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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Human Heart Cross Stitch with free chart on: April 28, 2013 02:13:24 PM


Project Runway Seasons 11 winner, Michelle Lesniak Franklin, had a runway piece that judge Nina Garcia so absolutely loved that she begged Michelle to send her one. And what was it that Nina adored? It was a knit sweater with a human heart, bleeding.

OK, this heart isn't bleeding, but it is a human heart. Easily worked on 14 ct. aida.

Here is the free chart:
http://www.examiner.com/article/human-heart-cross-stitch-chart?cid=db_articles

Maria
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Paper Cross Magnet with free link on: April 27, 2013 01:15:13 PM


Use up scraps of paper or old magazines to make a cross magnet. This is a nice Sunday School project.
Here is the free link:
http://www.examiner.com/article/recycled-paper-cross-magnet-sunday-school-craft?cid=db_articles

Maria
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy 420! Cross Stitch ---> with free link on: April 23, 2013 12:34:52 AM
 
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With all the 420 celebrations around the country, I thought it would be fun to make a little cross stitch sampler to commemorate the event.
I used 14 ct. aida. It fits into a 5x7 inch frame.

If you want to make your own, here is the link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/marijuana-happy-420-day-cross-stitch-sampler?cid=db_articles&no_cache=1366702331

Maria

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24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Irish Crochet Rose with Off-Set Petals--->Free Pattern link on: April 08, 2013 01:11:14 PM




Here is a motif that uses the Irish crochet technique. Rose petal rounds are off-set in the next petal round. This gives the inner petals a beautiful frame of outer petals. Use this rose to jazz up a hat. It uses less than 1/2 ounce of yarn, so it makes a good scrap project.

The pattern is here:
http://www.examiner.com/article/irish-crochet-yarn-rose-with-off-set-petals-pattern?cid=db_articles

Maria
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pentagonal Granny Stitch Square Motif Hat---free pattern link on: April 08, 2013 01:04:51 PM




Here is a granny stitch motif hat that begins a bit differently, with a five cornered center instead of a four cornered center. By using a pentagon instead of a square, a hat can be shaped in a more human-like rounded manner. Size variances can be achieved by using a smaller or larger hook or by adding additional rows and rounds—for width, work another round of corners, for length, add more rows before working the border. Since this hat uses less than two ounces of yarn, it’s perfect for using up scraps.

Here is the free pattern:
http://www.examiner.com/article/crochet-pentagonal-granny-square-motif-hat?cid=db_articles

Maria
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Skip One Two Baby Blanket ---> Fre pattern link on: March 27, 2013 06:06:52 AM




Close Up of Stitch



Close Up of Border

Made entirely of single crochet stitches, but placed in a way that the fabric made is soft, but not hole-y. I also used a K/6.5mm hook so that the the stitches would be more springy. Size is 24x32 inches.
Here is the pattern:
http://www.examiner.com/article/crochet-skip-one-two-baby-blanket-afghan?cid=db_articles

Maria

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Pineapple Stitch Drawstring Bag---> Free pattern link on: March 20, 2013 09:40:50 AM


I made this bag to match my Pineapple Stitch Hat pattern.
There are 2 rows of pineapples, it's made with 4 ply cotton yarn and an H hook.

Here is the link:
http://www.examiner.com/article/crochet-a-pineapple-stitch-corset-shaped-drawstring-bag?cid=db_articles

Maria
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet pineapple stitch warm weather summer sexy beach hat ---> pattern link 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.

Get free pattern here:
http://www.examiner.com/article/crochet-pineapple-stitch-warm-weather-summer-sexy-beach-hat-one-skein-project?cid=db_articles

Maria
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I Netted a Heart Shawl ----> free pattern link 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.

Here is the pattern:
http://www.examiner.com/article/i-netted-a-heart-shawl-crochet-pattern

Maria
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nefertiti Curtain or Wall Hanging ---> free link 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.

Here is the chart:
http://www.examiner.com/article/nefertiti-filet-crochet-curtain-wall-hanging?cid=db_articles

Maria
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