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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wool Skirts & a Special Star

Hope you all are having a good day!
I thought I'd share with you the way I store my felt and wool fabric.
First of all I got some wool fabric by first washing and cutting up some wool skirts that someone gave me.  They did not fit, and I thought they would be more of a profit to me if I used them for my crafts.
I cut them into the largest sections I could
and rolled them up and placed them into a cheese box.
They are actually stored in the in the middle box.
Since they did not sell at my sale,
I have put the cheese boxes to good use--holding my fabric scraps :)
Now before you leave,
I would like to share with you a project I did using a rusty tin star as my pattern.
I took some felt and using this rusty star I cut about a quarter of an inch all the way around the star.
and layered
it on three different colors.
I took the final star layer and used it as a pattern to for the star backing.
I nailed holes in the star and sewed it to the first layer.
I then blanket stitched all of the layers--one by one.
I hung it using some craft wire.
and sent it off to my hubby's aunt who had a star tree this year for Christmas.
This star was a little special to me because of who I was making it for.
As I made it, I prayed for a comfort only God could give to Aunt Sandy and her family
 as she lost her son who served our country well!
For Jimmy's remembrance.






Monday, October 22, 2012

Felt Appliqued Snowmen

It feels so relaxing to take a break from hurting myself with tools while working on wood projects
 to sew again.
I decided to make some felt appliqued snowmen for my sale.
I don't use a pattern; I just make one up as I cut.
After positioning the pieces the way I want them, I start sewing the bottom piece first--
using the blanket stitch.
The scarves are layered too.
After all the pieces are appliqued onto the background,
I add the details with floss.
It's so amazing how it all comes together.
I love that blanket stitch!

Since I don't use a pattern, they are not exactly the same.
There ya go.
Hand-stitched in America :)
I'll show you the finished products in a future post.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recycling an Old Coat for a Penny Rug

I am finding out how much I enjoy doing Penny rugs.
I have been using felt from the craft store for my projects, but I had this wool coat that had seen better days, and I decided to recycle it.
One mistake I made was not washing the coat before cutting it up--although I know it had been washed before.  I read on a blog how if you wash the wool it will felt it and be less stringy when you cut out your designs.


I was so excited to be able to get a good pile of wool.
I really like this color too.


I wanted to make a smaller runner for my kitchen table.
The other one that I was going to use only stayed on the table for a couple of days.  It was too long for my table.  
We use the table for homeschooling--so it is constantly piled up with books and being used.

I used a cookie sheet for a template--gotta love making up patterns as you go:)


I made my little pennies and pinned them on the wool.
I then sewed them on with the blanket stitch.


For the ends, I measured and made a pattern on an index card.

Notice the school stuff in the background?
(Doing this while the kiddos take their tests makes me feel like I am not just wasting time.)



Using freezer paper I traced the pattern on the dull side of the freezer paper and ironed the shiny side to the brown felt.


Placing the end pieces with right sides together, I pinned them to the rug.
I then cut a piece of muslin the same size as the rug.


I sewed around the edge leaving a gap so that I could turn it out.
I clipped the corners before turning the rug out.



I then did a blanket stitch all around the rug and around each end piece.


Here is the final piece.
I don't think I like all the browns in my kitchen.
Looks like I need to make another one for my Kitchen table
BUT


not bad for an old coat :)




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Friday, January 27, 2012

Good-Bye January


I know Valentine's Day is coming up fast, but I wanted to share a little Snowman felt ornament before I say good-bye to January.

We were invited over to a couple's house for dinner.  As I walked into their home, I was surrounded by Blue, Silver, Snow Flakes, and Snowmen--Lots of snowmen.
We had a great time talking with each other.  As I sat and listened, I couldn't stop my mind from thinking that I have to make a little ornament for her as a "thank you"

I needed a pattern for a star.
I had this star hanging in my living room, and I thought it was the perfect size to make my pattern.


At Christmas I had a lady give me some yarn and in the bag was this blue felt.
It was the perfect color to match our hostess's home.

I traced the pattern on a double layer of felt and cut it out.


I separated the blue stars that I just cut--one will be the backing.

I cut a 2in circle of white felt out for my snowman head.
Using floss I sewed a face onto the white circle.
I blanket stitched my Little Man to the center of the star.
I then proceeded to sew little snowflakes in the corners of the star.

I placed the second blue star on the back and finished it off with the blanket stitch going around the star.


My Hostess loved my Little Man!

Okay, bye to snowmen and January!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Felt Rooster For A Friend

I was in search of a birthday present idea for a friend of mine.
I knew I wanted to do a felt stitchery for her, but I wasn't sure what to do.
I was looking on Google Images at Penny Rug ideas, and I came across this picture.

Little House Needle Works
No it was not the Penny Rug, although I really like the Penny Rug.
It was Mr. Rooster that got my attention.

I thought maybe my friend would like a Rooster picture--I knew that she just got a cute chicken for Christmas from her hubby.

So I drew a Rooster on a piece of card stock.


I then cut it out in three pieces.
I am not sure what the thingy is called on the top of the rooster or what that beard like thingy is called, but I knew they would be a different color.

I then traced it on to felt.


Here is what the rooster looked like before I sewed it onto the brown felt background.


I pinned it to the brown felt and I started to sew it on with the blanket stitch.
I used 2 strands of brown floss.


After Mr. Rooster was attached, I wanted to make some little penny rug flowers.


I used 3 strands of green floss for the stems and leaves.

You can see how I traced the picture frame to give me an idea of how much space I had to work with.


I wanted to frame it in this cute little frame I picked up at a yard sale for 10 cents.


I painted it with a coat of AS Old White.
I used clear wax and then aged it with the Jacobean wax.
After buffing it, I was ready to frame Mr. Rooster.

I attached the Stitchery to a sticky board I bought at Joanne Fabrics.
I applied Rubber Cement to some brown paper and the back of the picture board and frame.


Right away I flipped it over on top of the frame before the rubber cement dried.



I finished it with a hanging bracket.

I love the aged white frame.


I also love the blanket stitch.

Happy Birthday, Pumpkin Pie Painter!
I hope you like Mr. Rooster!













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