Altering a Dog Costume

tinman-costumeLast week at work one of my coworkers asked if I would alter a little costume she’d gotten for her dog. She wanted to support a friend who was running a marathon, but the costume she’d bought was much too large for her very tiny dog (going by the measurements, it might be smaller than Peter). To be honest, I’m a beginner sewer, so I don’t like having the chance to mess up other people’s stuff, but I couldn’t bring myself to say no, so….I ended up with two days to alter a little Tin Man dog costume. Continue reading


Winter Stitching: Rugs and Hot Water Bottles

Rug supplies

Rug Making Supplies – wool strips and large crochet hook

So here I am, slinking back ashamedly to post about my meager winter projects: I crocheted a rug (several months ago) and made a hot water bottle cover (last weekend). I’ll start with the rug, since that was finished first. At some point in the distant past, Mom sent home a box of rug strips that belonged to Grandma. She couldn’t make rugs from them anymore, so they were passed on to me. I decided a simple crochet rug would be fast and easy, especially with the strips already done. When I opened the box, I found that “rug strips” was a bit of an exaggeration. There were lots of random scraps, some strips of old jeans, and a few strips/scraps of wool (according to the burn test).  I had what I thought was a large pile of wool strips, a big hook, and directions for crocheting an oval from the old Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (the one with all the hideous 70’s projects).

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Finished Baby Beanie

Finished baby beanie – close up of flower

Thus far, this blog has not succeeded in shaming me into working on projects. But I did get the little beanie finished in time for the baby shower! They had also asked for favorite baby books in lieu of cards, so I added Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I just had to look up how to spell caterpillar. From what I remember, I actually used to pronounce it “catapittle,” maybe that’s why I still can’t spell it.

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Practice Baby Beanie

Flower detailMy friend is expecting a baby girl in October, so I’ve been going through baby projects on my Pinterest boards. I decided to try Stephanie MacDerment’s Emery Beanie first, since all the reviews promised it was very easy (I haven’t actually completed a crochet project yet, except for the border of one square for the fusion blanket, so I thought I should start small). The popcorn flower pattern is from B. Hooked Crochet. Continue reading

Indigo Dyeing Workshop

I wanted to start my blog with a brilliant finished project, but I don’t have any (which is why the blog was started in the first place). So, here are some pictures of fabric from an indigo dyeing workshop held at the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska. They had an exhibit of quilts made from indigo fabric and a special workshop where we saw samples and tried dyeing fabric ourselves.

Many of the examples were of shibori, a Japanese method of resist-dyeing (like a very fancy version of tie-dye). Actually, this post will mostly be about shibori instead of indigo. My favorite was the arashi shibori sample. It has the most wonderful feel, because it still has the texture from being folded and tied. Arashi shibori is made by wrapping the cloth on the bias around a pole, and then wrapping with thread and twisting it to create the pattern. As you can see from the sample, they are very precise about it.

Arashi shibori - sample

Arashi shibori – sample

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