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?

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?

K is for Koala.

Time for the next letter in alphabet – K. For this one I attempted on making another animal based on the same form as my thesis. The body and limbs were simple and standard as I make them for anyone. Interestingly enough I found out that Koalas have no visible tail, not even a small one. The main part of the ears (grey) was also pretty basic but adding the white was much trickier than it seemed. It tended to be too much or too little and in the end they are not completely identical but in such cases I figure this is nature, it doesn’t always have to be the same.

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This fellow was also one that I took into a shop for sale among some other older ones that you have already seen (i.e. donut, two monkeys etc). We’ll see and hear in some while how it went and if anyone had interest in them. I really like the grey, black and white combo here and the fact that the grey is also somewhat speckled, gives it a more natural feel.

Black yarn I used for the nose is organic cotton, grey is recycled cotton and the white fluff is made of organic cotton and silk blend. The last one I also brushed a little to give some extra fluffiness. Crochet hook I used was 2.25 mm, safety eyes 6mm and safety nose 7 mm. It’s stuffed with pure wool.

How do you like him? I’m looking forward to making other animals and creatures on my amigurumi base, I love experimenting like that. What kind of characters would you like to see? What else would you like me to make in addition to amigurumi? Let me know in the comments! (:

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.

Lined bag(s)

This next post is about stuff I made in school. I try and post them chronologically so whatever I made first comes first (or as similar as I can remember). I realise I have already shared some about my studies but mostly only exercises and no real projects. So this is about sewing.

At first we made a small bag in school similar to the one that we later had to do at home in full size.

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It was a small lined pouch that I later used for pens and pencils and other stuff I needed in school. I lined it with a vintage polka-dot fabric. I choose them from what I had brought with me. In some schools you get the supplies from there but then you also have to leave the products. I’m glad we got to keep everything.

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In the instructions the larger bag was very similar to this one, also including a flap and a long handle. It kind of looked like a laptop bag and some really did make themselves one. I decided to flip it portrait instead of landscape and didn’t use the flap or the long handle either. I made a backpack instead. Here is a rough draft of this one where you can also see the lining print which is not visible anywhere else including other details.

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The main fabric is a thicker sort of cotton and the lining (again vintage) much thinner. I also added floral welts to the seams inside, some cotton lace and cotton straps. Metal buckles I got from an old bag. They fit perfectly for both the straps and the bag, I was surprised really.

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I love neutral and gray colours and I also like the pop of colour. Yellow and gray go together really nice and altough I have now had the bag for more than a year I still love it. It’s the perfect size for everyday use and cycling around but also just fits A4 sized papers if necessary.

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Not the best picture but gives some sense of the size. It has no pockets but I don’t really miss them either. It’s this kind of perfect size bag that nothing gets lost in it because you can’t fit too much in there, just the necessities.

I’m planning on making more of them. I want to try pockets whether on the outside, the sides or inside. Also I want to see if I still remember how to make one. But this one is not bad for the first try, eh? Let me know in the comments what you think!

Next post will be crochet related again to continue the amigurumi alphabet.

H is for Hot Dog.

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Organic (the bread), recycled (the hot dog) and a bit of regular (ketchup) cotton yarns.

Some stuffing.

1.75 mm crochet hook.

Made up the pattern.

The sausage colour might be a little off but as I have mentioned, it’s knid of a stash-buster project so I’m only allowed to use the yarns I already have.

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H nagu hot dog.

Flower Sticks DIY.

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A while ago we had a workshop planned at an outdoor event with my colleagues. This means it was a work thing. The idea was to make flower sticks. We had an EVS volunteer who knew how to juggle them enough to teach as well and I had also googled enough to find out the basics and the equipment needed.

As I actually knew one fellow who had actually made them before, I decided to make him a call. It took a few times but finally I manage to organize a class for the staff so we could spread the skills later on. It was easier than I thought! As it was a bit different from what I had read and looked about I will write the tutorial down here.

What you need:

  • wooden sticks (round slats) 1-1.2 mm diameter (from constructions supplies store)
  • bicycle inner tubes (free from cycling store – smaller entrepreneurs are more eager to help)
  • electrical insulation tape (from constructions supplies store)
  • optional – some ribbon for decoration (craft store, fabric store etc)
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • a fine sand paper (100 would be the best but I used 60 and it did the job; from constructions supplies store)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the slats so you have 2 x 40 cm and 1 x 60 cm sticks (you can vary it by your liking but this is what we choose). Sand down the ends if needed.
  2. Cut the inner tubes – you need 3 long and narrow strips and two shorter and wider ones. After you cut the tire in half lengthwise you should wipe it clean as it has some white powder inside. First the long strips, mine arre 2.5 cm wide. You can follow the lines that most tubes have on them. Just make sure they’re straight and even. Depending on the tube you can get 2-3 strips from one tire. It might be enough to use one strip for the flower stick and the other for your hand sticks but it also depends on the tire and your wrapping. We didn’t get any numbers for measures so you can go and improvise.
  3. Attach the strip with tape to one end of the stick so that the inside of the tube (that you just wiped clean) would now face outside. Wrap it around in an angle so that it overlaps in around 1/3 of its width. Remember to pull the strip while wrapping – otherwise it wouldn’t stay in place (don’t pull too much at the beginning as it would rip off your tape). My pictures are not the best for this tutorial perhaps but you can see something. It should be 1/3 over the last round, 1/3 in between and 1/3 under the next round. In the end cut the strip off in an angle so it would look even. Wrap some tape around it and just to be sure wrap some tape around the other end as well. Roughen all the raised parts with your sand paper moving it lengthwise the stick. Be careful not to sand too much so you won’t rip the rubber. If it’s your hand stick (one of the shorter ones) you’re done with it and should make another one just like so as well. If not, then read on.
  4. You can add some ribbon just for fun wrapping it around your flower stick to the lower space which you will have if wrapping correctly. Attach it with tape from one end as you start and the other one when you have finished.
  5. For the tassels/weights in the end it would be best to use a bit wider inner tube. Cut it lengthwise again and wipe clean. Mine is 10.5 cm wide while cut open. The length again depends on your liking and again the tires. The rule of thumb is it should be the length of your hand sticks so it makes 40 cm (easy to use the stick for measure). Cut the fringe to around 3/5 the width of the strip. One shred I have around 1.5 cm wide. Again you can follow the lines to keep them even length (I had 5 lines in there so I cut 3 to shreds and kept 2 for the edge).
  6. Wrap them around the ends of your flower stick so the part of your rubber strip that’s in one piece would cover the end of the stick. Make sure you wrap it so it stacks straight upon itself so it wouldn’t be slantwise. You need the full 90 degrees corner it makes on your stick for some tricks. 😉 Again, don’t forget to stretch the tube while wrapping! When finished secure it in place with tape and wrap the tape around like shown in pictures – so it would be covered from the edge until the beginning of the fringe.
  7. Test the weights – if they’re too heavy the stick will be too fast. You can try and find your liking. To correct just take off the tape, cut off a strip and wrap it again.
  8. Optional – you can try to balance the stick on your finger to find the balance point and mark it with a round of tape. It’s good for beginners to have.
  9. Ta’dah, you’re done!

I still a lot to learn with them but at least I now own a pair. And I have enough materials to make at least one more set! ^_^

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Veidi aega tagasi oli meil tööjuures planeeritud üks väliüritus, kus pidime osalema töötoaga. Planeerisime valmistada flower sticke ehk selliseid tsirkuse trikipulki. Kuna meil on parasjagu ka EVS vabatahtlik, kes oskab neid piisavalt kasutada, et ka õpetada ning ma olin juba ka mõndagi onu Google käest küsinud ja videosid uurinud, et põhitõed ja vajalike materjalide nimekiri olid juba teada.

Kuna mul tegelikult on ka üks tuttav, kes oskab neid päriselt ka valmistada, otsustasime ta meile igaks juhuks appi kutsuda. Sellega läks paar korda proovimist, aga lõpuks õnnestus ja kokkusaamine toimus. Selline väike koolituse meile, töötajatele, et me siis saaks hiljem oma oskusi edasi jagada. Lõppkokkuvõttes võib öelda, et see oli lihtsam kui ma arvasin! Kuna juhend oli ka natuke teistsugune kõigist Internetiavarustest leitutega, siis jagan seda siin. 

Vaja läheb:

  • puupulgad (ümarliistud) 1-1.2 mm diameetriga (ehituspoest)
  • jalgratta sisekummid (tasuta jalgrattapoest – väikeettevõtjatjad on koostööaltimad)
  • isoleerteipi (ehituspoest)
  • valikuline – natuke linti kaunistuseks (kangapoest jm)
  • käärid
  • mõõdulint
  • peenike liivapaber (ideaalne oleks 100, me kasutasime 60; ehituspoest saab)

Juhend:

  1. Lõika liistud nii, et sul oleks kaks lühemat ja üks pikem pulk. Minul on 2 x 40 cm ja 1 x 60 cm, aga võid vastavalt oma mugavusele seda sättida. Otsad lihvi vajadusel siledamaks.
  2. Lõika sisekummid – vaja läheb 3 pikemat-peenemat riba ja kaks lühemat-laiemat. Esmalt lõika kumm piki pooleks, see järel puhasta niiske lapiga ära see valge puru, mis tõenäoliselt seal sees on. Esmalt pikad ribad, minu omad on u 2.5cm laiad. Hea on jälgida jooni, mis enamus kummidel on. Sellega võib mõõt veidi varieeruda, pole lugu, jälgi lithsalt, et nad oleks enam-vähem ühtlased ja sirged. Olenevalt kummi laiusest saad 2-3 riba ühest kummist. Võib olla nii, et piisab ühest kummist nö käepulkade jaoks ja teisega saad katta trikipulga enda. See oleneb kummist, sinu pulkade pikkusest ja mähkimisest. Meile mõõte ette ei antud seega on see koht improviseerimiseks. 
  3. Kinnita üks pikk kummiriba isoleerteibiga pulga otsa külde nii, et kummi sisemine osa (mille sa just ilusti ära puhastasid) on nüüd väljaspool. Mässi riba nurga all ümber pulga nõnda, et ta kattub umbes 1/3 osas eelmise ringiga. Kindlasti venita kummi mähkimise ajal, et ta hiljem paigast ei liiguks (päris alguses tõmba veidi vähem, et teip lahti ei tuleks). Siinkohal pole mu pildid vist päris piisavad, aga ehk midagi ikka näeb. Riba peaks olema 1/3 eelmise ringi peal, 1/3 jääb vahele ja 1/3 kummi laiusest on eelmise ringi peal. Kui oled mähkimisega lõpuni jõudnud, lõika kummiriba ots nurga all ära, et ta lõpus hunnikusse ei jääks, kui jätkad lõpuni sama nurga all mähkimist. Kinnita ots mässides sinna teipi ümber, kindluse mõttes võid teipi mässida ka teise otsa ümber. Liivapaberiga karesta kõrgemad osad oma valminud pulkadel lihvides piki pulka. Ole ettevaatlik, et kummi katki ei lihvi! Kui tegid praegu lühema pulga, siis said selle hetkel valmis ja peaksid teise samasuguse veel tegema. Kui said valmis pikema pulga, loe edasi. 
  4. Võid lisada peenikese lindi, lihtsalt kaunistuseks, oma trikipulga ümber. See peaks minema sinna tekkinud madalamasse osasse. Kinnita algus teibiga, mässi, kinnita lõpp teibiga. 
  5. Tuttide/raskuste jaoks otstesse oleks parem kasutada mõnda jämedamat kummi. Lõika taaskord kumm pikkupidi pooleks ja pühi seest puhtaks. Minul tuli lahti lõigatult selle laiuseks 10.5 cm. Pikkus sõltub jällegi kummist ning trikimeistri meeldimisest. Rusikareegel oleks, et lõika riba samapikk kui lühemad pulgad – minul oli ta siis 40 cm (hea lihtne, pole vaja mõõdulinti jälle välja otsida). Lõika narmad 3/5 kaugusele kummiriba laiusest (mul oli seal sees täpselt 5 joont, lõikasin neist 3 laiuses narmad ning ülejäänud 2 laiune jäi serv).
  6. Mässi riba terveks jäänud serva laiuselt pulga otsa ümber. Eriti oluline on, et mässiksid selle otse, et kihid jääksid üksteise kohale, mitte kuidagi viltu! On vaja, et tekiks 90 kraadine nurk pulgaga, seda on vaja osade trikkide tajoks. 😉 Taaskord, ära unusta mässides kummiriba venitada! Kinnita ots taaskord teibiga ning mässi teip, nagu pildil näha – et oleks kaetud kogu serv kuni narmaste alguseni. 
  7. Testi raskuseid – kui nad on liiga rasked, on flower stick liiga kiire. Proovi ja leia endale sobiv. Et raskust vähendada, võta teip lahti, lõika kummiribast ots maha ja mässi uuesti kinni. 
  8. Valikuline – proovi trikipulka oma sõrme peal tasakaalustada. Kui koht käes, märgi see teibiringiga. Alustajatele tuleb kasuks. 
  9. Valmis!  

Mul on sellel alal veel palju õppida, aga vähemalt on mul nüüd oma komplekt olemas, pluss veel piisavalt materjali, et teinegi valmis teha! ^_ ^

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15/31 – The Back-Up Project.

This is the one I was talking about earlier. It is the project that I made as a back-up for my own-led workalong. I did finish it in time but  somehow missed the date to post it. Discovered it just about twenty minutes too late. It is a trivet I made from one of my t-shirts. It actually took the whole thing minus the sleeves, collar and some tiny weird bits. I like it and it finds a great use.

I have been thinking about making more of them or perhaps a bigger one for my lasagna etc pan. It would be like a really massive doily or smth. I did discover you have to use a rather small pattern as it works up really-really fast. As the matter of fact the first two or three tries of this one were too big for holding just a pot as I imagined it. It fits perfectly for (I think) a 20cm diameter pan.

Yesterday I just had no feeling to blog. I guess it just happens sometimes. I took a couple of pictures of my projects but some still need prohtographing or rephotographing. I really have to push myself to work after a day-job. Although there is so many things I’d like to or should do then.

Maybe I should start making schedules?

Crafter..oo! Pinterest Challenge 2012: February.

This is not a typo. I have just been a lazy blogger lately. As the matter of fact I actually thought I missed February thinking on the Crafter..oo! Pinterest Challenge but then I remembered I made a Tunisian crochet cowl that I gifted away before taking any pictures. Only recently I discovered I had actually made another one which was really beside me all that time. It is a no-sew bag made of an old t-shirt.

Here is my pin that holds 20 different things you can make from t-shirts. I tried to link to the tutorial too but the page seems to be down. This is how mine looks like.

All you have to do is cut off the sleeves and widen the neck hole. From the off-cut pieces cut a string and line it into the bottom tunnel (sure there is a proper term for that in English too). If you use only one string there will be a hole in the middle but if you separate it into 3-4 sections it will be pretty tight, I used four.

I made the bag from an old Tallinn Student Days t-shirt that was from my very first one of them and it really gave the kick for the whole student-life of mine. As the result I really got myself into volunteering in many organizing groups and I got the best experiences in event preparations which most of them really outweighed the stuff I was taught in the lectures.

One thing I could have done is that I should have cut the handles smaller. It can now fit on my shoulder but the bag part is rather shallow. It feels nice and soft though, fits a towel nicely so I think it would make a nice beach bag.