Tuesday, April 2

A little tutorial

  Where did Winter go?
I cannot believe it's April!!!
It's been very busy here with kitchen remodeling, workshops & kids.
I do find time to play around in my studio, lately its been to organize & clean.
Having friends over for classes' has been good motivation to keep things tidy!
One thing that really needed organizing was my seam binding. 
I've tried everything from boxes to hanging them over my desk, but they always end up a jumbled mess.

Keeping things vertical is always a good way to save space so I decided to build up. 
 I dug through a box of lamp parts to find a base & rod that worked together.

Unfortunately the hole in the seam binding roll was too small.

That was an easy fix with a little drilling.

I didn't like the look of the Hug Snug label so I enlarged & copied a clock face to glue onto the top roll.

 I thought about topping it with a pretty doorknob or something but in the end this finial worked best.
Now I just unscrew it to add more rolls.

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I've been playing in the wool pile too:)

I love making patchwork from the white scraps.

I made another camp blanket too.

I swear my sewing machine is going to blow up one day.
I put some spring inspired bundles in my etsy shop.

But this week I'm getting ready for my second home workshop.

We'll be weaving fabric, lace & other scraps into a beatuiful bag to hold precious memories. 
The cool thing about this technique is it can be altered & used for many different projects, like this collage.

I taught the class at Karla's Birdsong event a couple of years ago & it was a hit. 
Beth shared these photo's of bags she created after the class.

I have space left, so if your not busy Saturday check out my etsy shop for details!


Rhonda said...

I love your seam binding holder, it's so me!! You have been busy!
I am so delighted to see your post, Lisa, it is like a breath of fresh air. xo Rhonda

Jann said...

Fabulous seam binding holder--what a great idea! Nice post--I can't believe April is already here, either--it seems like the year just started, and here we are in April already . . .

Barbara Jean said...

love your idea for the snug hug rolls, and the clock face on top is perfect!!

thanks for sharing.


Karen B. said...

Sweet Lisa,
where do I start ... LOVE the tutorial and need to make one of your seam binding holders. Then .. love all your felted work too. And last.. such a shame I live to far away to take part in your class~ it would have been so nice.

many hugs

Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Createology said...

Brilliant storage for your seam bindings. Your memory bag is wonderful. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

Charlene said...

That seam binding idea ROCKS girl! I do believe I need to try it myself. They are always falling all ove themselves! I'm at Round Top & have to smile when I think of our trip together! No stuffed ducks! Hugs

suziqu's thread works said...

Wow Lisa Thanks for sharing that great idea for storing our seam binding! It's funny that we don't just see the obvious at times! I have just the brass lamp in my studio to convert now!

Have a great time with the girls teaching them your Woven Memory Bag - it looks a treat and would have been nice to have joined in!
Have fun!

Erica said...

Love the seam binding holder!
And I really wish I was in town to take your class on Saturday. If you ever think of offering it again, let me know!

Robin said...

Such a great and beautiful way to organize and display your seam binding Lisa! Love your patchwork in those creamy colors. I'm hoping I can make it the next workshop you have.


Dorthe said...

Lisa, dear-
your bag it totally devine, and the collage using the same tecnique so very beautiful---
Also love what Beth did on your workshop last time you teached it!
You know what I am to say now ,lol-: I wish I .............!
And then your patcwork wools -the chair looks fantastic and the little foot stool lovely,too- And I can imagine how wonderfully warm the blanket is.
Thankyou for your tutorial, it is the most wonderful idea, and a great way to store those rolls-I think I can make one with the help of Henning :-)
Hugs and happy creative saturday ,Friend.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

DIAN said...

what a great idea for those slippery things.

Maelchen said...

How busy you were, dear Lisa, I love your white sweater transformations! No more throwing away of any clothes... Thanks for sharing those beautiful woven bags. So much inspiration! My mind keeps swirling with ideas...
Greets, Manu

June said...

You have done it again Lisa! What an awesome idea. Can I steal, beg or borrow it? I wish it would work with furniture in the shed. Hubby is getting a little cranky about even going inside of it to get something he needs because of all the stuff I cart home :)
I love peeks into your sweet life!
much love...

Vicki Boster said...

Oh my Lisa-- isn't it a wonderful feeling to spend a day cleaning and organizing in the craft room!! I love that feeling at the end of the day when you look back at all that you have accomplished. You've come up with some creative storage here-- love them all-- and the photos are just killer!

Wonderful that you shared your creativity with another class-- the bags are amazing! Bet you girls had some great fun.

I'm sure Easter was loads of excitement at your house!! Hug those babes from me--

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Swoon!!!! Love your wonderful ribbon holder and all the other pretties you have shared!
I agree -where did winter go? Wasn't too long here in Michigan!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love the idea for the seam binding holder, Lisa...looks great and wonderfully organized, too! Love your patchwork goodies! Have fun with your class!

Cindy said...

Clever girl!!!!!! LOVE the holder for the seam binding. And leave it to you to make it cute as well. :) Hope the class went well, it looked fun. Maybe for me to be there, the third time will be the charm.


Rustique Gal said...

Lisa, you have been busy! I must spend more time in my studio and get going. What inspiration! I love the solution for the seam binding. Maybe my ribbons would be happy with this arrangement. I will have to look over my junque. Have a great week!

Wendy AppleApricot said...

Hello Lisa,
What a great idea, thank you so much for your tutorial!!
Your fabric art is fabulous, gorgeous. So many beautiful layers and stitching. I love the soft colours and layers of the collage.

hugs and happy day,

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