Look! My Bernina had to be repaired and now I’m working with a machine from the stone age! But actually, it’s not that bad! For regular sewing the old Pfaff has everything I need. What do you think? Were the old sewing machines better than the new ones?
While I was on vacation I did some creative things, even though I wasn’t sewing or working at the store. Here and there I visited a quilt store or a craft store and I like to look around and see if there’s a bargain or maybe even a new product. In Picking Daisies in San Luis Obispo, California I found something new – Krafttex! I wasn’t familiar with the name and had never seen this product. But the nice lady in the store took time to talk to me, showed me the product and even a piece of Krafttex that had been washed, plus she let me page through the book about Krafttex.
And so I bought some – two different colors, half a yard each.
Now I’ve actually sewn with it for the first time. Krafttex is easy to sew – but it is VERY stiff. So you need to think about what you’ll be making before you make it. Plus, the needle holes are visible, so you shouldn’t make any mistakes. But, if you take some time to plan things out, you will have a very robust end product.
I’m very happy with the new bag – the bottom is made of Krafttex, then there is some embroidery and various fabrics. Inside it has a pocket and a key ring.
I can also recommend the book ‘kraft*tex Style’ by Roxane Cerda. There are various projecs, big and small, to try.
I’ve already washed a piece of Krafttex and want to make some more projects with it, but I don’t know what just yet. In any case, there will be more projects. Maybe you want to try it, too?
Every year we have a BIG Halloween party with lots of kids who come to celebrate Halloween in an area where it isn’t that common. We play games, go trick-or-treating and have a witch hunt in the backyard. One of the things we started doing when the kids were young was a skit. This was entertaining for the kids who participated, as well as the kids who were to shy to take part and for all the parents. This skit is for kids who can’t read yet or who can’t read fluently. You need one adult or older child to be the narrator and then a bunch of kids to play along. All they have to do is remember who they are and when their name is read aloud in the story make the sound and action assigned to their character. We really had a great time with this – so hope you like it! And since we live in Germany it is also available in German.
Remember: You don’t have to assign all the roles if you don’t have enough kids. Just start at the top of the list and work your way down as far as you can.
It is also fun if you happen to have a dragon mask for the child who plays Dragon. And the narrator should pause after each name to give the child a moment to say their text and perform their action.Download
Well, this summer was great! But since I’ve been back I’ve been so busy sewing that I haven’t found any time to post anything new. Right now I am working on a lot of different bags. I’m trying hard to finish a number of UFO’s and bags are pretty and practical. So here’s one example.
I was cleaning up the kitchen after our New Year’s Party and discovered the empty rice bag with such a pretty logo lying around. It seemed such a waste to just throw it away and I thought I should make something out of it. So I took it upstairs to my sewing room.
Lying there was the white fitted sheet I was about to throw away since the elastic was all crumbly.
So I put 1 and 1 together and made a new bag with a plastic pocket. What do you think?