Sunday, April 29, 2007

Cabled Handwarmers

This pattern was created by Cheryl Niamath. Thanks, Sharon, for walking me through the cable how-to during our crafting weekend!

Whale Tee

The felted swatches continue...

(He's kind of swimming off to one side, no?)

This one I had to hand-sew because I wasn't getting the tension right on the sewing machine (novice, here). But sewing by hand offered some nice precision.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Cute Enough to Eat: The Baguette

I might have to carry this bag every day for the next 5 years in order to justify the time I took knitting it and sewing the liner. Felted carpet baguette pattern from Noni.

Collaborative crafting: The button was Elana's idea. Good thing she reminded me to add the button loop before sewing the liner. And the liner, it must be said, was all my mom's doing.

Sour Lemon and Ecstatic Tomato Baby Onesies

Hello craftamaniacs! I am here to counter sauron's (sharon's) growing empire of high quality crafts and clever (and informative) descriptions that are expanding over this site.
I embroidered two baby onesies using some iron-on patterns Ellen sent me last year in my holiday card as a gift for a colleague. The company that makes these transfers is Sublime Stitching. One of the most important things to remember when doing transfer patterns like this is that it is important to have your iron on high heat, but NO steam.
Next stop is a super cute rag doll pattern Sharon sent me. But before that - Kazakhstan....

Monday, April 9, 2007

Sweet Dreams!

Upon giving Angelina Ballerina and her bed to a granddaughter, it became apparent that bed linens were a necessity. The bed came with a mattress, so I just needed to make a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillows and pillowcases. I also knitted a blanket with textured yarn in a straight garter stitch. It's such fun making little items and clothes for dolls. Could it be because they are not fussy about how something looks or fits?

-Carole (a.k.a. The Duke)

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Mmmm...Fabric and Bread

So much fabric and so little time! I should have started a new project today but I made challah bread instead. I used a recipe from the Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking book - it's deeelicious!

Belts and Blossoms

I happened across an adorable sewing store, Sew Contempo, outside of Houston a few weeks ago. They had a ton of great ideas and fabric, including materials for belts. I sewed interfacing between the ribbon and attached it to a tortoise belt buckle ($3). I saw the exact same belt in a cute store in Charlottesville yesterday for $64!
The cherry blossoms in DC are out in full force this week and are truly amazing!