Friday, January 2, 2015

Gift Crafting for Next Christmas

I plan to start making Christmas gifts earlier this year, (like now).  By the time the holiday season comes around again, I'll already have a stash of handmade presents to give.

Here is the first of 2015's gifts - a felted nesting bowl set.  

These were knit using a free knitting pattern by Frankie Brown.  You have to be a member of Ravelry to get the pattern, but there is no charge for joining.  

Frankie's patterns are free, but she asks that you consider making a donation to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation if you enjoy using the patterns.  The link to donate is provided on her pattern site.

The pattern does not call for felting the pots, but I decided felting would make them sturdier, and I like the look of the finished product.  So, after knitting the pots, I washed them by hand in hot soapy water, agitating them roughly.  Then I put them into the dryer until they were almost dry.  Finally, I shaped them on household objects such as a round candle and a piece of pottery and let them dry.  When wet, they were quite mold-able, almost like clay.

I like the way that they turned out, and may knit more before the month is over.

Happy Crafting ♥

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014

Totally Tutorials

Check out Totally Tutorials for free tutorials on all kinds of things - recycling, recipes, sewing, crocheting, kids crafts, jewelry, knitting, hair accessories, home decor, and much more.

Here are a few of the tutorials that were featured recently.

Happy Crafting

Friday, November 28, 2014

Batik Hexagon Quilt

Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams designed and made this unique and lovely quilt she named Fen Koan (a name refering to the peaceful feeling the quilt evokes). 

She used batik fabrics and blocks from a BOM held in my Fabric Fascination shop a couple of years ago.

 Kim has two shops on Etsy - Persimon Dreams (heirloom quality quilts, fashionable bags, and wearable fabric art), and The Apple (fun and colorful jewelry).  She also hosts a 52 Block Quilt Along which features a new quilt block for every week of the year.

Thanks Kim for sharing your quilt.  It was such a nice surprise to see the beautiful results of your work.

Happy Quilting♥

Thursday, November 27, 2014