When they say they don't build em' like they used they have a point. So when I was fortunate enough to come across this New Home sewing machine at the Salvation Army of course I bought it. After making sure all the bits and pieces were there, of course. Now owning a few different vintage sewing machines I decided to do a little research.
Sewing machines have been around actually since the 18th century but it wasn't until the 1840's or so before a smaller home version was created (actually over the years there were home sewing machines made only on occasion the local tailors would destroy the machine to preserve their livlihood. Seriously, an angry mob of tailors...) When the machines first came out they were so expensive that in order to buy one an entire community would have to pool their money.
Steampunk sewing machine. The one I picked up was a model 532 made in 1951 or so and I am currently haggling with the thread tension before I can begin sewing. Even so this machine works better than the one I recieved for my birthday a few years ago in which I spend more time yanking out jumbled stiches and fiddling constantly with the tension than I do actually sewing. Also the vintage one is made completely out of metal (and also weighs around fifty pounds) while the modern one is almost all plastic. Though if you are looking to make a buck off buying and selling vintage sewing machines don't bother, they aren't worth big bucks as they made them by the thousands during the economic boom in the 50's. In fact I see them quite regularly at thrift stores.
However they are beautiful bits of craftsmanship that, to me, work better than their modern counterparts and even after fifty or so years it still runs smoothly and all the bits and pieces are still in good shape. No, they really don't make them like they used to.
By far my favorite of the group, made in hopes of being displayed at a local business. Acrylic paint on a 14 X 18 canvas. No particular reason for the numbers, I only liked the idea and thought was unique.
The first I painted as just an idea.
All in all I have about seven paintings done and am hoping to get one or two more done.
Went to the local Bargain Bin and paid a total of $3.47 of everything you see here. The books are published by the Peter Pauper Press and are from the fifties as is the book of poetry and prints of Hiroshige. You really never know what you'll find digging around at the very bottom of what most people consider trash.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to discover for myself some fantastic artists who inspire me and make me wish I was rich so I could buy tons of their things. 64 Colors is one of those artists (group artists? Illustrators?) that is just fantastic beyond words. They incorporate all of my favorite things; cute and strange things, bright colors and Japanese culture. So I hope they won't be too mad that I was so inspired by their wonderful illustrations that I made some felties based on some of those illustrations.
I remember a couple of years ago when they launched their Marshall vinyl toy by the time I had money to buy it, it was already sold out. I had to settle for buying one awesome tote bag instead. I'm looking forward to seeing their completed website and many more years of wonderful ideas, art and products.
I've decided that after almost three years of sewing plushies that I should start catologing them. This is my very first plushie; not my design though. It was from one of the many books out there on sewing plushies.
He sits on my art desk. Next!
The second plushie I ever made! Bat Cat! This one is made from recycled materials I bought from second-hand stores. Old suits made fantastic fabrics for plushies.
I'm afraid to say that for a while I'll be posting only pictures of plushies as I've got about three (wait, no, FOUR!) drawing projects going on that's taking up all my time along with volunteering ect. ect. Don't worry I haven't stopped drawing.
Alice from the Alice in Wonderland set in the book I just bought. For a first try it isn't too bad but I will be doing it again with some more adjustments (I want to see how it looks with yarn hair instead of felt which is all I have right now). The set includes Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the March Hare and the Doormouse. Alice took a really, REALLY long time to make (for me) at least 12 hours or more of constant sewing and it still turned out a bit wonky. Here's hoping the second time will be quicker and more attractive (note to self: need to buy more white fabric, or possibly use old bed sheets?). I'm actually really excited about making this set; they are pretty attractive.