Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Meet Lola!

Meet Lola
Lola's cover
Lola is my beautiful new Singer sewing machine I got from Santa this Christmas!
I named her Lola because it's what I would've named a daughter if I had one ;)
My other machine died (R.I.P.) from a fall a few months ago.
She's the one on my blog banner.
The machine cover I had made for it didn't fit Lola so I'm making her a new one :)
I dyed a yard or so of natural canvas into a military green color that I love
mixing olive green, black & a little bit of brown store bought fabric dye.
I cut patchwork birds out of 100% wool felt and attached them by hand
using blanket stitch and a few french knots
with my favorite stash of vintage crewel wool I bought a few years ago
from my dear friend Carlene's Etsy Shop.
I might turn the old cover into a new pillow. I'm so happy to be sewing again :)

63 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Miss Haley Bradshaw said...

Lola is a beautiful colour! And I love the cover you made for her.. Great dye job!

12/28/2010 9:15 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

Long life for Lola.
My daugther is called Lola.
Santa brought me a portable pc and I called it Fuji.
I'm sure you'll make great things along with Lola.

12/28/2010 9:18 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Lola is very beautiful, as is her cover :-)

12/28/2010 9:21 AM  
Blogger Ilustrasole said...

estaremos esperando las lindas cosas que saldrán de Lola y tu gran trabajo.
saludos navideños!!

12/28/2010 9:21 AM  
Blogger k. borcz said...

very nice!

12/28/2010 9:31 AM  
Anonymous jennee said...

Love the machine, love the birds, love your blog. You inspire me to get more creative.

12/28/2010 9:39 AM  
Blogger Abrhil's Travel Blog said...

she looks like a Lola...strong yet beautiful!

12/28/2010 9:44 AM  
Blogger Coasting Anon said...

Ok...dumb question since I'm not a sewer...does your new machine do blanket stitches or was that by hand? Either way, looks beautiful and so inspiring!!

12/28/2010 10:13 AM  
Blogger CraftyCripple said...

Makes me almost wish I didn't have a hard cover for my new baby wot Santa brung me! The felt birds are so beautiful, I want to go dig through my felt stash and start embroidering forthwith!

12/28/2010 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Maaike said...

Oooh, may your old machine rest in peace... How can you go for so long without a sewing machine!!! I couldn't live without mine!!!

Let's hope it will give you many, many miles of stitching!!!

Love the name, btw.

12/28/2010 10:29 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Hi,

I am a reader from Germany and I am following your blog a long time ago. I love your work and I have two of your paintings (a present from my mom and she has ordered them at Three potatoe four).

Lola and her new cover are beautiful.

Sally

12/28/2010 10:30 AM  
Blogger BonnieH said...

Isn't it amazing that these machines can become our friends? I taught for Singer in the 70's and for Bernina in the 90's. I have 2 Berninas and my grandmother's old treadle Singer (1910 or so) and a 1936 Featherweight Singer. They are all like my children!

12/28/2010 10:34 AM  
Blogger Geri said...

Lola is lovely but your work is even lovelier

12/28/2010 10:35 AM  
Blogger Deanna said...

She's beautiful!

12/28/2010 10:36 AM  
Blogger Beth Niquette said...

Hello there! What a charming blog you have--I was so inspired.

So much so that I have featured on you and your blog on FAT Tuesday (Featured Art Tuesday) Artist Spotlight.

The link is: www.bethlniquetteart.blogspot.com

12/28/2010 10:36 AM  
Blogger Kate on Clinton said...

Ooo, Lola is the heavy duty Singer. I bet she's looking forward to making some of your beautiful pieces!

12/28/2010 10:36 AM  
Blogger Fabiana said...

Love your Lola and its cover. :D Beautiful!

12/28/2010 10:55 AM  
Blogger se7en said...

I just saw the title and thought - wooo a gorgeous looking friend for Turbo... but no!!! Totally love love love the name!!

12/28/2010 10:59 AM  
Blogger c'est moi! heather at whimsy dot blog said...

lola is just stunning! i wish the tow of you a long and prolific partnership. cheers!

12/28/2010 11:24 AM  
Blogger PaperPumpkin said...

LOla is beautiful and I can tell she's fun! Your cover is gorgeous and now I want one!!

12/28/2010 11:25 AM  
Blogger Patty Biermans said...

I think that Lola wil give you lots of happy times and when she is tired she can rest under her beautiful cover. Love the idea for the cover. Hugzz...Peebee

12/28/2010 11:33 AM  
Blogger sfer said...

That is so funny... my sister wants me to have a baby, and to get me "in the mood" she gave me a plant last year, which she had named Lola. Since then, I've always thought that if I ever have a baby, and it's a girl, I'd like to name her Lola :-)

12/28/2010 11:44 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

SO lovely, Geninne! Love the drab olive with the bright colors. :)

12/28/2010 11:50 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

I love how the dyed colour came out on the fabric. The appliquéd pieces contrast fabulously against it! Congrats on the new machine in your life, Geninne! I still miss my Bernina sewing machine and overlocker/serger....had to sell them when we moved to the States for a while over 10 years ago. I now have an el-cheapo sewing machine but it does it's job so I can't really complain too much.

12/28/2010 12:45 PM  
Blogger Janie B said...

Congratulations! Lola looks like a good one. Have fun with her! Happy New Year!

12/28/2010 12:51 PM  
Blogger dls said...

Welcome, Lola..... hope you and Geninne will become "BFFs".

12/28/2010 1:29 PM  
Blogger Jacky said...

Lola is very beautiful...I love the finish.
Beautiful cover you are making for her...my machine cover is missing. Maybe I should stitch up a new cover too?
Gorgeous design and I love the colours you have chosen.

Jacky xox

12/28/2010 1:33 PM  
Blogger Cambrils Art Total said...

feliç any nou. M'agrada molt la teva obra. Felicitacions.

12/28/2010 1:34 PM  
Blogger ariadne said...

Isn't it lovely you adopted a new sewing machine? I am sure you will show us lots of new things with it!Ariadne from Greece

12/28/2010 2:20 PM  
Blogger Gifts of Serendipity said...

Seeing Lola has reminded me that 2011 is the year that I have resolved to learn to sew.
I am off to the shed to retrieve my own special Singer gifted to me by my lovely Grandmother.

x Felicity

PS: I would love to buy a signed copy of your 2011 journal, will they be available soon?

12/28/2010 3:07 PM  
Anonymous AgathaMChristie said...

Love it!

I have a completely ridiculous request for you. I have dearly loved that December screen wallpaper you did. Seeing it on my computer every day makes me happy. I would love to see one for January...

(I'd love one for each month--you could sell them on etsy, somehow.)

12/28/2010 3:33 PM  
Blogger Margie Oomen said...

will you drink champagne and danced all night
Under electric candlelight with lola

12/28/2010 4:45 PM  
Blogger Farbenwerkstatt said...

Your blog is so wonderfull and so nice. I loock every day.
My english is not so good and so littel! :-)

I wish you a verry and blessed new year.
Your Susan from germany

12/29/2010 1:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

your talent never ceases to amaze me. i feel inspired to be more creative in 2011, after things calm down a bit with taking care of a newborn.

hugs!

12/29/2010 2:40 AM  
Anonymous Jo said...

Great cover! I have an old Singer machine that has a hard cover but I'd love to make a soft one like this to keep the dust off. Your birds are gorgeous :-)

12/29/2010 2:57 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

OH hi Lola!!
Beautiful present from Santa! I want a sewing machine too but i`ll wait to Los Reyes Magos, hehehe
My best wishes for you and your family Genine!!!
XOXOXO

12/29/2010 7:11 AM  
Blogger kim said...

Love. It. !!! Where do you buy your felt?

12/29/2010 7:13 AM  
Anonymous lorena said...

Qué bonito!

12/29/2010 8:21 AM  
Blogger Manasa Prasad said...

Love the name and love the work it does!

12/29/2010 8:47 AM  
Blogger Giorgia said...

Che bella la Lola! Happy for you!!!

12/29/2010 10:45 AM  
Blogger Carlene said...

Woah, that is a sewing machine! It almost looks vintage.

I love what you're doing with the wool! (I just like to see it, actually)

:)

12/29/2010 11:13 AM  
Blogger Anne Marie said...

Beautiful!

And I am intriguied to know where you found woolfelt in those beautiful colours (your colours).

12/30/2010 12:59 AM  
Blogger Plain and Joyful Living said...

What an amazing sewing machine cover - Lola is very lucky.
Warm wishes, Tonya

12/30/2010 9:20 AM  
Blogger P a b l o Acosta said...

Oh!!! Por fin! Que alegria¡¡ te quedó precioso! Que bonita es Lola! La siento como mia con ese nombre tan andalú jaja
En mi entrada de hoy están tus pájaros felicitando la navidad a todos, y el postra de Navidad con el nido que te dije!
Fue genial!
Hasta pronto princesa!

12/30/2010 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Molly said...

Love that machine cover! So whimsically beautiful:)

12/30/2010 11:03 AM  
Blogger jessica said...

I named my first kitten Lola for the same reason :)

12/30/2010 12:11 PM  
Blogger becca dair said...

Oh I love this! Please please sell pillow covers like this in your shop! My fiance & I are beginning to decorate our first home together, and our bedroom inspiration is a set of three beautiful bird prints of yours! Some pillows would be a perfect addition. =) LOVE your artwork.

12/30/2010 1:00 PM  
Blogger arounna said...

I just got one as part of big studio purchase from my neighbour and it works so well - surprisingly fast for a little domestic machine.

have a wonderful new years!
xxa

12/30/2010 9:27 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Lola is lovely! I got a new machine too for Christmas. I haven't unpacked her yet as I'm still reorganizing my studio and if I unpack her I'll never finish. Haven't named her yet either, as I'm waiting to see what her disposition is. I haven't sewn on a machine since I was a teenager. I hope I can remember how!

12/31/2010 6:07 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Love Lola! I got a new sewing machine as well, but I named mine Betsy!

1/01/2011 5:52 PM  
Blogger towhee said...

i love your applique!!!

1/01/2011 6:24 PM  
Blogger cb said...

hi lola! nice to meet you! your new owner is a very lucky lady! and you two will make amazing things together...enjoy!

xo,
cb

1/03/2011 10:25 AM  
Blogger RasaOM's Art said...

My favorite EDP is LOLA by Marc Jacobs

1/03/2011 4:33 PM  
OpenID Kim Smith said...

your blog and flickr and general work is SEW beautiful (sorry for the bad pun!)

thanks for the inspiration!
kxo

1/07/2011 2:07 PM  
Blogger Carrie Rosalind said...

Hey! My sewing machine's name is Lola too! :) They should be buds!

1/07/2011 2:20 PM  
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1/07/2011 2:24 PM  
Blogger Maaike said...

happy sewing for you and I love that new cover!

1/08/2011 12:56 AM  
Blogger Debbie Miller said...

OMG! I have 3 sons and LOLA is my girl name too!!!
I knew i liked you ;)

1/08/2011 2:40 PM  
Blogger Miss Reglisse said...

Omg, I can't believe it!
My name is Lola and I have the exact same sewing machine!
I hope to make one day a cover as nice as yours :)
Best wishes for 2011
xoxo

Lola

1/10/2011 4:07 AM  
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Blogger Wesna Wilson Design said...

incredibly beautiful post and pictures and everything!

1/17/2011 6:49 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

This embroidered cover is so beautiful I can hardly stand it!!!! What a lucky Lola.

8/25/2011 1:19 PM  

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