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11  Crochet pineapple stitch warm weather summer sexy beach hat ---> pattern link in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: March 16, 2013 12:40:03 PM

One of the prettiest stitches in crochet is the pineapple. In this project, it is worked in the round. Here is a lacy hat, suitable for warm weather, which is crocheted in 4 ply cotton. There are plenty of open spaces and four big beautiful pineapples to show off. Can be made in less than two hours and uses less than one skein of thick cotton.

Materials: 1 skein of as Lily Sugar nCream4-ply cotton yarn, either the 2 ounce variegated or the 2.5 ounce solid color. You will need 1.4 ounces in color of choice. Models were made with colors Key Lime Pie and Red.

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12  I Netted a Heart Shawl ----> free pattern link in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: February 21, 2013 05:39:39 AM

Detail of heart

When I saw Babukatorium's post about the beautiful heart shawl she made from a vintage pattern, it jogged my memory. The vintage pattern she used was from a French magazine that is in my personal collection.. The directions were very sketchy, not written in modern terminology and assumed that the person making it was skilled. I completely re-wrote the directions in row by row detail and added an 18 photo slide show help.  I also added a border to the top of the shawl to finish it off nicely.There was no name for the stitch used, so I'm calling it Netted Heart Stitch.

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13  Nefertiti Curtain or Wall Hanging ---> free link in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: February 09, 2013 06:59:43 AM

Nefertiti is a very popular icon. I have rendered her in a filet piece. The finished size is
13 x 15 inches. Use 400 yards of  #10 thread and a # 7 steel hook.

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14  Valentine's Day Bedroom Door Hang Tags ----> free link in Valentine's Day by Maria Merlino on: February 03, 2013 04:20:43 PM

I thought it would be fun to do a hang tag for a bedroom door. There are 2 images. Just print, cut and hang up!

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15  Sacred Heart made from a catalog and paper punches ---free link in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Maria Merlino on: February 02, 2013 11:53:46 AM

I have a lot of paper punches and wanted to see how I could use them in different ways. I used a recycled clothing catalog and a tree and heart punch.

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16  Cross Stitch Mardi Gras Crown in Easter by Maria Merlino on: January 28, 2013 10:07:32 PM

Hope this is the correct category!

Easy to make and bedazzle with bits of bright shiny things. 14 count aida, fits in a 5x7 opening frame.

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17  Recycled catalog to Heart Bookmark in Valentine's Day by Maria Merlino on: January 27, 2013 09:49:09 AM

Clothing catalogs that come in the mail can be a good resource for paper with color and textural designs. Recycle the pages into a stacked heart bookmark by using a heart shaped paper punch. For the base of the bookmark, use the white glossy card stock divider that comes in boxed teas. They are the perfect size. However, any card stock or even a recycled cereal box will do. There is a short slide show. Video is provided at the end of instructions for the more detailed close up step-by-step

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18  Printable Marbtin Luther King Jr. Door Knob Hangers or tags-->free link in Winter Holidays by Maria Merlino on: January 12, 2013 02:43:42 PM

Here are two images for your MLK Day of Service. Print them on card stock or index card weight paper. If you use plain copy paper, glue them to the back of a cereal box for sturdiness.
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19  Dr. Martin Luther King I Have A Dream Cross Stitch MLK Day-> free chart in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Maria Merlino on: January 10, 2013 04:59:23 AM

Here is a cross stitch chart to celebrate MLK Day. It fits into a 5x7 inch frame. The project uses 14 ct. aida and only 3 colors plus white. It's a quick project to mark this inspirational day.

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20  Thanksgiving Printable Door Hangers and Bottle Toppers ---> Free link in Thanksgiving by Maria Merlino on: November 18, 2012 03:08:34 PM

Here are printables for your last minute decorating or wine bottle giving, There are 4 designs, 2 are graphic and 2 are vintage images.
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