Monday, October 5, 2015

Felting Rocks

These are really rocks, wet felted, and one beaded.
I love creating these!  More to come...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Flower Pounding Fun

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

Staying Busy

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

Not A Quilt

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

Using Up Scraps

My scrap bin was overflowing, so I dumped it out and went about making string blocks. They are such fun, always with a non-planned surprise look. I hope they will fit into the theme of a few mini-quilt swaps. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Monthly Mini-Quilt Swap

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 appliqu├ęd 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

Using up Yarn

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

A Question

Here is my latest knitted and felted vessel. I like the colors together, and my question is whether to bead or embellish it, or not. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My New Mini-Quilt

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

A New Venture

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!  

A bigger one:

Upside down:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Embellished Vessls

Two for now, more later.

Clear glass teardrop held on by a red glass bead:

Shell found on our bay beach:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Vessel From Last 2 Posts - Now Felted

This felted vessel is bigger than my others at 4-1/2" diameter. It's sturdy, and all colors are now showing. The second photo is the outside bottom again. I may keep this one! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ready for Felting

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! 

Outside Bottom:

Inside Top:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Next Knitted, Felted Vessel

While waiting for my little bowls to dry, it's back to knitting and felting. I'm going for more color with this one.
(Update on little air-dry clay bowls, not my thing.  :(

Friday, August 14, 2015

Last Rust-Dyed Critter

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

Swap Mini-Quilt for August

I started to hand-quilt this one, but my hands rebelled. ;) So I switched to tying and machine quilting in the ditch. It finished up at 1-1/2 feet square. I'll post the one I receive when it arrives. Swapping is fun and always a surprise! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Making More Vessels

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

Vessels Embellished

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

The Result

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!

Inside from the top:

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Holy Moly!

Why didn't someone tell me I needed to have the yarn shop wind my new hank into a ball?! I took a break in winding just to post this SOS -- all suggestions welcome!