Friday, October 2, 2015
I picked some late summer flowers and leaves while walking. Back home I pounded them with a hammer between some white cotton fabric scraps. The results were surprising and fun, but I've learned the colors won't last. So I guess I'll just enjoy looking at them for now. :)
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Thanks to Stacie ("Painted Sage Studio" in my sidebar) for being inspired to pick up some fall leaves, press them, make rubbings of them with a Maybelline eye pencil (all I have to turn sideways), then adding color with watery acrylics. It was only an exercise, but I like it!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Our almost 9 year-old grand-daughter likes to cook. So I made this tablecloth to go with the kids' cookbook we are giving on her birthday. The front has square prints of fruits, veggies, nuts, mushrooms, donuts, and candy that I sewed together with red sashings and black cornerstones. Then I added a wide vintage border. The second photo is teddy bears at home fabric on the back, a print her 3 year old sister will like. The two layers are secured with in-the-ditch stitching. She can use this when she cooks for her family. I may do more stitching to secure the two layers, but I'm feeling sewed out on this project right now. It has felt big and endless!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
My mini-quilt group theme for the month is Halloween. This is what I came up with after going through my stash. I used fussy-cut images from "The Wizard of Oz" and machine appliquéd them on a hand-dyed muslin background. Some machine quilting finished it up. It's not specifically Halloween, but close enough. That movie scared me silly every year while growing up!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
I have a lot of acrylic blend yarn which isn't good for felting, so it's back to some weaving. Using a frame loom and weaving over/under by hand takes awhile, and I have no idea where I'm going with this, but I'll post an update or two along the way. So far I've used a couple fun yarns, Homespun, and some fabric strips. I'll randomly pick up whatever feels good for upcoming rows. For now, a break from knitting and felting feels good!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
I received this little quilt for August in today's mail from my Facebook "Doll Quilt Group" swap partner. Isn't it charming?! She asked about my two kitties before planning and making this little quilt, almost entirely by hand! What a group, everyone is so nice and so talented!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
I've just launched a new Etsy shop named "PINELANDS VESSELS", linked in my right sidebar. If you follow my blog, you know I've been focused (addicted?) on knitting, felting and embellishing vessels lately. My Etsy shop needed a make-over, and making vessels is comfortable for me. Plus, the best reason of all, I really enjoy the surprise felting process!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Here are two views of the same knitted vessel. The colors look totally different because the angle of the photos (from the top), and the rim that rolls under while knitting, don't allow all the yarns to show. However, they will all be visible after felting. Next post!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
The newest and last rust-dyed critter has joined my gallery. I was thinking "monkey" as I created him, but I have a vivid imagination. He could also just be a "critter with big ears". I think this will be my last one as it's getting too hard to do the hand sewing, so it's not as much fun. I can still knit though, so happily back to knitting and felting vessels I go!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
This is my newest knitted and felted vessel drying. I really enjoy working with premium yarn. This one is shallower and wider at 1-1/2" by 3-1/2" and very sturdy. I'm finishing more of these now and will have an embellishment session before putting them in my Etsy shop (if I don't decide to keep them ;). I really like the colors in this one.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I'm enjoying knitting and felting, but I also still love beading, so I'm combining them. These vessels were posted before, but the glass beading is new. It really changes their look! The fabric box is new, adorned with vintage buttons. I've been trying to get enough of these together for a new Etsy shop just for vessels, bowls, boxes, etc. However, my husband is going on a trip and taking these as gifts. They will find international homes, which is really nice. But now I have a lot more knitting, felting, beading, and sewing to do for my Etsy idea!
Monday, August 3, 2015
I finally finished winding my new yarn (last post) and started knitting. This is the result after felting. Although Orange is not my favorite color, I love that this is bright. Also, it's much nicer to the touch than vessels knitted and felted with less expensive yarn. I hope no one minds all these vessels because I really am addicted!