Wristlet Sometimes you want to travel light – with just the essentials at hand. For this, you need: the wristlet. A tiny, tidy tote that hangs from your wrist. It's just 5" x 7", but holds all the necessities with room to spare. Transitions Yoke Cardigan (Becky's Knitting Patterns) Yarn: Queensland Collection Maldive (99yds/91m) shown in Wild Oats; 12 skeins; or any aran weight yarn. Needles: US 6/4.0mm circular 24"/60cm and 16"/40cm. With #6 24" needle, cast on 84 sts. (For a higher neckline, cast on fewer stitches, but be sure the circle will meet around your neck.) French Knot Monograms (Plus one more embroidery) - NEEDLEWORK I made these monograms for my husband and myself (Joseph and Alyssa)! I would love to frame them in something like this ( but can't seem to find a similar frame for a reasonable price. If anyone has any ides, please let me know! I'd love to put them on/above our bedside tables
Sewing Machine Troubleshooting If you've never used sewing machines before, I highly recommend you have a friend or relative show you how. If you're buying from a dealer, ask them to give you a quick lesson in threading the machine. I can't help you learn to use your machine, so please don't email me asking me how to use the machine you just got for your birthday. That's what Grandma's are for. :) All machines are bound to be a little different, so even if you have used one before, take a look at the manual if you are using a new machine.
Making a kilt [From Bobbie Suttie, images copyright Jan Bruyndonckx and used with permission] A Kilt is basically a pleated, wrapped skirt. The back half of the kilt is pleated, the front half (apron) is the made of two overlapping panels. A true kilt is completely handmade. There are some small variations in my version, which I have added for ease of wear, such as adding Velcro across the front of the apron. The expression “The Whole Nine Yards” comes from the fact that a large man’s kilt is made of a nine-yard long piece of tartan material (Editor's note - this is one theory... see references below).
Secrets of the No-Sew Rag Rug Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. If you like what you see, please check out OUR BOOK. I thought that with all of the emphasis on recycling and reusing these days, a no-sew rag rug post would be more common. However, in my own internet research, I find that it’s something of a unicorn. It follows the same principle that we all used in making those funny cotton loop potholders–under, over, under, over. See? Take a Stitch Tuesday This week’s stitch for Take a Stitch Tuesday was herringbone. Here are a few of my samples: This was the simplest of the pages I stitched, as I tried to see what I could do with no more than the basic stitch. I started out with the basic herringbone, then add some horizontal and/or vertical stitches were the threads crossed. I did the same with the double herringbone however I played a bit with size and weight of thread. I must say, I love the banding one gets when you just keep layering the herringbone stitch.
Estimating Fabric Yardage How Much Do I Need Many of the finest fabrics and best deals on ebay are for a limited amount of yardage. But don't despair! If you have your heart set on a fabric to re-upholster your favorite chair, but there are, for example, only 4 yards available and you need 7, you might want to follow one of the latest interior design trends and combine coordinated fabrics by using one for the back and sides of the chair, another for the seat and another for the trim and skirt. See our Guide to Mixing Fabrics for suggestions and inspiration. Combining patterns for bedding and window treatments is another option to get the most impact out of a favorite fabric when there is not enough available or just as a creative way to stretch your budget. When purchasing fabric, remember that many drapery or dual-purpose fabrics are also suitable for upholstery, although we do not recommend their use for heavy-duty applications.
Sewing Tutorial: Sew A Crinoline Crinoline or petticoat is easy to make, really!!! Well, at least it is so much more easier to make compared to the queen gown below. Crinoline when worn under a skirt, makes it look domed and inflated, especially for gown of special occasion. You can get crinoline easily in some countries but they normally came in white or black. Now, you can make it yourself, if you need a specific color to match your beautiful gown. Crinoline mainly came in 2 types, hoop or full fabric/tulle.
French Desk Set: Basket Liners I adore being organized. Actually ... I adore dreaming about being organized. I pour over my catalogs from Pottery Barn, Storables and Crate & Barrel, picturing my life neatly tucked away into matching bins and buckets. I even drool over those circulars from Target that show up this time of year when all the plastic tubs are on sale. You Can Crochet With Sheets I don't know about you, but this is my perfect vision of summer! Well of course I'd like to be sitting next to a beautiful lake with an iced coffee, but for now I'm quite happy sitting next to our largish wading pool with a gorgeous mountain view beyond. You see, when you need to watch your kids in the pool, there's nothing better than a little (or a lot in my case) crocheting! In fact I'm probably the only mother begging her kids to get into the pool, so that I can have an excuse to relax with my current favorite craft!
Embroidery I hope you had a Happy Christmas. As previously mentioned, crafty activity has come to a temporary halt, hence no posting for me, but I have one project still up my sleeve to share. This is the last one I completed before Christmas. I will preface by saying that normally I intend to keep this blog strictly craft-related and leave out the personal stuff. I'm not a huge fan of over-sharing on the web, and that's just not the purpose of this site for me. That being said, I'm going to break that rule this time because this project has a story to it.
Fused plastic sandwich wraps As brilliant an invention as disposable zip-top baggies are, they are potentially very wasteful as well. How many of them do you think we’ve thrown away this year just from lunch sandwiches alone? Ugh, I don’t even want to think about it! Instead, I want to show you how to make a reusable sandwich wrap that not only replaces zip-top bags, but it even recycles some of those pesky plastic shopping bags.