Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Knitting help

No one ever taught me how to sew up knitting pieces or how to weave in ends or how to add another ball of yarn when one comes to the end. A lot of things I learned by asking questions and by searching online. One of the best things I learned recently was how to to weave in ends.

Here's the before.

This is the best site I found for explaining and showing how to weave in the ends of one's knitting. There is no right way or wrong way. This site shows you how to weave in the ends in different ways.
http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2011/7/14/weaving-in-your-ends.html


And here's the after.
Tails all tucked in. It was painless and once I started, I was on a roll.

Two stroller blankets for two little people.

Country Fair Quilts

The following photos of quilts were taken at a small country fair - the Williams Lake Harvest Fair that has been going on for 38 years now. Enjoy.































I like how they displayed the one on the left - going around the corner.
















 














































That's it, that"s all.
I hope you liked the quilts. No hand quilting at all, which was disappointing.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Still sewing

I was asked by my son and his wife to make dresser scarves for their dresser and night tables because the little kitties like to jump up on them and their claws were starting to leave marks.

So, I was given the sizes and the colour was to be dark red - similar to red wine.

I went into the stash and pulled a bunch of upholstery samples and set to work.

This is the long dresser top part all done. I decided to "crazy quilt" it. It wasn't difficult but it took quite a bit of time because it's so long (the dresser is 62 inches.)

 All done. The night table covers look like placemats just sitting there. The long dresser scarf is just folded over.
Now, I have a request to make cushions for a rocking chair - in yellow.

Linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and Esther's blog for WIP.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Finished

My Beginner Crazy Quilt Class, given by Kathy Shaw at http://www.shawkl.com/, has come to an end. I finished the piece yesterday and was able to cross it off my list.


The block as a whole.
 
The silk ribbon embroidered rose vine and the feather stitch seam with French knots and various beads.
 
 Yellow sequin flowers.
 
Woven roses (everyone's favourite because they were so easy to make.) More flower beads.
 
More silk ribbon roses.

My very favourite parts - the irises and all those French knot flowers.

I urge you all to take a class with Kathy. She sets a manageable pace and is so very giving in her knowledge and praise. Both this class and the intermediate class were free. I will be taking the intermediate class in the future. There is so much to learn and silk ribbon embroidery is not hard at all (just in case you thought it would be.)

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and with Esther's WIP.
Go take a look at what other people are working on this week.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Something New

I'm still knitting - little things.

 First time ever making little booties. I knitted them late last night and sewed them up this morning (my absolute least favourite job.) This little ribbed hat is a pattern I have not tried before. I have done other ribbed hats but I like to try different patterns to see if there is any difference. This one turned out a bit short I think.

Here's the pattern for the booties. I obviously didn't do them in Angora - wish I had some.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network.
I hope you all get something creative done today.