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what have you been crafting in the time of COVID

 
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I know this isn't what you asked, but, I'll tell you anyway.

I don't sew much, mostly making COVID masks and shortening pant legs.
But, when I do sew, I use the machine my mom got in 1949 as a high school graduation present.
 
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Phil Swindler wrote:I use the machine my mom got in 1949 as a high school graduation present.



I used to sew a lot.  I'm almost 6' tall and when I was younger there was literally no place for me to buy clothing that fit.  I learned on my mother's Singer machine that was about from the same time-frame as your mom's machine.  Had that machine forever but eventually it got to the point of being unrepairable.  Sad when it went, but surprisingly the modest price replacement I got about 15 years ago works fine.  Big 'however' is I no longer sew nearly as much as I used to.  And almost never make coats, jeans, and other really heavy hard to sew fabrics like I used to on the old Singer.
 
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And almost never make coats, jeans, and other really heavy hard to sew fabrics like I used to on the old Singer.



And either an ancient machine like that or a truly heavy duty modern one is nearly essential to get the needle thru multiple layers of heavy Jean material.

I sew in spurts. Then I'll crochet in spurts, or weave a rug, read for pleasure... all in fits and spurts. My life is one big collection of spurts of doing.

I admit to being a lifelong textile handler. Running fingers over a handful of many wares in display in stores. Fabric, yarn, it doesn't matter. Reviewing tools in stores also helps with when I might need to buy online.

 
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Phil, Dianne and others: you can show your sewing machine in this thread:
https://permies.com/t/145954/sewing/fiber-arts/Show-sewing-machine  
 
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Cindy Haskin wrote: ...
I sew in spurts. Then I'll crochet in spurts, or weave a rug, read for pleasure... all in fits and spurts. My life is one big collection of spurts of doing.
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I am like that too. Now I am doing PEP BBs in spurts. That's why I have a growing row of different 'Air Badges' here
 
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Cindy Haskin wrote: And either an ancient machine like that or a truly heavy duty modern one is nearly essential to get the needle thru multiple layers of heavy Jean material.



I agree on vintage machines.  I have an old pink Morse that I found in my maternal grandmother's house a few years ago. The motor was missing so I replaced it with one that unfortunately doesn't match, but it is a beast!  It sews much better than the modern Brother machine I have with a gazillion fancy stitches.  It's straight stitch only and my preference for piecing quilts.  I also have my grandmother's Singer 66 and a 15-91 that I picked up at a thrift store a few years ago.  Both need to be rewired and I'm anxious to try out the 15-91 as it's gear driven and rumored to be a workhorse on heavy fabrics.  
 
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I've been using this time to teach myself how to sew clothing that fit.

That, and stitching by hand.  It's actually quite nice to have a portable project I can take with me and sew a little bit in my spare time.  

The problem is, I don't think I'm the only one learning sewing in these troubled times.  The thrift stores are out of sheets and fabric scraps.  But I have a lot of old clothes in a pile in the basement that I'm planning to upcycle into sewing.
 
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I've been sewing face masks, although there are a couple of other projects trying hard to bubble to the top. I had an "back deck sewing day" planned with two friends, but got cancelled when one suddenly got an appointment - not much choice when your name comes up to see a doctor these days around here! Sigh... I really wanted another vest going into the winter.
 
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'Back deck sewing day' sounds like fun! Maybe I should do something like that too. But now autumn and winter come, it will probably be indoors.
 
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I started this in winter of 2019 and it is a long term project.  I am sewing a quilt top by hand using the English Paper Piecing method.
I have over 100 of the segments sewn together and I haven't decided if it will be a throw blanket or a larger blanket yet.  


These are each about 6" across.  The center hexagons measure 1" along each side.


Here are the individual shapes. You base the fabric around a paper shape to make sewing small complex pieces together easier.  Once the pieces are  sewn together you remove the papers and finish your project.  

I also made a few masks this spring but I mostly sew in the fall and spring when the garden and preserving the harvest  isn't eating up all my time.  This fall I have quilts to finish, bags, pot holders, cloth bins, and little girl dresses with twirly skirts that have pockets.  I am making most of my Christmas presents this year.




 
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Learning to paper piece is another skill on my to do list.

I've sewn maybe a dozen masks for hubby and I, and gave several away to special people in my life. I've also started a strip table runner with Xmas prints.  
Earlier this year I completed a strip blanket for a young boy with special needs. I pieced the top, but skipped the middle layer of most quilts because I sewed it to a heavy, almost wool-like blanket, before adding a self made binding.  I'll have to edit this on my desktop to include pics of this project.  

Otherwise I've been mostly crocheting like a crazy person. I'm trying to learn new stitches, new methods of construction, etc. I'm not fond of following patterns/ written instructions except to learn the how.
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strips in varying widths cut and laid out for visual appeal
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I've added the "framing" strips all around, offset at the corners
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close up of the offset corners, still unsewn
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All sewn, including the binding
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the backing blanket (thrift store find!)
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2 yarn bucket hat, very warm
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crocheted rug using fabric strips
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small twined rug before removing from loom
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Weaving 2 pieces on one adjustable loom. I work these from ends toward the middle.
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Giant hexagonal throw
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another beanie, I am the model
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crocheted "market" bags have shown up on another post
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intended as a kitty basket/bag, has yet to be lined and a zipper installed
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still unlined but a look at the "pursed" look
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a poncho worked from the neck out using lots of leftovers
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an example of baskets worked with 2 strands, there are alot more not shown
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2 strand circles that made a triangular piece
 
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I'm terrible at sewing but hope to convince someone who does to make me some harvest aprons.  Fingers crossed my sister is feeling generous
 
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So we can show crochet and knitting here too? I'm more often doing such crafts then sewing. It's easy to do while watching videos or listening podcasts.
I discovered the technique called 'mosaic crochet'. Started with a large shawl. Then continued with squares, that will make an 'afghan' for my bed.

Start of the shawl

Close up of the shawl pattern

The wonderful wool I ordered for the afghan (all 100% real Dutch wool, dyed with herbs)

Some of the squares

To be continued ...
 
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I am learning to knit socks recently. Did two in DPN cuff-down way and will start the 3rd one using circular needle.
I am also going through my wool scrap/stash to make my kids a minecraft blanket.
 
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Got my workshop up so I can keep woodworking through the winter. Got the house foundation poured. My "craft projects" are on a little different scale than most ;)
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Reciprocal roof for the shop
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I’ve been making pack baskets and leather shoes.  I got a great video from laughing Crowe for shoes and Jill Choate has free videos for basket making. The shoes are hard, you have to be meticulous and follow all instructions- no shortcuts.  Baskets were much easier to learn, I learned from the videos mentioned above about 2 years ago this last August. I started designing my own a couple weeks after buying a kit and watching videos, if you can do basic addition you can make whatever you need for a basket. Here are some photos of what I’ve done in the last few months:
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