Thursday, January 28, 2016

MY DOWNTON ABBEY INSPIRED RIDING HAT-FEATURED IN "CHEAP EATS & THRIFTY CRAFTS"

One photo of Lady Cora Crawley in the Downton Abbey series wearing a beautiful white riding coat with black embroidery is the inspiration for both of my recent articles in Cheap Eats & Thrifty Crafts.

You can see my interpretation of the coat with instructions for turning a plain sweatshirt into an elegant vest here: 
http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2016/01/latest-article-in-cheap-eats-thrifty.html

But proper ladies always have to have a hat so a matching hat it was for the second article



The hat is featured here:

http://www.cheapeatsthriftycrafts.com/downton-abbey-inspired-vintage-hunt-hat/

It was great fun creating the vest and hat. I tried to make them as easy as possible to make and neither will cost an arm and a leg. I did have to purchase the sweatshirt-about $8, I had the laces and trims in my stash. The hat was from another hat designing phase but it had been $10 or $11, the black lace was cut from the same as the vest. Creating the appliques from the black lace yardage was a big $ saver. Six plus were used on the vest and hat. I compared similar appliques at almost $5 each so look out for fabrics/curtains at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. thinking outside the box for their uses. 

I hope you enjoy crafting as much as I do

Carolyn Wainscott

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I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format
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~https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltingCarolyn

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LATEST ARTICLE IN CHEAP EATS & THRIFTY CRAFTS: DOWNTON ABBEY INSPIRED VEST

I love the Downton Abbey series fashions. While watching one episode a beautiful coat with black embroideries caught my fancy. 


When asked by the editor of Cheap Eats & Thrifty Crafts if I could come up with something kind of vintagy I thought of that coat and what  could be made fairly quickly and easily. A vest came to mind with lace appliques. I had helped my great, granddaughter, Korah, make her graduation dress using black lace appliques so since I still had some of the lace, why not?




 I am very pleased with how the vest turned out and the ease it was to make. Here is the link to my video tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9wmoUBurs4

Here is the article with full instructions for turning a sweatshirt into an elegant lacy vest. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

http://www.cheapeatsthriftycrafts.com/downton-abbey-dress-recycled-craft/

May the joy of crafting be upon you and God bless you and yours

Carolyn Wainscott  

Friday, January 22, 2016

HOW TO USE BABYVILLE BOUTIQUE PLIERS AND SNAPS

THE CUTEST LITTLE PANDA BEAR WRIST PIN CUSHION YOU EVER SAW

HOW TO FREE MOTION QUILT USING FUSIBLE BATTING AND A OVEN LINER


Have you tried a Fabric Slider in your quilting? I had wanted to see and try one for quite a while after seeing one on a tv quilt show but it's one of those things that hadn't made it to the top of the list-price played a big part of that.

 Then a couple of months ago I saw the discussion in one of the quilt groups about using an oven liner instead [mystery-how does the thought come up to use something for a stove in the sewing room?]. Now this person didn't even know there was such a thing as a oven liner but at the price they were talking about [$7] I couldn't resist looking into that I should already be familiar with as much as I have cooked in my lifetime-especially since cleaning an oven is one of my most dreaded tasks-I HATE to clean an oven. Of course, I have made sure for a long time now that any stove in my kitchen is going to have an oven cleaner built in-I have bought enough Easy Off to justify having that feature over time. 

So-back to quilting with the oven liner. Looked them up on Amazon to see how much they were but with my impatience not wanting to wait for one to be delivered I hopped in the car to go forth to find my treasure of the day and Glory Be-there is was right in the kitchen department-it had been there all along just waiting for me.

Even with the oven liner in my cache, it was several weeks before I would get to use it. It just laid there looking at me when I walked by, wondering why it had been brought into this strange place  where there was no stove in site. It had been made for a nice hot environment but instead when the time came, it was placed on a cool surface with that very sharp pointed thing aimed right at it.

I didn't test drive the experience, just turned on the camera and went to work. I thought if the experiment didn't work, you might as well be in on it from the get go and I was pleased with how things went. 

The fabric did glide around quite nicely.



The only thing you have to do to prepare the oven liner for sewing is to cut a small hole for the needle. You do have to have a flat surface even with the bed of your machine for the liner to lay on. My extended table accommodates the 16" x 23" oven liner but can be trimmed very easily. 

The fusible batting added to the ease of quilting also. There will be more on the use of this batting in a "quilt-as-you- go"  in the near future so look for that for a favorite method of mine using an easier method for constructing/machine quilting any size quilt from baby to king. 



The oven liner was about $7 so even if it hadn't worked it could always be used for its original purpose. I even had the thought of trying one on a refrigerator shelf to be pulled out and washed off to make it easier to clean the fridge. That's another dreaded job for me.

If you decide to try this, let me know how it works for you.

May the joy of crafting be upon you and God bless you

Carolyn Wainscott

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I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format
 @
~http://www.craftsy.com/user/pattern/store/43851
&
~https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltingCarolyn