Sunday, August 28, 2016

SO...addicted!

Niddy Noddy on the way, delivery on Wednesday.
I love this activity!
 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Monthly Swap Mini-Quilt

The theme for August was "Underwater" and this 15" square mini went to my partner in Missouri. I didn't know what to do, so after assembling the background, I just started fussy-cutting and applying images. It's hardly realistic, but it was fun!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Drop-Spindle Art Yarn

This is my very first attempt on my new student drop spindle. I used up all the green hand-dyed roving I had from a local knitting and spinning shop. All suggestions welcome! Is a "niddy-noddy" my next step? I do not have one.

 

   

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kathy's Vessel

Kathy's yarn in my last post resulted in this vessel, I think the largest one I've ever made, 3.5" X 6.5". Different types of wool felt in different ways, the thin mid-stripe gray being the most fuzzy and my favorite. Working with Kathy's drop-spindle yarn made me truly appreciate hand-spun yarn, so I ordered a drop-spindle and am trying to learn this ancient art myself. Stay tuned! 
     
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Handspun Yarn

I knitted and felted the vessel in my August 2nd post after KathyinOzarks sent hand-spun yarn to me. I enjoyed working with it and didn't want to give up the vessel I made, but I felt Kathy deserved something I made with her yarn. So I promised to make another vessel if she sent more yarn. Here is what she sent, stay tuned for the result. It will be colorful! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

An Experiment

I admit this was not supposed to be an experiment. It was a new craft to me, I got excited, and thought I'd do it for the rest of my life! So next came outfitting myself with all the supplies. I watched a lot of YouTube videos, went shopping numerous times, browsed the Internet and ordered, and found an art glass shop for sheets of colored glass. I wanted to make leaves and flowers, but scoring and breaking the glass in desired shapes was a nightmare. After 5 Band Aids on my fingers, a hammer worked better, and I settled for whatever shapes I got. I thought e6000 glue would be best, so I dove in glueing down tiles and glass, willy nilly, on this 6" square ceramic tile from Lowes (the green one left mid-section is a mirror reflecting trees). But no! It was a stringy, gluey mess. So then I joined a mosaic Facebook group to learn and bought Weldbond glue instead. The last big step was grouting. That's when I started to ask "What was I thinking?!" This is the result, and although it's not what I was after, I learned a lot. I will do it again, but will I do it for the rest of my life? I don't think so. ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tiny Teddy

Carol, your comment on my last post made me think of this Tiny Teddy that I made many years ago. Unlike you, I made only one, and here he is, all 3" of him! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Last Teddy Bear

I've made dozens of teddy bears for others over the years. When I started to have problems handling the tools and hardware to make the joints a couple years ago, I decided I wanted to make just one more bear for myself. I shopped for just the right fur, and in spite of it being very expensive in a specialty bear shop, I fell in love with this "tipped woven mohair". I got my husband's help with the joints, made his paw pads and nose of wool felt, and put glass beads in his tushy for sitting weight. He will be great company in my sewing room!    

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hummer

My husband, the photographer, mixes the sweet hummingbird liquid and takes the photos. I really liked this one.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Not a Political Statement!

This little quilt arrived today from my July mini-quilt swap partner -- a blue donkey! I was sure it had a political message until I read her note (below). Notice the kissy-kiss lips strategically placed. Too funny! This lady designs and sews all her minis by hand, and I like to think of her work as true Folk Art. The back is assembled by hand in the same folksy style as well, last photo. I absolutely love it!
 
 
             

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sit and Sew - Row by Row

I meet with a *great* group once each month. It's not like a real quilt guild with sign-ups, dues, shows, etc. There's no commitment, and we just enjoy each other's company while working on whatever project we bring. We meet in a church all-purpose room where we have a kitchen, tables, chairs, and outlets for those who bring machines. We bring lunch and can stay as long as we want. About 2 months ago someone asked if anyone wanted to take part in a "Row by Row" challenge. About 8 of us are doing it, and we add one row per month to each other's quilt until we have added a row to all of them. We can add a row of any block we choose as long as it uses the requested colors of the quilt's owner. Here is the row I just finished for someone who provided some fabric for red, white and blue. My row is laid out on the bottom, I love making string blocks! I'll update on this project as the months pass. It's so much fun! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Finished Vessel

Kathy's hand-made yarn was a delight to knit and felt! This 6" diameter X 3" height vessel has strength in spite of the yarn having different thickness throughout. I love the colors together!
Before and after felting:
 
   

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Project Started

The hand-spun yarn Kathy sent to me (see my last post) has started to take on a new life! I'll post before and after felting photos next. I love working with the differing textures and thicknesses of this lovely "art yarn". Kathy, thanks again! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Gift From Kathyinozarks

This yarn arrived in today's mail embedded with some lavender twigs and buds that Kathy had grown. Of course, it had a lovely aroma! She enclosed a note calling this "newbie yarn" because she made it while learning to spin with a drop spindle. I call it "art yarn" instead, and I love the variations in thickness. Kathy sent it thinking it will felt nicely, and I believe she is right. I can't wait to turn it into a knitted and felted project. Thanks, Kathy, that project may be my next post!

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Purchase

While shopping in Ikea, I spotted this small round cactus. Looking more closely, I saw very tiny pink buds trying to emerge. Nothing more was happening in that sunless, noisy environment, so I rescued it. Now at home for only 5 days, this is what happened. At night the buds close up and sleep, then in the morning they open to soak up sunlight. It feels like I have a new pet, but I don't want it in my lap!