Sunday, September 16, 2007

Pyramid pouch

My daughter saw this cute pyramid pouch in a store and liked it, so when I saw a pyramid bag mentioned on the Craftster site I wanted to try to make one for her.

Directions were also available as Teepee bag from Marie's Sewing Center online.

I tried making the bag several different ways in several sizes and decided I didn't like making the bag any smaller than 6.5 inches on a side when finished. That size is made with a 7.5 x 15-inch piece of cotton and uses a 7-inch zipper.

After following directions for making the basic bag, I made a lining by sewing a second pyramid with coordinating fabric, didn't install the zipper, and inserted the lining separately by hand with a running stitch along the zipper tape.

Installing a lining was fast and easy and made the pouch both sturdier and prettier.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Kerrytown Bookfest

Jerzy Drozd's comic book workshop at this year's Kerrytown Bookfest was superb. He crammed a lot of info into a short time and I learned a lot about storytelling in a highly compressed package: big picture = big event. Now I want to storyboard everything! I left the class very happy with my tiny comic about a sunflower who ran away from the drought-plagued acres to freedom by the roadside.

I picked up a really great book in Hollander's while I was waiting for my class: Creating Handmade Books by Alisa Golden. This is a treasure trove of excellent instructions for making every type of artists' book.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

End of summer

The grass is getting longer in the labyrinth. I marked the turns with little glass balls like the one in the herb planter.