Flower Arrangement

Learning Floral Arrangement

10th August 2017
Made my first circular cool and warm leaf arrangements. Did you come out to my satisfaction but am glad I could get past my inertia.

8th August 2017
My cleaning maid surprised me one day with a beautiful flower arrangement. Seeing a business opportunity for her who has a BIG family and is very poor, I downloaded some flower arrangement tutorials, put them in my iPad and gave it to her to learn. Meanwhile I felt interested seeing those but I have not been able to overcome the fear and nervousness and feeling of overwhelm and confusion to start it. The same teacher made a video on wreaths and because it had only 2 things I made one with a wire. Then I made 2 more without wire just tying the leaves with a thread. Now I feel I can try a small leaf arrangement. Here are her videos.

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It is never too late :-)

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I never liked my handwriting but then never put efforts to make it beautiful. Since around a year am teaching kids English in a local poor village and one of the kids who is 8 has such a beautiful handwriting that it inspired me to make mine too beautiful. Just my first day’s practice improved my handwriting on the white board to such an extent that I was really surprised. And so am continuing to improve it.

Here is the video which I found helpful:

Through his channel I came to know that he composes and plays music and does paintings with different mediums…what a store of talent!

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First Play Dough

IMG_5343This is the first time I made the play dough. Going to use it this weekend with the kids. Lets see how it goes.

Recipe:

1/4 cup plain white wheat flour

1/8 cup salt

1 Tbsp yucca/tapioca starch

1 tsp oil

Natural color

Mix all well together slowly with water. Add little by little water to get a dough, knead well, put into zipper bag and freeze until use.

I thought about natural colors and looked around and used things from the garden. So here is how I got these colors. I mixed the below ingredients to the basic recipe to get the colors.

Red/Orange – Achiote seeds from the garden, ground up.Unknown
Green – Hibiscus leaves blended with water and boiled to thicken up.

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Black – AshesUnknown-1
Yellow – turmeric

Turmeric-leaves

5. Blue/Purple – Fresh wild purple/blue flowers ground up with salt. I do not know this plant in my garden but it blooms a lot.

 

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BlankSlate Patterns

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If you are a beginner at sewing and have around 2 months of sewing non-stretch fabrics but are afraid of handling knits, here is what you can do like me.

BlankSlatePatterns provides a beginner pattern here: https://blankslatepatterns.com/collections/women/products/blanc-t-shirt

You can download for free if you join their Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlankSlatePatterns

Melissa gives very easy to follow instructions and the group is very helpful where you can ask your questions.

Below are my T-shirts.

First Blanc T Shirt. Organic medium weight rib knit fabric. Ball point needle. Stretch Stitch Bias tape on the neck.
First Blanc T Shirt.
Organic medium weight rib knit fabric.
Ball point needle.
Stretch Stitch
Bias tape on the neck line.
Second Blanc T. Organic light weight rib knit fabric. Twin stretch needle. Adjusted bobbin tension; 1 whole turn anti clock wise and 5.5 upper thread tension; always test stitch for your fabric scrap, it must form a zig zag on the wrong side with the bobbin thread. No bias tape on neck.
Second Blanc T.
Organic light weight rib knit fabric.
twin stretch needle, adjusted bobbin tension(1 whole turn anti clock wise) and 5.5 upper thread tension (always test stitch for your fabric scrap, it must form a zig zag on the wrong side with the bobbin thread).
No bias tape on the neck line.

Learn more about twin needles here: https://oliverands.com/community/blog/2016/02/tips-and-tricks-for-twin-needle-hemming.html

Learn more about thread tension here: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4302/understanding-thread-tension/page/all

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Sewing Shorts – VI – Back Pocket

One side back pocket I shall do a photo blog and another one a video.

Pocket Hider Piece Pattern
Pocket Hider Piece Pattern.
Pocket Hider Piece Placement Area on Pocket Piece
Pocket Hider Piece Placement Area on Pocket Piece.
 Pocket Hider Piece Fabric Folded at one end 3/8"
Pocket Hider Piece Fabric Folded at one end 3/8″.
Pocket Hider Piece Placement Area on Pocket Piece Fabric. 4.5" inches from the top of the pocket piece to the folded edge of pocket hider piece.
Pocket Hider Piece Placement Area on Pocket Piece Fabric. 4.5″ inches from the top of the pocket piece to the folded edge of pocket hider piece.
Notice that right side of pocket piece faces the wrong side of the pocket hider piece.
Pocket Hider Piece Sewed on to Pocket Piece. Notice the stitch areas.
Pocket Hider Piece Sewed on to Pocket Piece. Notice the stitch areas.

Now keep the above piece aside and work on the next piece.

Attach Interfacing on Back Leg Piece. It is 2" by 6" wide.
Attach Interfacing on Back Leg Piece.
It is 2″ by 6″ wide.
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Hand Stitch the slit and the edges.
It is very important to stitch the edges for later.
Notice that the slit is slightly curved so that it sits neatly on the hip curve.
This is how hand stitch looks from the wrong side.
This is how hand stitch looks from the wrong side.
Fold Back Leg Piece to Half Vertically to see if the dart is marked right.
Fold Back Leg Piece to Half Vertically to see if the dart is marked right.
Mark the end of the dart 5mm above the slit so that it does not get cut while cutting the slit. Stitch the dart taking care that backtacks fall inside the dart.
Mark the end of the dart 5mm above the slit so that it does not get cut while cutting the slit.
Stitch the dart taking care that backtacks fall inside the dart.
This is how the dart looks.
This is how the dart looks.
Note the exact place of slit under the dart ending. Do more hand stitching on that point.
Note the exact place of slit under the dart ending.
Do more hand stitching on that point.
Closeup Note the exact place of slit under the dart ending. Do more hand stitching on that point.
Closeup.
Note the exact place of slit under the dart ending.
Do more hand stitching on that point.
Align pocket piece slit line with back leg slit line. Wrong sides face each other.
Align pocket piece slit line with back leg slit line.
Wrong sides face each other.
Pin pocket piece to back leg piece.
Pin pocket piece to back leg piece.
Pocket piece on back leg piece.
Pocket piece on back leg piece.
Pocket Lips Piece Pattern
Pocket Lips Piece Pattern.
Take the pocket lips piece. It already has slit line marked. Also a rectangle whose top and bottom edges are 1/8" apart from the slit line. The edges match exactly with the back leg slit line edges and the pocket piece slit line edges.
Take the pocket lips piece.
It already has slit line marked.
Also a rectangle whose top and bottom edges are 1/8″ apart from the slit line.
The edges match exactly with the back leg slit line edges and the pocket piece slit line edges.
Center of slit lines pinned making sure that the dart is not included.
Place the pocket lips piece on back leg piece, right sides facing each other.
Center of slit lines pinned making sure that the dart is not included.
Pin more.
Pin more.
Stitch around the slit. Exactly on the edges, 1/8" inch from slit line on top and bottom. Start at center so back-tacks are not on edges.
Stitch around the slit. Exactly on the edges, 1/8″ inch from slit line on top and bottom.
Start at center so back-tacks are not on edges.
Stitch very slowly.
Closeup.
Closeup.
Closeup from wrong side.
Closeup from wrong side.
Cut the slit with sharp scissors until the beginning of the flap. Make sure to use very sharp scissors as there are many layers of fabric (Back leg with interfacing, pocket lips piece with interfacing, pocket piece)
Cut the slit with sharp scissors until the beginning of the flap.
Make sure to use very sharp scissors as there are many layers of fabric (Back leg with interfacing, pocket lips piece with interfacing, pocket piece)
Slit Cut.
Slit Cut.
Flaps Cut.
Flaps Cut.
Insert hand from the inside
Insert hand from the inside.
Pull the top and bottom edges of pocket hider
Pull the top and bottom edges of pocket hider.
Pull it through the slit
Pull it through the slit.
Pull it more until the entire pocket hider piece comes to the inside
Pull it more until the entire pocket hider piece comes to the inside.
This is how it looks now from the right side
This is how it looks now from the right side.
Take it to the ironing board and PRESS OPEN THE SEAMS with the tip of the iron
Take it to the ironing board and PRESS OPEN THE SEAMS with the tip of the iron.
Press open seams is the most important thing to do here
Press open seams is the most important thing to do here.
Press the entire pocket hider piece now
Press the entire pocket hider piece now.
Stretch the pocket hider piece at the edge of the slit towards the outer edge and do a hand stitch the edge to the pocket piece
Stretch the pocket hider piece at the edge of the slit towards the outer edge and do a hand stitch the edge to the pocket piece.
Hand stitching ONLY TO THE POCKET PIECE
Hand stitching ONLY TO THE POCKET PIECE.
This is how it looks from the right side now. A big gap. We need to cover this gap now
This is how it looks from the right side now.
A big gap.
We need to cover this gap now.
Fold the lower edge around half an inch
Fold the lower edge around half an inch.
This fold will now cover the gap
This fold will now cover the gap.
gap lessened with the fold
Gap lessened with the fold.
Pin the piece now to keep that fold intact
Pin the piece now to keep that fold intact.
Fold the bottom edge of the pocket hider piece
Fold the bottom edge of the pocket hider piece 3/8”.
Fold the bottom edge 3/8" and top stitch
Fold the bottom edge 3/8″ and top stitch.
After top stitch
After top stitch.
Now we need to take care of the flaps
Now we need to take care of the flaps.
Turn the back side piece sides to inside so to be able to stitch on the flaps
The flaps need to be taken out fully and need to be taught.
Turn the back side piece sides to inside so to be able to stitch on the flaps.
Stitch on flaps on both sides
Stitch on flaps on both sides.
Stitches on flaps from the closeup
Stitches on flaps from closeup.
The edges of the pocket opening need a top stitch now
The edges of the pocket opening need a top stitch now.
With top stich
Turn to the right side and do a top stich on all edges of the pocket opening.
Start at one of the shorter edges so that back tacks do not show on longer edges.
Fold and Pin just the pocket piece front and back
Now we need to close the pocket pouch.
Fold and Pin just the pocket piece front and back.
Fold the sides of the back leg piece such that you can see the slit edge stitching
Fold the sides of the back leg piece such that you can see the slit edge stitching.
Finished Pocket
Finished Pocket.
Finished Pocket
Finished Pocket.
Finished Pocket
Finished Pocket.
With top stich
Done!
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