There’s bound to be a stumbling block in everything we do. Unfortunately for me, mine was the disfunction of my bobbin storage. It seem to work alright in the beginning…until I started to sew, then the whole thing just fell apart. Although using the machine was a big part of my project, I decided to hand sew instead. It’ll take time, but it’s better than spending 45 minutes on something that needs professional fixing.
My (mentor’s) sewing machine.
Rough draft fabric.
Soft, but rough; green
Has frayed edges which is good to use for random work or put together to make clothing.
Final project fabric.
Floral and spring/summery for the little piece of clothing I was going to do.
EXAMPLES FROM MY MENTOR
Designing the neck with a different kind of fabric; Hand sewn.
Left side of collar shows the sewing of the design around the neck (if you want)
Right side shows the sewing of the design around the neck (if you want it hidden).
My project for this year’s passion project can be seen through Earth Keeping, Beauty Creating, Creation Enjoying, Servant Working.
Earth Keeping: Through sewing, I can show earth keeping by making clothing that are eco-friendly. Materials that can be used to make eco-friendly clothing are bamboo, organic cotton, linen, hand-dyed fabrics, and recycled materials. These materials will ensure less poisons and chemicals in the clothing. Bamboo especially is hypoallergenic making it safe for individuals with sensitive skin. Also if the clothing happens to be thrown out, they could be reused and wouldn”t cause harm to the environment.
Beauty Creating: Sewing can be seen as beauty creating because I can make cute, colourful, and pretty clothing for myself and others. I can combine different colours and fabrics to create something unique or extraordinary.
Creation Enjoying: Watching my hand create all the wonderful pieces of clothing is a way of enjoying the person God created me to be. He made me special and unique. God made me my own person and gave me gifted hands that has the ability to create beautiful clothing .
Servant Working: Through sewing, I can show servant working by voluntaring to help sew clothes for people who have none or work by donating clothing to countries who are in need.
Everyone has a gift and gifts they can learn. These through lines put focus on how I can sew and make beauty in the face of God.
So for my project I’m putting together a doll-like shirt to show the class and other small pieces of fabric patched together to make different kinds of things. The fabric I’m using is light weight and has floral patterns which gives it a nice, spring/summery look. My mom showed me how to measure (randomly) or on a person’s body and copy the sizes onto the fabric so it’s prepped for cutting. One of the important things she told me was [take for instance] if the size of the armpit; so around the arm, was 20, you measure 10 on the front of the fabric and 10 on the back so it makes 20 in total. If you measure 20 all the way through, you’ll get a size 40 resulting in a disproportionate arm to the body of a shirt/dress.
Remember when I was going to make mitts? Yeah that moment is kind of over. It’s warm, and sunny, and we do not need mitts so I’ve decided to make something else. I’ve decided to make an infinity fashion scarf because my final project concludes to making clothing for someone in the class. It’s a possibility. All that is left to do is find the right fabric, and begin!
First step to sewing is finding the right fabrics for what you’re planning to do. My first sewing project will be mittens since it is winter and my fingers are constantly frozen because mittens are torn at the fingertips and this is the perfect opportunity to sew one instead of flushing money down the drain to purchase a new one. Since I love my old mitten so much, I’ve decided to sew on top of them. So my old mitts will be the inner layer and the outer layer will be the newly sewn mitt. So far the best kind of fabric for mittens is wool or a knitted kind of fabric because they’re warm and best for colder weathers – like we have now. Now to buy the fabric…
A brand new project….I decided to go with sewing since I haven’t picked it up since grade 9 applied art. Since I have a little bit of sewing experience, this project should be a easy breezy…at least I hope it is. I haven’t sewn a dress together before so that’s one part I’m excited for in this project because I get to pick someone and make them something to wear. And that’s a wrap!
Learning the A major was a bit harder than the D major. I can’t quite get fingers on the string well and that causes buzzing when I play. I’m continuing to work on it so it gets easier with practice. With A major you use three fingers to play five of the six strings. Your first finger goes on the second fret of the fourth string, your second finger on the second fret of the third string and the third finger on the second fret of the string. You then strum the five strings to create a certain tune.
So I found a great app called Chordbank and that’s where I’ve been doing most of my lessons. D major is basically the starter chord of learning guitar. I learned how to play the D major which is the sound of the last three strings on the guitar. You put your index finger on the second fret of the fourth string, your middle finger on the second fret of the sixth string and your ring finger on the fifth finger. It’s rather easy to learn and I picked up easily. I have started learning the A major already and I’ll tell you about that next time!
Learning guitar isn’t all that easy with it being one of the easy instruments to learn how to play, although it’s based on opinion really. I’m learning how to play, but recently I’ve been totally busy, throwing my learning out of balance. I’m getting back to it in a bit, hopefully my brain remembers what I taught it. Like anything involved with learning–which is pretty much all things–you need dedication, passion and time.
Hard work is necessary as well. Without those things it’s nearly impossible to learn anything. With guitar, an online help suggested 20 hours a day. To what degree will I be able to play songs and such, I’m not sure. I’d have to look into that. Since I don’t have 20 hours a day to spend on guitar, I thought maybe I’d do a couple hours each day after school and maybe 20 hours on weekends. Although, I wouldn’t rush straight into 20 hours. I’ll gradually start with a couple of hours and climb on top.
Even with sports and homework, I’ve learned to make time. Use my class times wisely so I’d be able to learn outside of school. I honestly have not gotten the chance to fully learn. I started learning during the summer and it has died since so I’m hoping to pick up soon.
After a while you’ll notice your fingers are calloused, that isn’t a mighty problem and it can be avoided if you use a guitar pick instead. I don’t have a pick and I’m not entirely sure where to get one so I chose the DIY way and have decided to make my own with old cards. I’m hoping the pick will help me out better and the risk of getting calloused fingers will be eliminated. I’m really excited in learning and becoming good. Of course it doesn’t take a couple of days.
Making your own guitar pick isn’t that much of a hassle. Get an old credit card or a maxed out gift card and draw the shape of the pick with a sharpie. Cut with a scissors along the lines. Once you’re finished, file the sides until smooth and voila! You’ve got your own hand made guitar pick.