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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / Chicago, IL: Knit with Kelley Deal of The Breeders at Sifu Design Studio. on: July 19, 2011 02:28:34 PM
Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns Presents...
Deal and Dally in the Alley

A weekend event of crafting, creating, and rocking out!

Kelley Deal of The Breeders, and author of the book "Bags that Rock" will visit Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns starting www.sifudesignstudio.com July 22 for a book signing and meet & greet! At 7pm, she will host Sci-Fiber Friday - our free, weekly Sci-Fi movie screening.  July 23 and 24, Kelley will be back to teach a two part workshop on her awesome felted bag, "The Road Bag."  Plus, all day Saturday we will be hosting The Urban Folk Circuit, the only traveling year-round craft fair in Chicago, in our back parking lot. Saturday night Kelley and her new band R.Ring will be playing across the street at Transistor.

Sign up now on our website for this once in a lifetime chance to knit and felt a bag with Kelley Deal. The class is $80 for both days, materials not included, but readily available in kits at the store for $60.

Lisa Whiting

Owner/ Designer/ Artist/ Teacher
Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns
5044 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

773-271-SIFU (7438)

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2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cutie patootie's booties on: June 10, 2010 02:29:44 PM
It's been awhile since I've posted in the knitting gallery!

I whipped these up two weeks ago for my sister in law who is nearing her due date. My niece has nicknamed her soon-to-be new sister "cutie patootie," so these are Cutie Patootie's booties!

The pattern is Saartje's Booties, which I absolutely love. It's been awhile since this pattern was popular, but I think it is so unique and pretty. The yarn is some stash yarn I inherited. I think they turned out very sweetly - hope you agree!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / flower tote - a year in the making on: June 10, 2010 02:10:28 PM
This weekend I was able to get a huge pile of projects done, including this:

I started this bag last summer. The pattern is from my favorite Japenese crochet book, "Crochet Motif Item." I'm sure you are thinking - why would you ever crochet this?! Look at all those ends to weave in!

And I will admit, the finishing of the crochet took a really long time. But that is not why this project languished on my sewing table - unfinished - for so long.

I could not figure out what to do for handles. Until a few weeks ago when I read a post over at the Purl Bee blog and I knew I had my solution - Use webbing for the handles! I picked some up at JoAnn's that matched the center color of the flower, and I was in business.

Check out this lining:

And a closeup of crochet-y goodness:

I could not be happier with the bag - and the fact that it is finally done!

Blogged with a few more pictures and some links here:
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / an extra special horse on: June 09, 2010 06:19:36 PM
Hi friends!

This one was just a quick little thing. I've had this tote for awhile, and I wanted to make it just a little more special...

I used backstitch to give one special horse a pink mane, tail and hooves!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / little red tree on: May 24, 2010 08:49:06 PM

Here's a little red tree I stitched up last week. It's only 3" across, and my own pattern. Not sure what I shall do with it yet, as always!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Bunting on: May 15, 2010 02:47:38 PM
I moved into a new place a few months ago, and I've been working on my craft room. I had seen some of these fabric buntings on a few blogs, and I decided to try my hand at it.

One side is bright fabrics - teal, stripes, and flowers, and the other side is more mellow - blue & yellow flowers, light blue stripes and light yellow fabric. All the fabrics are from the thrift store - sheets and pillow cases!

Here's a shot of it up in my craft room:

I was thinking about doing a tutorial for this - let me know if you're interested!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / mmm... cake... on: May 15, 2010 02:36:17 PM

I made this awhile ago and just found it in my studio, so I thought I'd share!

Pattern is my own, cake is yummy, inspired by Alice in Wonderland (eat me!)

I'm participating in the Sew Mama Sew blog giveaway, and this will be one of my giveaways starting on Sunday, May 16th, if you're interested!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yellow & Grey Cushion - #3! on: May 04, 2010 09:58:10 PM
At long last, I have finished the third cushion!

There it is, posing with the baby hexagon cushion. The large one is 50 standard granny squares, three rounds in various colors, joined by a 4th round of pale grey.

I absolutely love the way all three look together. I must admit, though, that this large one is my least favorite! I think I like the square one best.

The happy family:

The original post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342824.0
And blogged! http://katiesredumbrella.blogspot.com/2010/05/last-but-not-least.html
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Violet Wind, Part 1 & 2 on: April 21, 2010 05:00:05 PM
I wanted to share two embroideries I created for a lovely fundraiser called "Circle of Art" in Saline, Michigan.

You may be thinking to yourself - those are the same two pictures, but one is really dark. You would be almost correct!

For the fundraiser, artists were invited to submit two pieces which will then be auctioned at an event and the proceeds will go to a local food bank. I decided to go with two pieces that were variations on a theme. They are both my design, and slightly different. Part 1 is worked in a grey and violet colorway, and Part 2 is worked in a grey and blue colorway. I think I like the violet better.  Cheesy

If you would like more info on this great charity event, including bidding on the artwork online, visit their website at http://www.salinepictureframe.com/circle-of-art.php

I also blogged this at: http://katiesredumbrella.blogspot.com/2010/04/circle-of-art.html
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Little Hexagon Pin Cushion on: April 10, 2010 11:19:08 AM

The perfect travel project! A little pin cushion made out of 8 hexagon motifs joined in a creative way. It's beautiful today in Chicago, and I just had to take a picture of it outside in the grass.

I have seen this all over the web, and I finally had to make one for myself. I used a 1.25mm crochet hook and DMC Perle Cotton thread. I stuffed it with leftover muslin, since the holes between the rows are pretty big, and I wanted it to have some weight.

A pattern can be found here: http://oneloopshort.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-first-pattern.html, which I did not write, nor did I actually use. I just sorta looked at it and figured it out! Don't worry, I won't sell it or anything.  Cheesy

I think it might make a good Mother's Day gift, what do you think?

Blogged: http://katiesredumbrella.blogspot.com/2010/04/huzzah.html
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