I love dala horses. My grandfather’s family originated from Sweden and when I was little I received these Swedish handcrafted wooden horses as gifts. I thought a block print of a dala horse would be so cute to use for notecards, clothing and garland.
To make a block print, you’ll need:
Basic carving tool set
Screen printing ink or fabric paint for printing on fabric or craft paints if printing on paper
Small piece of glass (I took mine from an discarded photo frame)
Step 2: Transferring the image to the block. Use a warm iron to transfer your image from a freshly printed laser or ink jet image. Just press firmly, make sure not to melt your block and burnish the back of the paper periodically until you start to see the image left behind on the block.
Step 3: Carving out the image. Using your carving tools carefully carve out the outline of the image and all the “negative” areas:
Your first print will be a test to see which areas of the block you still need to carve out….you can tell in the image below that some areas were left outside of the horse image that needed to be carved out:
With a little practice you will get a perfect print:
Download my Swedish Dala Horse Print to make your own project! Click here or click the image below to download.
Copyright © 2010 by Ashley Hackshaw/Lil Blue Boo. All rights reserved. This dala horse image is for personal and home use only. Please email me at ashley (at) lilblueboo.com for more information. Thank you for respecting my copyright! View copyright information here:
New! The Li’l List! Instead of doing my weekend photo shares I’m reworking these posts to include favorite photos of the week, favorite links, reviews, new LBB clothing and other exciting stuff I might have stumbled upon.
Last week was Lisa’s first week working at Lil Blue Boo! I can’t even tell you how relieved I am to have help and we had so much fun. It is nice having someone to work with who is just as excited about LBB as I am…and it’s the icing on the cake that she has a business background and loves photography. We mostly organized this week and got all the “made-to-order” limited edition “Goodnight & Goodluck” dresses out in the mail. Lisa took some photos of Elle in the dress over the weekend….I’m glad one of our kiddos likes to model!
The new MTO for this week is the new Weekender Top with Stephanie Corfee’s “When I Grow Up” print on it…..only available through this Tuesday.
I’ve been working on a new pants pattern with my asymmetric style worked into the bottom….Boo approves even though she doesn’t cooperate for photos. She’s standing in front of her painting still in progress….she says it still isn’t quite finished. (Dress is by Dress Me….one of our favorite clothing stores)
Aren’t these the cutest little cards? I needed a business card with my contact information on it because I’m always writing my information down on paper napkins or scrap paper around town. Stephanie Corfee designed these cute little mini cards for me. I purchased them through Zazzle but I know Moo sells them as well.
My new doll dress pattern is finally up in the store! Thanks for being so patient. It’s only in Big Cartel right now because that is where it can be instantly downloaded! This doll dress pattern comes complete with photo by photo instructions and three pattern sizes fitting a variety of dolls including 10″ and 15″ Waldorf-style dolls (like our Apple Tree House Doll Li’l Sally, my muse for the dress) as well as Pottery Barn babies, American Girl and Bitty Baby Dolls:
Another pattern coming end of this month and many more in the works! More to share soon! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Please….no more requests to publish my knit doll dress pattern…because it’s done! Finally!
This doll dress pattern comes complete with photo by photo instructions and three pattern sizes fitting a variety of dolls including 10″ and 15″ Waldorf-style dolls (like our Apple Tree House Doll Li’l Sally below):
After making my latitude/longitude belt last week, Boo needed a belt of her own. I dye some cotton webbing and made a little nesting doll repeat to make this cute D-ring belt for her. This is an extension of my 30-minute belt tutorial and I’ve added a download of the mini nesting dolls if you would like to make one of your own!
Note: The result of this project will only be as good as the quality of transfer paper you use. The Dharma Trading Super Soft Transfer paper is the only brand I use…..it leaves no plastic look or feel and the pigment actually becomes part of the fabric. I just checked and they have it back in stock too!
I started with cotton webbing/belting and used iDye to change the color…instead of putting it in the washing machine I just used a bucket making sure all the dye was completely dissolved before I added my belting. I like to leave the belt to “bob” and soak in the solution because I think it adds some marbling/distressed texture but if you don’t like this effect just make sure to stir often and keep the belt submerged in the dye solution.
Like my other belt tutorial I printed off the images onto transfer paper and cut them into strips:
Nesting Doll Repeat
Copyright © 2010 by Ashley Hackshaw/Lil Blue Boo. All rights reserved. This nesting doll repeat and individual nesting doll images are for personal and home use only. Please email me at ashley (at) lilblueboo (dot) com for more information. Thank you for respecting my copyright! View copyright information here:
Last Saturday I took my sister Perry (visiting for LPGA Q-School) on a trip to L.A. to go fabric shopping. Our first stop? Alberoni Sewing Machine for a new industrial Juki machine. Roy Alberoni was there to greet us bright and early…..his father started the business in 1929! I love businesses with that much history. Alberoni is like a candy store for the serious seamstress….a machine for practically everything you can think of. They even make custom feet attachments for any type of binding or hem etc. Their machines make True Religion jeans, life jackets, Kevlar vests for the military….you name it, they make it.
Then I met Able. Able has been a sewing machine technician for 30 years. He’s soft spoken and serious….and is an expert on these machines. I think I asked him a total of 4,000 questions. I learned more from him in 10 minutes than I’ve picked up in years of sewing! For example, I mentioned that my other serger blades had been dulling more quickly recently…..immediately he knew that I had just been over-tightening them.
Speaking of machines….how long do you think it takes to thread this sewing machine? 33 needles, 33 spools of thread. It takes Able about 3 hours. And if a thread breaks….they have to start all over again. I don’t think I have that kind of patience! Can you guess what this machine makes? See the bottom of the post for the answer.
After Alberoni, Perry and I headed to the Fashion district in L.A. and came home with lots of fun stuff:
My sister spent the rest of her stay making a nursery painting for a friend of hers using all my supplies. I had total deja vu with this painting…..I swear it looks EXACTLY like I painted it…handwriting and everything. (Compare to some of mine here)
Then I had some requests for a matching doll dress….which I can never pass up. Each dress comes with a small bag of scraps so you can make hair accessories if you like:
I am so in love with Boo’s Apple Tree House doll….I think I’m in the queue for another custom 10″ doll and I can’t wait!
Boo and I finally got our matching LBB shoes in the mail! I think they turned out so cute! Mine are all wet in the photo because I was chasing Diesel around the yard early this morning as he attacked the gardener Zacarias.
Working on lots of new patterns and Lisa starts this next week finally so hopefully I’ll be publishing some new patterns soon! I’ve got one coming up really soon but it isn’t being published by me so you’ll have to wait and be surprised!
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ve got a contest on my Facebook page right now to name a new style of top I just finished…I’m liking the name “The Weekender” but I can be persuaded to change it if a better name comes up!
A new “made to order” dress in my shop….available to order for one week. I’m starting to offer a new style almost every week so to keep continuous stock available….most are based on one-off rare knit finds that I stumble upon! You can customize your sleeve style as well: my elephant ear (oversized flutter) sleeve, short sleeve, long or 3/4 sleeve.
“Goodnight and Good Luck” is a silk screened asymmetric dress/tunic with a hand silk screened Chinese “luck” symbol on the front and back. The bottom knit is a silky lycra knit that falls beautifully over jeans or leggings without getting hung up.
Photos by Kristina/Imagine That Photography of her daughter Katy wearing this style of dress. Love these!
And today is the last day to order the “made to order” funky fall “Owl C Ya dress”…they will all be cut tomorrow!
Are you thinking about holiday gifts yet? This is such an easy belt to make and can be personalized with any words or images. My plan was to make a belt for myself that had a favorite quote on it but all my favorite ones were almost a paragraph long….so I decided to make my belt with the longitude/latitude coordinates of where Mr. LBB, Boo and myself were born (similar to the pendant I made for the SYTYC contest).
*A kid’s belt with your cell phone number when at Disneyland in case they get lost!
*A Pi belt for a numbers lover: 3.141592653589793238462643383.
*A belt filled with names or birthdates of grandchildren for a Grandparent.
*A mini nesting doll belt or skull/crossbones pirate belt.
*Personalized tote bag/handbag straps.
*Inspirational quote or verse belt.
All you need for this project are: cotton/belting webbing (must be cotton, the iron will melt any plastic webbing and if you plan to dye the webbing a different color), D-rings, and Super Soft Transfer Paper.
Step 1: Set up your images or words and print off a copy to make sure it will all fit on your belt. Print the final copy off onto Super Soft Transfer Paper. Make sure to print in reverse! (I use Powerpoint to set everything up and then save the image as a picture that I can easily import back in and drag to reverse.) Note: I used “1942 report” font. You can download it here.
Step 2: Cut a piece of cotton/webbing long enough to fit around your waist adding about 10-12″ for overlap. Cut out your images/words and place them along the top of the belt in the order you want to add them.
Step 3: Follow the instructions of the transfer paper…..but make sure you use a hard surface like table….not an ironing board. For the Super Soft Transfer Paper you will use the hottest setting and iron firmly back and forth for about 20 seconds.
Last night we decided to sponsor a child through Three Angel’s Children Relief to start teaching Boo how we can help others outside of our community. My goal today is to sell enough patterns to sponsor another child! Three Angels Christian Academy (TACA) provides uniforms, textbooks, instruction and often, the only meal of the day for over 300 children from preschool to 6th grade.
The past week has been a blur because my sister is here visiting for LPGA Q-School. She made the cut today so cross your fingers she plays well tomorrow! Yay Perry! While she’s here though I made her model one of my new silk screened adult tees that I made for the store. The Chinese Dragon silk screen was designed by Stephanie Corfee exclusively for Lil Blue Boo:
I’ve finally started to make more BOY things! Introducing BOY by Lil Blue Boo!
Of course as soon as I made the dinosaur shirt Boo thought it was hers….so I had to make a pink version:
I’ve been working on this new slouchy, layering shirt style….the Layer Cake Top. I hope to publish a pattern for it soon!
Mischievous (don’t worry, she didn’t squirt me with water)…..
I’ve also added new “Made to Order” items in the store available for a limited amount of time (about a week) and then I’ll rotate in new designs:
And the biggest news? I’ve taken on a lot over the last few months with my little handmade clothing line….it’s kind of taken over and I’ve realized that I need help! After months of talking about it, I finally convinced my friend Lisa (you might know her from Ellebows!) to come and work with me full time! She’ll be helping me with everything from photography to creative design so that I can spend more time on tutorials, patterns and new things! I am SO excited! She starts in 2 weeks….so just bear with me until then!