My First Dress, Belt and Traditional Leather Shoes.

Here is another combo of some of the things I did in school while I was studying textile work. This grey linen dress is the first one I made. I might have done something in middle-school too but that was more like a night gown probably. There is also a woollen belt included and some leather shoes.

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Photo by Karlo Salu.

It was our first “real” sewing job on the first year, a real garment. For this one our initial task was to make a simple shirt dress, everyone using the same cut, but as most objected to that, we got to choose our own. The only rule was now, it had to be linen.

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Photo by Karlo Salu.

I choose a nice loose cut for myself so it would feel good to wear in summer. Might be a bit dark as far as that goes but I liked the colour. The textile itself is a bit to the rough or more rustic side but I feel it will soften by time and washing a bit.

I think the hardest part for me in that point was the yellow edging. It’s not as pristine as I would prefer but practice makes perfect, right?! Over all I’m cool with it.

In another class we had to make an at least 2 m long belt by card weaving (that you can see here on my dress). I dreaded it and left it for the last minute. After making the construction out of a wooden broom stick, some screw-in hooks and some fishing swivels and measuring out the yarns it was so easy that I accidentally made it longer.

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I used 11 cards and three different colours of yarn. As the matter of fact it’s my second colour combo here as I completely messed up measuring the first one which had more green instead of blue. This is the option I had left with the yarns I had in hand.

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Although I’m not a big fan of blue, I really like it here and I also really ended up enjoying the whole process. Next time I would like to get the yarns measured out the first time. What an awful waste, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for them too.

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Photo by Karlo Salu.

Last but not least here might or might not have also noticed that I’m wearing some strange leather shoes here. These are my first ones that I made in a one-day training about four years ago now.

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Photo by Karlo Salu.

Leather work was also one of the reasons that I choose that school, so far away from my home but in the end I didn’t get it for some really strange and obscure reasons. Another time, I guess.

Waldorf Doll and Another Fabric Doll.

This time I have again decided to put couple of items in one post. These are again one (or two) of my schoolworks. The first one is a rather simple fabric doll. It’s sewn made of a cotton/linen blend fabric and by using a sewing machine. This one I made in first year of school.

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Photo by Karlo Salu.

The toughest parts were stuffing and stitching the hair as it needed to be done strand by strand and I opted for this chunky yarn for a dreadlocks look. I had to pull the yarn gently so it wouldn’t break but tight enough to make it stay in place. The face is hand stitched on and this time I went for an anime kind of a look.

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The sweater is hand-sewn of an old woolen cardigan that shrunk in the wash. The trousers are from a linen fabric, I made up the pattern and went for a harem-look. The belt is an actual leather belt that I cut shorter. Slippers are crocheted on a felt bottom (thought about making similar ones to myself as well, what do you think?).

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The second doll is made in second year of school and I finished it just in time before the end. It’s a proper Waldorf doll made following some very specific instructions. It’s all hand-sewn from a knit cotton that I believe is meant for dollmaking (we got it from our teacher).

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I had thought that the first doll was tricky enough but this one took much more time and commitment. It had to be stuffed even tighter (both dolls are stuffed with pure wool) and everything had to be just right. Here are a few pictures to show some steps. In addition to what you see there is, for example a double layer in the head – the first one shapes it and the second one for cover.

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It was a long process but I am really happy that I did it. The hair took even longer to stitch as it the yarn was so much finer. The clothes could be made by using a sewing machine again but the tiny details again took their time. I used the same wool for the jacket as for the first doll and hand-sew it. I also made a white cotton undershirt and trousers with suspenders (made of the same leather belt as well). I also made a little waistcoat with buttons (that closes with press buttons to avoid making tiny button holes).

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My doll was the only male one in our class and it doesn’t have shoes for a reason. I wanted him to look a little like Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit. I know the trousers are the wrong colour but I didn’t have a solid mustard/beige/light brown and didn’t feel like going to shop either, perhaps another time. What do you think, does it look a little like him?

Pair of Wool & Dog Hair Socks.

Today I would like to share my knit socks that I did for school. Only rule was they had to have some sort of multi-coloured pattern in them. I had bought this gray yarn a little before and thought it’d be great gauge and feel for a pair of socks. By that time I had forgotten it had dog hair in it. Halfway through with the knitting I begun to think it was something odd as it had some dark and straight strands in it.

I didn’t want to make my socks too high as I am a slow knitter and I wanted to have time for other schoolwork as well. Partly as for the same reason but also because I like minimalistic and simple things I didn’t want to use many colours or patterns in general too.

In addition to grey, the blue yarn is a regular wool that I also had bought before and now found useful. I also had a yellow wool but it turned out to be too fine. It was much harder than I thought to find a suitable yellow for my project but I ended up with one merino that was similar enough.

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Although at first I wanted to use a bit darker yellow I really like how it turned out and am quite happy with the shade. After washing the socks turned out extra fuzzy and soft as for the dog hair. Dog hair is also supposed to keep warm well so some extra bonus for that.

I tried out a new technique for the heel that turned out to be much easier than the one I was used to use but it also doesn’t create as much of an angle. Overall I don’t feel it influences the comfort of them. The increasing was also kind of new fro me and I can’t say I love the visible twirls but at least I got to try it and know better next time. That’s what school is for, right.

The yarn was 8/3 gauge (or similar) and I used 2 mm double pointed needles.

PS! The pictures only have one on them because I only had one finished by the time I was putting together the folder/album for the end of first school year. I finished the second one in school so I still managed to do it on time.

Crochet Kihnu Lace.

This one is again one of my schoolworks. In our crochet lessons we learnt about traditional Estonian lace, that is white and and coloured. One task was to use coloured lace in an item. You could make it or use an existing one and give it a refashion.

Most of traditional coloured laces are fine wool (Seto lace) but I wanted to use cotton so I got to choose from Muhu or Kihnu lace. I choose the latter as it seemed the least used and the small wheels or flowers looked like would work the best for my plan.

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I decided to refashion one of my favourite summer dresses a bit. I liked it as it was, simple and light but I needed to do something and I do like to take challenges. The dress was in blueish-whitish-pinkish shades and one part of our task was to use original colours from the lace. Seto lace would have been much harder to put into something as for its material but also for the colour scheme. For Muhu lace it was more the super bright colours were the thing to throw me off. Kihnu lace seemed like a nice mid-ground between them.

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Photo by Karlo Salu.

As I took it to school to show my teacher, I had no idea how she would react. Again I was utterly surprised and pleased to find out she loved it. She said it takes a good eye to match coloured lace and printed fabric so well. I never even thought about it that way! I just thought it looked nice and went with it.

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I used Iris cotton yarns and 0.9 mm crochet hook. I made all the wheels and then connected them with red trims from both sides. Top trim had an extra row to straighten it up for sewing and bottom trim had some small picots on it.

How do you like it?

Striped Cotton Rug.

Today I’m going to show you my very first loom weaving project. Before this I had only made a couple small samplers. Now our task was to create a full size striped yarn. It could be a rag rug and mine is but one could also use store bought material.

First question in my head was, where shall I do this? I don’t own a loom and I live in a really small flat so getting one wouldn’t be an option either. Also I live about 254 km from school so as it was a homework task this didn’t seem an option either. Including the fact that most of my classmates already cued up for them.

A couple of school sessions later I had thought about contacting a local cultural centre that I read had a loom but I hadn’t done that either. And in school it turned out there was no cue either any more. So all I had to do before next school week was to get the rags and cut them. I had a colour scheme in my head but it changed a little as to what colours I was getting from my parents place and from thrift stores. It turns out greens are rather rare.

The cutting took very long time. I even had to sharpen my scissors a few times meanwhile. We had a rough number how many kilos of material we should have but I’m bad with numbers and don’t remember it. I do remember I had spare (which is way better than the opposite) and could share them with my classmates. We also had measures that we had to keep so here is my sketch with some samples (pardon the horrible quality).

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The weaving itself was a joy. I enjoyed every bit of it and it went much faster than I had anticipated. Some said they had sore backs/shoulders/bottoms the next day but I didn’t get any of that. If I ever should have a larger space of my own I shall definitely buy myself a loom too.

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At first I put the finished rug in the bedroom where it fit perfectly between the wall and the bed and it stayed there for quite a while. Until a couple of months ago I needed to take photos of it for my portfolio so I brought it to our living room and now it stays there. I quite enjoy looking at it. The edges are somewhat wobbly but I think it’s due to different materials, some were a lot more stretchier than others. I don’t mind.

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Both ends got a fringe too for the last finishing touch. I really did enjoy weaving and the thought that I could reuse something purposely. Although many rug materials that you can buy are also scraps from fabric industry so it would have been not bad either.

So what does everyone think? I’m happy for my first rug. No idea when I’ll be able to make another one but we’ll see, there will be the time.

More About School.

So as you can see I didn’t post anything else about my school as I planned earlier. It was much busier and the long days (although flew by) exhausted me quite  a bit.

We had a lot of homework which is normal I guess if you only go to school every once in a while (our next session is 6 weeks from the first one).

I’ll now take pictures of some of the homework I have already managed to finish. First some embroidery examples.
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Next are sewing samples. These are actually made in school with big and scary industrial sewing machines.
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I think my embroideries are quite okay but this sewing thing takes some practice. Also apparently I picked a bit too fine fabric as it made my work even more difficult.

I’ll now try to picture my knitting samples. They are different types of casting on. I’m also mentioning that our maximum size for needles is set for 1.5mm. I have no idea how that would be good for practice. I’m a slow knitter an this size limit is no help!

Anyways, here they are, extremely shy and curling up so you probably can’t even tell what’s going on. They were actually all supposed to be white and red but I ran out of both. We’ll see if I’ll pass with my oh-so-wrong colours.
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I have also made drawings and more theoretical stuff but that’s not so nice or interesting to share (not that my sewings or knittings are).

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Mõned koolitööd siin. See pole kindlasti kõik, kuna osa veel tegemata ja osa liiga igav, et jagada.

Nagu näha pole õmblemine mu tugevamaid külgi. Väidetavalt oli mu kangas ka natuke liiga õhuke ja õrn sellise katsetöö jaoks.

Kudumid on ka imetillukesed ja rulli keerduvad. Need siis looduste näidised. Vahenditeks 8/2 lõng ja max 1.5 mm vardad. Kõik peaks veel olema ka valge ja punasega, a mul said mõlemad otsa. Eks näis, kas mu totaalselt nii valed värvid läbi ka lähevad.

Ethnic Print Potholders.

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I made these when I had finally had enough of my shop-bought and kind of fugly old ones. I didn’t throw them away though – left them in our old flat where my brother now lives.

I used the pattern of Heavily Edited. For the fabric I took different cotton yarns I had. The black one is Katia Revive recycled cotton and polyester blend. The blue one is Drops Cotton Light. The light brown, green and beige are Bio-Baumwolle (sorry, haven’t found an English site for it) eco-cotton. The dark brown is also cotton but I haven’t saved the strap and therefore have no idea of its origin, might be Debbie Bliss but I’m not sure. Same goes for the red, my guess is it’s Drops.

I was hesitant about the final size as I felt like my fingers might slip over the edge of them so I added a little edging from myself there. Probably it wont protect from the heat as much as it just makes them feel just a little bit larger.

For the backside I used red in the middle and dark brown around it. These were the colours I had enough to finish them and that would look more or less neat together.

As I finished the first one I realized I had created an eye in the middle of it. Somehow I struggled making these quite a bit and had to rewind a couple of times so I didn’t want to do it one more time and kept them as is. Not too bad I think.

I have made several pairs of potholder before but I have kept none of them for myself.  Now that mistake has been corrected. I have already tested them several times and they work pretty great.

My biggest fear was that they’ll get dirty soon but for my happy surprise they look quite the same as you can see here.

I’m not sure I have mentioned it but if you like anything I have made or have a commission I’d be more than happy to help and perhaps make you a little something as well.

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Niisiis, need said valmis juba nii mõni aeg tagasi. Tegin nad endale, kuna mulle algusest peale ei olnud väga meeldinud oma poest ostetud pajalapid. Vanu siiski ka minema ei visanud, jätsin nad vanasse korterisse vennale. Mis tema seal nendega tegi, pole teada.

Kasutasin Heavily Edited mustrit ja erinevaid puuvillaseid lõngu. Enamus neist said ka antud töö käigus otsa: must Katia Revive ümbertöödeldud puuvilla ja polüestri segu,  sinine Drops Cotton Light puuvill ning hele pruun, roheline ning beež  Bio-Baumwolle orgaaniline puuvill. Tume pruun ja punane on ka puuvillased, aga mul pole nende silte alles ja pole nende päritolus päris kindel, esimene võib olla Debbie Bliss ja teine on vast Drops, aga pead ei anna.

Kui lapid valmis said, tundusid nad mulle veidi väikesed. Kujutasin endale ette, kuidas mu näpud üle ääre libisevad vastu kuuma panni vm. Selle vastu heegeldasin omalt poolt sinna veel ühe ääre. Mulle tundub, et täitsa isegi istub. Kuuma eest tõenäoliselt väga palju ei kaitse, aga minu peas hirmu vastu töötab.

Naljakas asi veel selle üsna suvalise värvilahendusega – avastasin, peale esimese lapi valmimist, et keskele on tekkinud silm. Kuna, aga ma pidin seda töö käigus millegi pärast korduvalt harutama ja uuesti tegema, siis enam midagi ei muutnud.

Olin enne ka nii mõnegi pajalapipaari juba heegeldanud, aga endale polnud siiani veel ühtegi jäänud. Sellega on viga nüüd siis parandatud. Valvsad silmad ripuvad köögi seinal (enamasti küll üksteise taga peidus). Kasutust on ka juba omajagu saanud – toimivad hästi. Kartsin, et kipuvad ehk määrduma, aga minu meeldivaks üllatuseks on nad endiselt üsnagi samasugused kui juures oleval pildil.

Pole kindel, kas olen maininud seda siin juba, aga kui keegi näeb siin (või miks mitte ka kuskil mujal) midagi, mida tahaks omalegi või on mõni eriti originaalne idee, siis võib julgelt ühendust võtta. Aitan suurima hea meelega!

Kokeshi Doll: Free Pattern.

Hi everyone!

I thought I should give a try on a photographed tutorial on an amigurumi pattern. As an introduction I chose a traditional Japanese kokeshi doll. It’s made of 100% bio-cotton yarn but you can use any you like. Just remember to take a hook a bit smaller than recommended.

In addition you can use safety eyes but I opted for embroidered ones. You can also find any ways you like for decorating her hair and kimono, for example embroidery. I really don’t want to put any markings here actually.

The work goes in spiral so I suggest to use a marker (for example a piece of contrasting yarn) and move it at the beginning of each row.

All suggestions are welcome I’m not even sure if the pictures are in any help but I would sure like to know!

If you make your own kokeshi doll I would love you to share it here!

Amigurumi Kokeshi Doll by AmiCrafter

you need: 

white yarn for head

any colour yarn for the kimono

black yarn for hair

small amounts of black and red embroidery floss for the face

crochet hook a bit small for the yarn

large eyed blunt needle

some fibrefill

optional:

safety eyes

pellets for the bottom of the body for her to stand up better – if I had any I would have probably used them!

decorations for the hair and kimono 

HEAD and BODY.

Use WHITE yarn.

round1:  single crochet (sc) 6 into magic circle, place marker.

round2: sc 2 in each stitch (12 stitches in total), move marker.

round3: *sc 2 in one, sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round4: *sc 2 in one, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (24), move marker.

round5-9: sc around (24), move marker.

if you use safety-eyes place them now. it’s easier if you have the hair ready first, though.

round10: *sc 2 together, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round11: *sc 2 together, sc*repeat between ** around (12), move marker.

add fibrefill

round12: sc around (12), for the last stitch, as you can see on the picture, I have left it incomplete. change the yarn for the kimono colour and pull the last loop through with it so the colours will stay in line. Move the marker.

Continue with DRESS COLOUR yarn.

round 13: *sc 2 in one, sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round 14:  sc around (18), move marker.

round 15: *sc 2 in one, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (24), move marker.

round 16 – 19: sc around (24), move marker.

round 20: *sc 2 together, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round 21 – 25: sc around (18), move marker.

round 26: through back loops only: *sc 2 together, sc* repeat between ** around (12), move marker. this creates a corner to the bottom so she could stand up better.

 

round 27: sc 2 together around (6), finish off, leave tail for sewing the tail. During that try to pull the tiny hole tight. 

THE HAIR.

round1:  single crochet (sc) 6 into magic circle, place marker.

round2: sc 2 in each stitch (12), move marker.

round3: *sc 2 in one, sc* repeat between ** around (18), move marker.

round4: *sc 2 in one, 2 sc* repeat between ** around (24), move marker.

round 5 – 8: sc around (24), move marker.

round 9: sc 14, chain 1, turn. from here on it goes in rows. I’ll continue the numbering but state how it goes. 

row 10 – 13: sc 14, chain 1, turn.

In the end of row 13 continue to the sides of the rows and sc 4, sc 10 on the 8th round, sc 4 on the other sides of rows 10-13. finish off, weave in tails.

THE BUN.

round1:  single crochet (sc) 6 into magic circle, place marker.

round2: sc 2 in each stitch (12), move marker.

round 3-4: sc around (12).

finish off, leave long tail for sewing on the hair piece, stuff with fibrefill.

use large-eyed blunt needle and sew the 12 stitches of the last round of the bun onto the 12 stitches of the second round of the hair piece.

I completed the hair with a simple bow.

THE FACE. 

to embroider he face take a long enough piece of black embroidery floss, make a knot in the tail and put it in the back of her head (which will be under her hair afterwards).

try on the hair and look for the best place for the eyes.

do the same with a piece of red embroidery floss and her lips.

bring the tail ends back in behind her hair.

make a knot in the other ends as well. tuck the ends in, I used the help of the back of my crochet hook.

The rest is really up to you – decorate the hair and kimono according to your taste.