Friday, August 11

Zexxy's Wife now on Runway!!

As a part of Slow Clothes movement - The Art of Fashion show, had some of my clothes and accessories on the Runway this week:

Professional shootout

Sunday, October 30

Handwoven pencil skirt

It is quite difficult, these days, to find some unique and interesting, longer length skirts in stores around a town.
I guess, it's all about showing what ever you have, but it's just not my style and time.
I wanted to make an elegant, pencil skirt, that would finally cover my knees.

I decided to try on my new 8 shaft loom, create some interesting pattern that I couldn't make on my 4 shafter.. Experiment worked, and it looked really interesting at the end - see it for yourself. Five colors for the warping treads, I picked to be neutral, trying to avoid too bright colors for skirts or coats.

But yes, I have in plan few projects with more bright colors.

Weaving didn't take so long, as expected, couple of weekends, but again, it was the designing and sewing that took some time. At first, I had completely different shape in mind but when I discovered, at the end, that I will not have enough fabric to make it, things started to complicate..I created my pattern by draping and when I lay it over my fabric, there was no enough for the A line skirt
Fortunately, I still had one long and narrow piece of fabric that I made last year.

Then I decided to make pencil shape, but had to put all these pieces to work together. Basic idea was, to make skirt from three woven sheets: two at the front and one at back, but for my size, I needed to be more wide. And that I got with black pieces.

So the front part is hand stitched as I wanted to get illusion of one brown piece at the front (it's actually two pieces, like you see at the back). I decided to cut old black pieces and put them in the back, symmetrically to the sides, and insert zipper in one of the sides, but off the regular side of the skirt. It worked as a camouflage for the zipper..If you look at the photo of the back of the skirt, the zipper is where black touches brown back piece. Not ordinary, but it turned out very unique.

Again, I have to thank "Diana" my mannequin, for constructing such a nice fitting garment!
                    This is one of the first design attempts to create an garment with a use of this fabric:

Sunday, October 23

Felted slippers

They are very easy to make, and are great present for anyone.
I made these for my daughter.

You need:
 1 bag of pure wool felt in different colors
thin plastic or bubble sheets cut out in shape of slippers sized accordingly
felt needle
large tray
leather or leather like sole to attach to the bottom of the slippers manually

Sunday, October 16

Handwoven tunic

For a long time I had these leftovers from the last year projects. So I decided to cut them out and sew together as a classic tunic with elliptical collard.

Brainstorming was quite elaborate and I had many options on my mind..This one realy worked well..

Wednesday, September 7

Handwoven Coat

It's been a few months, since my last post, but I've been really busy with creation of my biggest project, so far.  Creating coat, from selecting of threads, weaving it, until the final design, draping, sewing and fitting it, without any previous training in any of this, was enormously hard and challenging task. After almost three months of work, including hours of digging trough library books and internet, I finally designed and fit one large piece of woven fabric into the wool coat. Here is my result:

The process
from weaving to the final cut and sewing
The most complicated part was fitting and using the fabric that I made to design shape of the coat that will use 5 m of fabric and not a centimeter more. It was actually 4.5 m at the end since I previously made a shirt for my daughter from it. 
Library really helped in discovering designing your own pattern. 
Cutting hand woven fabric and then sewing it, without any ripping and losing of threads was also a tricky job. 

Friday, May 20

Scarf on 8 Shaft Loom

It's been my dream for a while, and finally came true. I got my 8 shaft loom, not as I have imagined, to be table loom, but on a second thought, that's all I need for now to create some interesting patterns for my projects.
For big projects, majority of work would be done anyway on 4 shafter floor loom.
So last week, I finished scarf for my friend, experimenting with a color combinations and threads.

Wednesday, February 10

Handmade Leather Earrings

Last week, my daughter had her big eighteenth birthday and I made present for her.
I used pieces of leather in different colors to create earrings in flower and her favorite stuffed toy shape.
Little crazy, but it was fun and made for her. 

And she really likes to wear them.!

 She is big now and real expert in making macaroons, so she made the layers of the cake and I did a filling. Next time about her amazing macaroons!

Monday, January 18

Recent hadcrafted projects

I was quite lazy these past few months. I guess it' the cold weather..
There were few projects I did, but didn't put them on the blog. One is new handwoven cotton top and the other is big woven wool shawl. First is more summery craft and the second for winter colds. Oh yes, I also forgot the skirt I made for my daughter's birthday.
In December, I also attended Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild
Holiday meeting, and really enjoyed being part of the great community of weavers and spinners of this city!  Looking forward to meet all of the amazing ladies again!
The Guild is holding Weaving Course this winter and fall in Langara Collage! Great way to learn to weave from the experts!

The Guild is holding Weaving Course this winter and fall.
Cotton top

Handwoven from all cotton threads. Made from one piece, cut out at the top

I was concern to use this thick pink wool in weaving but skipping every other harnesses created very soft scarf with loads of character. Cheerful color combination and use of special threads with little " pom-pom"extensions added nice touch and gave personality to the scarf - same as my daughter is: vivid and feminine, as it was made for her.
It should probably be longer, as it is quite wide. It is the best in combination with some brown coat.
It is quite warm, more for Russian winter then for Vancouver..but it can be worn as a poncho.



I was inspired for a long time with this colorful fabric and wanted to make something interesting and unique. I had no patterns but some eight piece strech skirt as a control for a size and part fitting. This skirt is made from seven main pieces and top parts with attached belt. I have used three different fabrics: colorful cotton, denim and dark green corduroy (seen at the top and used for the back parts).
She really liked the skirt along with all of her friends.