Thursday, October 8, 2015

Felt Fall Leaf Wreath

It's turning out to be an absolutely beautiful autumn here in the Northwest!  I've been looking for some way to capture the leaves' colors on a wreath and decided to go with felt.

Felt in various autumn leaf colors
Heavy fusible webbing
Hot glue
Grapevine wreath

Use leaves from your yard or neighborhood to make patterns.  Most of our deciduous trees around here are maple and birch, so I used those.

Remove one side of backing from the fusible webbing and press onto the wrong side of the felt.  Pin on pattern and cut out.

On the backing, draw a rough leaf vein design and cut out.  Continue until you have lots of leaves!

Peel off the other backing from a leaf and press onto the right side of a contrasting piece of felt.  Iron to set and cut out, leaving a thin margin.  Continue with all the leaves.

Using hot glue, attach three leaves near the bottom - Moose is being very "helpful," however cat help is not required!  Glue a couple of smaller leaves on top of those leaves.

Glue an arrangement of a few leaves opposite your first bunch (you'll notice in the photo at the top, I decided to add another leaf).  I cut a long bunch of raffia and tied it into a bow, trimmed up the ends, and hot glued it to the first bunch of leaves, but you could also use a fun, autumn themed ribbon.

I got carried away making leaves, so now I have a few to use on another project!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, October 2, 2015

Two Finished Scarves

I've been happily knitting with two fun yarns (both of which I posted about here) that made up into a couple of great scarves!  Actually, one is a shawl pattern, but it turned out so soft and lacy that I'll most likely be using it more like a scarf.

The Bamboo Bloom Handpaint yarn has soooo much fun texture!  I cast on a lengthwise scarf that I knitted in straight garter stitch on size 10 needles.  It was a quick project and made up into a fluffy, warm scarf!  I love the way the yarn varies from lace weight to loosely spun, unplyed sections and the color combinations.

I used Sharyn Anhalt's Turbinado Shawl pattern with Northbound Knit's 50/50 merino/silk DK weight yarn in the Metallurgy colorway for this gorgeous, light as air scarf/shawl.  It looks like spun metal, especially in the sunlight, but is so, so soft!  I added 5 repeats of the eyelet pattern rows, which made it a little longer and wider.  And makes beautifully curly ends!

Now I have several knitting projects to finish up and several patterns and skeins of yarn calling to me!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Inspiration - Happy Autumn!

We're having a beautiful autumn here in the Northwest!  Sunny days that start out crisp, cool nights, and just enough rainy days to keep what's still going in the garden nicely watered.  The trees are gorgeous and the sunflowers are in their glory days.

I think it's the cool nights that get me thinking about yarn work.  I've been looking around and found quite a few fun knitting, crochet, and felting patterns that celebrate autumn - and are free!

Lion Brand has instructions for this felted fall leaf wreath here.

ABC Knitting Patterns offers this free filet crochet shawl pattern that uses Kauni's 8/2 gradient yarn, so there's no switching colors.  The instructions say it's in color EB, but it looks more like EP to me.

These two fall leaf hat patterns from Knitty Magazine look like they'd be fairly quick to knit up - and would also look great in the Kauni gradient yarns.

Kathleen Taylor offers the pattern for these fun fall fingerless gloves here.  Stranded colorwork is still on my list of knitting techniques to learn!

This cute little pumpkin is from The Sitting Tree here.

There are so many gorgeous variegated yarns in fall colors that would be fun to used on this crocheted afghan from Crochet Magazine.

Finally, there's a beautiful fall leaf hat from Universal Yarn Company here, along with several other free fall themed projects.  I'm really going to have to get going on stranded work!  

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Inspiration - Spider Webs

After the fog lifted this morning, I found these treasures on my morning walk.

I love the way the light caught the individual beads of moisture!  A search of beaded spiderwebs didn't bring up anything that came close to capturing their beauty, but I did find some fun fiber art webs.

Pamela Kellogg created this gorgeous crazy quilt spider and web.  You can see the photo on her flickr feed here.

Tallgrass Prairie Studio has a free tutorial on spiderweb quilting here.  If you want to get even more mileage out of your quilting fabric, these were created with the selvage edges!

And this giant web in a forest is just one of several amazing pieces of environmental art by Iranian artists Atefeh Khas and Tara Goodarzy.  See more of their work here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah