Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin 2015

Yesterday I went to the Knitting and Stitching show at RDS Dublin, and took some pictures. The show is awesome, and enormous! I was impressed with the section dedicated to expositions, innovation and art, as it was much more well cared for and developed than I would thought! The commercial, the 'faire' side of the show it is naturally bigger but anyway they managed to make it  well balanced. 


Shibori Felting


An artist from Kerry, she makes giant ropes and reflects on the maker's work's value...


This philosophical coat is clearly inspired by Deleuze's The Fold...It probably also travels in time.


While these twin dresses are sophisticated and beautiful to watch moving, they also made me think of Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. Not nice.


 Anyway, if you continue with the felting, folding and stitching you eventually get a murales. Stunning.





A simple, yet cool way to say it...


Donegal tweed quilting:





The girl from this felt stall is from Poland!


Katie Moore, a personal exhibition inspired by a lifetime spent in hospitals.





A trove! Japanese area, with kimonos from a private collection and many incredible embroideries on silk... 










Here some works from the exhibition "Reflections"





More funny shops:



That's it, I'd love to upload more pictures but blogger shuts down if I try! 

Have a nice Sunday,

Elettra

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

October Gardening, a Second Flowering

I don't have too many crafting updates, so I'm sharing random picks from my October gardening.  Well yes, you're right: she works from home, she makes jewellery, she sew her own clothes, and she's got a garden now...where's the cat?!?
You'll see it soon I guess! 
Sigh, I'm becoming a cliché...

However, I love it when it's sunny, because it means I can enjoy the garden with its lovely scents - which have changed a lot in the last few weeks. 
I find October kind of bitter-sweet and melancholic, but yet enjoyable. 

The fresh air is fantastic, and the colours too.

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So, at the moment the queen of the garden is a decadent Begonia, totally baroque, growing fat in the shadow:


As opposed to the skinny Clematis, which is a nervous plant, skinny, possibly nasty: like a lizard, it continues regenerating spiralling up  toward the sun. It seems fragile, but it is having a late blossoming...



The herbs in their pots are doing well. They literally reach out for more sun though - sorry guys, it's Ireland!
The oregano is having a second flowering too.


I know it won't make the news but...to me it's incredible that all these plants are flowering again in October. 
Even the cracks in the wall seem to have joined the party!


Have a nice day,

Elettra


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Rentrée 2015 (a Social Media Disaster Explained).

Hello everyone,
Ultra Fine Tiger's Eye

It has been a very busy summer, with tons of orders, crafty events, and of course the new pieces to add to the shop's inventory - both in jewellery and accessories. The balance is quite positive but, paradoxically, because of this and because of the summer holidays - plus some blues due to the Irish weather -, it has also been one of the longest period without updating the blog and the other social media. A social media disaster!!!

Red Jasper

Why is that? Well, I know that for many there is no fun in doing something if you then can't show it off on instagram, twitter, or facebook. To me, it's the opposite. So, when I'm busy, well, you know, it's like children with their veggies: all the posting, twitting, status updating...quite obviously, it's the first thing I leave behind. I cant' help it.

Watercolour Dyed Jade 


Anyhow, these you see are some of the new pieces I'm publishing right now, each made out of a different gemstone...I hope you like them!

Labradorite


Now I'm better go back to the daily duties: before noon I must be gone and come back from the post office, the grocery shop, the pharmacy and bla,bla because then I must be here waiting for the plumber. Last time, I waited two days, so, you know...better be ready!

Yellow Dyed Jade


Have a great rentrée 2015,

Elettra

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Agate Jewelry and Much More.

When it comes to crafting, my thought immediately goes to jewelry making. I reckon I'm always looking for new ideas, components, and techniques. Truth is, I don't have time to follow all the leads I gather, and every now and then I find myself deleting a few thousands bookmarks!

I think there's a reason why we like shiny things so much, and it's the same reason why there will always be room for more jewelry in a girl's heart! Well, at least in mine.


...I mean, I love sewing, and making my own clothes, but the satisfaction I gain from uploading the new items on Etsy remains unbeaten.
These days I made up for the suffering gemstone section of the shop beading up a dozen new pieces, using almost all the new gemstones. Ahem, I have more, but I promised myself I would not exceed (for the moment)!
Fortunately, I had some custom orders to fulfil so...I had to be more specific and less frivolous!
I couldn't let go on agate though, which I now have in hot pink, blue, red, yellow, and neutral colours. I like to take my chances with these little beauties.
However, yesterday, while stocking up supplies, I realised I may have a problem. I think I'm a shopaholic with a jewelry making (devious) preference! I should seek for a professional advice...and you? Do you have a crafting addiction? Let me know...


Have a nice day, 

Elettra




Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Patterns Mon Amour.

This summer I'm trying to learn all about patterns. I like the idea of having a few basic garments I can make fast in different sizes. So in June I bought this pattern (Burda A7214) for trousers. Of course I ended up altering it significantly, but it turned out quite useful, and kind of educational.


I learnt my first lesson on patterns the hard way: read carefully before purchasing! That pattern requires elastic fabric, a certain amount of fabric depending on the size, and interfacing too. I had none of those things. However, I found out it would work anyway, thanks to the second lesson on patterns: the inutility of the size chart.

As every woman knows, each brand has its own ideas about sizes. Well, patterns are no exception. My measurements for waist and hips indicated clearly a size 14-16. A bit large, but still plausible. I thought "they probably wear very tight. Let's go for 16". So I bravely cut the fabric, and sewed it according to the instructions included. When I finished, I couldn't believe it: the trousers were beautiful, but gigantic for me. Yes, those black above!


I was so upset. Regardless, I put myself at work. After many alterations, they eventually came out nicely. I felt so bad though for wasting half of my (discount) fabric! BTW, while assembling, I learnt the third and ultimate lesson on patterns: instructions may be terribly poor. I spent a few hours staring at them, totally lost. 

....Luckily enough, it's not rocket science, and I eventually got it. For then anyway I had thrown away the pattern, and applied on a second pair - the blue ones - the precious tricks I had learnt. This time, the trousers came out perfect, and all my bitter disappointment disappeared!


Changing topic, I finally made some decent summer skirts! I followed a tutorial by StitchlessTV, which I highly recommend, and learnt the trick of the bias as above. I made a long, low waist A-skirt and a pencil skirt. You'll be able to make both after watching the videos (tutorial is in two parts). 


The top instead is from Colette patterns. From time to time, they offer free patterns you can print at home. Having time, and a printer, it's great idea. It turned out nicely, and this time the size chart concealed no surprises. This is a 10, a bit shorter because I used fabric leftovers (also the central fold is a little smaller than it should). The bias, I know. It was an experiment!

So, as every respectable sewaholic, I modify the patterns because I don't know better. But I've learnt a lot, and I want to get better and faster, because I really enjoy making my own clothes!

Have a nice day,

Elettra