Monthly Archives: September 2010

Photo light box

Today I took a vacation day (I knew I would be home late after the Marianne Isager workshop/speech last night (more on that later)) and I spend an hour this morning creating a lightbox for photographing yarn, WIPs, etc.

I basicly used the instructions from this tutorial, except I used baking paper for the windows. I am amazed at the effect! I need to learn more ways to fiddle with the camera settings, and to work with Photoshop, but I shot a few pics, that showed the colours just about perfectly.

Light box

The lightbox. fancy word for a box with holes.

It’s a cardboard box, that some of Dennis’ music equipment came in. I cut it smaller and cut holes in the sides, the front and the top. I reinforced the (heavy) cardboard with packaging tape, and then taped baking paper (I could have used tracing paper, but the stuff I have has squares on it) to the sides and the top. Then I inserted a piece of white cardboard – and Voila! A light box – all made from stuff I already had in the house!

The plexiglass jewelry box in front of the lightbox was used instead of a tripod.

First I took pictures of some of my new nail polish -because it was sitting on my desk, and I could check the colours out. 

Nail Varnish

My new Essies. They're called 'In Stitches' and 'SewPsyched'. How could I not buy them?

Then I continued taking pictures of the yarn I got yesterday (will be in a later post) and also some of the yarn I got for my birthday in August

Wollmeise from Tini

Lovely Wollmeise I got from Tini. Very hard to photograph! Took a lot of playing w camera settings.

Iphone pic

This was taken with the Iphone. It's teal manos del Uruguay, that Dennis gave me for myB-day.

I am swatching the red Manos del Uruguay for a boat neck jumper I am going to knit as my next mindles knittng project. Think I’ll go up to 6 mm needles…

red Manos

Swatching the raspberry Manos (more from my wonderful husband!)

In conclusion – I am very happy with how the light filters through the baking paper. I have taken these pics by daylight coming in through the window + a little bit of light (from the top) from my 7W table lamp. I already told the kids that they can make me a bigger (and maybe more sturdy) box for Christmas :-)

Do you have any photography tips for me? Tutorials, articles, tips?? I would love to learn more!

The cutting/pressing table – tutorial

I would like to tell you a little about my workspace. This summer we finally got around to making me a sewing/craft/office-room. And in future posts, I’ll give you a tour of My Room (yes – it’s written with capital letters! I feel very lucky to have it – and it is almost sacred to me. It’s also very small: 1.8 m X 4 m ( 6 feet X 13 feet ).

The first thing you notice, when nearing the room, is the cutting/pressing table. Not-sewing friends ask my why I don’t get rid of it, because it is very dominant to the room:

My Cutting table

The light is so bad today - I had to turn on the lamp. But you get the idea.

We made this table in December 2007 –  since then, I’ve added another layer of cotton fabric (only because I got tired of the old one, and didn’t want to tear it off. I just stabled this on top of it.)
It’s working out great. I use it for almost all my pressing, and to cut out smaller items (it’s big enough for shirts and skirts, but a little too small for dresses and trousers.) I also store a lot of stuff on it – and the cats love to sleep there – under the light.

Here is the original post that explains how to make a cutting pressing table:

I (and by “I”, I mean Dennis) have made a cutting-pressing table for my sewing area.

I’ve been wishing for one for quite some time, but haven’t had room before. But now I have a corner of my sewing area to use (even though I don’t have a real sewing room, I do have quite a lot of room).

The table isn’t big enough for cutting fabric for trousers or jackets, but will work for most home dec projects and t-shirts. And even though it doesn’t completely replace the ironing board when it comes to ironing large pieces of fabric, it will be great for most things – especially with my pressing tools.

Well, How was it made, you might wonder…

Here is how:

You need

1 table top (I used an old worn one, that I used as a desk several years ago)

Table top

The old table top

4 table legs, that are high enough for standing height.

1 large piece of pressing felt or table felt (I used table felt in a double layer)

Table felt

The table felt

1 piece of fabric

duct tape

stables and stable gun

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The first thing we (my husband) did, was to place the table top on top of the folded felt. He then secured it temporarily with duct tape before using a stable gun to stable it in place. You might need to be two people to do this, as it is important that you tighten the felt.

table felt secured

Table felt secured

Then he stabled the felt to the table top all the way around the edges before we removed the tape and cut the remaining felt off.

trimming the felt

Trimming the felt

Then we placed the table top with felt on top of the fabric (I chose a somewhat childish design – mainly because I love the colours), secured with tape and stabled the fabric in place..

Adding fabric

Stabling the fabric in place

Then we (he) put on the legs. They are from IKEA and are adjustable, so you can get them in your perfect working height and not hurt your back.

Table is gettting legs

Putting on the legs

As you can see in the first picture, I still have the iron holder from the kitchen department in IKEA (my favorite store:-)) .

I love my cutting/pressing table. If I had more room, I would make another one, and stand them next to eachother, to have even more cutting/pressing space. Do you have a cutting or pressing table? Tell me about it!

Reviving the blog!

So. I have decided to revive (and move) the blog. Why?

Because I’m also in the process of reviving (or up-viving) and redesigning ShopONION.com (and perhaps even my professional life!)

The blog will show and reflect my life – including the sewing and knitting stuff!

Finished objects, designs, fashion, styling, work in progress.
Passions, inspirations, difficulties.

I want to inspire you to sew and knit and create. And have fun. This is my mission.

Inspiration

This is what inspires me today. The mess on my desk.