Tag Archives: Embroidery

The Best Room on the Block

20 Apr

We used to have a guest room.  Now we have a Best Room (half baby room/half guest room) – all hand made and dragon themed, of course!  Here are some shots of the awesomeness:

two handmade pillows, a dragon, and a teeny tiny velociraptor!

My all-time favorite poem - someone made this for my mom when SHE started having babies! She knew I loved it & surprised me with it... isn't she awesome?

One of my aunts made this when I was a baby - it's been hanging in my bedroom since I was born, and now it's hanging in my baby's room.

 

A dragon-y mobile my sister-in-law created, and an awesome dragon tapestry hanging over the crib.

The handmade wall (that's Husband's artwork on the left, and a few little dragon appliques I framed on the far right).

 

and, of course, more granny squares! I made this green blanket when we first started trying for a baby... after almost 3 years it's finally going to see some use! (Oh yeah, and one more pillow case)

 

It was surprisingly difficult to decide on decor for a baby’s room-slash-guest room, but I think we found a happy balance (I only cried two or three times!). There’s a baby sleeping device and a dresser along the back wall (beside the rocker), and some short bookshelves under the handmade wall.

See the top of the bookshelf there? It used to be the headboard for an old, old waterbed. We painted it black & voila! Instant toddler-sized toy storage!

 

We also used some things that Husband & I had saved from our own childhoods – Bugs Bunny, for example, was mine way back in the day, and the Pac Man lunchbox & Glow Worm were Husband’s.  In the end, the room turned into a nice mixture – some hand made things, some new things, some vintage things, and some repurposed things.  Considering the small amount of space, the fact that we couldn’t do any major renovations since we’re renters, and the dual-use this room’s going to see, I’m pleased with how it turned out.  And, honestly, baby boy isn’t going to remember living here anyway, so I’m pretty sure we could have just slapped some sheets in a laundry basket & he’d be happy.  =)

 

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Embroidery? Well, okaaaayy…

12 Apr

Some silly someone-or-other put all the embroidery kits at Michael’s on clearance last week, and since my hurty fingers were looking for something to do other than crochet, I picked up a few kits and got to work.

Not bad for my first attempt at needlework, eh?

 

It was a total cheater pattern – the design was stamped on with some sort of washable blue ink – but I figured no one would really begrudge me some cheating on my first attempt, right?

 

 

A better mommy probably would have ironed these before taking pictures of them, but since the very first thing that’s going to happen to them is that they get vomit on them, I opted to forgo the ironing in favor of, well… not ironing.  Also, I don’t really know where my iron is right now.  Also, I think ironing is stupid.   I stayed home the day of President Obama’s inauguration (because ZOMG DC traffic on inauguration day = seriously don’t leave your house) & thought I’d save Husband & I some money by washing and ironing all of his work shirts instead of taking them to the cleaner.   I’m still feeling a bit traumatized.  Maybe I’ve subconsciously hidden the iron so I don’t ever have to iron anything ever again… Hmm…

We’ll see how my stitchery holds up after the nine or ten thousand trips these little guys will likely make through the laundry, but for now I’m calling my first attempt at embroider a win!  Hooray!

 

Free Pattern Friday: Granny 1/2 Square Bag

28 Jan

Remember that Half Granny Square Tutorial I did earlier this month?  Well, I ended up with this:

 

It's a sting ray!

Which, if you fold all three corners in towards the middle and whip stitch them, ends up looking like this:

 

OMG cute, right?

I added a little handle and a velcro closure (which I reinforced by embroidering that little extra bit of light green you see in the middle — velcro needs something to stick to!), and mailed this off to the second official recipient of my 2011 Handmade Pay It Forward Campaign (Want to get involved?  Use some form of electronic communication to contact me & I’ll tell you all the cool details).

Here are the official pattern directions:

1. Make a 1/2 granny square 15 rows big (look HERE for a refresher on how to accomplish this).

2. sc around the entire 1/2 square & FO.

3: Fold any two adjacent corners in toward each other until they are touching and whip stitch them together through the sc’s (The whip stitches are white on my bag).

4. Fold the last corner in & whip stitch it into place. TURN YOUR BAG INSIDE OUT, making the inside the outside. Or, if you like the way the stitches look, just leave the bag the way it is!

(side note: I just realized I was supposed to switch the laundry two hours ago.  Oops).

5. Where the three corners meet, embroider a little oval or rectangle-y bit to even out the top edge and give some support to your velcro, should you decide to add some.

6. Chain a chain about the size of the circumference of your wrist, FO, & sew to the side of the bag.  VOILA!  (did you say “voila”?  Seriously.  It’s ever so much more satisfying if you say “voila”).

 

the back of the bag, which is also totally cute. Maybe it should be the front... Hmm...

Aahhh! The cuteness! It hurts my eyes! It's TOO cute! It's just TOO CUTE!!!

 

Obviously you can make as many rows as you’d like – the bigger the 1/2 square, the bigger the bag.  This size (which I made with a G hook, btw), is the perfect size for make-up.  Or snacks.  Mmmm…snacks.  I love snacks…  })i({

 

 

Free Pattern Friday: Linius Prime

21 Jan

For your hooking pleasure, a tiny ami (is that redundant?) known as Linius Prime (inspired by Peanuts character Linus):

You’ll need:

– A “G” hook

– yarn in the following colors: skin, black, red, brown, blue

HEAD:

1:USING SKIN COLOR:  sc 6 in a magic circle

2: increase to (3sc, sc-inc around) (30st)

3: sc around x2 (30 st each)

4: (3sc, sc-dec) around

5: (4sc, sc-dec) around

6: (sc, sc-dec) around

7: sc-dec around

8: stuff head

9: sc around (6 st)

10: SWITCH TO RED & sc-inc around (12)

11: sc around

12: (sc, sc-inc) around (18)

13: sc around & sc-inc on last stitch (19)

14: sc around x2

15: SWITCH TO BLACK & sc around

16: sc-dec around until gap is almost closed, stuff, pull tight & FO.

With one strand of black yarn, embroider stripes on Linius Prime’s Shirt

he kinda looks like Marty McFly in this pic, doesn't he?

LEGS (make at least two):

1: WITH BROWN: 6sc in a magic circle

2: sc around

3: SWITCH TO SKIN COLOR & sc around 3x, FO leaving long tail for sewing.

 

ARMS: (make at least two, more if you’re feeling particularly frisky):

1: WITH SKIN COLOR: 6sc in a magic circle

2: sc around x2

3: SWITCH TO RED & sc around x3, FO leaving long tail for sewing.

 

BLANKET:

1: WITH LIGHT BLUE: make a swatch: 10sc across x 12 rows, FO.

 

FINISHING:

– WITH ONE STRAND OF BLACK: embroider Linius Prime’s hair, face, and the stripes on his sleeves.

– WITH LIGHT BLUE: sew the blankie to one side of Linius Prime’s body (as shown).

-WITH THE APPROPRIATE COLOR: sew one arm posed to hold the blankie close to Linius’s face and the other arm so it looks like he’s sucking his thumb.  Sew on both legs.

-Compare the two pictures:

 

Regular Linus

Linius Prime

Happy Friday, everyone!  })i({