Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Make a Moses Basket, Crib - Liner & Covers ...

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Here's details for my making of a set of covers and liner for a Moses Basket Crib (an original heirloodating from 1972) - see left. 

The set I've made (right) is in cream and white embroiderie anglaise fabric (cotton and polyester) and features a range of varied pattern-making and sewing techniques. If you would like to find out about making this in more detail, click here:

I also made a small bag full of 'baby goodies' to match the set (below left) and as you may notice, the ribbon ties have a floral trim at their end & match those on the liner (below right).

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sewing Holdall …

One of my most useful pieces of equipment is a small zipped bag - appx. size 30cm x 20cm (see below left).
Inside it has removable loose-leaf style pages - each one having sets of individual zippered pockets. On the outside is a mesh pocket that holds a small pressing cloth and paper towel - ready for any emergency use! I've had it for many years and use it for holding all my separate small sewing 'gadgets' and accessories ... things like pins, marking tools, guides etc. It's ideal for class demonstrations (its always ready filled) as well as being positioned next to my sewing machine for constant use.

Here's the bag opened out showing assorted packets of different pins as well as a few guides and markers. Besides a tin of general glass-headed pins I have constantly on the work-table, there are many others I periodically use. Fine ones for lace, fine and sheer fabrics - long ones for furnishings or thick fabric - ones with large heads for ease of handling (eg. holding fabric in place when draping over a pre-formed shape) - heavy duty ones for denim and similar fabrics - ones with blunt ends for use with knitting.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Broomstick Crochet …

Another fascinating craft is BROOMSTICK crochet. Popular in the 1930s and 1970s, it makes lovely lace-style and delicate fabric for both garments and window furnishings.


The photo above, shows 2 ‘Broomstick Pins’ with corresponding crochet hooks below each one. The broomstick pins (large knitting needles, dowel or tubing) can be of any size – the larger the pin/needle, the larger the lace loop.
Simply this form of crochet is another 2-row procedure: Row 1 creates stitches (like knitting) on the broomstick – Row 2 involves using the crochet hook to group these stitches together by forming a crochet row.

It links both crochet and knitting and is ideal for anyone who wants to enhance their craft techniques. It produces a textile that is delicate and lightweight making it also suitable for baby garments and accessories.

An excellent reference book for both this and Tunisian Crochet is the 1987 publication: Exciting Crochet by Murel Kent.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Crochet equipment ...

With craft classes soon starting, I thought that this month I would show you some of the basic 'tools of the trade' ... various equipment that is used to make a wide variety of fabric and thread craft items. I'll try to include a selection of both 'large main' items as well as small and extremely useful 'gadgets'. Some, as you will see, can be used for several crafts across the range of sewing, knitting, crochet and/or embroidery.

The simple CROCHET Hook (above, lower) is used to crochet lace-style edgings, trims, buttons and garments as well as a variety of craft items. BUT some other useful 'hooks' (somewhat difficult to locate these days) can also be used for other crochet-based stitches.


In the photo left, is a metal 'Hairpin Hook' - to the right, 3 'knitting-style needles' known as 'Tunisian or Afghan Needles'. All are used for crochet but for different types of techniques and stitches.

Hairpin Crochet: A Hairpin hook (also used for Knotting or Netting) is used together with a basic crochet or Tunisian hook). A working thread is wound over and round the 'hook arms' to form a series of loops. These are then joined together with a simple crochet slip-stitch to form a continuous looping-style lace. This lace is gradually worked along the central posts and by using the end-bar to hold in place, a long length of 'lace' can be easily made to create fabulous trims, braids, garments or other decorative items.

Tunisian or Afghan Crochet: A Tunisian hook is very similar in appearance and length to a knitting needle except that instead of a point at the end, there is a hook. At the opposite end is a 'knob' like a knitting needle and this prevents stitches falling off. Unlike crochet which has only 1 (or just a few) loop on the hook and is worked 1-row at a time, Tunisian crochet is a 2-row procedure. Simply: row 1 is formed by 'picking up' stitches (like in knitting) - row 2 is made by working back along the row in pairs of stitches, pulling one stitch through another. It is almost a 'cross' between crochet and knitting - ideal for anyone who finds it difficult to crochet (especially if they have a knitting background) or a person who justs wants to enhance their crochet techniques. It produces a textile that is firm and hard-wearing so is suitable for furnishings and similar items as well as practical 'hard-wearing' garments. It's easy to make and its appearance is not unsimilar to a type of rib.

A very good reference book is a 1973 publication: Joan Fisher's Guide to Crochet.