I am pleased to be on the Christmas at Home blog tour sponsored by Hometalk and Country Living! I am so glad you are here! I have been working on a couple of tiny Christmas projects. We are in the middle of moving and I don’t have much time or space for a lot of decorating this year. So, I decided to go tiny. You have probably seen the trendy HGTV show, Tiny Houses? Just watching that show makes me claustrophobic. I like tiny decorations, I do not like tiny houses. I started my project with some rather tiny balls of wool roving. The wool is thick, unprocessed yarn, perfect for felting. The first step was to make the balls by twisting the yarn around my hand, then shaping it into a ball. I used several colors of roving for some of the balls and used just one color of roving for some of the others. I used red, green, grey and winter white yarns. After I made the balls, I used a large sewing needle to secure the end of yarn inside each ball. The last step was to put the balls of yarn into a single sock and secure the open end with a rubber band or twist tie. The sock needs to be stretched tightly over the yarns ball in order to felt properly. The balls in their socks were then washed in hot water in the washing machine with a small amount of laundry detergent. The agitation of the machine helps in the felting process. When… Read More »
This project is part of the So You Think Your Crafty Contest. To say that I am excited about being a part of this competition is a big understatement. Our theme for Week One, was “Stash Bust”. I have been hoarding pieces of wool for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. These are 1/4 yard cuts of wool. Some are hand dyed, some are re-purposed. Usually they are used in quilting or appliqués, but I had a different idea for them. My vision was a Wool Wave Pillow. This pillow only took about an hour to make from start to finish. I created the wave pattern by cutting rectangular strips of wool 3 1/2″ wide. I used this piece of wavy Frog Tape as a pattern for the wave design, and cut ONE of the LONG edges into this wave pattern. After trimming the first piece, I cut 8 more identical ones for a total of 9 pieces. I cut each piece from a different color of wool, you could use all the same colors if you wish. The next step was to stitch them together. I found that my wool stretched slightly as I worked with it because of the bias cuts, which made it a bit difficult to sew. I would recommend putting a piece of Stitch Witchery underneath each seam and fusing them together with a warm iron before stitching to eliminate some of the stretch. Stitch Witchery is available from Amazon.com. To sew the pieces together, I… Read More »
I have seen these Felted Wool Dryer Balls on Pintrest a number of times. They seem to be tried and tested enough to know that they really do work in place of buying dryer sheets. I have a confession to make… I have never actually purchased dryer sheets. At least I don’t remember buying any, perhaps I did way back when. Before I realized how bad they are for you. Part of our quest to live an organic and chemical free lifestyle is to review each and every item that comes into our home. Is it really necessary? Is it full of chemicals? Why do we need it? Is there another alternative? You would be amazed how your perspective changes after a while. There are many things that most families purchase that are considered “essentials” , that we simple don’t buy. One of them is dryer sheets. The skin is the largest organ in the body, so they say. Why do we perfume and chemically dose our laundry that goes next to our skin? It doesn’t make sense to me. We absorb so much of what we come in contact with in our environment, we don’t even realize it. When our son was young and struggling with ADD, ADHD, allergies and learning disorders and a bunch of other things, I remember reading about how many environmental chemicals are absorbed by small children. Children are so much more sensitive to things than adults. If chemicals in our environment bother us, just think so much more it must bother them.… Read More »
Some days just don’t go as you planned. I had planned to shop for food and start cooking Thanksgiving dinner today. Instead, I spent my afternoon following an instinct. On a whim, I began making this little Timepiece Christmas Ornament. I have been dreaming of Christmas Ornaments and decorations for days. Dreaming is a dangerous thing. For me, when I wake up, I have to act on the dream or I forget it. The other nigh,t I dreamed of what I could make with all the broken watches and jewelry I have laying around. I can’t bear to throw them out. They are still beautiful. This is my favorite old watch. We have been through much together. It’s missing parts, and no longer works. I love it anyway. I love this old watch even more as part of a nostalgic keepsake ornament. I cut up a couple of pairs of wool trousers and used the fabric for the ornament base. Mother always said, “Never throw anything away.” She was right of course. You just never know when you will need some scraps of old wool. I cut a 4″ circle in of the dark wool, and a 3 1/2″ circle of the lighter color wool. The edges were trimmed with pinking shears, and then bonded the two fabrics together with a fusible webbing. Belt loops from the old trousers help hold the watch in place, and were topstitched in place . A single needle stitch around the outside holds the front and back pieces in place. I probably… Read More »
It’s spring here this week. Yup, it is. Regardless of the temperatures and weather forecasts, to me it is SPRING. There are some woolly sheep that live down the road from us. They are absolutely adorable especially at the end of the winter when their coats get big and thick. Have you ever been to a spring sheep shearing? It’s so much fun to watch. I would highly recommend it. I found these adorable little sheep at an antique sale recently. They looked out of place and had to come home with me. I purchased the three sheep on the left, the one on the right I made to go with the others. Here’s how I did it: Supplies: White and Black Wool Roving (you can purchase this from craft stores in the knitting department) felting needle Cinnamon sticks or twigs for legs small piece of floral foam I began by winding the white wool roving tightly around the palm of my hand to make a ball. After I started this I realized I wasn’t going to have enough wool, so I ended up using a piece of floral foam in the middle of my sheep body and winding the wool around it to save on materials. You can do it either way. You could also use a cheaper wool yarn in the middle of the ball/body and put the white wool roving around the outside. After a time, I slipped my palm out of the wool, and began winding in the opposite direction. Continue winding as before changing directions… Read More »
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