Tag Archives: Needlework

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!

 

Infinity Scarf

6 Feb

Here’s hoping it’ll actually get cold this winter, because I *finally* made something for myself…

 

Yup, it’s an infinity scarf in my favorite color and

 

stitch (the Crazy Stitch, obviously).

 

Think I’ll get to wear it before the baby makes his debut in April?

it'll surely be winter again some day!

FPF: Dog Bone Ami

27 May

Wanna make a cute little bone for your cute little puppy friend?

Yeah, I thought you might.

Here’s the pattern, courtesy of Ginny over at Sunflowers at Home (you can also find it for FREE, of course, on Ravelry!)

Dog Bone Ami

1: work 6 sc in a magic circle

2: work 2 sc in each (12 sc)

3: (2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch) 6 times (18 sc)

4: (2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of the next 2 stitches) 6 times (24 sc), FO.

REPEAT rounds 1-4 but do not fasten off.

5: sc in each of the next 12 stitches, sc in any sc of the first circle made, sc in next 23 stitches of the first circle, sc in the next stitch of the original circle and in the remaining 11 sc (48 sc).

6: sc in 11, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 3 times, pull through all 4 loops on the hook, sc in each of the next 21 stitiches, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 3 times, pull through all 4 loops on the hook, sc in last 10 stitches (44 stitches).

7: sc in 10 (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 4 times, pull through all 5 loops on the hook, sc in each of the next 18 stitiches, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 4 times, pull through all 5 loops on the hook, sc in the last 8 stitches (38 stitches).

8: sc next 2 stitches together, (sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc next 2 stitches together) 6 times (31 stitches).

9: (sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc next 2 stitches together) 5 times, sc in last stitch (26 stitches).

10: (sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc next two stitches together) 5 times, sc in last stitch. (21 stitches).

11: (sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc next two stitches together) 4 times, sc in last stitch (17 stitches).

12-24: sc around.  FO.

Repeat from the beginning to make the second side of the bone.  Stuff each end (add a squeaker if you’d like), and sew the two sides together.

Now then.  Can I get a VOILA?  YAY!

Free Pattern Friday: Zombie Stress Ball

8 Apr

Alright, so I’ve been a little stressed.  Between Husband’s wallet getting stolen (at YOGA class no less… talk about bad karma!), having house guests for most of the month of March, picking up two new cases at work, and the unexpected passing of my cousin, I’ve had very little time to commit any serious hookery.

In honor of my stressful stress from Stress Town (and because I really, truly haven’t had any time for crafting lately), I offer for your hooking pleasure this little gem, designed by Liz of EpicxCloth.  Enjoy!

 

Lil’ Zombie Stress Ball

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DIFFICULTY: Shamefully easy

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Materials= 2 colours of yarn (1 for body, 1 for braaaaains), 2 safety eyes, embroidery thread

Hook = Whatever you like! The smaller the hook & yarn the smaller your Zombie. I used a 3.5mm for this and it makes the little guy palm sized.

CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
ST= Stitch
FO = Finish Off
DEC = Decrease

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Body

Foundation = Magic ring 6
Round 1= 2 SC in each ST around
Round 2= 1 SC in the next ST then SC twice in next ST – do this till end of round
Round 3= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then SC twice in next ST – do this till end of round
Round 4= 1 SC in the next 3 ST then SC twice in next ST – do this till end of round
Round 5= 1 SC in the next 4 ST then SC twice in next ST – do this till end of round
Rounds 6 -16= SC around ((Don’t forget to stuff the foot!))
Round 17= 1 SC in the next 4 ST then DEC – do this till end of round
Round 18= 1 SC in the next 3 ST then DEC – do this till end of round
((Add in safety eyes & stuffing here! Also stiches your lil guy a mouth with the embroidery thread.))
Round 19= 1 SC in the next 2 ST then DEC – do this till end of round
Round 20= 1 SC in the next 1 ST then DEC – do this till end of round
FO

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Arms (make 2)

Foundation = Magic ring 6
Round 1-7= 2 SC in each ST around
FO and stuff.

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Braaaaaaaaaaaains

There is no pattern for this, but the idea is to make a very jagged, flat swatch of fabric that you can sew to the head of your zombie. Tips: change between chaining one at the end of your round and not.

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Sew the arms to the side of the Zombie. Now using the same colour thread you made your brains with, sew the brains to the top of you Zombie’s head – just before you finish off sewing on the brains stuff them with some fiberfill! That way they are extra buldgey :D.

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What do we want? Braaaaaainnnnnsssss….
When do we want it? Braaaaaainnnnnsssss….

 

Thanks for the pattern, Liz!  I ❤ Zombies!  })i({

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: Stash Basket

8 Oct

Shout out to a Chibi, who is celebrating her birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Chibi!  I love you!  (Chibi got a visit from her big sister (Yours Truly) and these for her birthday).

 

In keeping with my efforts to decorate my darling Chibi’s bathroom, I whipped up this little thing:

 

chibi basket!

It’s quick and easy, and once you get the basic pattern you can make them in all different shapes and sizes.  Here’s the pattern:

 

Easy Bathroom Stash Basket

(worked with 3 strands of worsted & a J hook)

Base:

1: ch. 11, turn.

2-7: hdc across (this will give you a rectangle of 6 stitches by 10 stitches).

8: insert stitch marker & hdc around the entire rectangle (30st)

9-20: hdc around (12 rounds) & FO.

 

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Now just fold the top edge down to get that cute little lip, and you’re done!  Easy & cute, no? Enjoy! })i({