Saturday, January 16, 2016

My favorite things

I made this a couple of years ago and it is one of my favorite projects of all times. My son was going to turn 21 and I wanted to make something special. I had seen flasks with needlepoint covers at the Jonathan Adler store that cost about $90 and my first thought was, of course, "I could make that for a lot cheaper."

Back to my son, his favorite show as a kid was Dragon Ball Z so I thought he would get a kick out of a flask with a Goku picture on it. I went online and gathered a couple of pictures I liked and combined them. I bought a stainless steel flask for about $30. Then I went to the needlepoint store and bought yarn and canvas. That cost about $30. The work took a lot of hours. I glued the piece onto the flask with contact cement.

When I was done I thought that the $90 of the Adler pieces which were a lot simpler, in two colors, and on larger canvas, was in reality not a bad price at all. We crafters often don't consider our time and effort in the cost of things we make. We should remember that the work we put into things is also of great value. Anyway, he loves it.

Monday, January 4, 2016

New year, new project

This year I am really going to give this blogging thing a go. Yes, I know I say this every year... My first project of the year is Vogue V8728. I've had this pattern for a long time but was skeptical because it looks like a fully lined thin cotton lawn would be the ideal fabric. But then I was reading Zilredloh and saw Liz's post on using a rayon knit and immediately thought of this fabric I'd been eyeing at Joann's. I'm about halfway through and would definitely have benefited from a walking foot, as Liz recommended. Oh well, we'll see how it goes. I will be posting some things from last year later since I did make, at least I think, some pretty awesome things.