Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Knit and Felted Tribal Bag

This is how this bag looked after knitting and before it was felted. I already had yarn in brown, natural and blue, so I used it.

Here it is after I felted it in the washing machine. Brown and blue are my daughter's favorite color combination, so either she will end up with this bag, or if I really love it, I may make another one and make a few changes. I would knit the strap separately and attach it after felting. Since you carry the yarns up the side as you knit the stripes, it felted tighter on that side and was a bit warped-looking after it felted. I lined the bag and added a pocket to the lining. I also sewed some ribbon trim to the underside of the strap. I wouldn't make the buttonhole in the bag if I were knit this again and line the bag. It was tricky to line the bag with a buttonhole. I had to slit the lining to expose the buttonhole.

Close-up view. It's all soft and fuzzy looking now.
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Quilted Wall Pocket

I made this appliqued quilted wall pocket. It won't hold anything heavy, so I am not sure what I will put in it, perhaps some dried flowers?
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Wool Applique Pillow

I made this pillow from an old wool sweater that I first felted. The applique flowers are a wool/rayon blend felt that I hand dyed. I added a lot of seed stitching around the appliques.

Close-up of the larger flower.
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Experimenting With Yarn

I was experimenting with dyeing wool yarn with walnut husks. I first dyed the yarn on the right on the stove, letting it simmer for a couple of hours. The yarn on the left I soaked in water with walnut husks for over 3 weeks. I wanted to see how each method would dye and how dark the walnuts would dye. As you can see there is quite a difference in the hue. The color of the yarn in the dye bath was such a rich dark chocolate brown, but after draining the water and washing & letting the yarn dry, it really lightened up quite a bit for both yarns.
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sewing Tool Organizer

I made this sewing/quilting tool organizer that I hung on my door. The fabrics match the sewing machine covers I made that are posted from an earlier posting. Instead of using vinyl or plastic for the pockets, I used a mesh material. The mesh works well and allows me to see into the pockets too. The holes of this mesh are a bit too large though for small pointy objects like pens and pencils and tend to poke through the openings of the mesh. The mesh is easier to work with, like sewing, and I could pin the mesh in place too; something that you can't do with plastic or vinyl. I like being able to have some of my tools off the tables to give me more space.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jammies For My Grandson

I made giraffe print flannel pajamas for my grandson. Here he is modeling them.

I made him flannel train print pajama bottoms too. Here he is opening the present. He was a boy-on-the-move with so many presents to open on Christmas, so I couldn't get a good photo of him when he put the pj bottoms on later. This was the best photo of him.
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