My own designs on fabric!

I started this blog to write about my creations, be it sewing, cooking, baking etc. and now I have discovered a new and exciting thing to be creative with:

Fabric designs!

I have been sewing quite a bit lately, even though I don’t blog about it. Recently I was on the hunt for a fabric with crabs on it for my crab-loving toddler, but I didn’t find any so I wondered if I could make a design myself, and after some googling I had stumbled into the wonderful world of pattern making!

I will share with you some links to some of the resources and tutorials that I have found to be useful at the end of this blog post, but first I’ll show you some photos of the first fabrics with my very own designs and the t-shirt that I have sewn with two of the designs. 🙂

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And here’s a close-up. 🙂

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I have drawn the artwork on my Samsung tablet using some art apps . These are the three apps that I’ve been using so far. The one that says Design is actually called Infinite Design and is quite good. The full version cost a reasonable on time amount.

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And here’s a look at the drawings that I made for the fabric design:

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After drawing the pictures for my design, I used either the open office programs GIMP or  Inkscape to clean up the edges and make the background invisible.

For creating the actual repeating pattern design, I have two methods that are free. One is the program Patternshop and the other is using Inkscape. I will link to tutorials for both methods below. For those who are willing to pay for an Adobe Illustrator subscription, I will also link to a tutorial for how to make repeat patterns with that.

When my repeat pattern is done, I upload it to spoonflower.com where I am slowly building up a nice collection of designs that can be printed on a wide selection of fabrics. I plan to make my favorite designs available for sale in case others would like to buy them too. If you want to see public collections on spoonflower you click here:

Made by Nefermiw

Yesterday I received the fabrics that I bought with my first attempt at designing fabrics. I had also ordered some colour on fabric samples. Spoonflower also gives you the option to order several designs on a yard of fabric.

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The last picture is of a yard of organic cotton knit with a kelp design – I am going to make a dress from for myself. 🙂

 

As promised I will link to some of the video tutorials that I have found to be useful:

How to make repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator

How to make repeat patterns with Patternshop program

How to make repeat patterns with Inkscape

 

 

Green sun pie

This pie is delicious. I slightly modified the recipe from a magazine.

I used store bought ready to use pie dough, but of course you can make your own.

You need two batches of dough.

Set the oven to 175 deg C

Make filling by mixing:

100 g baby spinach

100 g basil leaves

250 g ricotta cheese

50 g pine nuts

After mixing stir in:

60 g freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 egg

Roll out both batches of dough to roughly 30 cm in diameter and spred out filling on one leaving a little hill of it in the middle and leaving the edge bare.

Brush beaten egg around the bare edge and place the second circle of dough on top.

Press around the edge with a fork.

Put a small bowl upside down in the middle and cut “sun beams” around the bowl.

Twist the beams and brush the whole pie with beaten egg.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

Baby trousers – a first attempt at sewing in jersey

It has been almost five years since I last used my sewing machine. I am now on maternity leave again and with my baby turning 9 Montestore old, I have dusted offentlige the sewing machine and begun creating again. 

I made the pattern myself, but based it off som bought trousers that I know fotted my boy well.

Here are some more pictures…

 

Recipe: Cauliflower gratin

I had a huge head of Cauliflower, so I wanted to make a gratin and decided to try this one:
http://www.arla.dk/opskrifter/blomkalsgratin/

It is in Danish, but I can give you a rough idea of what to do. (I don’t eat meat, so I left out the smoked ham and used a bit more Cauliflower instead).

500 g Cauliflower
Water for cooking the cauliflower
Salt

90 g flour
300 ml milk
10 g butter
4 egg yolks
1 tsp salt
Pepper
4 egg whites

Butter and bread crumbs for the tray

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Set the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
Grease a tray with butter and line it with bread crumbs.

Divide the Cauliflower into pieces and cook in lightly salted water for 4 min.
Drain water.

Melt butter with milk in casserole and stir in flour while boiling.
Set aside to cool a bit.
Stir in egg yolkes one at a time.
Add salt and pepper.

Whip the egg whites stiff.

Add half of the whipped egg whites to the filling together with the drained Cauliflower and stir.

Fold in the rest of the whipped egg whites.

Spread filling evenly in the tray/form and place in oven to cook for approximately 1 hour.

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So, life has been busy…

… and I haven’t blogged anything for a veeeery long time. My excuse is that life has kept me busy and that I haven’t had much time to do anything creative and interesting enough to blog about. But now Christmas is creeping up on us by slowly showing its “face” at the stores, even though it’s only early October, and his makes be think of all the Christmas related creative stuff I can do, because Christmas is the best season for being creative – you can bake, sew and do paper crafts which are all things I love to do.

To get me even more inspired I have been looking a bit around Pinterest and Oh My! the inspiration is enough to make my head explode with ideas.

But since Christmas is still a 2 months away I will start being creative with my favourite season The Fall. I just love the way everything around you changes colour and you can feel the weather changing from day to day.

I will begin by seing if I can find some of my old fall inspired decorations and then se I  can make some new ones too. 🙂