Struggles and Successes

Years ago when I first started blogging at BloomBakeCreate, I ran into a woman, Rhonda, at our local Joann’s. She recognized me from the blog and told me how much she loved the website, and how everything I did turned out great. I was quick to tell her that she didn’t see all of the…

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Leaf Printing Revisited

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been spending a lot of time weeding and mulching. When I finish weeding I take all of the weeds down to the bottom of our property which is a wooded area. On the edge of the “bottoms” are several sassafras trees. Every time I take loads down there I admire…

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Working on my Juki

Since I bought my Juki, I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know her, getting to know all about her! I love being able to sew that “perfect” stitch. But a big reason for wanting this machine is for free motion. I have had a time with free motion before meeting Juki. When I…

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Sewing Hawaiian Fabric

One of my goals this year is to start sewing Hawaiian fabric I’ve purchased. Here are my first projects this week: Three years ago I wrote a tutorial on making potholders out of recycled fabric. Here is the link. However, unlike the potholders I made back then, I am using Insul-Bright inside instead of towel.…

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How to: Felt Bookmarks

Happy New Year! I thought I’d start out the year with a tutorial on how to make these felt bookmarks. For the Girls Night Out group Christmas party I made everyone a felt bookmark. My goal was to highlight my ice dyed fabrics (and a piece of stamped fabric). I used my Scan N Cut…

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Indigo Bag Birthday Giveaway

Giveaway is closed! Thank you all for your comments. Congrats to Jan and June! This is my birthday month and I am celebrating by giving away two of my small indigo bags to two of my readers. I love these little bags and carry one that I made with my ice dyed fabric in my…

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Playing with wool applique

I’ve started playing with wool applique. Earlier this month I told you about dyeing the wool felt. I started cutting the wool using freezer paper. That seemed to take a long time so I put my Brother Scan & Cut to work and came up with these. These two heart pieces are made with the…

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How to: Dyeing Wool Felt

As promised, here is my tutorial on dyeing 100% white wool felt. This would also work with other wool. Here is what you will need: white 100% wool felt fiber reactive dyes dust mask gloves 1/2 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon mixing containers. I used old yogurt containers. hot water salt white vinegar Large enamel, stainless steel…

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Dyeing and Buying Wool

It’s another slippery slope – wool. And it’s all because of Sherrie. If you’d like to see what Sherrie is doing and what got me inspired to go down this path, check out her blog – Sherrie loves color. As I mentioned in my last post, I really enjoyed stitching in Connie’s class this month.…

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