Monday, 29 July 2013

The Recovered and Restored Bible

A few years ago now, my husband and I were presented with a Bible at our wedding ceremony. This Bible has travelled extensively and has been an important part of our lives but it was now falling apart. While living in Rotorua, N.Z. I was able to take classes with Robin and learnt the art of bookbinding. Recently I finally plucked up the courage to tackle recovering the book.

The original cover was looking a bit sad so I removed it completely and was left with the stitched pages.

It had gold writing on the cover and I did not want to loose the words so I printed the words out on the computer and then using white carbon I transferred the lettering onto the silver bookbinding cloth.

Using scissors I carefully cut the letters out of the fabric and placed them into position on the bookbinding fabric that I was covering the book with. I pasted these into position.

Using a silver metallic thread in my machine and lowering the feed dogs meant I was able to free motion stitch around the edge of each letter to secure it in place.

The  card was then glued onto the fabric and I was able to complete the covering of the book and it turned out great, thanks to a good teacher.

Thanks for the visit

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

For the love of Linen

After living in the tropics for many years linen has become the fabric that I love to wear. I have garments that have lasted many years as this fabric is cool to wear and so robust and durable.

Last week I went to Arab St to look for some linen to make some clothing and found a shop that had a great selection of natural fibre fabrics which included  linen fabric in different weights and also printed linen. I have since washed the linen, which feels very stiff when you purchase it, but it has washed well and is nice to handle.

The shop is V.K. Abdulsamad & Co. 
66 Arab Street.

I also had some raw silk in my stash so decided to make a dress with the fabric and line it with a cotton voile but wanted to incorporate a feature zip in the back. I went to Sing Mui Heng Ltd in Peoples Park Centre to see what I could find and they had metal zips where you could choose a charm attachment from the selection they had and this was the result.


  Off back to the sewing room.

Thanks for the visit.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Heather's Friday Studio Tour for Postmark'd Art

This month we are traveling to Singapore to visit with Heather Long
I moved from New Zealand back to Singapore just over one year ago but this time we came without our house load of “things”.  This meant I was allowed a small shipment of the “I-cannot-live-without” things. Of course these were my crafting and sewing items!  I then went through the many boxes of fabrics and realized I was never going to get close to using a lot of the fabrics I had collected over the many years. It was a tough decision but necessary, so I sold off a lot of my stash and arrived in Singapore with the essentials, and the knowledge that we had good shops to pick up the bits I really needed.
Do you call it a Studio of a Sewing Room?
Interesting that this is my first question to answer, since I needed to call my blog Heather’s Sewing Room as the name Heather’s Studio was already taken. I grew up in a home that had a place designated for sewing and as I entered the clothing trade as a profession I always had a sewing room. As my crafting skills branched out into other crafts, the room has become more than just a sewing room; so I now consider it a Studio.
How did you go about setting up your Studio?
Thankfully our apartment was not short on space, so I was able to take a room all to myself. I went to Ikea and purchased 2 tables with adjustable legs so that I could have one at a standing height and another at a lower height for my sewing machine. I positioned these lengthways in front of the window so my sewing machine gets the most natural light.
I can then also glance out the window from time to time at the view of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer.
The room had a double and a small single wardrobe built in so I removed the hanging rail and inserted extra shelves to hold my supplies of batting, fabric, patterns, ribbons, beads, glues, paints, pens, cutting tools, brushes, and so on.Heather4
In the drawers I have papers, a selection of plain and hand dyed fabrics and elastics, tapes and haberdashery.
I found a drawer set in a hardware store that was perfect for holding my sewing threads — organized by colour — so this hides in the single wardrobe along with the few books I was able to bring with me.
How much horizontal space do you have?
I have managed to fit 3 tables into the studio. This gives me a good amount of horizontal space, which I love. The long table is great for cutting garments on and a place to put “stuff”.  Sometimes with all that space I still end up working in a space the size of my cutting mat!
By putting all the furniture in the centre of the room I freed up the wall space so I could make a design wall. I bought 4 large sheets of core board from the art shop and with sticky Velcro I attached them to the wall and covered it with cotton batting. It is so great to work on.
In this corner I have my book binding cloth, papers and also some card stock for making boxes and bookbinding. My iron and ironing board also live in this space.
Do you straighten/organize as you go, putting each fabric away as you cut, or do you clean up after a project?
As I have a separate room to create in I like to leave everything out as I work on a project. Once the project is finished I will then do a clean up before starting on the next project.
How many projects do you work on at a time and how do you keep them organized?
I usually have more than one project happening at once. I will try to get a project to a level where I can pack it away for a time. If the time involved in one project is short then I like to finish it off completely. With making quilts the timing can be long, so I tend to pack it away to finish a more urgent project.  In other words, I juggle! My goal is to finish all projects.
Where do you feel the difference is in the starting point between quilting and art?
I feel that you cannot totally separate Quilting and Art as quilting is a form of art. Years ago a quilt was something that was made for the purpose of keeping you warm in bed. Quilts are still designed and made for this reason by sewing and quilting fabric and batting together. Once you hang designs made from fabric on the wall or use it for other purposes, it enters into the world of Art and they become Art Quilts.
Thanks for the visit to my studio.
Thank you Heather for the delightful tour.  I think we will all be a little envious  of the view from your window.