Saturday, June 5, 2010

Quick Craft Update

Hello everyone! Just a quick update about my crafty projects. Yes, I am still sewing away on the purse that I am making, but I have to admit progress is slow. Some of you gave me great advice on Facebook and in the comments of the "Making Time to Sew" blog post.  Thank you to the reader who suggested that I try to sew in small time blocks each day.  In the last couple of weeks I've begun trying to sewing for about 20 minutes each day, and if I have the time to sew longer I do so.  I found that this really works because even if I only sew a couple of seams at least I make some progress nearly every day.  I also find that like one reader, I have strike when the inspiration hits because I either run out of steam before I finish a project or because I'm distracted by other projects.

My sewing instructor is really good at creating distractions I cannot resist.  Each week there is a new fun project that we can make in class, and I hardly ever seem to finish any of them.  However, a few weeks ago we marble printed silk scarves in class.  Needless to say I didn't get any sewing done in that session because I made a couple of these instead:

This was so, so easy and it produces really fantastic results.  Word of warning: this can be an extremely messy process so if you are at home do this in your garage or basement or somewhere that can take a few paint drips.  If you are interested in trying to marble print fabric there is an excellent explanation of the method we used at called "Marbling - How to Marble Fabric".  You can also watch the following video from the Brit magazine Quick & Crafty! that demonstrates the process on a smaller scale with paper:

Advance the video to 1:40 to start the demo

Hope your weekend is going well and are full of crafting.  Just a reminder, the June giveaway from ends in a week so get your entries in now!


  1. How lovely! I want a summer dress like that!

  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful scarf and the how-to links. I am bookmarking so that I can try this out for myself!

  3. Gorgeous scarf! Thanks for sharing the how-to inks and also, for letting us know it's messy so we're not surprised!

  4. Oh thank you so much everyone! I hope you all will definitely give it a try!


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