Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Meet Henry!

I'd like to introduce you to my newest inspiration, my grandson Henry James!  Over the last several months, you've probably seen some of the pieces he's already inspired me to create.  There will be more!

I'll most likely be absent from the blog for a couple of weeks (except for an upcoming post inspired by my other muse, Charlie)  as I spend my time adoring him and helping his mom and dad.  But I'll leave you with instructions on making his little newborn hat!

Newborn Hat
This is a pattern by Bev found here that I adjusted to be a larger size.  Henry was almost 8 pounds and the tiny newborn hats just didn't work well, plus I wanted something that would take him through his first few months.

*worsted weight yarn - I used Lion Brand's Wool Ease in Wheat
*size 6 knitting needles
*tapestry needle

1.  Cast on 56 stitches very loosely.
2.  Work ribbing with a knit 1, purl 1 stitch for 10 rows.
3.  Work in stockinette stitch until whole piece measures 4.5 inches - end with a purl row.
4.  Knit two together across the next row - you'll have 28 stitches.
5.  Purl the next row.
6.  Knit two together across the next row - you'll have 14 stitches.
7.  Purl the next row.
8.  Knit two together across the next row - you'll have 7 stitches.
9.  Cut off leaving a long piece of yarn.  Pull the yarn through the 7 remaining stitches, remove from the knitting needle and pull tight.  Thread the yarn onto a tapestry needle and sew up the seam.  Weave the ends in.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Weaving Fabric

I think that probably anyone who likes patchwork quilting is interested in how fabrics can be cut apart and put back together, forming something new.  Since sewing the Autumn Leaf Table Runner, I've been looking at more ways fabric can be deconstructed/reconstructed to form backgrounds. 

A couple of tutorials demonstrate fabric weaving techniques that look intriguing!  Joan Hawley describes how to make a fabric using fusible bias tape - the same technique could be used with strips of cut fabric attached to a fusible interfacing or web.

And this tutorial on Sulky's website shows how to make a random, curved weaving and has photos of several suggested projects you can make with your new fabric.

Dogwood Leaves No. 6, Judy Lundberg

To see some stunning quilts made using fabric weaving techniques, be sure to take a look at the gallery on Judy Lundberg's website!  I love the way she also blends her colors and creates wonderful motion.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tumbling Pumpkin Table Runner

It doesn't seem like it should be October already, but it is!  Here's a Halloween themed table runner that went together pretty quickly.  There's only one catch - I'm am currently where I don't have access to a scanner .... so this means I can't upload the pumpkin and pumpkin stem shapes.  I did however Google "pumpkin shapes" and found a lot of images that had very nice shapes!  And if they don't turn out to be the right size, they can be enlarged or shrunk on a copier.

*1 3/4 yards Halloween themed fabric - I found this sparkly, bat one at JoAnn's
*1/2 yard fabric in an orange shade
*small amount of fabric for the stems
*4 yards single fold bias tape - I used black for this 
*fusible felt
*2 shades of rust sewing thread
*Lite Steam a Seam 2

1.  Cut two pieces of 54 x 14 inch Halloween themed fabric - this will be the front and the backing.  Cut four pumpkins and four stems.  I made the stems longer than needed so they could be attached behind the pumpkin.  Attach to the top with Lite Steam a Seam 2.

2.  Cut a 54 x 14 inch piece of fusible felt and fuse to the wrong side of the backing fabric.  Pin the top fabric piece on top of the felt.

3.  Use a tight zig zag stitch to finish the edges of the pumpkins and stems.  Thread sketch curved lines in the pumpkins to give it a rounded look - go over each line with each color of thread.  Trim, finish the edges with seam binding and you're done!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Halloween Projects

If you're fast with your needlework, you just might have time to whip up one of these fun Halloween projects!  Otherwise, you can be like me and put it in the "do for next year" pile ...

These skeleton motifs actually look like I could get some finished for this year - I'm thinking of a yarn size that will make them big enough to be coasters.  The free pattern is available on Kristin's Krazy Knits.

I'm working on knitting my first sweater - so far so good, but it's still early in the game!  If all goes well, this darling skeleton sweater will definitely be on my needles for next Halloween.  It's knit with Bernat yarns and the pattern is free on the Yarnspirations website (sizes 2 through 8).

And I love Monica Gausen's bathat!  I definitely need one.  She's made the pdf available free on Ravelry here.  

This crocheted white pumpkin has a spooky chic elegance to it - like something that would be in the Addams family's home!  And it's cleverly stuffed with black tulle.  This would be great as part of a Victorian Halloween decor.  The free instructions are at Kits Crafts here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah