Friday, January 28, 2011

gifts: Scarves

 Fridays are generally my day off; I completely segregate this day to sew and sing, simultaneously. Today, I got to enjoy my craft with a good friend, affectionately known as Bizzie. We didn't sing together... but we talked about it :)

This week i have been commissioned to make two gifts: both scarves. I am really excited, because I think they turned out cute. What is best about gifts, is that while sewing, i get the chance to make something completely unique. You can see that they are completely different. I'm especially fond of the blue one with the puppy on the front. This one has a special story, which I will save for after it is "gifted". I added little "wind" swirls to the entire scarf. it gives it more texture and theme. Sorry, I don't think you can see it in this photo.

The lambskin one to the left, was a bit more difficult to make. A) it was shedding everywhere. I solved this by zigzag stitching around the entire perimeter of the scarf... i did tiny stitch, and it's a big scarf, so i think it took me 20 minutes to go around it!! Maybe I am exaggerating..B) because I didn't know the person I was making this one for..which is crucial in adding details for personal touch.

The appliques were fun to make, i took the flowers from a picture upholstery fabric, and arranged the flowers into the corner (with artistic help from Bizzie), to sort of tag the scarf.  It's a cute scarf and extremely warm.

Alright, that's it for now! God is good.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fun new things!

 My newest creations have been satchels and messenger bags. It has been really fun to create with one my favorite "mascots", the tiny bird, as you can see on these bags. I started off with the one to the left, because it was super spunky, it reminded me of my friend Brooke, who we argue has color coordinations that I would never pick ;) so,, I made her a bag that was  ( i thought, at least) mixing colors that were fun and young, just like her!
 The messenger bag to the right was made out of a big skirt, reinforced by some thick cloth, silvery blue on the inside. I love to reuse fabric, so I try to make that a huge point to look through all my garments, as I am color coordinating with other fabric. It's a fun challenge!

As you can see, I have started stitching my name, Prayergrove, in cursive on my bags... I thought it was a nice, homemade touch!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day # 1

Today, I had a day off, so I went ahead and worked on sewing, my favorite hobby. I really appreciate all the help I have had from all my friends to inspire and encourage me in the adventure of having a small business. There have been many passions that have helped develop PrayerGrove; a desire for creating, supporting women's skills and creativity, as well as giving notice to justice and sustainability of Fair Trade.

I hope that this blog will give me a way of expressing these passions.