Sewing Patches

Sewing patches of denim together for the patchwork cushion

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I’m actually managing to make some progress now compared with here

 

Ringing in the Changes

I’ve decided that the denim is going to be too heavy for a quilt (rp would end up leaping out of bed, in the middle of the night, with cramp!) so I’m probably going to make a cushion.

I reserve the right to change my mind about this sometime in the future. Tune back in later on to see how it turns out πŸ™‚

 

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Seeing if the Narrowboat Measures Up?

Just seeing if it measures up

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We went up to Whilton Marina to see our narrowboat this weekend. It was very cold but I managed to do some measuring up. This is me in the Galley, I’m just checking that there will be enough space for rp to do the washing up πŸ™‚

It Measures Up

We’ve bought a sink (see blog), it’s smaller than the one you can see here so hopefully it will give us a bit more space. We’ve got big plans but we’ll probably live with most of what we’ve got to start with. I’ve since bought a new tape measure because the one I was using wasn’t long enough and another one I had, was stuck in its shell! The minute we got back, I found other things I wished I’d measured (its always the way).

It’s important to get it right as I’m hoping to turn this into my floating studio.

 

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New Sketchbooks Today

I bought some new sketchbooks today – Moleskine Plain Journals

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Shiny and new

These will be used; one for new card ideas and the others for general sketching. They’re shiny and new – but not for long…

Sketchbooks

I’ve been tempted by other brands but I wanted to maintain a continuity. A significant amount of my other sketches are in Moleskines.

You can never have tooo many πŸ™‚

 

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Trying to Make Something Out of Nothing

I’m trying to make something out of nothing

RP and I are moving onto a narrowboat. We’re in the process of buying it at the moment. The waiting‘s not easy.

 

I’m No Square

One of the things I’m busy with at the moment is making something out of nothing. I’m taking all RP’s old (and not so old) jeans, cutting them up into squares and then i’m going to patch them together which is going to make a cover. This cover will form the basis for a visitor’s bed. Obviously it will have to have some substance so I’m also busily scouring the web for some foam that I can have cut into shape. There will be 3 pieces that will stack but ingeniously lay out into a bed when required. I also need foam for the Dinette as it needs replacing.

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Convince Me of Something

RP’s not convinced as yet, not just because I’m cutting up all his jeans (he says he needs new ones anyway), he needs to see what it will look like. Patience!

I was originally going to make a quilt cover with the denim but I think it’s going to be quite heavy so, I’ve adpated my approach πŸ™‚

 

Template

I’ve been using paper to make my squares but I need to make a more robust template; thin metal or maybe even wood. That’s the next thing on my To Do list. I can then hopefully push on and make a bit more progress.

Now, where did I put that pair of RP’s jeans?

 

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A stitch in time…

 

You can follow our adventures of buying a narrowboat at Tales from the Bilge

 

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I’m Working on a Range of Cards

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It’s on the cards

I’m working on a range of cards, well several actually. The first range is a flower for every month of the year. They are drawn, then inked, then coloured. The photo above shows an advance look at January – Snowdrops. Each card in the range is a plant of the month in terracotta pots.

Exciting Times

A thing I have to think about is moving my ‘Studio’ (such as it is) to a narrowboat as we’re purchasing one and moving onto the canals – exciting times. You can follow the progress over at Tales from the Bilge where rp is currently up to his virtual neck in oil and grease but hopefully not water.

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Me at the helm!

 

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Give us a Toile

Sometimes you need a rest from sketching, so I thought I’d brush up on an old skill. Dressmaking proved to be a good way of doing just that.

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I made a toile.

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A top and a skirt.

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Adjusting the waistband.

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I won’t take the idea any further but it was good to do something totally different. The break will bring a fresh perspective to what I’m working on. It all starts with having a clear pattern.

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2 August 2017

 

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