More Dyeing

tie-dye in blueThis time a tablecloth, some t-shirts and some extra pieces of fabric. It all started with making the tablecloth for our Grandmother: She wanted something for her balcony that would match her sunflower-pillows (with a deep blue background). So we chose the colour ‘ice-blue’ and made a test (see below) – It looked fine, considering the fact that we just held the cloth into the dye-bath for a couple of moments. So we put the whole tablecloth into it and waited. It ended up being turquoise instead of blue… not so great. So we made a new dye-bath, this time ‘dark-blue’ and overdyed it – it was perfect! But so strange – the first turquoise dye looked blue in the water and the blue one purple… Additionally to the unspecific names, no wonder we struggled with finding the right colour!

I also dyed a t-shirt for myself (the one with the vertical strip down the front) and my sister made one with the same design as on the tablecloth. We also dyed two more pieces with green (no photos, maybe next time) and some fabric scraps – the last picture.

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21.07.2014 – tie-dyeing a tablecloth (results next week!)

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22.07.2014 – tea and muffins

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23.07.2014 – the curtain for my aunt is finally finished

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24.07.2014 – I got it nearly exactly 2 years ago, at the beach in Grado

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25.07.2014 – I’d like to try this myself on a jacket

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26.07.2014 – fabrics for new doll clothes

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27.07.2014 – zipper foot and pins & needles

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Matchy-Matchy

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My niece’s birthday is tomorrow (she’ll be two years old) and I thought as a gift I’d sew something for her. I ended up making a set – a top and some trousers. Both patterns are self-drafted, but I had a look at some child trousers before making mine. I really do hope that they fit!

The top has little cap sleeves made out of contrasting fabric – it is the same I used as a bias binding on the neckline and on several other places. It closes in the back with a hook and an eye and a snap button. The trousers have an encased elastic at the waist. It was the first time I did that and it worked just fine. There is a knee patch with an embroidered mushroom at the front and a small pocket, again with mushrooms, at the back. To go with this theme I added a hedgehog button together with a flower shaped yo-yo to the top as well.

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An Artist in Residence

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There is a Textile Gallery (that’s also the name) right across the street were we live and every summer, there is an artist ‘in residence’. I love this installment, as I love to watch the creative process: One can come and go and just see how everything is made and how the workplace looks like – it’s so inspiring!

This year, for the third time, the artist is Edith Platzl. She actually teaches sewing and working with textiles as well as drawing at a school, but on the side, she works as a textile artist. She calls her work ‘drawing with the sewing machine’ and that is literally what she does: She has some sketches as a reference, but the rest is just created on the machine. She sews both on fabric and paper (sometimes into her sketchbooks) and often uses colours additionally to the otherwise black thread.

I’ll just share some pictures from the last three years here – not so much of her actual work, but more of her sketches and workspace, which I find even more interesting!

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15.07.2014 – Sebastian Vettel’s “Hungry Heidi”, his RB9

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16.07.2014 – It waited for me when I came back from Vienna – I love it!

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17.07.2014 – Looking for some new stuff for the flat at IKEA

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18.07.2014 – wrought iron

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19.07.2014 – work in progress

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20.07.2014 – a delicious backberry cheesecake

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Vienna once more

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Last week I was in Vienna, looking for a small flat or a flat-share for this autumn and I actually found something! Friends of ours have a spare flat in their raised ground floor and I had a look at it – it was beautiful! The house is an Art-Deco villa, a bit outside of the city, but close to my school and there are very good public transport connections to the centre. It’s really big and very light – not dark or damp, sthg. you might expect in a raised ground floor flat. There are two big rooms, with a tiny bathroom and an extra room, which is not in the flat anymore, but I’m allowed to use it for my sewing – how cool is that! Unfortunately, it’s only 85% sure that I will get it, but we are all very optimistic. I so hope that I’ll be able to move mid-August!

I leave you with a couple of pictures form various shops in Vienna: Duft&Kultur (my mother’s absolute favourite), Lena Hoschek and the finnshop (marimekko).

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09.07.2014 – on my way to Vienna

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10.07.2014 – so beautiful

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11.07.2014 – looking for a new notebook

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12.07.2014 – sunset

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13.07.2014 – bicycle helmet

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14.07.214 – red & turquoise

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