A Shawl, a Journal and a New Bike

This shawl was made using all kinds of different fibers, and with some pattern manipulation.

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It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted it to, but I like it anyway.

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I wanted the “skipped” parts of the pattern to be more visible. I guess I should’ve done those in a contrasting color. Oh well, maybe next time.

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More pages from my Art Journal:

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We’ve had a nice weather over the weekend so it was a perfect opportunity for me to ride my new bike! πŸ™‚

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After a long ride one must rehydrate. πŸ™‚

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I also like the woven table. πŸ™‚

Have a great day everyone!

Scarves

I’ve been knitting!

I am not a great knitter, I can knit only simple shapes such as scarves and other things with straight edges πŸ™‚ and maybe an ugly sock or two. But I do plan to learn more and be able to knit a sweater (maybe one day).

As I was organizing my studio I found a lot of yarn that just wasn’t “speaking” to me anymore. Not for my weaving, that is. But then I thoughtΒ  I could knit something with it. So I took three strands of yarn, and made this chunky long scarf:

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It’s wide and soft and just perfect for cold weather.

The other one was made for the gentleman in the photo (you can’t see his face because he wanted it that way), my husband. πŸ™‚

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He wanted it striped so that’s what I did, but I added the pattern just for fun. Actually, it’s only a simple change of stitches every two or three (or twenty) rows. But it looks good, and hubby loves it. So I am happy.

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The third one is a handwoven scarf.

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But it actually started as a set of table runners! I took a fine greyish cotton I almost forgot I had, added a bit of lime green cotton, and wove my table runners. Then I washed the fabric (and prepared to cut and sew it), but it shrunk! And not only that, it softened too! So magically, a scarf was born! πŸ™‚

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Well, why not?

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Looks great to me.

Before I Go

I don’t know how to travel light. I always carry a million things with me, “just in case I need them”. And I’m not talking about clothes or shoes. I’m talking about my favorite coffee mug, my favorite coffee πŸ™‚Β  (we are not hotel people, we are camping people), all kinds of lotions and medicine, books and more books, journals and pens, etc.

This year we decided it would be easier for us to rent a tent in Greece instead of going with a caravan or our tent. Long story. But I hope it will be a good vacation. And I also hope the weather will be good as this whole summer was pretty messed up – we had rain almost every day. We’ll see.

Anyway, I wanted to show you some of my latest works. The ones I managed to photograph. πŸ™‚

I made a journal with fabric cover made from scraps.

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I like how it looks and how it feels in my hands. πŸ™‚ All those fabric pieces that I’ve stitched together, each having it’s own story and now making a cover for a journal that will hold another story. Wonderful.Β  And it is quite big – 25×20 cm.

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Here is the back:

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I wanted something different this time, so I made a velcro closure. It’s something that I’ll definitely do again.

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Mixed papers inside, of course, because it’s more interesting that way. πŸ™‚

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I usually get inspired by the upcoming trip and make a travel journal that represents that destination in some way (even if I’m the only one who can see that, lol!) but this time I didn’t think of Greece, the sea and the sun while I was making it.

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But all these fabric pieces with wavy stitching do remind me of waves, and the colors are those of the Sun and the sand. Not to mention the heart on the cover. It definitely represents my love for Greece. πŸ™‚ So, I guess this journal had it’s own ideas that lead me while I was making it. I do like to think that way.

Another thing I wanted to show you is a woven project, my waffle weave towels. Now, those are some serious ‘seaside’ colors LOL, but they are not going to Greece with me!

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I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep them or give them as a gift. I must say they would look beautiful in my bathroom. πŸ™‚

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Have a great day everyone!

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I finished weaving two table runners, and they look beautiful! The pattern is very complex and takes quite a bit of time to weave but the end result is gorgeous.

This one will stay in my home as it was done for this particular dresser.

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I haven’t done it in a very long time, even though it is one of my favorite patterns. It feels good to weave something complicated from time to time. πŸ™‚

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I wove another one in a honey color with cotton/viscose yarn, and this one is going to travel to a dear friend of mine as a gift. πŸ™‚

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Honey and sunshine. πŸ™‚

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Have a great day! πŸ™‚

New Stuff

I need to work and play. I can’t just think about the floods and disaster. For over a week I have been focused on danger from the water and on helping others, and even though those worries are still present, and helping continues, I also need to work. But equally important is to play and let go of all the worries.

My spring cleaning odyssey is getting close to summer, but a lot of work has been done! First of all, my studio expanded! πŸ™‚ My husband and I decided that we wanted a smaller bedroom and larger studio (for me) so we switched two rooms and man it is amazing! The bedroom is so warm and cozy now, and my studio is airy and less cluttered. I love it all! I will take photos one of these days, we just need to paint the walls first. But that change was a LOT of work! Moving and cleaning every little bottle and jar, finding new place for things to make everything organized, trying to make everything look neat and most of all reachable! I have to say, with the furniture that I have (I didn’t want to buy anything because this apartment is already full) I did a pretty good job. It took me ten days to finish both rooms, or to get close to that, but I am very pleased with how it all looks.

So, until I take those photos and show you the space, here are some of my latest creations.

A shawl made with scrap yarn that needed to be transformed into something beautiful. πŸ™‚

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I used thick yarn, thin yarn, shimmery one, wool, cotton, all kinds of yarn! I love to experiment and this shawl turned out very nice!

Another one is also woven with different kinds of yarn, but this one is way more colorful.

Shawl

I also made an album for a customer who wanted it as a gift from the kids to their teacher, so she said it needs to have thirty blank pages, one for every child to do something on it. I had so much fun making this album. The only thing I knew I had to do is to put IV2 on the cover, but the rest was left to my imagination. So I thought a heart is a must because kinds love their teacher, then a bit of lined paper, a filmstrip frame because there will be photos inside, some crackle and some shimmer and glitter…

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It’s quite big, almost A4 size, but there had to be enough room for the children to draw and glue on. πŸ™‚

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The most important thing is that the customer loves it! Yay!Β  You just have to imagine more ribbon for the binding, because I didn’t want to tie it all now as it would get wrinkled, and also it needs to be all untied so that every child can have it’s own page to work on.

That’s it for now, even though I have more things to show you but they will have to wait. I don’t want to drown you in photos. πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

New Scarves

I’ve finished the year 2013 and started 2014 with weaving scarves. Does that mean this year will be all about weaving? πŸ™‚ I don’t know.

But people wanted scarves, so of course I made lots of them. The problem is that some of them went to their new homes without me taking photos (the mistake I often make).Β  Grrr…

Anyway, here they are.

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And here we are, the Milojevic family. πŸ™‚

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Have a great time everyone!

Handwovens

This month has been a very busy one. With a craft show now behind me, and a lot of weaving and journal making for the shop, I can tell you I am tired! πŸ™‚ There were also parties with dear friends, which means we were eating, drinking and dancing all night long, so no wonder I feel like grabbing a good book and just hiding under the blanket and reading. πŸ™‚ But there is a lot that needs to be done.

Since I didn’t have time to go through the photos and sort them out, here are some of the things I’ve made before the “running like the headless chicken” started. πŸ™‚ I’ve used my woven scraps to make small bags and have them ready as gifts for friends and family.

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I also (finally) made cushions for my living room.

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Sorry about this last photo, you can’t see the cushions well, except the details, but I will have to wait for a sunny day to make a good photograph of them on a couch in the living room.

That’s all for today. Have a great time everyone! πŸ™‚

Something New

Actually, all I wanted to do is organize and clean my studio! But then some of my souvenir journals sold and I had to make new journals for the shop. Then a friend called me to say that her friends wanted to buy shawls from me , so I had to weave. And then my dog had some health problems, which as usual made me go insane with worry, so to calm my self down, I made beads. Lots of beads. That way I could be in the same room with him, and it kept my hands busy and my mind occupied. It helped.

Luckily, he feels better now.

So here are the shawls:

Variegated yarn with a touch of sparkling mohair,Β  very warm and soft.

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The next one looks completely different than in this photo, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate. It’s a shame it looks so ugly here when in real life it’s lovely and sparkly and violet…

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Shades of green:

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This shawl was finished about a monthΒ  ago, but I forgot to photograph it, so here it is now.

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I hope ladies will like them. πŸ™‚

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Masculine journal:

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Coptic binding, mixed media journal.

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And a feminine one:

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Altered book. Handmade paper, coffee stained paper, lace, paint.

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And beads, of course!

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Yarn beads

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Sequin beads

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Painted beads

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Denim beads

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Suede beads

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Leather beads

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Paper beads

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Crazy giant bead

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And now I want to make even more beads! They are SO addictive! I’ll have to buy more storage containers because I have no idea where to put them. πŸ™‚ But it is so relaxing and fun to take all those fabric scraps, bits of yarn, all kinds of paper, and while watching (well, actually listening to) TV, make these beauties. And yes, my living room is a mess again, but who cares. I have gorgeous beads now! πŸ™‚

Oh, and I almost finished organizing and cleaning my studio, although it will soon be a complete chaos there, as it usually is, but never mind. πŸ™‚

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I finally finished weaving, washing and sewing pillow cases and a couch spread ( if that’s what it’s called?) for the customer. I think they came out beautifully, although the photos are very bad. Sorry for that. πŸ™‚

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I didn’t have the right pillows so the pillow cases look a bit saggy, but at least I have photos as a memory. I so often forget to photograph my work and when it sells it’s all gone.

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I almost wish my customer won’t like it, so that I could keep these beauties for my self. You can see they go perfectly with my couch. πŸ™‚

Then another customer wanted a table cloth, also off white, so that was done too.

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We had another two sunny days over the weekend, which is almost a miracle lately, so we went to a lovely park here in Belgrade and enjoyed walking and photographing.

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There was a very old house in the middle of the park, charming and sad at the same time.

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We were even able to look inside, and this wall caught my attention. Someone lived in this house, and now it’s all empty.

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I wonder who was looking through this window years ago.

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A photo of my guys πŸ™‚

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I finished another altered book. Sometimes I start working with a certain plan, and then it’s like the piece that I’m working on has a plan of it’s own. I wanted to make something dark, more black and grey, but it turned out silver and lacy. I have no idea how that happened.

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And another fabric journal. It’s called “The fish”, and I guess my wish to go to the seaside is showing through my work. This journal is very thick, about 3 inches. I added my handmade leather beads to the closure and am very tempted to keep this one for my self. (Well, that’s nothing new, right? LOL!)

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Handmade paper inside, of course.

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The same thing happened with this journal, as with the altered book. I started with something else in mind, but then the lace that I’ve cut looked like fish, and the crocheted chain when sewn onto the cover looked like waves to me, then I added the beads and sequins….

Well, if it wants to be what it wants to be, I’m ok with that. πŸ™‚

Have a great time everyone!

 

 

 

 

A Book for Mary

I am feeling gooood! πŸ™‚ Not only that I finished these lovelies you are going to see here, but I’m also working on at least three new pieces and I have many many ideas for more, so YES I feel great!

So, here is what I made for a swap with Mary. She received the package, so I can show you what I made for her.

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I used some of the lovely fabric and lace she sent me to make this journal, but I also added my handwoven fabric, lace, tea dyed doilies that my Grandmother crocheted many years ago, watercolor paper, etc.

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I made a pocket on the inside of the cover and added a couple of stitched tags, and every page is also stitched and embellished with lace and fabric.

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Mary is a very talented artist and a wonderful friend, and it was a joy making this for her. I also made a small bag out of the old table cloth that my Great Grandmother embroidered I have no idea how many years ago! The flowers are so beautiful, and with all the history they hold, I just had to incorporate them into this swap to add a bit more love to it. πŸ™‚

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Inside there is a tiny book and a bracelet (also made by me). I know that Mary loves purple, so that’s what I used here. πŸ™‚

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I hope you like it. Have a great time! πŸ™‚