Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blockprint khadi, nothing better. #thestitchingproject #handstitch #workforwomen #socialenterprise #blockprinting #blockprint #khadi

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Sari Yarn Bag

Always on the lookout for recycling our silk saris we have been making stitched sari yarn. Rip it into strips, then connect them up by stitching along them and overlapping the pieces.
It means our two Machine Ladies always have work to carry on with if piecing for our jackets is up to date. Just popped it into our Etsy shop
 In a spare moment or two I made the Old Gold bag for myself ages ago. It is so strong- I can put all the groceries in it- the wide strap means it does not cut into my shoulder....
Only what has happened is that it has stretched out longer. The turquoise one is a brand new one to the same pattern but not yet used and stretched out.

 I do the base in double crotchet so it is tighter and things don't drop our and then got sick of how slow it is so moved on to treble to speed it up.
Handle I make a chain and then do a row of double crotchet into it and next time around I push the crotchet hook through where you would expect it to go and through to the bottom of the stitch to sort of make a roll. Don't know how to explain it but a fiddle and you will have it.
OK just over 400 gm is the average weight of a bag.
use a 9mm hook and get started
1. 20 chain stitch
2. 1 chain to start then double crotchet into each chain stitch
3. make 10 rows
4. you are now going to crotchet around ALL edges of this square.
you are on a corner one chain and then a double crotchet into the end of each of the 10 rows last stitch right in the corner then another into the corner and 1 stitch into each of the 20 stitches of the side...etc 10 at the next end, 20 along the side remembering 2 into each corner
5. continue for 8 rows in total
6. switch to treble stich and do 8 rows,
7. lay bag out in front of you folded in half so you have the long side of 20 stitches up.
8. to make the handles you look at the front and mark the middle 16 stitches- go along in double until you come to the first one, start doing chain stitch, make 36 chain stitch then go back to the double crotchet at the end of the 16 stitch gap.
9. Voila the basis of your handle... go along 14 stitches you should be at  the right place for your handle on the other side of the bag,
make 36 chain start again after a gap of 16 chain spaces.
10. continue around the bag in double crotchet, once around and then for second round of handles do that through top and bottom of stitch to make a roll.

Clear as mud I am sure but it is pretty easy :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Quilt fest featuring elephants. Ganesha is the bringer of light, remover if obstacles. #thestitchingproject #handstitch #workforwomen #fairtrade #khadi #blockprint #quilt #elephant

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Never ending story

I must sound like a broken record....
same old, same old....
I hope all the little snippets and lovely pictures show a lot of the lovely colours of our life- there is a lot of sparkle and sunshine.
Behind that has been so many sleepless nights.... mentioned it before a huge order, weaver managed to get the fabric to us within a workable time frame, and then we started sending it off the indigo man... we are onto the second indigo guy and could strangle him.
Both took our order and indicated clearly it would be started on right away and turned around promptly.
The first guy told us a date for first pick up, we rang before sending the car, he said tomorrow just being washed, tomorrow, oh still not ready 2 more days????? Talked to big boss and it had not even started!!!!!!!! and this has been the story ever since, we moved to another indigo guy, explain work was urgent and could he take it and do it straight away?
Yes we were told and now 7 weeks later it is still dribbling out so slowly.
 In total more than 3 months have passed and we are praying to get the last out of people. Our poor client, deadlines shot to pieces. I feel like a liar, every time indigo guy promises tomorrow I pass that along and then it doesn't happen.
Praveen normally very mildly spoken has been on the phone constantly trying to cajole the work out of them, complaining and finally pushing and pushing. Nothing happens.
why take our work and say it can be done when they are so busy it is impossible?
We clearly asked can you do it now? and were told yes can start today.
What a big stresser!!!
and still need to deal with the weaver, the second part of the order was lined up for next season a lovely soft heavy handloom some for our client and some I wanted to do winter jackets in. We had confirmed samples - yummy.
Then two and a half thousand metres arrived completely wrong- hard, less dense weave, just not right and we have been at loggerheads with him ever since... he was loath to admit it is wrong, now sent him some original samples and he concedes well yesssssssssss a little different but why don't we take it anyway.
Grrrrr. We know if he can't sell it he will be bust BUT it is not what we want, not we ordered and it is not soft. We have a local wash guy looking to see if it can be softened up....if so I can see some nice tunics coming.... but not 2500 m worth.
Some days or months!!
Life is busy enough and demanding enough without extra helpings of people not doing what they say they will and trying to tell you big stories.
Oh well onward and upward, it can't get worse we must be on an upward spiral again, please  :)