Monthly Archives: September 2008

Welcome Back, We Missed You

Early this year, I wrote a post about the “demise of Timtex” and what happened to the product (the manufacturer who was producing Timtex suddenly shut down). If you’ve done a search for this super stiff interfacing, you’ll quickly find that the supply, even on the internet, is gone. Pattern companies who rely on Timtex (such as Amy Butler) have been forced to alter their instructions to accommodate alternate materials. I’m happy to report, starting in late November, Timtex is back (new and improved). C&T Publishing, known for their wide variety of craft books and notions has not made a formal announcement, but here is some of the details that I have received:

C&T Publishing announced today that Timtex, the firm, flexible interfacing treasured by so many crafters has returned with a new and improved formula, and will now be manufactured and distributed by C&T Publishing.
Crafters Breathe a Sigh of Relief
“Timtex has been sorely missed on the market over the last year, says Jake Finch, a crafter and author of Comfort Quilts from the Heart and Fast, Fun & Easy® Book Cover Art. “To have C&T Publishing begin to distribute Timtex is a wonderful no-brainer.”
Crafters use Timtex to provide a stable shape for purses and bags, fabric bowls, vases, boxes, hats, cap brims, placemats, altered books, and any project that needs flexible firmness to hold its shape. Timtex is machine washable and dryable, and easy to cut, mark and sew. It can be set in shape with a hot iron.
Jake Finch credits Timtex for inspiring some of her favorite projects. “I would never have been able to come up with my Cover Art book covers without Timtex.”
New Formula Guarantees Uniform Thickness
The new Timtex is 100% polyester, which guarantees consistent thickness throughout every bolt. The old formula’s polyester/rayon blend produced considerable variations in thickness.
Timtex Joins Complete Line-up of Craft Interfacings
Timtex extends the interfacing choices available to crafters through C&T’s existing line of fast2fuse Double-Sided Stiff Interfacings. All fast2fuse products have fusible web on both sides, while Timtex is designed to be sewed.

So spread the good news, Timtex is back!

The Joker Fairy

Halloween is getting very close and even though I’ve already purchased all my materials for Easton’s costume, I still needed to get something for Taylor (I told Taylor that even if she doesn’t go trick-or-treating this year, I’m making her one, just in case she changes her mind or goes to a party). After pouring over pattern books, Taylor selected Simplicity 2875, view A – a bad fairy costume, and a pair of neon green and black striped tights. Keeping with the green theme, I picked out the following fabrics and a few notions:

For this costume, I selected neon green and purple satin and tulle, black pleather, and a novelty melted black lurex fabric for the wings (I had also used this same material for Taylor’s Zombie Bride costume two years ago). I (proudly) came home with my purchase and showed everyone what I had picked out… that’s when Bret pointed out that her costume is in the Joker colors! Oh well, at least I know the color combination will work together. I’ll be starting these October 1 so they will qualify for Pattern Review‘s Costume Contest (and crossing my fingers I get them done in time for Halloween).
I also took in some ‘retail therapy’ and found the most adorable pair of pajama pants and matching slippers. I love my lounge pants!

Linky Thursday

If I wouldn’t have already picked out a costume for Easton, I would have used this one – gnome on a toadstool. [link via Craft]
I received this in my email the other day and thought it was hillarious – A pervert’s guide to Etsy (WARNING: Adult content on an Adult Website). I was just happy to see that nothing that I’ve ever made showed up on this list.
Linsday Lohan will be a guest judge on season 6 of Project Runway.
The Duro isn’t dead.
Fun and unique pincushions for sale. [link via Craft Gossip]
A tutorial on creating a finished edge on facings.
Ten great style tips.
The Dabbled Halloween Contest is underway!
A reason to get new place settings – Amy Butler’s dishware is now available!
Quick and easy squirrel appliques.
Cute patchwork notebooks…made from paper.
Create your own fabric labels from twill tape and iron on transfers… brilliant! [link via Whip Up]
A good reason to use crates again – covering them in these! [link via Craft]. I also love these fabric liners for baskets.
It’s not a new concept, but I still love looking at people’s DIY dressforms.

Faux Sweets

How do you combine two of my favorite things in the world – coffee and sewing? By purchasing an adorable Frappuccinio polymer clay pin!

I got this little cutie from kishcrafts’ Etsy shop and it arrived in the mail yesterday. Although I don’t have any plans on ever using it, it certainly looks great sitting on top of my Cup ‘o Joe pincushion.
Also in the mail – My Favorite Felt Sweets. Bret and Taylor had ordered this book for me for my birthday and I’ve been staring at it ever since. This book was originally a Japanese craft book (it was high on my wish list) that was recently translated into English. I haven’t made anything yet, but from what I can tell, the directions are going to be very easy to follow.

Happy Stacker Makes Kids Happy

I feel like I’ve been working on this project forever, but I’m thrilled to say, “The Happy Stacker is finished!” What’s there to say about this project that I haven’t already mentioned? First off, I had several comments and emails asking about the pole that the rings sit on. Surprisingly, it’s made out of nothing but fabric, Peltex interfacing (that super stiff stuff that replaced Timtex), and stuffing. All of this really helps the cone keep it’s shape – it’s firm, yet soft so that if someone falls or steps on it, they won’t impale themselves! It does require some hand stitching to create the pole, too. Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable…. Here’s what the toy looks like when it’s disassembled:

I should also mention the finished size it’s HUGE! Much larger than any commercial ring stacker toy. I looked on the pattern envelope to see how large it was, but never saw it mentioned so I measured myself – 12″ tall and 8 1/2″ at the largest part of the toy. Here’s a photo of Easton with the Happy Stacker so you have a size comparison:

Keep in mind that Easton just turned 5 months (today), so giving this to an older child will definitely make a difference – the rings will also be easier for them to manipulate as well. I should mention that there are several options to add embellishments (such as hanging tags and ribbon trims) that would help a child hold onto the rings, but I decided to omit these since Easton tries to pull apart toys (that aren’t supposed to come apart) and rips visible tags off of anything he sees. Lastly, I should mention that the Happy Stacker is definitely a labor of love. There’s lots of pieces to cut, interfacings to fuse, markings to transfer, seams to trim, stuffing, and hand-stitching involved so make sure that you go into this project knowing that it will be time consuming so make sure you create this for someone you care about or who will appreciate the hard work you put into it. This is definitely one toy that could become an heirloom.

Overspray

First off, thanks to everyone for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I had a nice day – we went to brunch, ate some cake, Bret saved us from a snake in the yard… I even had the chance to make it into the sewing room for a bit. One thing I worked on was an item for my Office swap package.

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Happy Birthday To Me

What do Stephen King and I have in common? We both share the same birthday…. that’s right, I’m another year older today! I won’t be sharing my age but I will tell you that I plan on spending the afternoon relaxing, hanging out with the family, and very possibly tracing off a few patterns, working on the Happy Stacker project, and getting started on the Office Swap package. I’ll be posting my progress in tomorrows post. But for now, I’m off to eat cake!