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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cushions to match my mums quilt on: July 25, 2014 12:20:24 PM
This project took me almost two years to finish, but I did it!

My mom made me a quilt for my bed-couch and she gave me some of the fabrics to make cushions. I wanted four cushions that would not cover the ornaments on the bed-couch. I went through my fabric stash and found some linen and some green upholstery velvet. I didn't want to buy anything for the project, but ended up buying the ribbons and lace because I didn't have any in a suitable color.

I found an old (and hideously ugly) bedspread and used it as a base for the pillows. I made four bags from it and then spent at least two months cutting up clothes, old bed covers and other fabrics I didn't need any more. Seriously, I watched the intire Prisoner (the 60's series) and half of Babylon five while cutting and I had blisters and my hand was cramping, but finally i had enough scraps to fill the bags. I hand sewed the bags close and started designing the actual pillowcases for the pillows.

The fabrics were leftovers from other projects so I had to adjust the design to fit their shape. This is why theres two colours in back and front instead of two different coloured sides as I had originally planned. I like the result a lot (more than the original idea Smiley ).

I used the quilt fabric scraps (they were leftover strips) and lace to decorate the bases. Each of the cushions is different, variations of the same theme. I hand sewed the ribbons to each of the pillows. The vertical ribbons are only in the front of the pillows, but the diagonal ones continue to the back. This took hours and hours (One hour per seam… ) and it was a real pain to sew the ribbons on the velvet. They kept shifting and the result wasn't exactly straight, but it's close enough. I brought the project with me to class and to parties and meetings and everywhere.

Finally I finished sewing the ribbons and could sew the decorated bases into bags with one long side open. I figured it would be easier to get the pillows in the bags this way. The last side I again hand sewed shut. I really like sewing by hand, but there were times when I almost gave up Cheesy But just look at this pile! I'm gald I kept going and finished the project (before it was time to buy a new couch Cheesy)!

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: July 22, 2014 11:11:07 PM
I remember looking at this thread in January, but was too overwhelmed to join back then. Now I've started to organize my home and a bit of de-stashing would help with the overall goal. So I'm jumping in Smiley First project will be finishing a jewelry frame. I actually intended to use maps in it Smiley
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: July 18, 2014 04:23:44 AM
Unfortunately no, those are all pretty basic stitches. I've googled with every word I could think of, but haven't found anything yet. I tried to do this on my own, but the project I'm currently working on is too complicated, so I'll test it later to see if I can get it to work. I'm starting to feel it's easier to just learn to pick up those stitches properly Cheesy But I won't give up yet Wink
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ambidextrous knitting? on: July 16, 2014 01:08:13 AM
Wow, I always fought that ambidextrous knitting would be really hard to learn, but it only took me about an hour to get the same speed knitting from left to right as when purling. I expect to be a much faster knitter in the future!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted bag for stroller on: July 11, 2014 01:52:45 PM
Just noticed this old thread of mine. I had missed all the nice compliments Smiley

The bag was in use until two years ago both in prams and strollers. The straps stretched, but it was not a huge problem as they could be wrapped around the handle until there was a buttonhole for the buttons. We often stuffed a lot of things in the bag but not the heaviest things.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: July 10, 2014 03:25:05 AM
I'm looking for a name for a knitting technique I just might have come up myself… or maybe it actually axists and I could watch a tutorial on Youtube.

I want to leave selvedge stiches waiting on another needle so that I don't need to pick up stitches. Of course I'll need to add stitch for every stitch left waiting, but if there's something else I should do, I have no idea.

Does someone know what search terms I should use to find a picture or a video?
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to get proper tension? on: February 26, 2014 09:04:29 PM
Thanks. I suppose you are right Smiley

I tried another pattern yesterday (a round one) and it works better. Despite all the mistakes I made, it's not wobbly at all. All I did with it was pay more attension to teh overall tension. So it seems like it's just practice, ractice and more practice Smiley
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / How to get proper tension? on: February 25, 2014 12:35:09 PM
I've been experimenting with hugs and kisses style patterns (like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2rKYnRVXFw&feature=youtu.be as a pendant)  and I find it difficult to get good tension on my projects. I wonder what could be the solution:

1) more practise (just started today…)
2) change from thread to fishing line
3) tighten more during working
4) learn some secret tightening technique I'm not aware of (I just pull the threads every witch way and see if it helps)
5) make sure the bead sizes work well together for the pattern/adjust pattern to work with beads

Or all of the above? Something else?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Frankenstein's blanket on: December 25, 2013 07:59:00 AM
Thanks for the comments Smiley Actually, I have plans to make another one right away Cheesy I love simple boring and time consuming projects. That way I don't need to think of a new one right away.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Frankenstein's blanket on: December 19, 2013 01:00:53 PM
I've worked on and off this project for almost a year. It felt so good to finally finish it Smiley I call it Frankenstein's blanket because of the colours. They are hideously wonderful.

The whole project started with a yarn discount… I bought ten skeins of variegated yarn that I didn't even like much. (Who would combine dark green and greyish rosa anyway?) Still, something about that yarn made me buy it and then I thought of finally making a blanket big enough to use during nap time Smiley So I had t buy more yarn. Something to mach the colors… except that I was impatient and there was nothing right at the shop, so I just bought two colours I liked and decided they would all just somehow blend together in the end.

The blanket is huge… My goal was to make it 220x150 cm (standard cover size), but I think it's bigger. In the picture there's just half of it and it's the size of my living room rug.

The technique is my own idea. I used three different yarns and garter stitch, knitting one row with each yarn. That is what creates the color effect (and the variegated yarn).

The size of each piece was determined by the variegated yarn and the fact that I started the first piece with 60 stitches. I finished each piece by crocheting with turquoise yarn and joined the pieces. Then I crocheted around the whole blanket to create a bit of a border.
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