Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wool Pincushions

Here are the pincushions that I made out of the wool balls that I had felted (to see the wool balls before they became pincushions scroll down a couple of postings).

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cake Slice Pincushions

Don't these look yummy? I must confess that I didn't make these cake slices, which are actually pincushions. My friend Bobbie made these yummy delights for the PJ Party that she had for our applique group. There are 10 slices, but 5 are different fabrics. I chose one of the slices with the blue flower on top. Bobbie is incredible with her sewing/quilting/applique/embroidery skills and is a very giving person too! Who else would have made 10 women such great pincushions like these? Thanks Bobbie! Pin It Now!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wool Felted Balls

Wool balls amongst the rocks.
I took some blue/turquoise dyed wool roving and shaped it into a ball of wool, and then placed the ball inside a nylon stocking in the toe and tied a knot to keep the ball in place. I tossed the nylon-covered wool balls into my front loading washing machine the next time I did laundry and these felted balls were the result. It was a little tricky trying to pry the balls out of the nylon because they sort of felted themselves to the nylon! Better to use a cotton sock in the future as that doesn't happen with the cotton.
The brown wool was bits and pieces of wool leftover from a sheep shearing that my friend Susan gave me several years ago. The brown was a bit harder to shape into a ball because the pieces were short. After the brown one felted, I had to trim the little pieces of wool that were sticking up. Still it felted very nicely.
These will become pincushions, as wool makes the best pins cushions. The pins feel so much nicer gliding into felted wool and the wool actually conditions the pins. I have some ideas for transforming them into beautiful pincushions. Check back and see how these little wool balls will look in the future.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chile (Chili) Rounder

My friend Pam Wolf designed this Chili (Chile)Rounder table topper for round tables. It's for people who have round tables where table runners just don't work. She asked me to be the pattern tester for it and so of course I said yes! I added a lot of quilting to my rounder. It was a fun pattern and I love applique. My husband really loves this! He is quite protective of it so that it doesn't get dirty.
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Knit Clog Slipper

Here are the finished felted slippers:
Am I married to big foot?! I knit this clog style slipper and will felt it like I did for my clog slippers (see link below). These look huge! I know that this yarn shrunk up a lot as it was the yarn I used for my slipper bottoms and they shrunk more than the top. This time I used all the same yarn and with any luck they will shrink to the correct size 11 mens.
See my woman size knit clogs here.
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Alphabet Quilt Pattern

I designed this Alphabet Quilt and wrote the pattern with clear instructions. You can make the quilt as an alphabet, or use the letter to write anything that you want. I made my grandson's name in a small quilt. I used the letters to make a quilt for my blog name Patchouli Moon Studio . Anywhere that you want a name you can use these letters and spell anything. Several of my friends made quilts with their nieces and nephews names to hang in their rooms. I made name quilts for my 2 nephews too.
You can change the look with the fabrics that you choose. I have made some in batik fabrics and some in whimsical fabric, a friend made one in lavenders for her niece.
It's a fun pattern and you can use decorative machine stitches around the lettering or embroider them by hand. I did the blanket stitch by hand on the quilt above.

 Makes a great gift for your quilter friends and relatives or for gift giving to your quilting secret sisters.

*No refunds on patterns.

Buy instantly on Craftsy here.

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African Woman Quilt

Closer look at the yarn braided hair.

I took a workshop from Cherrymae Golston where we all made quilts with an African woman applique shape. I embellished my quilt by making braided hair from yarn, and then I knit a headband, and added beads and sequins to the quilt.

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Pillow For a Contest

I made this pillow for an online contest. I made the petals and leaves 3-D (inspired by my friend Jeanne) and added some beads and eyelash yarn to the center. I machine blanket stitched around the flat petals and free-motioned quilted those and the blue background. Wish me luck with the contest.
Close-up of center:
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Sweater For My Grandson

I knit my grandson this sweater, which was actually a cardigan pattern, but I made it into a pullover sweater instead. He likes green and I had green yarn so that worked out well.
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Baby Sweater

I knit this baby sweater for a friend's daughter who is having a baby boy in December. I also knit a hat (see orange hat below in an older posting) as well.
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Apron For My Daughter

I made this apron (Simplicity pattern) for my daughter for her birthday (October 15th). Now she can wear her apron while her son wears his apron (see train apron I made for him below) and he can be mommy's big helper. Pin It Now!
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