Tuesday, October 21, 2014

make a wish - geekcrafting for samantha - hermione granger's beaded bag (part 5 - bottom of the bag & even more embroidery!)

I know I will finish all of these blog posts eventually.  My kingdom for a time turner.

Let's talk about the bottom of the bag.

I was debating as to how stiff I should make that base.

 After looking at more photos I decided that I wanted my bag to be somewhat pliable, but still a wee bit firm -  not completely rigid.

Once I decided how large of a circle I wanted, ( making sure I added enough to account for a seam allowance.  It might have been about 1/4"), I cut two circles in the dark purple satin.

I then also cut a circle of stiff interfacing the same size.

I attached the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the satin circles.

I then sewed both satin circles together with the wrong sides facing out, making sure to leave an opening so as to turn the circle inside out.

*** Remember to clip your curves!  I completely spaced out and forgot to do this, so my circle was a little wonky when I turned it inside out.

Turn the circle inside out and then hand sew the opening shut.

I then I machine sewed the base to the bottom of the bag.

To cover the edge, I hand-embroidered in a chain stitch with my blue embroidery thread around the circumference of the base.

I repeated the same beading pattern I used on the blue chain stitch seams:

Every two stitches, sew on a bead on the 2nd stitch.
Alternate which side of the stitch/loop you place your bead.

If you prefer to have a firmer base for your bag, you could always double up on the interfacing or use a stiffer type.
Or you could also cut a plastic canvas circle to use instead of interfacing.

Here is a link on how to make a circle bottom of a bag. 

Now this won't exactly work for how I made my bag, but if you  modified the first steps while you sewed the body of the bag and  before you start the embroidery, it could possibly work.


Now, as you may be able to see from the picture I posted above that there is a wee bit of shiny embroidery I added to the bag. 

After I finished what I thought was the beading and the embroidery, I went to double check the video review of the Noble Collection's bag.

It appears that I had indeed missed another type of embroidery.  The bag had some stitching in what appeared to be a black/gold metallic thread.
At first I started searching for DMC metallic embroidery floss in ebony black and gold.  But the two stores close to me were out.

Instead I opted for these threads. 

Gutermann metallic thread 9990 (Gold)
Gutermann metallic thread 1000 (Black)

Since they were not as thick as embroidery floss, I decided to use multiple strands as I hand embroidered the following patterns.

 -  On either side of the peach chain stitch: a running stitch

  - On the tips of the blue feather stitch that were not beaded, I attempted to make French knots
( I really didn't do them well, so early on, I gave up and just made regular knots

 -  On the blue chain stitch, I did a small horizontal stitch through the loop in every other chain link.

Hope these photos help!

And we are not done yet!  Still more to come!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

make a wish - geekcrafting for samantha - hermione granger's beaded bag (part 4 - beading)

Still with me?    

So sorry for my delay in blogging.  We are going crazy at home - new school for the wee one, trying to sell the house, find a new one to buy . . keeping the place clean for showings.  It's a chaotic time here!

But, we can take a breather and take a look at all of the beading!

Here  is a copy of my beading notes.  

Again, I was using the review of the Noble Collection bag to determine the placement of the beads.

Here are the beads I selected to use.  

Primarily for the body of the bag I used a small glass bead which had a grey/blue/purple iridescence depending on how the light would shine on them.  

The other beads (the irregular shaped black beads and the yellowish bead mix )I used for the tassle.

I  did all of this beading by hand.  

You might be able to tell by the picture below that I  made sure not to bead over the basting stitches I had laid out for my drawstring channel and the circle I had marked out for the bag's base.  

I was trying to anticipate how I could use my machine to sew both areas, and did not want any beads to interfere with the my sewing machine foot.

 I can breakdown the beading pattern like this:

 - On the blue chain stitch (seams): Every two stitches, sew on a bead on the 2nd stitch.  Alternate which side of the stitch/loop you place your bead.

 - On the peach chain stitch (in the center satin sections): Count every three stitches, sew on a bead on the third stitch.  As above, alternate the sides of the stitch/loop for your bead placement.

 - On the feather stitch: No set pattern here, just sew the beads on the tips of the stitches - so they appear as if they are flowers blooming on a vine.  I just made the choice not to sew beads on every stitch, I tried to give it a little breathing room.

     Thanks for being patient!  More posts to come!   Read more about this project by clicking here.

paper parols

Let's break up my Hermione bag construction with a bit of crafting I did for my 4 year old's pre-kindergarten class.

As mentioned before, the International Days at my daughter's school

Parols are start shaped lanterns that are made and hung in the Phillipines around Christmas time.   

Great examples of parols can be found at these links below:

I made paper parols for the class to decorate.  Template can be found here.

My father made one from scratch, using tissue paper & construction paper from the dollar store and decorative tape and bamboo skewers.  He did this overnight.  Call me impressed.

international day - japan

 My daughter's pre-k class had International days at their school last year.  Parents were invited to come in and talk about their country of origins. 

Since my mother was going to come in to talk about the Philippines ( our heritage), I wanted to come in to talk myself about something.

I opted to do a show and tell about Japan since I love the country so much and own a great deal of Japanese items ( as well as loving their food and art).

I unfortunately don't have photos of the items I brought. 

But we talked about a number of topics :

islands / continents and Japan as an island country and part of Asia

paper parasol/oiled paper umbrellas
tabi  (japanese socks)
fans ( use for traditional dance/ martial arts)

Japanese martial arts 
wooden samurai sword

lucky cat (maneki-neko)
asian dragons in comparison to european dragons

listened to traditional music

hello kitty

type of Japanese diet ( rice, beans, fish)
sushi/ how they make it
seaweed (nori) and how the japanese use it
bamboo rolling mat
bamboo rice paddle
eating with chopsticks (practiced how to use them)
tea leaves (sencha & genmai-cha and other green tea leaves)
matcha ( green tea powder used for the tea ceremony)
japanese tea ceremony
tetsubin ( iron pot used to boil water for tea)
tea cups/ tea bowl
japanese tea canisters
tea whisk
various japanese noodles ( ramen, udon, soba)

read The Paper Crane by Molly Bang

Japanese greeting/ bowing/ respect

I made a few crafts for the day:

They colored their own paper fans.

I also found a pattern online for an adorable felt sushi set.  The patterns can be found here.

I'll post more pics of the sushi set.  It's an ongoing project as I add a piece here and there.

But here are a few of the makizushi I made.  So adorable! 

Then, my favorite part - at snack time the children tried a plethora of snacks.  I was quite proud that they tried more of it than I thought they would.

During snack time they tried the following:

Nori (seaweed)
Edamame ( boiled soybeans)
2 types of rice crackers
meisaku ( sweet cakes made with bean paste)
miso soup
orange mikan jelly
2 types of ramune drinks ( peach and mango flavored)
mochi ( rice cake)

 After snack, we read The Paper Crane by Molly Bang  

This was  a favorite book of mine when I was younger.  

It was introduced to me on the television show Reading Rainbow  (also see here
and got me into an origami kick.

and I gave each child an origami crane I folded.

I was a full day but fun for everyone!

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