Monday, December 05, 2005

Crafty weekend take two

A couple of weekends ago I said I had a crafty weekend. This past weekend, we both did!

Saturday morning began with a visit to one of the projects that Rob's work is building. The house isn't done, and I don't think I'm allowed to show photos of the house, but here's the view from the pool:

The island out there is Catalina Island. It was one of the most clear and beautiful days I had even seen. I'm sorry there aren't more photos, Rob took them mainly of the house.

Geek alert! Geek alert!
That afternoon, we went to the Star Wars Costume Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise. It was really fun, they had a couple costumes from the first trilogy:

and from the most recent movie:

My favorite costumes were Emperor Palpatine's, but they were in a really dark room and hard to photograph. Another set of costumes I loved were the different queens of Naboo:

This was the one Keisha Castle-Hughes wore at the end of Revenge of the Sith. It's only on screen for a split second, but it's still very detailed and amazing.

I didn't realize that the costumes looked so kimono-ish. The exhibit is great, it's only 5 dollars and it ends this weekend, so if you're in the L.A. area, I highly recommend it.

On Sunday Rob had to work all day (boo hoo!) so I decided to use my new machine.

This is a little zippered-pouch I made from the same canvas and lining I used for my Madison bag. The pattern is from Craftster, and it's pretty easy. It's the first zipper I've sewed in and I must say, putting in lining hides a multitude of sins. While we were at the Star Wars exhibit, there was a scholarship store for the fashion institute, and Rob bought me a bag of buttons for a dollar. I used some for the design on my pouch.

I also went to Jo-anns and found some tweed fabric for this purse from one of my Japanese craft books.

Here's my version.

The handle isn't as wonky as it looks. I love this bag! I had a hard time sewing the round bottom of the bag, but the fabric, again, hides all my messy sewing.

Here it is next to my head for scale.

Have I forsaken knitting for sewing? Of course not!

This is a sock in Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Meadow. I've heard different things about this yarn, mostly good, so I was looking forward to knitting with it. For the most part, I really like it. It's so soft knitted up. But I think it wants to be knitted on smaller needles (I'm using a size 2) and I'm afraid that the yarn will be too thick for my tastes.

Phew! That was quite a entry. I don't anticipate doing much more craftiness this week, but I did buy some fabric from a kimono store. Maybe the sewing bug will hit me again!


Angela said...

Yay! Love the pouch with the buttons and your bag. Question for you about your Madison bag.. did you use Timtex or just iron-of interfacing?

MinaG said...

cute bag and pouch! love the blog entry, I've missed them!

caitlyn said...

Love the bag you sewed!! Very cute.

eastern white said...

love your new found passion- sewing!! beatiful bags, both of them. and the sock, too!

mariko said...

Your productivity puts the rest of us to shame! Sounds like a very fun weekend, and your sewing crafts look great.

goodkarma said...

Love your tweed bag. Wow, you've been keeping busy!

yumi said...

I can't believe that you got some more things done! They all look so nice.