Sunday, April 26, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
At the risk of cracking up those who are master knitters, here is my attempt to learn the purl stitch. This wonky dish cloth is the result. After putting the project down, I had trouble remembering where I left off when I picked it up again, so there are number of mistakes. Lol. No matter, it will make fine dish cloth!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
This is half of the 14x22" mini-quilt I made for my swap partner in Nevada. I chose the Churn Dash block and worked it into the theme for the month -- black, white, and one other color. I "quilted" it by tying with DMC floss and vintage buttons. ;) The mini-quilt she made for me is on its way to NJ, and I'll post a pic when it arrives. I can't wait!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
I don't know if there is such a thing as Saori knitting. I only know I need a new dishcloth, and I have lots of colored cotton yarn ends. My hands cooperated, and I started picking up whatever yarn I felt like using. So, here it is, my Saori dishcloth in progress!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The pins with darker tops are vintage hat pins. I used glass beads from my stash, some of which were hand-picked from a "Bead Soup" bin at the bead shop. They didn't fit very many of my projects until I started making these stick pins. They are easy, quick, and brighten my crafting room desk!
Monday, April 6, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Checking on the two-day old bundles yesterday, I knew rust-dyeing had occurred. Even the string securing the bundles was dyed. Here are the pieces of fabric after washing. I think my favorite is bottom right. That piece was stuffed into a rusty bell-shaped object. Once again, I don't know what I'll do with these fabrics, but I'm counting on an idea coming to me.
Monday, March 30, 2015
I'm not at home to check on my rust-dyed project in the last post but will later today. In the meantime, here are some stick pins (thanks to Peggy for the idea). I like having a use for some of my vintage hat pins, and they add a touch of sparkle to any pin cushion. I love bling!
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Rusty objects (nails, screws, old metal tools, bottle caps, etc.) are wrapped inside vinegar-soaked fabric, then tied tightly into these bundles with jute (any kind of string will do). This time I'm using some printed fabric as well as some plain. I got the printed fabric idea from Kathyinozarks who recently shared some of her hand-dyed pieces in a swap with me. This plastic bin will be closed and sit at least overnight in a warm-ish place (in front of a heat vent) before I take another photo of the results, which I will post next. The surprise of this is so much fun!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
I made this scrappy "Post Card Quilt" a long time ago. It's King-sized and made of nostalgic fabrics -- mostly leftovers from toddler dresses I made for our daughter. The second photo shows the hand-quilting I did, which is amazing to me as I could never do that now. I don't think I ever thought to post this on my blog, but our furnace is broken and I got this quilt out last night to stay warm. Then the idea to post it here came to me. The furnace will be fixed tomorrow. Why does it always break down on a weekend?!
Friday, March 20, 2015
I decided to make this doll when I found the red and black old-fashioned telephone print fabric. I clearly recall my grandfather at his desk talking into the tall base with a separate earpiece held to his ear. The line of glass beads reminds me of a telephone line. The buttons on the face are of vintage glass. Then I added a large button from a pea coat (with an anchor relief) like so many had in the 40s and 50s. The two beads hanging with that button are painted and varnished paper clay. The other arm has a Cape Cod style house charm, the most modern development architecture of that time. The sewing machine charm on the chest, more reminiscent of older mechanical machines than modern computerized ones, is attached with a Swarovski crystal that I add to all my Spirit Dolls along along with sage in the stuffing. The last thing I added is a resin cabochon (made by my daughter) encasing steampunk-type gears widely used during the earlier machine age. That cabochon is attached with black glass bead stacks. Polished river rocks provide base weight for standing. The retro elements of this doll are random, but I relate to some of them more than those of our high tech age.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
I make soap the cold-processed way (with lye) because it's how my daughter taught me. I guess it's the most traditional way, and I like that, but it definitely is not the easiest way. Also, I find it hard to make really pretty soap this way, but I try. I wanted some spring color, so I swirled some green and lavender oxide pigment on top of these soaps. Still not really pretty, but at least a bit of color. They are now just starting six weeks of curing. Once soap is used, it's not pretty anyhow, so I guess it doesn't matter!
Friday, March 13, 2015
This photo is the Easter-themed mini quilt I made for my group swap partner in Nevada who likes 30s fabrics. It's tied and buttoned with a wool-felt bunny.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
These cocoons are naturally white, and this one is tea-dyed which I like best for adding color. The 8 pages are cut from my homemade paper, and the collaged words read "Giving Perfect Love -- Welcome -- Living Well -- Always Blessed --Special". When I finish a couple more of these, I'll choose a few to put in my Etsy shop.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Measure 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part beeswax in a microvable container (tip: if the coconut oil is hardened, melt it in microwave until pourable). The beeswax can be chipped into small pieces for measuring. I used 1/2 cup coconut oil to 1/4 cup beeswax (which will provide enough lip balm to last a year or longer).
Add a couple drops of Vitamin E oil and stir. Put in microwave and heat until it is all melted.
Be careful taking it out of microwave as it will be very hot. Stir and allow to cool to room temperature when it will become lip balm/hand salve consistency.
I filled small plastic tubs to keep handy in my purse, car, bathroom, etc. I bought these at a beauty supply store for .79 each. My son has allergies, and this works very well for his skin issues.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Today I spent some time replenishing my low supply of handmade paper. The lilac sheet has embedded lavender buds, and it made my kitchen smell great! The light red sheet has red onion skins and dried weeds. The yellow sheet has rosemary leaves, swamp grass seeds, and glitter. The green sheet has dried and pressed red flowers from my Christmas Cactus plant, and the white flecks are pressed Baby's Breath flowers from my Valentine's bouquet. Although I can only make one sheet at a time, I like making paper a lot. I never know for sure how it will turn out, and the possibilities for things to add are endless!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
All the way from Washington state to NJ! This lovely spring quilt is about 15" x15", paper-pieced, and free-motion quilted. It's hard to see in this photo, but the white fabric has the most lovely sparkling thread throughout. Sparkle is one of my favorite things!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
This is another dyed silkworm cocoon fashioned into a mini-book. I used my handmade paper with inclusions of seeds and weeds for the 8 little pages, each with it's own positive word collage. They read "cherish, peace, forever, new ideas, super, special, beautiful". Then I added glass beads for
a sparkly finishing touch. Silk cocoons are actually sturdy, and they take stitching well.