I took a break after we did the I Heart Market in Durban last month, and then of course had to make like mad this week because the next market is suddenly upon us. We have a sweetie theme going this month, so I learned how to screenprint, printed some fabric and made these:

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Screenprinted Sweethearts Totebag

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

Sweetheart Apron - for baking the sweetest cupcakes.

And then I’ve made a few dancing aprons. Black, some with detailing, some plain. I ran with 2 pockets only. They just don’t photograph that well so I only have a pic of the full length apron I’m calling Jumping Jellybeans. I used the Psychedelic Squares pattern from ‘A is for Apron’ – it’s a great classic apron style.

Jumping Jellybeans apron

Jumping Jellybeans apron

And in between, I’ve been doing a little embroidery…

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Vintage children's book illustration transferred to fabric using Dala Photo Transfer, with hand embroidery

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

Like a thought bubble, only embroidered...

A polite request

A polite request

A while back I made myself a dancing bag – a little bag on a belt to hold my money, keys and tequila while I’m dancing. It works well and I like it, but since aprons are so cool I decided to have a go at creating a dancing apron. I looked at various patterns for craft aprons (the pockets being very important, you see) and then created this little prototype. I’m rather pleased with it. You can’t see it in the pics but the smaller, right-hand pocket fits my hipflask just perfectly. The zipped middle pocket is for money, lipstick and Important Pieces of Paper. The slightly looser left-hand pocket is for gloves and things, since it’s winter in Durban now and my collection of vintage gloves is coming in very handy.

Dance apron prototype with cute red bow.

Dance apron prototype with cute red bow.

Sits fairly neatly on the hips. Gargh, I need to exercise more.

Sits fairly neatly on the hips. Gargh, I need to exercise more.

This weekend we did our first market as a collective. My Little Bluebird + Jane the Clerk + Hot Buttered Toast = Kraftworks! The I Heart Market in Durban is a great little market held in an old church next to Beanbag Bohemia restaurant. It’s a lovely venue and a popular market, so it was a very social occasion for us. All our sweet friends came out to support us – special shout outs to Sarah for wearing that fabulous dress and Mike for the apple juice! We’ll be blogging our Kraftworks experiences in a new blog, though I’ll still be posting here for projects I do. I took some pics for the new blog, but I thought I’d share them here too, since it was an exciting occasion…

Setting up our stall.

Setting up our stall.

All nicely laid out and signaged.

All nicely laid out and signaged.

My Little Bluebird

My Little Bluebird

Jane the Clerk

Jane the Clerk

Jane the Clerk and Hot Buttered Toast

Jane the Clerk and Hot Buttered Toast

I would like to introduce two new bags:

Nights At the Circus. She holds make-up, a tutu, a trapeze artist, several boxes of popcorn and a candy necklace.

Nights At the Circus. She holds make-up, a tutu, a trapeze artist, several boxes of popcorn and a candy necklace.

Are We Having Fun Yet?:  This bag is cheeky and friendly. She holds a red lipstick, an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini, a bottle of the best champagne and nights of  wild dancing.

Are We Having Fun Yet?: This bag is cheeky and friendly. She holds a red lipstick, an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini, a bottle of the best champagne and nights of wild dancing.

Well, having broken the apron fear I have moved right on into serious apron love. I went off to the copy shop with A is for Apron and did some pattern enlargements. I decided to start out easy with the Psychedelic Squares apron. I have to say that even though the aprons in this book are really lovely, the instructions are not that clear. I got very confused by the instructions for this one, which should have been really straightforward. Maybe I’m just spoilt by Weekend Sewing and Bend the Rules Sewing, which lay out all the instructions so clearly with diagrams. I love diagrams. Anyway, after sewing the pocket on upside down first time around (not at all the book’s fault, purely mine for rushing to finish the apron before my class yesterday), I got it beautifully finished and I’m super-pleased with it. As an added bonus, I used a reversible shwe-shwe so my apron is reversible. Yay. On the downside, the reversible shwe-shwe is slightly stiff, even after washing. I’m hoping more of the starch will wash out with use. Pics once again courtesty of my seven-year-old daughter, who is loving being the official apron photographer.

Yes, I really like red aprons.

Yes, I really like red aprons.

It's a little stiff but that kind of adds to the appeal.

It's a little stiff but that kind of adds to the appeal.

I really love this RSA Hospital Use Only fabric. You might remember it from this post about the gift I embroidered for a friend, along with the Sublime Stitching Anatomical Heart. This time I turned it into a bag, and added a pocket because I decided it was time.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Hospital Use Only bag.

Can haz pocket.

Can haz pocket.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

Anatomical heart for added fun.

I finally got round to making an apron. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages. I have apron love. But for some reason I’ve been scared. I have a copy of A is for Apron. I visit Tie One On regularly. And yet I just couldn’t pull it together to make one. Then the beautiful Bronwen bought me a haphazardly made and yet charming apron from the car-boot market, and I found myself inspired. Not only did I make an apron, I totally winged it. I didn’t want to take my car-boot apron apart to cut a pattern from it, so I vaguely took some measurements off it and then made it up as I went along. Apart from my obvious need to pay more attention to tutorials on making pockets (who knew they were actually quite difficult to get right?), I’m quite pleased with the outcome.

The original car-boot market apron in lovely blue shwe-shwe.

The original car-boot market apron in lovely blue shwe-shwe.

New flirty red polka-dot apron for crumpet-making on Sundays.

New flirty red polka-dot apron for crumpet-making on Sundays.

And another pic just 'cause I'm so pleased with myself.

And another pic just 'cause I'm so pleased with myself.