Random Sewing and Embroidery Projects…

I’ve discovered that storing sprouts (and produce in general) in my hempbags works great.

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Yes, that’s a (quasi)French Seam on a sprout bag!lol What can I say? Haha, I love me, my Frenchies. They won’t be breaking out of that bag anytime soon!

These are really good for keeping the sprouts from both drying out and getting wet and moldy. Is there anything hemp can’t do?!

Anyway, my Ooh-la-la sprout bag is full of sprouts 😀

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I do a little embroidery on my hempbags, haha. Of course a little birdie is my favorite:

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Closer look at the little chirpie:

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Another hempbag for storing sprouts

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This is embroidery I did on another hempbag for storing my sprouty-sprouts 😀

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Yes, it’s missing something, ha!

Ah, here we go :D:

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Fini!
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Just simple stuff. I’m nowhere near an expert on embroidery — obviously! There are some beautiful stitches, most of which I’ve not learned, lol. Some day, some day…

Here is a simple tote bag I made for shopping (it’s unlined), out of some lovely plain hemp fabric:

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This is a dress I made for this past hot summer. I love this Japanese fabric! I screwed up on the straps, which you can’t see in this photo ;).  But it’s comfy and cool. I need to fix it, though (!)

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Herr are some closeups of this fabric:

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Ah, l love it:

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Last year, I needed some new pin cushions, so I made this mega-mama globe one and two mediums out of scrap fabric:
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I had leftover fabric so made some summer hair bands (NOT head bands!lol)

Front/Top of head
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Back/at the nape

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Scrap fabric is great, by the way. When I go to a fabric shop, I  head toward the scrap bin and can find very good-quality expensive pieces marked down to 90%!  Of course, the pieces are cut and you need to consider that; but they are great for small projects. If lucky, you can find large pieces and make some  great things out of fabric you’d never pay for at regular price! Bargain bins are awesome 🙂

Pj shorts for hot summer nights. Kinda sloppy sewing job…but these are one of my favorites and most comfy
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And speaking of scrap fabric…I got both these pink fabrics from the scrap bin. The lining was a real bargain. This bag holds some of my crocheting and embroidery tools and yarns, etc. I made this tote, lined with solid pink fabric; and a nice large pocket; a little embroidery; and used easy-peasy sew-on velcro for the closure… in retrospect, not the best choice! Ummm, yarns and embroidery floss sticks to it? HellO?!  lol. Oh, well, it works just great anyway 😉

One side:

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The 0ther

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My artistic genius! …NOT


Speaking of not the best choice, Lol. I made this muslin (thank Goodness!) of a Simplicity pattern. Simplicity is anything but! I redeemed myself by being smart enough to make a muslin first and not waste good fabric. I liked the pattern, but Simplicity sizes really suck…for me, anyway. They don’t fit right. This dress design also didn’t look right on me. Perhaps, if I were a REAL seamstress, I could have fixed it; but I really didn’t like the empire band — or, I did like the band, just not the way it is sewn on to the dress. Hard to explain, but it just didn’t look right, once worn. It should be form-fitting in that area; but the band sort of hangs and is loose…

Anyway, I always make a muslin first! That’s the best lesson I ever learned about sewing, lol.

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Oh, more jammies…one of my Halloween drawstring pants! Haha. Yes, I wore these around the house and to bed, of course. My kinda lingerie!

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I love these comfy ones. They are thin flannel, which is perfect for California “winters.” It has just has a comfy simple elastic band — oh,and great color! 😀

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One thing that is difficult to find is organic, environmentally friendly embroidery floss! It’s just not available, actually. I did a lot of research and contacted many manufacturers and there is no demand at this time — sadly 😦 There are, however LOTS of organic yarns! So for crocheting and knitting projects, it’s great (but expensive, of course).

What I did find which was AWESOME-awesome-awesome (!) was that NearSea Naturals sells a line of very thin “fingerling” hemp yarn.  They are all really gorgeous. I thought (hoped) that just maybe they’d be thin enough to use as embroidery…So, I ordered some samples of various vegan yarns…

samples of the hemp yarn:
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Handspun Sari recycled yarns:
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This is banana “silk,” which is also vegan:
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Unfortunately the banana and sari don’t work well for embroidery! lol. But the fingerling hemp yarns were a score! They are, of course, a bit rougher; but that rustic feel and look is just fine, and not really noticeable unless you’re really looking close. They lack the shine of regular floss, but that’s not a big deal to me. I think my embroidery above looks just great and doesn’t need to be flossy 🙂

I’ve not worked with the Sari or banana “silk,” but would like to get to it someday. All of them are just beautiful.

NearSea also has beautiful organic cotton yarns. I got the golden to crochet a throw blanket. It’s gorgeous yarn:

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Much thicker than I anticipated:

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Unfortunately, lots of unevenness:
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and knots, Ugh!

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Still, I’m planning on ordering more in the other colors :). I believe I may have found them at a lower price; I’m sure I bookmarked it somewhere. The colors are stunning. Nothing beats the beauty of natural and organic wares 🙂

Strix

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Eco-Bird…

Here is Noodles in his eco-friendly hemp suit! I made these out of hemp shoe bags from ecolution! 😀

These suits are patterned with an open back (I’ll get a pic up soon). I designed this suit; my mother designed a suit which covers his back, and is nicer for chilly weather, though they are fine in warm weather, if made of cool, thin, cotton.

These came out WAY too big! They look like nightgowns ;). Ideally, I should cut them down to lighten them for him. He’s pretty strong, though, and it may be good for his bones :). If they look uncomfortable or confining, as far as I know my Noodles, they are not. He finds them a relief when the urge to pick arises. (And just to reiterate: The purpose of creating these arose from the desire — the desperate need, actually — to find some relief for Noodles. Feather picking is a horrendous condition. He wears these suits only as needed; and he is used to them.)

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This orange one is my favorite; it brings out the orange on his face :D.

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This bright green was made out of some scrap material; not too heavy, very soft, comfy, and nice for spring. This one is a bit short! :

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I ordered some organic hemp and cotton material from NearSea Naturals to make him some more suits (He’s got tons already, but…)

I have never ordered hemp (or any material without seeing/feeling it first) online and they were very kind enough to allow me to order three types of fabric in one-yard measurements! I also ordered some of their organic cotton thread — what a find!! I ordered some extra material to make myself some strainers (for nutmilks, juices, etc.)

I was getting sucked in by their lovely yarns too! Yikes! I had to stop myself from ordering; the price is really steep! I’ve been really wanting to do some of my crocheting in organic threads — like bamboo, cotton, hemp, and maybe some vegan “silk.” Vegan “silks” come in various forms, such as Peace Silk, from worms (not vegan; technically, vegetarian); then there are tons of soysilks available; and other natural fiber silks, such as banana yarn, bamboo, and corn, etc.

And then there’s recycled silk…I wonder if that is ethical? Haven’t thought about it…I believe it’s real silk…recycled…?? Hmmm, well, that’s for another post another day!

I wonder if I could pull off a crocheted suit?! Probably not. I’m actually a very poor crocheter! I’m a one-two-stitch kinda woman :(. I do mostly blankets. Oh, well…

Just a note – Personally, as a vegan, I do not approve of anthropomorphizing animals to the extent of clothing and treating them to the extreme “like humans.” Their nature’s should be respected…as far as possible anyway. It’s quite a dilemma being a vegan and living with animal companions. If I could, I’d let him fly away… Well, I could go on and on here…

Back to Noodles, his current wardrobe is that of old scrap material. I’d like to keep as ‘clean’ materials on him as possible, though. Bird skin is VERY thin. I don’t want him absorbing anything even remotely bad. That’s all he needs is ‘stuff’ irritating his skin! The fabric of his suits is not good-quality.

So I’m looking forward to sewing these new clean, eco-friendly suits! The hemp was very easy to sew. It looks like it is harsh material, but it’s not. It’s quite soft and more loose and flimsy than one would think. It’s not stiff AT ALL. I’m hoping I ordered okay! Not sure — like I said — what it’s going to be like. Of course, the purchase won’t be a waste: I can always use it for aprons, pillow cases, dish towels, etc. :).

Only thing I will miss is having a variety of color…I have to search for some naturally-dyed hemp fabrics…

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