Monday, January 25, 2016

New Craft for 2016 - Leather Craft

Last Saturday, 23 January 2016, I went for a leather craft class at Yee Button to learn how to make a card holder. That was my first time handling leather and learning all that is to know about leather, well, the basic that is. It was SO interesting and I was SO in love with the whole process of making leather goods. My teacher is M and he’s a pro at leatherwork. I was so engrossed in learning all there is to learn about making the cardholder, that I didn’t bother to take pictures. But my buddy in crime, Mas Rimaumanja who happen to come for another leather workshop snap some pictures of me. Thanks a million Mas! muah! muah!

Making that little card holder involves a lot of process. No wonder leather goods are expensive. It’s not just the material alone, it’s the workmanship that goes into it. I bought the whole set of tools needed to do more leather craft and shared half a buffalo vegetan leather with Mas for practise. The first thing that I wanted to make is something quite straightforward but being a new craft to master, not as straightforward as it seems; an Iphone sleeve.

This Iphone6 Sleeve is similar to one that my brother used to carry when he was using Iphone4S. I love the simplicity of the design. It protects the phone when you slip it in the jeans pocket and it protects it from scratches from the keys and whathaveyous when you throw it in the handbag. 

Having worked with cow vegetan leather to make the card holder and now working with the buffalo vegetan leather, I can actually feel the difference. I would have to make the most out of it for the time being because the latter can do serious damage to the pocket. The buffalo leather feels tough to me but I think it will make a good bag straps, very durable. I’m thinking of making my son a quiver for his arrows. how cool would that be, huh?

I did try to cut the leather with my Silhouette Portrait but failed big time. It did cut but didn’t quite cut through. I guess the blogs I read about cutting leather with Silhouette uses really thin and soft leather. 

I need to get more supplies for my leather craft. My practise leather is not evenly coloured so I think I’d dye it a different colour. I need rivets, snaps, wool dauber, and the list goes on and on... Oh, one thing top in in my list would be the metal stamps. Being able to personalised the leather with your initials would be cool, right? How I wish my money grows on tree...

Anyway, if you’re interested to learn leather craft, check out Yee Button’s Facebook page here.

Kelas Jahit Telekung

I started conducting Telekung Classes last October and الحمد لله the fifth batch completed their class last Sunday, 17 January 2016. The above is my advertisement poster posted on my Facebook page and Instagram account.

NOTE: Batch 6 class is postponed to a later date which will be announced later.

These are the participants of the 5th batch of Kelas Jahit Telekung. Congratulations to them all; and while we’re at it, I’ll do my other batches graduation photos :)

Batch 4

Batch 3, Saturday, 12 December 2015

Batch 2

My pilot batch, Batch 1 

The class is conducted at Kak Umi’s Studio in USJ 4 in a casual surrounding. For comfort, I only take 6 participants per class. Some of the pre-requisites are:
  • Must bring your own sewing machine
  • This is not a beginner’s class, Must have some basic sewing knowledge
  • Bring your own material: Cotton is recommended as it’s easier for beginner to handle. Once you’ve learned the techniques, you can choose other material of your choice
What you will get from this class:
  • Paper pattern
  • Lunch is provided and free flow of plain water and tea
  • Opportunity to make new friends :)
  • A freebie; I try to slip a freebie for all participants. So far, I’ve been able to do so. Just a little token to remember me by. I’ve given pincushions, pattern weights and pouches.
In this post, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Kak Zai Amaludin, my telekung teacher who thought me how to sew telekung. May Allah bless her for the knowledge she has shared with me and many others. She still conducts telekung class of her own at Masjid al-Khairiyah in Seri Gombak and for those who cannot attend her class or mine, you can get a copy of her book, Telekung Untuk Bonda. Look her up on Facebook (Jahitan Telekung Zai Amaludin) and Instagram (@telekungputeritelekungbonda)

For those interested to join my class, stay tune on the announcement for my telekung class on Instagram (@madebyrozirahman) and Facebook page (madebyRoziRahman

Till then, have a pleasant day off (Thaipusam replacement holiday) :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2015 Round Up

I’m seeing a trend here. When new  year comes, I make a resolution to blog more regularly. Last year, it lasted until April before my blog took a back seat for the rest of the year. This year, hopefully I can stick to my resolution by putting it down in my journal. (that’s something I can blog about - my Bullet Journal discoveries)

OK, I’m going to do a quick round up for 2015.

January - A feature in February 2015 issue of Nur

March - Ticked this off my wishlist :)

March - The arrival of my niece, Nora Roselyn Rahman. Seen here in my knitted cocoon and beanie.

March - Another feature in March 2015 issue of Nur

April - A week’s workshop with the wonderful children of Learning Oasis

May - I was invited for a Technical Visit to Seoul by Perbadanan KotaBuku and had a day’s demonstration on Batu Seremban at Nami Island in conjunction with Nam Book Festival. I would say this is the highlight of my craft career for the year. 

May - My recording for Safiyya went on air a day after I got back from Seoul; Mother’s Day.

June - my 2nd ACG Annual Meeting. Alway a fun gathering

September - A quilted bag class with Tuji San from Brother Japan at Brother Malaysia Headquarters

September - A new craft; quilling with Namizam Muda of Miezcraft at Scrap n Crop 

October - my biggest  splurge investment to date. Brother V3 Embroidery machine

October - My first telekung class. 

October - The longest and most tiring bazaar to date; My handy creation bazaar organized by Brother Malaysia. I shared a booth with Mastura of WhimsicalnQuirky

October - Participated in a 4 day craft workshop for Festival Sastera Kanak-Kanak organized by Perbadanan KotaBuku together with WhimsicalnQuirky and SekociNorlie.

November - My column contribution for Anis; November 2015 Issue

November - Appeared in the craft segment for Assalamualaikum, morning talk show on TV Al-Hijrah. This is me with the program host.

December - A craft workshop with the children of PPZ’s staff.

Wow! What a year it has been. Many great moments. 

What’s in store for 2016? Many more great opportunities I hope and a new craft to learn? I have a leather craft class this weekend. I’ll blog about it after the class and tell you how it went; that is if anybody is interested.

As for now, two weeks into 2016, it’s still not too late to wish everybody a Happy New Year! May 2016 be a year of success and great achievements, إن شاء الله.