Archive for January, 2006

* plush seal

Posted on January 9th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


Some friends of mine are having a baby soon, so I made this for him. The pattern is from the Splendid Soft Toy Book, which seems to be carried by every library in the world. The fur is super soft. I’m not so good sewing stretchy fabrics by machine, so it’s all hand-done. I should probably have gone and gotten some different safety eyes, but other than that I’m happy with him.

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* fabric envelope

Posted on January 8th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Idea from this Japanese craft book, that I just got in a swap with chicadecanela. I think the one in the book is a paper envelope that they took apart, glued to fabric on the lining side, then reassembled, since there isn’t an actual pattern included. Mine is fabric on both sides (lining is the background fabric), fused together, ironed on the folds, and glued together with Yes paste. The buttons are from a bunch my sister gave me for xmas. She even sorted them in jars, and I’ve been trying to come up with an excuse to play with them ever since I got home. I’m not sure what I’ll put in it. :)

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* Craft-o-lutions

Posted on January 5th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Random.


Man, I must’ve had a good vacation to not craft+post for 2 weeks. I’ll be adding a whole bunch of Crafting Japanese updates over the next few days and I’m finally going to update my neglected links pages. I’ve been itching for a new site design too.

Longer term, here are some crafty things I’ve got in mind for 2006, craft-o-lutions, if you will:

  • Sew a baby quilt version of a Denyse Schmidt quilt. One of the solids patterns in aqua, tan, and cream.
  • Knit socks. A fantastic sock knitting kit was my backtack surprise from Little Purl of the Orient, then my dad got me a Red Cross sock knitting kit for my birthday, but have I knit any socks yet? I have not.
  • Sew together my first sweater, the pieces of which have been finished and serving as a kitty bed for like 6 months now.
  • Make something for my husband that he will like.
  • Finish the third of my weed garden embroideries and hang them up.
  • Sew myself some clothes.
  • Partipate in more group projects (more on these later).
  • Explore more crafty stores in New York.
  • Make a felted scarf.

Should keep me busy. :)

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