Monday, December 22, 2008

Felted bags

Another project finished, and gifted! I made this purse for my mom for her birthday. I knitted it and then felted it and added the flower embellishment. This is the first project I have felted. It was easy, however, I think I'd felt for longer or use a bit heavier yarn next time, but I love the shape and color of the bag.

I was so fond of the felting that I thought I would try some more. I used the "Felted Sweater" project in Alter Knits. It was very easy. I got the sweater for about $2 at the Salvation Army. This could be a very fun project to try again. I can imagine with some embellishments or a fun sweater you could really have fun with it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gifts Galore!

I have finished up my holiday gifts and thought I'd post some pics. Here are a couple of dolls that I made for my niece. I used the Black Apple doll pattern. You can find it HERE.I decided to make her a cowboy and cowgirl to reflect where her aunt and uncle live. They turned out really well, I think. It took me forever to decide on how to paint the cowboy face. I went super simple for both faces, but I think that is okay. I found the buttons for the "belt buckles" at JoAnns and I decided to add the handkerchiefs to give them a bit more character. I hope she likes them. I love this pattern. It is a great way to use up scrap fabric. I made a couple of other dolls as well, but I haven't decided who to give them to yet. I will definitely be making more of these.

I also finished up some small journals for my co-workers. I used Amy Butler designed scrapbook paper for the covers and cream "résumé" paper for the interior pages. I saddle stitched them with embroidery floss. I think they are cute. I will probably make some more of these in 2009.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Most awesome discovery!

I have lots to upload after the holidays (gifts and such that I don't want to give away before opened), but wanted to share this most awesome discovery for those that are not aware:

Print your own fabric designs!!! This will take crafting to a whole new level. It opens up so many doors. Create completely custom creations by creating a custom pattern and then sewing together a delicious piece of crafting awesomeness! I make it a goal to try this in 2009. I have a couple other crafting goals for 2009, but will blog about that later.