June 22, 2009

Crocheted Knobs


Here is a really beautiful project. Check out these crocheted knobs, from Pickles. They are not hard to make and use a very simple crochet stitch. While you are there check out the rest of this wonderful site! A small detail like this can really make a difference. It would make a great gift as well. Let me know if you try it, okay? Thanks Pickles!
Here are few more tutorials you might like:


June 17, 2009

Felted Rocks, Rock!!





I can't stop, help...I can't stop felting rocks, backyard rocks, beach rocks, dollar store pebbles, stones found on walks. It is insidious, I thought I would just do a few to add to my nature table, ha! I was soon looking for all kinds of rocks and begging from friends if they happened to have a very "stony" backyard. I would warn you not to try this at home...but I know you will, anyway. They are just too beautiful to resist, especially after they are embellished with embroidery. Simple french knots with hand spun wool was my choice for these. The possibilities however are endless. I have seen these around the blogs for a while now, and everyone asks "WHY?".
Artist do not have to have a reason for anything I have decided. There! 

Just in case you insist on a function for these beauties, I have come up with one. At least for the smallish ones (for example the size you find in the "floral" aisle of the dollar store, used to line vases). Before felting I add a small powerful little round magnet (Hobby Lobby or other craft store) you can glue it first to a flat side with E-6000, but it really isn't necessary(unless you choose to felt by hand, let set overnight first). The felting process will keep it put. I have felted some by hand, and some by machine, both give great results. Thank you, Design Sponge and Resurrection Fern for the excellent tutorials.

The picture above is one of my black felted rock magnets, on a metal blackboard...say that three times, fast!  If you make some, functional or not, will you please share a picture here?

June 15, 2009

The winner is...


The winner of my little giveaway is Heidi, from Digital Misfit! Congratulations! I have sent you an email requesting your information so that I can mail your goodies to you, right away. Thanks to those that participated, I will definitely be doing this again soon.

P.S.  Mr. B chose the winner in a random draw of names.

June 13, 2009

Felted Sunflower Door Hanging















My daughter Kate was trying to find something unique to hang on her front door. She wasn't sure about a wreath, and she could not find one she liked. I told her I would come up with something different and here it is. This is a picture of it on my front door, while it was drying. Her door is a soft red color and not quite as large. It will show up nicely on her door. I used a 7 inch metal ring and crocheted around the edge with hand spun wool in an apple color. In the center I crocheted green wool chains in a grid pattern attaching across the circle. The intersections of the grid were tied with "seed" colored wool. This arrangement provided a way to also hang the sunflower, the metal ring gave it stability.

The next step was adding the golden wool crocheted fringe, this was attached with matching thread. Into the washer it went, and sixteen minutes later, it was felted. I crocheted a 5 stitch i-cord, and large leaves with some bulky green single yarn. They were also felted. To assemble I inserted wire into the i-cord for about 14 inches and wove some green florist wire into the leaves, so that I could shape them. The leaves, stem and flower were sewn together with strong thread. Done.

I hung it up to dry and was getting a little attached to it...but, alas Kate liked what "I came up with" and took it home!

I have been busy...having fun!






























Here is the knitted, felted teapot I made for little Ava. I used this pattern from the Pattern Box.
You can download it for a small fee. It is worth it. The pattern has clear instructions and is easy to make in an evening, at least the knitting part. Isn't it adorable? Ava loves it, yeah! Now, if I can just get her to use the handle for pouring. It seems it was good to the last drop! I cannot decide whether to needle felt the teacups with polka dots as well. What do you think? I kept it simple and knitted my own version of teacups...no handles or saucers. However, the download pattern includes the matching teacups. The wool I used was Paton's Wool, I have used this colorway before and it always felts perfectly. The pumpkin shade is so cheerful.
If you decide to make one, I would love to see your version...enjoy!


June 1, 2009

Giveaway!!


Hi, today is give away day. I have selected a few things that I hope you will like. First is a felted vessel made from crocheted hand spun wool, with a flower that has a vintage button center. It measures about 4 inches high and 4 inches in diameter. The colors are not as bright as in the photo. Second is a knitted and felted wool heart, also about 4 inches in diameter. Next, is a beautiful stitch marker, handmade by my daughter, Lauren. Finally, I will include a yard of hand crocheted fringe trim. The trim is crocheted with a very nice acrylic yarn that is very soft. I chose this yarn in case you decided to use it on something that will be washed. 

So there it is...just leave me a comment and a way to get in touch with you. If you would like a second chance then link this page to your blog, then let me know! I will choose a winner at random on Sunday, June 14. Good luck!!