Top #2

I just realized that I haven’t written in English for a while. So let’s write in English today.

I sew a black top in December and I really liked it. Now I sew a similar one. The material and straps are thicker than the first one’s.

The top is quite simple and easy to make. My double needle was (it still is) broken, so I used a normal one with zigzag and straight stitch. I made one seam and the others were folds.

The result is ok, it could be better as well but it’s ok and it’s what I was waiting for and planned to be. I didn’t use any patterns so the plan changed a few times during working. For the materials I paid about 7-9€, not bad.

The top is long enough to cover my butt. And because its cutting is just a regtangular tube its tighter from curvy parts. The material looks like satin, it sets nicely and its quite thin.

Thanks Ella for the pics!


-Okuliina

 

cherry sorbet

Today I’m willing to share a recipe for a fresh delicious home made cherry sorbet. I made this one day sometime ago, the whole family loved it. This is easy and quick to make, tho it takes time to freeze it.

Cherry sorbet
5big leaves of mint
0,8l cherries
(pitted of course)
2,5dl whipped cream

mix the ingredients in a blender

put the mix into a mould

let the sorbet freeze in freezer

eat and enjoy


-Okuliina

Mittens for grandpa

Hello!
I gave 4 Okuliinacraft gift cards last Christmas. One of them was for my grandpa, mother’s father. He ordered mittens. Now the mittens are ready. Black mittens, wrist is knitted, and thumb and top is crocheted. So once again I prefer to use two techniques in a mitten. The wrist is long, a third of it is knitted two purls, two loops, two purls, two loops…. and the rest of it is just loops. From the thumb to the end it’s crocheted.

I’m happy with the result. I guess the size is just good and they look like they’re made by me.

Yarn: Vilma by Nordia
needles and the hook size: 3,5loops: 52 (thumb 20)


-Okuliina

Towel Pockets

Hi!
Last week I had one day when I crafted almost all day. I sewed five hours. Got my dressing gown ready and other stuff. Anyway I sewed towel pockets from old leftover towel cloths that were leftovers from towel turbans. It was easy and quick! The idea is from The Netherlands, from my exchange student’s family I visited last autumn. They had many of these and they used to wash their faces with them I guess, or at least I used them for that and I think it was a brilliant idea, so now when I had time, motivation and some extra towel cloth I thought why not to do a bunch of them! I have now one of these in my room, for make-up remover and one in the shower. In shower it also scrubs your face nicely, so don’t scrub too hard your face with it.

So just cut a rectangular shape of towel and fold it half, then sew three sides, so that one side is open, and you can put your hand in it. I used zigzag for sewing these.

I made 16 of these, just from the leftovers. I took 30-45 minutes.

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-Okuliina

2016 JOULULAHJAT

Heips!
Toivottavasti kaikilla oli tänä vuonna mukava ja onnistunut joulu! Ainakin mulla oli kiva joulu, vaikka se ei ihan alkuperäisten suunnitelmien mukaisesti mennytkään. Sain ihania lahjoja paljon ja söin paljon hyvää safkaa. Vietin paljon aikaa suvun ja perheen kesken ja nukuin ihan riitävästikin. Äkkiä tämäkin joulu meni. Oli ihan erilainen joulu kuin aina ennen, en viettänyt joulua ollenkaan iskän kanssa, vaikka se oli suunnitelmissa, toisinkuitenkin kävi, heillä oli influenssaa tai jotain sinne päin…. 😦

Kuten jokavuosi, jälleen tänä vuonna tein joululahjoja. Tässä postauksessa kuvat niistä. Kuvissa kuvatekstinä lahjan saaja.

-Okuliina

Part. 5 Dying

Hello sweeties!
Today I will explain dying. This is the fifth part of my explaining series. Dying. Next week it will be about embroidery or weaving.

Dye=värjätä kangasta
There’s different ways for dying. You can dye fabric with tie dying, batik, paint with textile color, use templates, draw or write with textile markers etc. Doesn’t matter what dying technique you have used when the fabric is dried you must iron the color, so then you can wash it and the color stays there. For dying you need fabric, textile color, a painting brush, rubber band, a kettle, water, a template, pigment, but you don’t usually need all mentioned materials, it depends on the dying technique that which materials you need. Dying is known well of course, because so many things are dyed. So many works are dyed, clothes, fabrics, sheets, tote bags, tablecloths and etc. Dying is quite easy. You have to remember to protect your clothes when you dye, because other ways if the paint gets on to your clothes it’s going to stay there, it won’t wash away. For tie dying you need rubber bands, fabric, a kettle, water, pigment and a stove. You put water and pigment into the kettle and warm it up. Tie the fabric and put it into the kettle, the color will soak into it. There’s also other methods. You can just paint with a painting brush using textile color. You can draw/write with textile markers, just regularly as you’d draw on a paper. Then there’s also method where you use a sieve, you paint the color with a rachel through a sieve. On the sieve is shed a text or a picture. A sieve is re-usable, you can use the same sieve so many times. It always will make the same picture/text.

Click the picture and you’ll see the capture. Some picture’s capture you can see without click, but some you have to click to see it.

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textile color
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My Okuliinacraft stamp
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A pil0w case that is painted with textile color

This was a good site about dying terms in Finnish

Don’t forget to check my instagram account

And here’s my craft vocabulary from last spring, it has also a little dying vocabulary

-Okuliina

Part. 4 Felting

Hello sweeties!
Today I will explain felting. This is the fourth part of my explaining series. felting. Next week it will be about embroidery or dying.

Felt=Huovuttaa
There’s two technique options for felting. Needle felting and wet felting. In needle felting you need of course a felting needle. Then when you have the needle you have to put wool in thin layers and then you tingle the wool with the needle. Tingle the wool well so that the layers felt together, add a new layer. Remember to turn the work sometime, so it wont get stuck to the foam rubber workbench. The needle is extremely sharp and quite thin, it has that kind of teeth on it, so the wool will be felted. The needle gets broken easily.  For example key chains, jewels and slippers can bee needle felted.
Wet felting is the other technique to felt. For wet felting you need warm water, wool and soap. For some works bubble wrap is needed as well. In wet felting you take some wool and then you moisten it to the water, then you can use some soap and rub the wool, moisten again and rub again, take more wool and continue. After wet felting your hands will totally smell woolly.

This week I’ll challenge you all to do crafts and post a picture of it with #okuliinacraft
If you want to learn the terms in Finnish click here and go to see my vocabulary post from February
And of course don’t forget to follow me on instagram!

-Okuliina