Posts Tagged ‘Captain Crafty Studio’

In Print!

December 10th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Here is my Make Recycled Necklaces project in print!

I was contacted by Family Fun Magazine this summer – and low and behold here is my little project in the December issue of the magazine. I have a lot to learn about working with magazines and such…. next time I need to try to get credited in print!

 

 

Fall Craftyness

September 26th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

I am a bit under the weather with a cold, out the window the leaves are popping red and orange. Here in the studio I am getting ready for craft fairs. Working out new patterns.

I always hope to make more than I possible can, my head is reeling with ideas. Alas there are only so many hours in a day and a girl with a cold must have a bit of rest (while stitching up little dolls like mad).

Sewing for the Walls

May 28th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

Remember this from awhile back?

It’s an old frame I found that gave me an idea for stitching up some fabric appliqué art for my boys wall.

I drew a picture and mapped out some fabric pieces and started to stitch my fox onto a utility fabric bought at Joann’s.

With this and this as inspiration here’s what I wound up with -

Meet my Mr. Fox.

He’s all machine stitched with felt, cotton, silk and cashmere fabric scraps. The kids are pretty floored by him but I dare say a bit scared too! I myself am pretty floored that after a year of thinking about this project I can now put it out of my head and onto the walls.

Also up on the wall my little Amy Butler banner, some tiny thrifted paintings and a silly Green monster I  made from a log slice. Perhaps one of these days I will get a better shot of how this newly done up kids room is coming together – someday..

Homemade Angry Birds Shirts

April 29th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Sometimes I feel compelled to shut out the world of commercialized characters – I want to hide under a rock and shield my kids from having logo branded toothbrushes, lunch boxes, underwear, sneakers, hats, shirts, coloring books,Band-Aids, action figures, jackets and everything else.

It’s not that I am a complete partypooper (okay maybe I am) it’s just there is so much STUFF with, let’s say, a certain man turned spider on it. For lots of reasons all this STUFF starts to overwhelm me. I know that these comic book characters, video game characters, movie characters are really important to kids – they inspire, bond and excite them.  But this herd of merchandising is also a multi billion dollar machine that seeks to take over the hearts, minds and wallets of our wee lads and lasses. They compound stereo types, promote violence, gender conforming and commercialism – joy!

Unless you want to your kid be a walking advertisement where do you draw the line? I guess my tactic is to insert creativity into the mix a much as possible – I often talk to the kids about inventing our own superhero characters, we have fun drawing, bestowing powers and acting out the roles of our very own captain super people. I draw our own coloring pages with super kids for us to color. I have even wagged fingers at Grandma’s in my efforts to minimize super hero’s daily impact – sorry Mom!  I also try to turn their desires into craft projects – such as these Angry Bird inspired applique shirts.

Did I stay up late stitching these, yes – am I crazy YES. I could have said no, I could have bought them for $20 – but somehow somewhere in my mind it just seemed the right thing to do. The kids wanted Angry Birds shirts so being the dorky crafty Mom I am I said “Let’s make some”. They chose their favorite birds and we made a sketch together of what it should look like. They diligently colored their sketches. We then made a bigger pattern together that would completely cover the printing that was already on the shirt just like I did on this project. We gathered colored T-shirt scraps and cut out our pattern pieces. Next came the late night stitching! I must say I am quite smitten with stitching t-shirt scraps, the results are fantastic and the materials (unlike snazzy wool felts) are FREE. Again, many thanks to Natalie Chanin!

The kids are way psyched which is pretty cool too.

So much so that the very next day I was commissioned to make a ninja mask

Wherever you are in your battle of good and evil – may the crafty force be with you!

 

 

 

Open

March 30th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Did I mention that I have been taking ballet? Yes, twice a week I have dance class, and I love it.

But I miss being in my studio.

I spend an hour trying to figure out WHAT THE HELL to wear to dance class, an hour in transit to dance class and an hour and a half in dance class. You wouldn’t think it ads up to much but I am pretty certain that the 7 hours I am devoting to getting, going, driving, to ballet is about how much time I have to be creative each week in total.

—- My studio has been gathering dust and my project list has gotten so long I am utterly overwhelmed.

So, today I am setting the boys up with a painting project and …. the studio is OPEN.

I am still – overwhelmed. Trying to feel a bit of quiet and think positive thoughts about getting a calm focus. Trying to feel the slow and steady progress, trying to feel all zen about the way a big old life endlessly steams onward.

On the list this Spring – a Natalie Chanin Camisole Dress. I am pretty sure this will take a million hours to stitch but in my zen peaceful watch the grass grow state of mind I will conquer! I couldn’t afford to buy the kit – I bought fabric from here and the pattern from here.

Next up…

perhaps this,

or the 300 other little projects that are frittering on the edge of my far too small brain.

Hope your projects are fulfilling and your coffee is strong!

 

 

Make a Braided Rag Rug!

November 14th, 2011 by zoe 34 Comments

My love of old T-shirts just keeps on growing!

See this stack of old T-shirts – they are going to become a fabulous rainbow rug!

Begin by collecting a colorful pile of old t-shirts. To make a 36″ round rug you will need about 10 to 12 shirts.

Cut the shirts into lots of strips, I made mine  1 1/2″ wide and that seemed to work great. You will now braid your strips together to make one single extremely long braided rope.To begin, take three t-shirt strips and sew them together at one end. Start braiding!

I used a curtain rod clip to hook one end of my braid to a chair to provide tension while braiding. A clothes pin is also helpful for holding your braid tight. As you come to the end of your first length of strips you will need to add more length. Connect strips together to add more length – cut a small slit in the ends of all your strips. Thread new strip through the hole, loop it’s end through on its self and pull tight. 

You will now have extended your strip! It is important to stagger your strip extensions so that they are not all lumped in one spot on your braid.

Now you are ready to braid and braid and braid!

When you get tired of braiding it’s fun to coil your rope and see what kind of progress you are making.

When you have finished your braided rope it’s time to begin stitching.

Set your sewing machine for the widest zig-zag stitch,tightly coil your braid, stitch round and round. When stitching push the two braids together tightly with your hands, watch your stitches carefully to ensure they are connecting the seams.  Your hands will get tired from all the pushing, I found it was easier to set my adjustable chair higher to get better leverage while stitching. Try not to stretch your rope too much while stitching because it will cup like a bowl. But don’t fear a hot iron can correct the cupping. Every so often your bobbin will run out of thread, this is a good time to iron your rug flat. Set the iron to hot, start and the center and iron out toward the edges. Repeat on both sides.

This rug currently measures 34″ across and took me a day to make. I haven’t finished the ends off yet because I think I want to make it a bit bigger – I just found a pile of gray shirts that I am hoping will bring it closer to the size I was dreaming of. I will take another picture of it finished and in place next week. I just had to share it today because I was so excited stitching this together. I love the colors and weight of this rug. I am already dreaming of the next one!!

Maybe ocean colors?