It makes me feel like a grown-up to say I have a "fall line!"
I've always wanted to do seasonal lines. I have a notebook full of ideas and themes for every season for the next decade probably hehe. So frustrating to not have time to try them out! But if one ever made it into reality, I'm happy it's this one.
It doesn't really have a name. Does it need one? Embroidered Patchwork. Or something like that but not lame. Anyway, I have many more ideas for this series but I couldn't wait to show you until they were all done! I've had this theory for a while that quilting is going to be the next big craft. Now before you hard-core quilters go all ragebeast on me, I'm not saying that quilting has never been a big craft. I've been looking through my mom's quilting books, and I'm in love with it. I've always wanted to quilt but I have this thing with fabric and thread- I'm not good at it. And I'm not just saying that to be modest, seriously I'm not so good at the putting the fabrics together thing. That's why felt is the perfect medium for me. No pattern transfers, no wrong side/right sides, no pesky seam allowances.
I've long had a theory that the part of my brain that controls spacial relations has been irreversibly damaged at birth somehow. I can't drive in reverse or parallel park, I can't fold down four-part box tops, and I definitely cannot use an etch-a-sketch. You know those lawn mowers that have the two handles for steering instead of a wheel? Recently I tried to do my dad a favor and cut his lawn, but I gouged out and chopped up a tree stump the size of a beach ball, and then uprooted several fence posts. (Don't worry, my dad doesn't read my blog.) It seriously looked as if it were cut by a drunk blind person.
The point is that this intelligence handicap makes sewing a complete disaster. My wrong sides are always against my right sides. Or wait, is it the other way? See I don't even know, I can't figure out how to put one-dimensional objects together to create something 3D. Or do two things at once, like follow a straight line and push the sewing machine pedal. Or cut the grass and avoid the side of the garage (kidding Dad!)
Anyway, quilting is something I'll probably never get to do, unless I can someday afford some lovely antique blocks already pieced together and quilt them myself. But I love looking at the quilting books and getting inspiration from the traditional block designs.
My favorites are the pieced blocks like the dresden plate and grandmother's flower garden. I want to try those in felt too, but first I did some simpler pieces...
The square blocks are going to be pendants and brooches, and the strip of chevrons could make a cute cuff, I thought. Or maybe a shorter strip as a pendant and earrings? I was also thinking of doing a phone cozy with the grandmothers fan in the corner.
I still have no idea what this block is traditionally called, I don't remember which book it came from! These pieces were easy to size down to a good shape for a brooch, and I loved trying to get an even amount of tiny stitches on to every side of each piece. I think I might do more with an extra smaller square in the center.
The star shape is my favorite, but it was the hardest to make. I refuse to use glue in any of my pieces, but I really had no choice this time. The nature of the springy felt made the little diamonds push apart from each other, and I couldn't get them to stay together long enough to stitch them down evenly. I dotted the tiniest most miniscule amount of white glue in the middle of each diamond, which worked perfectly to hold them just long enough to be tacked down with a few stitches in the center.
Pinterest came in very handy for finding color inspiration!
Any other quilt-ish or patchwork ideas? I'd love to hear them!