Sunday, 21 January 2018

Yarn Bowls

A while back I asked my friend from @creativemeza if she thinks I can make my own yarn bowls from polymer clay. I really wanted to make my own yarn bowls and was busy exploring the different ways I could achieve this. 

We then came up with the idea to ask another friend who makes ceramics, to pour us a couple of bowls. Isn't it wonderful to have such a great circle of friends!!! We worked on the greenware to cut out our shapes and sculpted sheep, bears and little dolls to add to our bowls.  

It was quite a long process and a lot of learning took place.  I learned that the clay is super soft and one has to work very carefully.  I learned which shapes works best on certain bowl shapes, how much glaze is needed and how firing at the wrong temperature can influence the colors.  


We starting cutting and sculpting on the greenware. We let it dry out completely before painting bowls. 











Next up was fine sanding and smoothing out some rough edges on the bowls.  This was the most challenging part.  They are extremely soft to work with and some didn't make it.  Then came the exciting part of painting the bowls.










After they survived the kiln, we painting them with glaze and fired them again.  





I was so excited to see the final product!  I am sure I will find each one of them a place and fill them with beautiful yarn!









What a wonderful journey this was and every step was exciting and fun!  Definitely something I will do again!


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sew a Softie Festive Edition

Wow, time sure does fly by! 

It is my turn today to inspire you with a stunning, yet easy to sew pattern. 

For us here in South Africa our Festive Season is sunny and hot and we do enjoy spending time outside. 

My pattern today is a simple Christmas tree, but the fun is in decorating it with anything you have in the house that you can sew on. (or maybe even glue it on)  Any old pieces of ribbon, buttons and beads will do it!



I used felt, some old rick-rack from my moms stash and a bit of left over sequins.





Cut 2 of the tree pattern.  Sew on your decorations on one of the tree parts before you sew the 2 parts together.  Mix and match your decorative bits.  Plan before you start sewing.








After everything is sewed on.  Sew the back and front pieces together and leave an opening at the bottom. Fold you pieces of rick-rack or ribbons to the inside before you sew, it will leave it nice and neat. 



Stuff your tree and sew the bottom closed.




Please share your pictures with us!  Have a wonderful holiday, festive season and I wish you a creative 2018!


Sunday, 30 July 2017

A foxie for Sew a Softie

I've got a bit of a obsession with foxies at the moment, especially the whimsical kind and I would like to share with you a easy foxie to make.






The fox I designed might be for a more experienced sewer, because I sew the pieces with the right sides together and the turn the softie inside out. You can however, just do a normal outside seam without turning.

I first trace the pattern on 2 pieces of felt. I love using transparencies for my templates.  They are more sturdier to work with. I sewed the heart and the arms into place onto one of the pieces.  I used my sewing machine for the heart and arms as it gives a better finish.  But you can hand sew them on as well.  It will look good with contrasting thread.








Place the second pattern piece over the first one, with the 'right sides' together and sew around trace lines. I find it easier to sew around the trace lines first before I cut the pieces out.  This helps to keep the seam neat and makes it a lot easier to work with.   Remember to leave an opening on the side to turn and stuff later.
Sew the tail in the same way.  First sew and then cut it out.





Turn the softie inside out, taking care to get the nose out all the way.



Insert the eyes at this point.  I used 2 different sizes to add to the whimsical effect.



Stuff your foxie. I prefer to use poly-puff stuffing.  It is small, soft pieces of stuffing which allows me to stuff my toys without any bumps. Close the opening.



 You can sew the mouth on at any point from now on as long as the nose is stuffed nice and firm.  I used normal black cotton with a zig-zag stitch.



Stuff the tail a bit and sew the opening close.  I attached the tail with sewing on a button.





Finally I decided my foxie needs a knitted scarf.




Thank you for joining me!  Please remember to post your softies and share with us.

Love

Liezel






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