Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Spotlight

Today is the beginning of our first Feature Week!  Our theme is "All About Fabric" and we hope our readers enjoy the special posts we have scheduled this week.  


Today's Sunday Spotlight is from a blog that grabbed my attention for so many reasons and fit perfectly for our Spotlight this week with the "How It All Began" in the sidebar of her blog.

"This is the fabric that started it all - a tasselled piece of ikat like a tablecloth that was a gift from my brother's friend"

What better than a blog that was inspired by fabric to start off our All About Fabric week.
  You ask, what blog could this be?  
It is Ikat Bag penned by LiEr.  

It was a blast to learn more about Ikat Bag and LiEr. Her favorite movies as a child are two of mine!  Check out her answers to this week's questions:

1.  When did you first start sewing and why?

I started sewing as a very young child - I must have been about 6 or 7, I think. I mostly did hand-stitching - embroidery, small felt dolls and worked with felt a lot. Grandma was a tailor and mum (her daughter-in-law) and my aunts were all seamstresses, so it seemed a very natural thing to do. I started sewing clothes independently when I was about 13. 

2.  How did you come up with the name for your site?
When I was in my early twenties, I had a little business sewing bags, wallets and miscellaneous craft items during the summer holidays between years of college. I was always partial to batik and ikat (a woven fabric) as a fabric for my products. So when I started this blog, I named it after some of the bags I'd made in the past.
3.  What is something that inspires you when you are sewing/crafting?
My kids. At least at this stage in my life. In addition to being easy to sew for (kids' clothes are so much easier to make than adult clothes!), they also have the best ideas for toys and playthings. And since they don't know the meaning of "impossible", they are always pushing my limits and inspiring me to make things I'd never have dreamed of without them.
4.  When you are not sewing, what do you do?
Apart from pretending to do the laundry, you mean? Craftwise, I make cardboard things and sometimes dabble in simple electronics (I used to teach high school Physics). When used in combination, they often produce very fun toys. I also like to work with oil pastels and am now very, very slowly working on some artwork for our very bare walls.

5.  What is the most expensive piece of fabric you bought?
Oh dear. I've bought so many in my life. I'd have to say it's the whole bolt of black twill for my bags.
6. What was your favorite movie as a child?
Mmm, that was a long time ago. It's a toss-up between The Flight of Dragons and The Last Unicorn.

I have spent hours looking at her site and seeing the variety of projects she has completed since she began blogging in 2008. Clothing for children to adults, toys, home/holiday decor and even her own published patterns.  Here are a few of my own personal favorites

A perfect pencil denim skirt, any woman's summer staple!
Gotta love the print on this backpack!

With Easter just a week away  these bunnies and chickens would be sew cute to have in the home.

Being fabric week I just can't help adding the gorgeous sarong keybaya post she did about her Singapore heritage. This shirt was embroidered by her grandmother and she featured beautiful batiks, one of my favorite types of fabrics.

These just want to make me shop for fabric and sew!

Each day we are featuring something different about fabric so keep reading!

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