Friday, February 13, 2009

Rose Street Artist Market

Hi Folks,
Just a quick post to let you know that I'll be at the rose street market tomorrow.
If you get the chance you should come by and say hello....and also check out the new handmade goodies: including my newest creation....
Adorable furry bellied squirrels !


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Matching Bows



After cutting up those pink tights to make my new socks I was left with a scrap of stocking fabric. This scrap was sitting on my desk begging me to use it so it wouldn't have to go through the shame of being thrown in the bin. (my fabric is generally very emotive....hence my storeroom being overrun with fabric that will probably never be fashioned into anything!)

Anyway...There is nothing like having the top of your noggin match the tip of your toes, so I thought it was time to make some bows for my hair.



Use the body section of the tights: cut off the waistband then cut the rest in half
cut out the seam so your left with a long rectangle.....you'll be able to make 4 medium sized bows from the body part of your tights.


fold your rectangle in half and stitch up the side....turn outside-in so the seam is on the inside.
Cut a section out of the waistband (approx 2cm)....most waistbands are constructed so if you cut you're section out it opens up like a tube (does that make sense!?!)
slip the tube over you're bow piece and stitch tight.
You can now slip in a hair clip or bobby pin or stitch on a brooch back.



Easy-peasy lemon squeezy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hurrah for $1 Socks!



I love socks and stocking and tights.
They're just so useful. They keep you warm in the cooler months (like your legs are getting day-long hugs) They can add that extra something to any outfit...be it a pop of colour....repetition of pattern...or a contrasting texture.
Basically they're the stuff dreams are made of, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't dreamt of opening my unmentionables draw and finding socks and tights in every colour of the spectrum.

But...you can't be spending all your hard earned money on buying new stockings, that would be crazy....
Instead you can spend a fraction of your hard earned money buying stockings from the op shop...that's just good sense.

Most op shops sell tights and socks for a few dollars (at the most) that have never been worn and are still in there packets, and you can get some really cute vintage or newer styles.
But if you're like me and need an extra tall size....chances are they will all be too short.
This is where scissors come in handy!



Buy some tights...kids ones work fine too. I got these at the op shop near the corner of lygon st and brunswick road, they have lots of pairs....and in purple as well!


Cut the legs off right under the crotch seam


Cut a slit down the outer side of the socks at the top (about 5-7cm long)
put them on and then tie up in a jaunty knot. I find the slit and knot method the best way to make sure the socks stay up when in use....(and it looks fun like a swashbuckler would wear)
note: you can brush a bit of clear nail-polish on the cut section under the knot to stop ladders



Ta-Da.....I'm not claiming to have re-invented the wheel with this one, but its a fun way to add to you're hosiery draw without breaking the bank