From UFO to FO

February 18, 2014 - 6 Responses

Just a quick post because I finally finished this doily. I think I crocheted each motif twice, maybe more to get it to go together. I made this doily in ecru 15 or so years ago. This is my second one. The joins are wonky on the pattern, pull funny in places, and thought I could do it differently. I should have done it 10 years ago, because with my aging mind it seemed much harder to figure out than I had imagined. It does photograph well and I am so glad it is finished, wonkiness and all.



There are other photos on my flickr page.

I am starting another crochet edging lace that I have wanted to make for a long time. Each 2 1/2″s of lace have one of these little baskets. I think they are cute, the rest of the pattern is scallops. I had to play with these instructions too. The pattern is a Burda graph and the sometimes the amount of stitches and their exact placement are only a suggestion. I think I have worked out what I want to do to keep the baskets circular. Neither of these are exactly what I am doing, but close. The bottom one has more doubles in the leaves, which keeps the center hole from stretching out, and the top one the basket top edge is straighter. I think I have worked out a compromise where I can get both in the finished basket. The motifs are so tiny, just over 1″ in diameter.


I finished up the little toothbrush rug to go in front of my kitchen sink. This is really a fun technique that I hope to be able to do again. I love the look of the batik fabric, but it is usually too expensive to use for a rug. I will be on the lookout for it in clearance bins like the piece that I used for this rug.


Finally has anyone played with the Rainbow Loom to make rubber band bracelets? Where we live it the in thing for the 6 to 10 year old crafter set. I was curious about them, so my son being sweet bought me one for Valentine’s Day. It isn’t something I would actually buy, since we do not have any little crafters in our family yet. I went though the whole lot of 600 rubber bands in one day even taking finished bracelets apart to do another setup. It was a time waster, but fun, like sudoku, or origami. I can see why the kids like them so. They are squishy and stretchy.

Happy crafting:)


Toothbrush Rug

December 17, 2013 - 3 Responses


I think I am beginning to forget how to blog.

For the past week I have been learning how to make toothbrush rugs. The photo shows the rug I am making, the toothbrush tool I made out of a toothbrush handle, and the fabric I am using. The fabric was bought on sale a few years ago to make a top, then I thought better of it, as it is too bright. I think it is making a pretty rug.  I bought the toothbrush at the dollar store for 5  for a dollar and shaped it with a dremel tool.  I love using a dremel, but that will be another blog post.

There are so many ways to make a toothpick rug on the internet. The way I like is the one without the runner strip. I think it is referred to as a Swedish technique. It makes a really thick and durable rug because each stitch/loop of fabric is worked 3 times. It took me an hour of play before I really got the hang of it.

These are the directions I followed.

These directions say to sew the strips together, but I looped them trough a slit like most of the videos on You-tube show. There are a lot of videos, none have all the information. It is nice to have so many different ways to do something, and to pick the ones that make sense to me. The only tip I found out that I didn’t see mentioned is that you need more increases to make the rug lay flat than I would have thought coming from a crochet background. I am doing 10 increases a row, 5 on each side of the oval.

Now I don’t feel so bad about some of my sale fabric purchases. Rugs will use up a lot of that fabric.

For the Breakfast Table

June 28, 2013 - 3 Responses

I never know exactly what I should write.  That and knowing I get easily distracted and waste valuable crafting time on the internet keeps me from blogging regularly.

I finally finished a little table center for our breakfast table.  It was put on hold because it took more thread than I thought it would.  I used a second dyelot and worried it wouldn’t match.  I decided to finish it and then over dye it, which wasn’t necessary.  The slightly more golden dyelot is in the points, so it blends.  I love Cebeliia thread.  It has never let me down.  This one is made with a 1980 pattern from Japan.  I decided to try and loosen my gauge and use a size 10 hook and my favorite size 30 thread.  I usually use a 12 hook.  I don’t like working in the looser gauge, but the crochet blocked out thinner and more delicate than my other lace doilies.  The doily is 36″ in diameter and the table is 42″.  I plan on sewing a dark green table cloth to go underneath the gold of the doily.




I am still sewing a bit too, and playing with machine embroidery designs. I have several almost finished items like this doily. It feels really good to have this one finished.

A New Project

February 13, 2013 - 4 Responses

I decided to join our local chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Tonight is the second meeting working on what we are calling a French jacket using Chanel couture sewing techniques. That is where the lining is quilted to the face fabric to give the jacket body without weight. It should feel as comfortable as wearing a sweater. On Saturday a group of ladies from our neighborhood chapter  went shopping in LosAngeles. We met at 8:30AM and headed downtown to Michael Levine’s. It was important to go early, which I found out when I went to leave. It was so busy, the parking and traffic were crazy. Next we went to Mood at their new location on LaBrea, then on to International Silks and Woolens.

I bought this fabric at Mood for the jacket.


I am planning on combining a couple of patterns to get a modified swing style jacket.  I don’t want a short boxy one.   This jacket project is one that we will be working on all year.

It was so much fun shopping with everyone.  I loved all the stores and spent way more than I had planned.  I love this fabric, and the lining fabric too.


Another Wednesday

February 6, 2013 - Leave a Response

Another Wednesday, so another blog post. Not that I have been up to much. I am attempting organize my craft book shelves. It is a major undertaking. At one time each shelf held one type of craft. Not anymore, so I need a new system. I sit and stare at the piles hoping that each book will magically fly into its perfect place. That hasn’t happened yet. Maybe tomorrow. I think I started on the bookshelves because I don’t know which project I want to start, Rick’s shirt or the twenties top. Maybe tomorrow I’ll decide.

The other day I thought I needed some exercise and decided I would go for a walk along one of the walking and bike trails we have here. I took the camera thinking I would get some nice photos. Well, it isn’t really pretty here this time of year, everything is dormant, and grey. It was a little creepy too. A few bikes sped past, but not any walkers. At one point I actually wondered if the big paw prints I saw were from a dog or a cougar. It wasn’t a complete failure though. After pointing clicking away, I noticed that if I shot into the sun that the photos were even creepier than if I took them with the sun to my back. It is a little hard to see what I am actually shooting, but fun anyway. Here is my creepiest shot of the day.


For something a little cheerier, the poinsettia that was bought for a table center 4 years ago and is still alive and well in its original pot has decided to turn red. I placed the pot in a north east window and the plant is now the size of a small shrub. I don’t know if or how to prune it. The foliage is pretty all year long. I didn’t realize poinsettias make such great house plants.