Fiber Festival Ready

There's a fiber festival tomorrow, which are generally the best kind of festival for me. So I've been doing the quillie craze the last few days. This one is vintage plaid with blue cashmere.
There’s a fiber festival tomorrow, which are generally the best kind of festival for me. So I’ve been doing the quillie craze the last few days. This one is vintage plaid with blue cashmere.
A mix of skirt, blazer, cashmere, and merino.
A mix of skirt, blazer, cashmere, and merino.
My donation creation for the raffle.
My donation creation for the raffle.
Sheep. Gotta have sheep for the fiber fest. Made my first black sheep today. A tiny keychain fob. If you're going to follow the crowd, best to stand out.
Sheep. Gotta have sheep for the fiber fest. Made my first black sheep today. A tiny keychain fob. If you’re going to follow the crowd, best to stand out.
And plain old beautiful here.  A wool dress, wool blazer, and two sweaters.
And plain old beautiful here. A wool dress, wool blazer, and two sweaters.
Did I mention the sheep? I made up a batch of tiny ornaments for the sheep collectors. Cuz' ya know there's gonna be some at the fiber fest!
Did I mention the sheep? I made up a batch of tiny ornaments for the sheep collectors. Cuz ya know there’s gonna be some at the fiber fest!

Cashmere Clutch No.2

This is my second cashmere clutch. I like it better. Figured out the belt/strap closure. And this one stands on its own.
This is my second cashmere clutch. I like it better. Figured out the belt/strap closure. And this one stands on its own.
Here's the back. Still standing.
Here’s the back. Still standing.
Boyish colors. But oh, so soft. It is cashmere, after all. This one a bit thicker than the first.
Boyish colors. But oh, so soft. It is cashmere, after all. This one a bit thicker than the first.
The inside is lined with a fabric I got at the flea market. The lady said it was her sister's, who worked at a textile mill. Cotton, I'm sure. Nice and crisp woven stripes. And I put a pocket down in the bottom half of the bag.
The inside is lined with a fabric I got at the flea market. The lady said it was her sister’s, who worked at a textile mill. Cotton, I’m sure. Nice and crisp woven stripes. And I put a pocket down in the bottom half of the bag.
I say it could double as a pillow if you're out for dinner and have too much wine. Ladies?
I say it could double as a pillow if you’re out for dinner and have too much wine. Ladies?

Spring Greens

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I’ve been making a lot of green bags recently, and this is one of my favorites.
Green merino wool on the outside. Soft cotton on the inside.
Green merino wool on the outside. Soft cotton on the inside.
A medium weight belt (American Eagle with leather trim) pulls easily through the loops.
A medium weight belt (American Eagle with leather trim) pulls easily through the loops.
Flap pocket on the inside, offset, so as not to interrupt the sleeve details remaining from the shirtsleeves used to line the bag.
Flap pocket on the inside, offset, so as not to interrupt the sleeve details remaining from the shirtsleeves used to line the bag.
And it hangs nicely at her side. Or your side. Whichever.
And it hangs nicely at her side. Or your side. Whichever.

A Fold-Over Cashmere Clutch

The thing about repurposing and making do with what you have, is that one never knows the materials that are going to be in abundance. (Unless it's landfill trash. We've got plenty of that. But I digress.) For some reason, I ended up with a lot of cashmere.
The thing about repurposing and making do with what you have is that one never knows the materials that are going to be in abundance. (Unless it’s landfill trash. We’ve got plenty of that. But I digress.) For some reason, I ended up with a lot of cashmere.
I'm sure you know not all cashmere is created equal. This one was very thin, even after trying to felt it to death.
I’m sure you know not all cashmere is created equal. This one was very thin, even after trying to felt it to death.
So I made a clutch. And boy, did it try my patience. Not the cashmere, but the trial and error of the design process.
So I made a clutch. And boy, did it try my patience. Not the cashmere, but the trial and error of the design process.
I don't draw things out. I just start making stuff. That's my process.
I don’t draw things out. I just start making stuff. That’s my process. And, by the way, this photo is upside down.
And this came out alright even with some mistakes. Now I know for next time. And I think there might be a next time.
And this came out alright even with some mistakes. Now I know for next time. And I think there might be a next time.

More Cashmere Bags

cotton candy colored cashmere
cotton candy colored cashmere
lined with a linen from a Gap skirt
lined with a linen from a Gap skirt
and a linen flap pocket from a lady's dress shirt; added a gusset strap to keep the top of the bag together.
and a linen flap pocket from a lady’s dress shirt; added a gusset strap to keep the top of the bag together.
tall turquoise
tall turquoise
with a cashmere flap pocket and a vintage floral lining
with a cashmere flap pocket and a vintage floral lining
super slouchy, but thicker than the pink
super slouchy, but thicker than the pink
And a minty green.
And a minty green.
lined with a sport weight fabric
lined with a sport weight fabric
All three are simply soft beyond belief, and could easily double as a pillow if you get tired while out and about.
All three are simply soft beyond belief, and could easily double as a pillow if you get tired while out and about.

DIY Dress Form Done for Now

She's dressed and ready to go! I am pretty excited about her. Self love, perhaps? I don't know. Compared to what it looked like when I started, I am pleased with the results.
She’s dressed and ready to go! I am pretty excited about her. Self love, perhaps? I don’t know. Compared to what it looked like when I started, I am pleased with the results.
Here's a look under her skirt at the hardware I used from the original dress form. I couldn't find split rivets, which is what was used on the original. I found binding posts, which are probably better because I can remove them if needed.  Notice she is not stuffed. Turns out she doesn't need it now that I reinforced her inside and out with extra layers of the paper tape.
Here’s a look under her skirt at the hardware I used from the original dress form. I couldn’t find split rivets, which is what was used on the original. I found binding posts, which are probably better because I can remove them if needed.
Notice she is not stuffed. Turns out she doesn’t need it now that I reinforced her inside and out with extra layers of the paper tape.
For the neckline, I had to use the collar pieces upside down. Here's why. I closed off the shoulders, so there was no way for me to reach inside to tighten the screws otherwise.
For the neckline, I had to use the collar pieces upside down. Here’s why. I closed off the shoulders, so there was no way for me to reach inside to tighten the screws otherwise. The wooden knob sits lower this way, but I’ll figure out a spacer later if I want.
And on the outside, I used fender washers to give the paper a little more support.
And on the outside, I used fender washers to give the paper a little more support. I may need these inside, too. We’ll see. For now, I am considering this project complete. Spring shows are starting, so I probably won’t give her too much more attention for a while.

Merino Cashmere Blend

A men's turtleneck sweater in one of the best wool blends around. 85/15, merino/cashmere
A men’s turtleneck sweater in one of the best wool blends around. 85/15, merino/cashmere
A patterned front and solid back and side panels. The tie sash was made from the ribbed neck of the sweater.
A patterned front and solid back and side panels. The tie sash was made from the ribbed neck of the sweater.
And a wide brown belt that matches the tones perfectly.
And a wide brown belt that matches the tones perfectly.
The inside got a natural muslin lining.
The inside got a natural muslin lining.
And here's the lady, my newly finished body double DIY dress form, modeling this wonderfully soft tote of a purse.
And here’s the lady, my newly finished body double DIY dress form, modeling this wonderfully soft tote of a purse.