Netsuke phone charm

23 February 2013 at 11:51 pm (Crafted!) (, , )


When I was driving to the sewing workshop early in this morning, I asked myself if it was going to be worth it. I’ve been feeling excessively tired lately and could have used an extra hour of zzz’s. But I needn’t have worried. It was totally worth it and I met some really nice people, too.

We used chirimen (a type of kimono crepe fabric that’s a little stretchy) to make these netsuke. Really pretty, and although I was late, I still got to choose my favourite colours to work with.

And I learnt a new technique today: how to wrap a piece of fabric around a flat circle (like a button) in 30 seconds (maybe less). I was surprised at how crazy easy it was once I knew how it worked. I’ve got to make a video of it so I don’t forget.

My first attempt (the plum netsuke on the right) was a bit lopsided. Because the circle wasn’t perfect, one petal is larger than the others. It’s also not as plump as my 2nd netsuke (maybe it just needed a bit more batting). If I could get my hands on more chirimen, I might make more since it’s so easy.

Yay for sewing. Sewing satisfaction is the best kind there is!


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Brush holder in Pretty Paradise

13 November 2012 at 7:16 pm (Crafted!) (, )

Necessity pushed me into making this on the fly, sans pattern. In my mind I had planned something a little more complicated but I’m travelling in a day’s time and don’t have the luxury of sitting down and planning. This was quick and semi-easy, just the way I like my projects.

Can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I made something. Oh! How life (and my MA!) doth interferes!

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Book bag in Black and Bird-on-Branch

1 January 2011 at 2:20 am (Crafted!) ()

2010 was a great year for me. I had stumbled upon the greatest adventure of my life — teaching. And I love it not just because I get to use stationery like there’s no tomorrow. (Although I do love that I get to do that.)

And so my old book bag took a real beating. The bamboo handles were a real trooper, though. It carried the weight of a ton of books (plus huge laptop) — without groaning — for the better part of the year. Then one of them decided it’s had enough and let loose its binding. So I couldn’t carry a ton of books without it splitting open. It’s repairable, though.

But the fabric of the bag hasn’t held up as well. The lining, which is a bit paper-like, pretty much started tearing halfway through the year. The outer fabric has suffered some pretty serious damage. Huge holes appeared in the corners of the bag, where I assume the corners of my books have strained.

So, I made myself a new bag. A present for 2011. A wish for an even better year. A pretty bag for a pretty bright year ahead. This one’s quite sturdy, and should see me through many years. I hope.

Happy new year, everyone!

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Bottle bag in Blue and White Daisies

20 December 2010 at 1:21 am (Crafted!) ()

After a year of no crafting whatsoever, I finally got round to sewing this little one up. It was so quick to make I thought halfway that I might be making a terrible mistake somewhere. Turns out i did pretty well; didn’t have to unpick any thread! (That’s a first!)

So, revelling in my bottle bag in blue. I think I’m going to be making a couple more bags in the next few days.

Next project will be a (hopefully) sturdy book bag. Should be another quick one, as long as I don’t take forever to cut the fabrics. I never look forward to cutting….

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Obsession obsmession

24 December 2009 at 10:37 pm (Thoughts)

“This happened when I went for a massage after finishing the drafts for the manga. Because I was really sleepy, I was thinking drowsily about “How should the next chapter develop?”, when the masseuse suddenly commented: “Your right shoulder is really tight.” I unwittingly answered “That’s because it’s automail.” Getting confused between the manga and reality…!” – Arakawa Hiromu, creator of Fullmetal Alchemist.

I understand that feeling, that crazy can’t-think-about-anything-else kind of feeling, but sometimes I wonder how good it is for you. When something is so fun that it becomes an object of obsession, is that good or bad? I like to think that it’s a good thing, but then again, we all know that saying about having too much of something good, don’t we?

I guess the simplistic answer would be: if it doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s fine and dandy, so have a nice day.

*Photo thanks to Rhj44 on neoseeker.

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