweave Crochet.
I make table runners and toppers. I create designs to coordinate with china patterns selected by bride/groom-to-be. I select a design element from the china pattern and render that motif into the table runner. Ground fabric, lining, and trims are selected to be washable and durable. I make sketches and photos of each project. I work with at least one piece of china from the place setting in order to have a reference for the process and outcome. I particularly enjoy creating these pieces for brides and grooms whom I personally know and love well enough to spend the time on such a customized craft.
Oh, what a wonderful thing to do! You put a lot of time and effort into creating a one-of-a-kind gift that I'm sure is treasured. I think hand-crafted gifts show people that they are special because of the time and love that goes into making them.
Thanks for your response. Yes, my table runners and toppers are one-of-a-kind. I also create table runners as gifts-in-kind. Over time, I've benefitted from the special attentions of others. Afterwards, I seek to create a table runner that expresses the recipient's space and personality. The planning and execution of the designs are truly satisfactions in creativity. Because each piece is a new creation, the process is stimulaing and challenging as both familiar and new techniques are used.
Before there was sewing, I was a knitter....knitting helped me through quite a few years of illness, until I 'discovered' sewing...my mother has always been a sewer, so when I started to work, I picked up a piece of fabric and started sewing as well, so both knitting and sewing helped me through 20 years of illness.....with my sewing, I also picked up quilting.....I've made 3 handmade quilts (various patchwork) for my bed.........I've also picked up needlepoint....I've tried almost every type of needlework there is, but the ones that I've mentioned are my favorite.....
Sewing is tops........with 22 grandkids I can always find someone that needs or would like something! I do garments, blankets (fleece), some home dec. things, and I love to make things and embellish with machine embroidery......such as kitchen towels, hotpads, as well as the hooded towels for the grands complete with tree frog designs, etc. All of my sewing (for myself and for others) tends to be quick, easy garments.
Years ago I taught myself to knit but haven't done that for ages. I have crocheted several ripple afghans but that has been a number of years ago as well.
I also sew as much as time allows for a homeless shelter in our area. when the needs arises, I do childrens' clothing for victims of fire or other natural disaster where all belongings are lost.
I love to look at and drool over the quilt projects.......mostly the smaller things. I hope someday to have time and patience to attempt a small wall quilt, table quilt, etc.
Lots of knitting, and occasionally some simple embroidery. I like making twined rag rugs. And I've forgotten how to crochet at least three times!
I love to work with cloth...either my own or someone elses! My wedding gift 25 years ago was a 45" floor loom, and I've done quite a few projects lately on the smaller 24" table loom as well.
I do a lot of weaving, preferring to work mostly in natural fibers. I've woven with silk, linen, cotten, and wool, and tried some of the newer fibers like bamboo and tencel. Love em! The colors are fantastic and the hand of the resulting cloth is wonderful -- breathable against the skin.
I really enjoy being able to pick my own palette of colors to work from, to really plan a project from the beginning cones of yarn all the way through to the finished garment.
Being able to hold my own at the sewing machine has been a real plus: it seems that very few weavers are comfortable at the sewing machine. And now, to be able to embellish my own cloth with machine embroidery has been the icing on the cake!
Thank you Threads!!!
I sew, I crochet, I hand sew sashiko. I use sashiko to embellish clothing; I took it up because I commute by train to work and can take the individual pieces with me to work on as I ride. I also crochet on the train for the same reason. Quilting seemed way too much like math to me; I'm a right-brain creative person with very little patience for matching up squares; and too much a perfectionist so that I'd get very frustrated at corners that weren't entirely square or that pieces that don't match.
I love crochet for its versatility and lacey look and have been creating crocheted items for about 40 years. I'm especially thrilled with the newer, more modern crochet patterns that are coming out -- they're like crochet with attitude! Never could wrap my mind around knitting; I had a very sweet aunt and grandmother who tried their best to teach me, but I never could get the hang of it (my one and only attempt at a straight scarf ended up VERY triangular-looking and lop-sided with all the dropped stitches!).
Thanks for the question!
I learned to crochet as a child, and still make a number of things. Thread crochet snowflakes to starch for Christmas decorations, little handbags, cotton yarn dishcloths, but my longest love affair has been with rag rugs. I started crocheting them when I was in my early teens, then using old nylon stockings. Now, I collect all kinds of cotton fabric (new and used) and use them as my "string" for rugs. I also make seat cushions for hard-back chairs with the same technique. I've made hundreds of both, and never seem to tire. They look very homespun, wear like iron, and go in a number of different types of home decor.
I haven't done any crocheting recently but I was so intrigued by your description of what you make, especially the chair seat cushions. Would it be possible to get some directions? Would this sort of project work for someone who's not very proficient? (I crocheted gloves as a teenager but that was a long, long time ago!)
It's basic single crochet, but with a hook about the dimension of a wooden spoon handle. Available at most sewing or craft shops. I cut strips of cloth from 2" to 3" wide, piece them together end to end by machine (sew with a fine stitch, and 2 to 3 passes, to make a firm join). You need quite a lot of fabric strips....a surprising amount. Multiple colours work best...some plain, some print, some plaid, really whatever you have. Or whatever will match the colour scheme of your room. Roll up the long strip you have made, just like you would crochet cotton or yarn. Lay a foundation chain the length you need for the width of your chair. This will take some experimentation, as the seat pad will stretch a little over time. Then just single crochet back and forth until you have a square or rectangle the size you need. To get the hang of it, because it takes strong fingers and wrists to do this for a long time, cut up an old bedsheet into strips, piece them, and try it out with that first. Perhaps cut your strips a little narrower, so there is more "give."
Edited 8/16/2007 5:26 pm ET by Rocky Mountain Seamstress
Thanks so much for the helpful directions. I'm thinking of making a rectangular pad for the two seats of one of those "dining nooks" (in the kitchen of a 1920s house). The seats are really hard, even with some padding that was already on them when we bought the house. Seems as though these crocheted pads might be thick enough to make them more comfortable. Thanks again!
Sounds like a perfect application for the technique. Something you might also consider is using strips of flannel. You may want to find an even larger hook to work with the flannel. The result will be quite cozy and a bit more depth, providing perhaps even more cushy comfort. Best of luck!
I do it all too- well almost - except quilting.
I sew, hand and machine embroider, needlepoint, crewel, knit, crochet, bead, do igolochkoy, paint on silk, batik, applique, have made paper and now have gotten heavily into felting.
Fibers and color are my positive addiction and few things give me as much joy as playing with great fibers of any kind. I am retired and am indulging my passion BIGTIME now. Thanks for asking.
I like this discussion. I live in the Netherlands, so excuse my English.
I sew my cloths for at least 10 years (after I took sewing class for 4 years: costumiere) and still fighting with my pants, because of my tropical derriere. So I read the pantsfitting problem site
I teach Biology and Healt Education at High School, I do Free Machine Embroidery, make my own felt on a kind of sewingmachine, do Airbrush and Aquarell painting.
Further more I start teaching crochet, several handembroidery technics at school.
I have embroidered, knitted and crocheted in my younger years. Now crocheting seems to work best for me due to the arthritis in my hands. I love to design and make clothing. We have 3 great granddaughters and they love the outfits their granny makes for them. We also have two great grandsons and we make shirts for them. We use to make their trousers and jackets. However, we find it more fun to sew for the girls and myself since we have an electronic machine and can embroider on them.
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