Friday, June 25, 2010

Margery's Place, uh, Purse!

Margery recently bought the "A Place For Everything" purse pattern and sent the photo, above, of her finished purse (well, actually, it's for her daughter).  I love it!  She wrote me, "You can just see I added a magnetic catch - I'd never used one before but it was easy - I put two extra layers of fabric behind each part to give some firmness.  Isn't the lining a perfect colour match? I was going to use a light colour (it's always dark inside handbags) but I found this in my local patchwork shop and loved it."  It really is fun to see what people have done with my patterns.  Thanks so much for sending the photo, Margery :).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Home" Stats

Recently, I published a post of Where In The World I had shipped my purses, organizers, hats, felted pieces and sewing patterns.  While I was at it, I figured out where 'at home' I had shipped.   So here are some little known (ok, totally unknown until now) fun least for me:
  • Sweetbriar Studio has shipped to 45 of the 50 states.
  • My birth state, Pennsylvania, has 27 of my creations.
Of the other states I've called "home"...
  • Colorado has 7.
  • Japan, well, I guess I haven't shipped there...yet!
  • Maryland has 12.
  • Virginia has 15.
  • California has 48 (yep, they're number One in the world so far).
  • and I've shipped 15 to good ol' North Carolina.
(Yes, my dad was in the US Navy which accounts for at least 4 of my moves.) So thanks to everyone out there, in my home states or not, who have been so great to me.  I appreciate you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Making (wacky) Fabric from (ordinary) Fabric

I recently learned how to make fabric from fabric, and I love it!  It gives me just one more way I can add my creative, personal touch to what I am making and can pizazz it up.  Plus, it's one more way to use up those bits of fabric I can't seem to throw away.
So here's how you can do it, too:
Begin by sewing strips of fabric together.  The strips should be 2 to 3 times the length of the finished piece you want to make.

The width of the sewn-together pieces should be about 2 times the width of your finished piece.
Now cut it up at angles...really, go ahead :).
Next, take these pieces and turn some of them in the other direction and rearrange them until they're all wonky...
Then, sew them together.  Whoaaa, it feels a little off the grid!
Here's what mine looked like. 
Now overlay your pattern piece wherever you want, annnnnd...
Cut it out! 
Yep, that's it.  Not bad, eh?  And it's so much more interesting and fun than just using what you buy the way you buy it.  Have fun!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Beads! (aka "More Fun With Fabric Scraps")

Recently, a friend, who is also an all-things-fiber fanatic, came over and showed me a few things to do with those eeny weeny fabric scraps I can't part with.  Among her many clever ideas were how to make fabric beads.  Fast-forward to last week when I was making a prototype of my new Pocket Purse design (pattern is now in my Etsy shop) and I started fooling around with this idea.  Wanna have some fun?  It is so dang easy, I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it myself.  Here are the easy squeezy steps:
First, lay a piece of fabric, ribbon, whatever, vertically....
Next, lay lots of little bits horizontally...
Place a coffee stirrer-type straw at the bottom...
And start rolling.
Put a dab of glue at the end just before rolling it all up.
Et Voila!

For one of the beads in the top photo, I wrapped wire around it and spaced glass beads every so often. 
Soooo fun! 
(Also see "Fabric Leftovers" by D'Arcy-Jean Milne for more ideas.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Where in the World...?

One of the very fun things about having a shop on Etsy is that I get to 'meet' people from all over the world. Just for grins, I recently figured out where in the world my oh-so-nice customers are enjoying my creations. Drumroll please! I have shipped:

29 to Canada
13 to Australia
8 to the UK
5 to Brazil
5 to Germany
4 to Malaysia
4 to Singapore
3 to France
3 to Norway
1 each to Austria, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey all the rest to the US...

for a total of 550 orders to 21 countries in all. Fun! If I can't be a world traveler, I'm glad I can travel vicariously through my creative goodies :). Thank you World!