See, I told you I’ve still been busy with creative projects! After finishing homeschooling this past spring (after sixteen years – WOW! It’s a transition time for sure), I have some more time now with which to photograph and write about said projects!
Below is more dishcloth knitting. Sometimes I just start a dishcloth on the knitting needles, simply to have a small project to carry around with me in my purse. I pick a new colour combination and try some stitches that are still rolling around in my brain, like this brick stitch. I found it a few years ago and have made many cloths out of it. I ended up giving these to my friend Beth as a housewarming gift when she finally got settled into a cheery apartment after over a year of living in limbo.
The next couple of photos are of cloth napkins I am making. You can see in this closeup the details of the overlay embroidery stitches.
And this next photo shows all twelve napkins cut out of Wabasso floral vintage sheets. I used templates from Natalie Chanin’s The Geometry of Hand-Sewing to mark where I wanted the stitches to go. The book contains templates for marking rows and circles with dots of varying distances between each, so you can be flexible about all sorts of embroidery stitches. The book also has lots of photos and instructions about how to make various stitches, how to embellish them, how to combine them, and how to flex them to make your own stitches. Despite what you might think, I don’t actually collect many craft books to keep, but I love this one! With these napkins, I plan to line them on the hemmed side and make fancy mitred corners. Prettiness for the table!!
The following photo is embroidered linen, inspired once again by the very colourful and patterny embroidery work by Kristin Nicholas. She says we should use wool crewel thread on linen, because it’s puffier. So I did. I love the result. At some point, I will sew this piece into a business card holder.
Oh, look! More knit dishcloths! You probably recognize the brick stitch one in pink and green, but what about the others? Oh, Colleen discovered yet another creative rabbit trail in mosaic knitting. If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know how much I love geometry and patterns. Mosaic knitting only looks complicated, but it’s actually rather easy. I think my favourite stitch of these four is the pink and blue one. But I have so many more stitches to explore!! I sent these cloths to my sister, who asked me months ago for more dishcloths as the last ones I made for her were tearing apart. She loved these ones when she received them in the mail.
Pillows, pillows, pillows! Remember the cushion covers I made a couple of years ago (scroll down about halfway in the post)? Well, that friend who moved away moved back! And when she got back, I saw that the inserts she had were too small, so I put bigger inserts in and took the smaller inserts. I told her I’d make more cushion covers, but she tried to slough me off. 😀 A year later, voila! She loved these, too. Cottons, silks, linens, and casheres are crazy patched to a backing fabric. Then I couched swirls of yarn over that collage. Next, I played with paper to cut out “snowflakes” until I came up with a pattern I liked. I traced that pattern to a piece of cardstock (old file folder) and used that to trace the pattern onto the collages. Then I embroidered it all in bright orange. I just love the shape!
And lastly for today’s craft update, another pillow!! When I asked how I could help, a friend going through cancer treatment requested a “colourful pillow.” My creative juices started flowing and I browsed the internet for ideas. Apparently puff-flower pillow covers are a “thing,” and while I don’t follow craft trends, one photo really caught my eye. I knew it would be a lot of work, but the COLOUR IMPACT would be worth it! Plus, flowers, hello! Plus small-projects-carried-in-purse, hello! I LOVE THIS THING and I think my friend will, too.