Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sweater progress

Sweater, originally uploaded by alicen.

I finally started a sweater from the yarn Laura gave me last Christmas. The pattern is Vivian. My yarn is quite a bit fuzzier than what's shown (Berroco Peruvia) and sort of mossy green, which makes the whole thing more subtle and organic looking.

t-shirt quilt

DSCN0285, originally uploaded by alicen.

I made a quick-and-dirty quilt from a bunch of oversize t-shirts Tom wasn't ready to throw out yet. It really needs to be quilted a great deal more, but it's so relentlessly tacky that I can't quite bring myself to put more time into it. Being made out of old t-shirts (and an old jersey sheet), it's reeeeaaallly soft though.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Potato Stamps

DSCN0274, originally uploaded by alicen.

While in Portland we made stamps from potatoes an used them to print on fabric. These are some of the results.

Messing around with watercolors

DSCN0198, originally uploaded by alicen.

I have no real idea how to use watercolors, so trying to copy images is at least interesting from a learning control standpoint. (This is a page from Kabuki).

Lemon Marmalade

Lemon Marmelade, originally uploaded by alicen.

Randall's parents had a bumper crop of lemons, so I made marmalade. There was also lemon merengue pie, but I forgot to photograph it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

cubist alphabet

This is one of many things that was lost with my notebook from last summer. It is the cubist alphabet as seen in the museum of Czech cubism. Yay typography.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Corset Thing

I was in Europe for two months, then moving, then starting a new job. Now I have actually started to make things again.




This isn't laced at all tight in the pictures, but it can be. I will most likely wear it dancing or for costumey events. It is sort of steampunk, maybe - especially with the brown ribbon. More pictures.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

reverse applique t-shirt

reverse applique t-shirt, originally uploaded by alicen.

This is one layer of fabric sew to the inside a of a shirt, then the top layer cut away.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Twirly skirt

A skirt made from $3 of fabric purchased at Goodwill. Possibly not my color, especially with the green hair. But very good for spinning around in.

Yellow Skirt

Yellow Skirt

Yellow Skirt

I purchased a rolled hem foot for this because I couldn't stand the idea of ironing the hem (which is at least 7 yards) in the 80+ degree weather. Rolled hem foot for the win! It was wonderfully quick, and looks good. Beyond that it's just a lot of rectangles, gathered, and a drawstring waist. Very, very simple.

I've been sewing a fair amount lately, since I'm mostly done with school. Mostly mending and finishing up old projects, on the logic that I shouldn't be lugging around things I'll never finish. But I have to be moved out in three weeks, so I'll have to wrap things up before too long.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Exciting embroidery

P5260045, originally uploaded by alicen.

I bought this embroidery (I think it's Vietnamese) off a guy at Folklife. I'm still figuring out what to use it for. But oh, man, detail.

Quilt progress

P5220018, originally uploaded by alicen.

Though this picture was taken a day or two earlier, I am done with all the individual squares for my quilt. Now it just remains to add sashing, make a back for it, quilt and bind. I'm not sure it's very likely that this will get done before I move, though. We'll see.


P5260043, originally uploaded by alicen.

I made a shirt! It probably needs to be taken in a bit, but is fabulously comfortable, This took basically no time, which is gratifying, and was done entirely from stash fabric, but I'm really happy with how it looks.


P5250009, originally uploaded by alicen.

I'm finally using that modular origami book I picked up a while back. Yay!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Quilt designs

P5170001, originally uploaded by alicen.

I've started another quilt. Here are some watercolor designs I did before I started cutting. We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Inspirations: Flags of Imaginary Nations

, originally uploaded by thai.moreno.

This is really awesome.

My master's thesis is due Wednesday. After that, I hope, I'll get back to making more things instead of just reposting pretty things from the internet.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Notebook doodling

P5040006, originally uploaded by alicen.

I keep watercolors at my desk to fiddle with when I'm not being productive.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Inspiration: Cherry Leaf Circle

Not my work, but

Cherry Leaf Circle, originally uploaded by e s c h e r.

This blog full of lovely pictures makes me want to go do things outside...

Day 122

Day 122, originally uploaded by alicen.

I helped smoke MEAT at Reed this weekend, for Renn Fayre. It was pretty awesome.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Matt in the Hammock

P4260033, originally uploaded by alicen.

Drawing instead of work yesterday.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Airplane sock

Airplane sock, originally uploaded by alicen.

More sock. This one is basically done, just a little ribbing to go. Then sock number two, possibly followed by a sweater.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Strawberries for Spring

P4110001, originally uploaded by alicen.

I now have lots of strawberries and herbs planted. Hopefully I'll get some fruit before I take off in July.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Frogged Again

P4070021, originally uploaded by alicen.

These socks do not want to exist, it seems. I tore out the sock pictured here (this is the second time) after concluding that the stranded knitting was never, ever going to stretch enough to be an effective sock (at least not on those needles). So I'm redoing it with straight, non-stranded stripes, which goes a lot faster.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Trail Gloves

P4040022, originally uploaded by alicen.

I made these gloves for Tom to take on the Appalachian trail, which he leaves for next week. He wanted something wool, but didn't specify that they had to be serious...

(The wool is hand-dyed too - my first foray into dyeing yarn. Probably not something I'd use normally, but you never know. And the white swirly bits are made of some of the very first yarn I ever spun myself.)

Friday, April 3, 2009

wizard robe

A while ago (like in January), I made this robe/coat thing that I wear all the time. It still needs pockets and a clasp, but I've been using it so it's probably worth posting pictures.


Note the pointyness! I have plans to add a bell to the end.

I am seriously bundled up here. It hangs better in real life.

Monday, March 23, 2009

I don't update enough anyway.

P3220015, originally uploaded by alicen.

This sweater's been languishing forever. Jess "models" it here.

More pictures of stuff I've been making are available here. It's updated a hell of a lot more often than this blog.

Pink Elephant boxers

P3220058, originally uploaded by alicen.

I made some very silly boxer shorts for Tom. I don't think anyone is as amused by them as the two of us, though. One of the elephants holds a very small, embroidered martini. Another shot is here. I also made a pair with aliens. I highly recommend this for instant-gratification sewing.

Monday, February 2, 2009

First month

First month, originally uploaded by alicen.

The first 30 of a year's worth of photos.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Day 10: Sewing, originally uploaded by alicen.

Teaser shot for the thing I made last weekend. It is part sweatshirt, part wizard's robe. It needs a bell still.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

365 photos

I'm trying to take a picture every day this year. Results so far can be found here.