Coptic Stitch – Handmade Journal

This is my first attempt at coptic stitch book binding. I think though I can definitely improve on my skills, I still liked the results. What say? :)  :)

Let’s see how I went about it…

Steps:

1. A4 size papers, folded into half

2. Make pin holes in the fold at equal intervals

3. Coptic stitch will bind these papers into a bound journal (the link to coptic stitch is provided for your reference, though I have learnt from somewhere else!)

4. Prepare your journal cover (I used a card board, a foam sheet and fabric)

5. Attach these covers to the bound journal

6. I have used a satin ribbon to give extra jazz (it is purely optional)

7. Voila… it is ready :D

 

I am happy the way it looks. Now it will be gifted to a dear friend :)

Ciao, till we meet again :)

Love,

Sakhi

No stitch pillow case

A fortnight ago I came across the following video on you-tube. I HAD to try it but got a little busy. But Anu did it and I loved the results. You can check her pillow here.

So here I go…

First my old tee shirt

As the video says, I could have used the stuffing but I had a pillow at home which needed a new cover. So I chose to use it instead. Also my pillow is a square one instead of a round one. The first thing I did was to measure the size of the pillow and made the marking on the tee with the fabric chalk.

Next, the cutting… Remember to cut is at least a couple of inches away from your earlier marking.

Next I cut the strips, about 3/4th inch wide…

I went on and cut at all the sides. It looked like this…

Next was to tie knots between the strips of upper and lower layers or your tee so that finally it will become a pouch to hold the pillow.

Once two sides were done, I added my pillow and went on tying the knots again…

Check for your self how my “gifted” pillow looked like!

I am pretty pleased with the results. :)  :)  :)

What say guys???

:)  :)  :)

P.S. Cub thought I was a genius until I told her where I got this idea from!! :lol:  :lol:

Tie n dye t-shirt: Tutorial

Cub wanted to tie n dye a tee shirt for herself but I was a bit skeptical for her to use traditional methods which use boiling of dyes. Hence, we both tried tie n dye with acrylic paints.

Materials used:

  1. White (or any light shaded) tee shirt
  2. Acrylic paints, brush and palette
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Water (to dip the t-shirt initially and also for the paints and brush)
  5. Water tumbler
  6. Old plastic sheet to cover the working space

Method:

First dip the tee shirt into the water and wring it dry. This will help in gripping the paints when applied. Once done, lay it flat on the plastic sheet that you have used to cover the working space. Now, pinch the t-shirt with from the center and swirl it as shown in the picture no. 2.  Complete the swirl and it will look like a flat pan cake (picture no. 3). Now, apply rubber bands to hold this swirl in place (Picture no. 4). Also, these rubber bands would not allow the colour to be taken on the fabric  (i.e. it will resist the colour). once done, apply acrylic colours (a little runny so that it will be soaked up by the fabric). Use whichever shades you like, we have used the primary colours. Once done, let the pan-cake to dry for a few hours. Remove the rubber band and see how the pattern has come out.

And this is how it turned out. :) More brighter colours would have been better, I guess. But cub was happy with even this. :)

That’s all for now. Ciao till the next post. Take care and be safe :)

Love,

Sakhi

Anklets and a teaser…

Guess what I did this weekend? Made myself a couple of anklets! :)  :)

And now I have started embroidery on a stole. Check it out and the tracing done on it. Will post the completed one in a few weeks (I am sure it will take a few weeks to complete the whole thing!) :)  :)

See the tracing!

See ya guys later… hopefully with the finished work on this stole! :)

 

Stay good and stay healthy till then!

Sakhi…

Tie and dye -1

I was having this wonderful friend over from Mumbai and I thought of gifting her something handmade.

So this is what I made for her. Hope you guys like it…

And what do you say about these dangles? :)  :)

I wish I had made a turtorial out of this but I forgot. May be nest time…

Silk Painting – Tutorial

I tried painting on silk Scarf this time and thought of sharing the technique with you guys.

Material Used:

1. Silk Scarf / cloth

2. Silk Colours along with outliner

3. Ring to Stretch the Cloth

4. Pencil for drawing the design on the cloth ( you can get it traced professionally too!)

5. Painting brush

6. A rag and water dispenser

Method:

1. The desired cloth has to stretched on the ring so that the working becomes easier.

2. Draw the design you want to paint.

3. Apply the outliner on the design so that the colours won’t bleed or merge with each other. (You can work without the outliner when you want the merged effect.) Wait for the outliner to dry completely. This might take one and half to two hours.

4. Once the outliner has dried, start filing up the design with your desired colours. There’s no need to dilute the colour or add any medium. You can work directly from the container. Remember to start filling the colour from the center so that the colour will not bleed out side the liner. If you want to shade the particular part, do it when the colour is still wet.

5. If you want to give texture to the colour as its seen in the solid area, you can put salt grains (bigger ones) on the still wet colours. Beautiful star shaped texture will be visible. Again, it is mandatory to do it when the colour is still wet and remove the grains once the colour dries.

6. Let the colours dry for 24 hours and then iron the cloth on the back side. Take care to keep the temperature of iron on “Silk” mode.

7. Now you can wash you cloth.

silk-painting

P. S. These colours can be used on cotton material also. These colours are easier to work on cotton fabric as they bleed less and the effect is better than that of conventional fabric colours.