I have not written in a while, I know. I really don't have any excuse to be honest. The one excuse I have ( which is a valid one mind you) is becoming a sing song ( yes I have not been well) so I will just chalk my inactivity to good old laziness. I might not have been sewing, but I have been busy doing other things, which shall be revealed in due time round these parts, so watch this space.
I don't have any new year's resolution. I never succeed in keeping them, so I don't set them. Having said that, I am going to say this year I hope I can do more craft related things, not just sewing. There are many new things I would like to try this year, when the time is right. Some of them ( like making leather bags) involve really toxic materials. I have been advised not to attempt using them until I am once more a single entity, having found the strength to expel a certain somebody from my body.....the little parasite....not my words...my friend Vicks calls them that.
So, tonight I decided to do some fabric printing. I bought some plain shopper bags from ebay last week, to practise on. The idea is to customise my outfits and other fabric related projects by printing my own fabric. I'm thinking table linen, tea towels, skirts, tshirts, and in future, Noah's onesies.
Last year I went crazy and bought three books on diy printing, but as usual, was too lazy to make anything. I have been buying up a storm lately, stocking up on things I might like to use in my crafty projects when I am on maternity leave. So today after work I pulled out one of the books, and went down to business.
The pictures are a bit dodgy.....my camera seems to be sick....I'm still working on Mr.Dibs regarding an SLR camera.
Using one of the images provided at the back of the book by Lotta Jansdotter, I traced the image unto the dull side of my freezer paper.......
Then I cut it out with a craft knife......
After cutting it out, I ironed the freezer paper unto the bag, shiny side down.Then used a sponge I had at home ( Mr.Dibs used to use it to clean his car) to apply some fabric paint to the cut stencil. You must put a cardboard or something hard between the two layers of the bag to prevent ink going to the back of the bag.
When it is dry, carefully peel away the freezer paper from the bag. It will come right out.
And there you have your new shopper. It looks really plain, so I am considering adding some words to it. That, will be a project for another day, or maybe not.
A spot of modelling.....trying to hide my ever expanding bump.
I am giving this bag away. If you like it, and want it, just leave a comment stating the other crafty things you want to try this year.
Whoever wins the bag will have the option of receiving the bag as it is, or if they desire, I can customise the bag further with whatever quotes they want on it. It could be your favourite saying, song title, or even the name of your blog. So start thinking of what you will want printed on the space above the bottle and cup.
This giveaway will close on Sunday 22nd January 2012 at midnight, London time, and is open to everyone, irrespective of geographic location.
Its Friday tomorrow. How excited are you about the weekend?