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! 


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Treated Myself

Beautiful 100% woolen yarns from a specialty yarn shop. More knitted, felted wee vessels a-coming!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Knitting and Felting

I don't want to post repeated befores and afters of the same vessel, so I'm combining two here. These are about the same size as my others. I plan to add beads and charms to some of these. I've given away some, and  I can't keep a lot, so maybe I'll add some to my Etsy shop. Felting these gives the "surprise element" I love so much, thus I'm addicted!



Monday, July 20, 2015

Before and After...again

This time I knitted-in-the-round with 5 smaller needles. I changed the amount of stitches on each row to achieve a pot-like shape. It's about 2" tall by 2" diameter at the opening, but the bottom is 3-1/2" across. Then I fulled it with hot water and agitation. Having a tighter weave, it fulled so completely that it's very sturdy and doesn't even need shaping. The secrets of fulling are to use only 100% wool yarn, and *LOTS* of agitation. 




Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wet and Needle-Felted Wee Vessel

Hand-dyed Merino wool roving was wet-felted on a pink rubber ball, dried overnight, then needle-felted for sturdiness. It's about 1-1/2" tall x 2-1/2" diameter.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Leatherworking

This craft has come and gone in our family for decades, and recently our youngest son decided to try his hand at it. He cut up an old jacket and these attractive yet useful pieces are the result. Except for saddle stitching, I don't know the steps in his process, but I am sure these will all outlast me! ;)





Sunday, July 12, 2015

First I Laughed, Then I Cried

My daughter has a colorful blog. It's on my right sidebar of Bogs I Follow -- "The Running Story". I'm sharing it with my friends here because her latest post touches me deeply. She lives 3 states away, and I miss her so much! Although no one could feel the things I do, I hope you will click on it and enjoy it. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Swap Quilt for June

"Patriotic" was the theme this month, and this 22" x38" mini-quilt was sent by my partner. It's wonderful with all the hand quilting, Sunbonnets, and kiln-fired hand-made clay buttons. Just sharing. :)


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bigger Vessel

Here's my newest knitted-in-the-round vessel. I've learned the correct name for the process of knitting and finishing with hot water and agitation is "fulling", not "felting". Felting is done with fibers, and fulling is done with woven cloth. Using 5 needles with more stitches makes this one larger, so it's a bit less "wee" than my last one (3" diameter x 2-1/4" high).




Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tee Shirt Update

Knitting the strips cut from my son's tee shirt (see "Upcycling" post below) was challenging because they were stretchy, but I like the way the light shows through the weave hanging on our bay deck. I embellished it with fabric and yarn strips tied edges. If nothing else, it's one of a kind!

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wee Vessel Done

Thankfully these small projects don't take long (1-1/2" high x 2-1/2" diameter). This was knitted in the round with 100% wool yarn (last post), then felted with hot water in the washing machine before shaping. I might embellish it someday, but for now I like it as is. 




Sunday, June 28, 2015