bookmark and bag 004

bookmark and bag 004

Grocery bag that can be used over and over again. Made of 100% cotton.

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Socks and Purses and Flowers Oh My!

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Well I have just been a busy beaver and  these are just a few of the things that I have made.  The socks I loom knitted for my daughter using a pattern from the book “Loom Knitting Primer” by Isela Phelps.  The purse I loom knitted by using the stockinette stitch on 20 pegs until the piece measured approximately 18 inches. Then I crocheted the handle using a hdc (half double crochet).6 stitches and worked it until it was about 20 inches long.Since I used 100% wool yarn I felted it in the washer in hot water.  Then I layed it out to dry on a towel  The flowers I made using my very own Five Minute Flower Pattern, some acrylic yarn and a size G and H crochet hooks.  They are really easy.  Have fun!  I know I did! LOL

5 Minute Flower

Hook size G, worsted weight yarn.

Slip knot on hook and ch 2

Row 1:  10 sc in first ch, join with sl st.

Row 2:  ch 1 sc in same ch 1 space, 3 dc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc * repeat from * around.  Sl st to first ch, fasten off.  Leave a 10 inch tail to attach flower to whatever you fancy.

Find  contrasting button or other adornment to hot glue in the center.

So get out your looms and crochet needles and create some fun!  And as always May your hands work be blessed and your fiberwork fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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As always May your hands be blessed and your feltwork fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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Felting with Grandkids

Hello everyone!  I had the great opportunity to spend 5 days and nights with my Grandaughter at our house last month and we had a really good time making a felt square.  Its very easy and simple to do and the kids really get a kick out of being able to make something out of relatively nothing.

First you want to lay down some bubble wrap (bubbles up) or a bamboo roll then lay a kitchen towel down on top of that, then lay down a layer of netting or jersey material (the kind with holes in it). Next you take 4 layers of a white core wool and layer them criss cross on top of one another and then lay in your color wool roving in thin strips on top of that in whatever shapes that you want .  Next you want to make up some soapy water by shredding a bar of olive oil soap or I use laundry soap that you can buy at Wal-Mart for 1.99 and shred about 1/3 cup to make a gallon of soapy water.  Be sure to use soap and not detergent. Fill a 1 gallon milk jug a quarter full with hot water and add your shredded soap.  Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes then fill it to the top with hot water.  This is your soap base.  Use this for all of your projects since you cant stop at just one.lol  Now, take about 1/4 cup of soapy water base and put it in a squeeze bottle like and empty ketsup bottle and fill it the rest of the way with hot water.  Squeeze the soapy water onto the wool until it is saturated.Now lay down another layer of netting.  Now using your fingers on top of the netting pushing gently on the wool, make little circles.  Add more soapy water if you need to make it slick to where your hands glide smoothly over the netting.  Next we do what is called fulling.  Roll up your whole bundle to where its good and tight  and use a couple of cotton strings to tie it tightly with and using your arms roll it back and forth on the table about fiftly times. Some people use a dowel to wrap it around or you can use one of those swimming Noodles cut to size.Next do what I did and have your grandchildren roll it part of the time and you roll it part of the time.  When your finished rolling untie your bundle and gently peel back your layer of netting. Turn your new square one quarter turn, replace your netting, roll it up and roll back and forth again for fifty times.  Repeat this process two more times. Once your finished with all your turning and rolling, peel back the netting and gently pinch the new felt to make sure that the fibers have felted together, felting is done, and all the colored wool is felted to the white wool.  Whala! You have just made felt!  Isnt it fun?  You can even make one with your name on it.  I strongly encourage you to check out some books at the library on wet felting so you can see just what all can be made and the different ways to go about it .  Look online.  I will be making a video very soon on how to wet felt a square.  I am going to put all my felt squares together like a quilt and make a felt blanket.  Im sure I will post it when its done.  Your felt should be thin if you peeled the layers apart right from your batch of white core wool.  If not it will turn out like some of mine did and be really thick.lol

I hope you have fun felting and if you have any questions feel free to ask me.  Just use the comment box or check us out on facebook. Just look for Once Upon A Fiber.Com and message me there.

You can get your felting supplies at www.livingfelt.com for a really good price.  You get more bang for your buck there than anywhere else that I have found so far.  I strongly recommend purchasing supplies from them.  You wont regret it.  I would start off getting the white core wool for wet felting and then just buy a few colors of the wool roving if you dont plan on going into business and maybe you can find someone to go in on it with you cause you will get a lot of white core wool.  Enough for several maybe 30 or 40 squares.  They also have the bamboo or plastic to make your rolls with and the netting.  And I dont get anything for sending you to them.  I have just checked out all of the craft stores and was thankful that I purchased my stuff from livingfelt.com.  They have videos on their site to help you learn all about wet felting and other types of felting. They are a great Company.   Dont forget to keep those Granbabys busy! 

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Until Next time may your hands work be blessed and your fiber work fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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Potholder

Well, I found a great stitch to use as a potholder.  Its called the rib stitch in crochet.  I just love it!  It has depth to it which makes it perfect for a potholder.  Heres the pattern:

you will need:  worsted weight 100% cotton yarn, size F crochet hook.

Stitches used:  ch,dc, fpdc,bpdc, hdc.

1 skein makes 2 potholders.

Make a slip knot and put it on your hook. Chain in multiples of 2.  I chained 20. DC in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch accross.

Row 2:** * FPDC around 2nd dc, BPDC around next DC * repeat from *to* across, hdc in last dc or ch 2 made, ch 2 turn** repeat from ** to **  for entire piece.

If there is a fpdc put a fpdc and if there is a bpdc put a bpdc. Follow what the pattern does.

Watch the video. Click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4DBUUScYgY  This is super easy!  You will love making things with this stitch.  And as always may your hands be blessed and your fiber work fullfilling!                 HappyCreating !

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St. Pattys Day Video & Crochet Instructions

Today I made a new video on how to make a four leaf clover out of yarn.  Crocheting. The pattern was by Marlo D. Cairns copyright 2001. I found it on AllFreeCrochet.com .  It was super easy and only took about five minutes to make.  I took it one step further and made a smaller one and attached it to the top of the bigger one.  It looks really good. Check out the video!   http://youtu.be/uAhz022pYH4

As always, May your hands work be blessed and your fiber work be fulfilling!

Here’s the pattern.

Materials needed:  Small amount of worsted weight green yarn, size H hook, pin backing.

Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring

*ch8, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yo, and pull through chain, leave loop on hook* repeat from * to * in next 6 chs (you will have 8 loops on hook), yo and pull through 4 loops on hook, yo and pull through 5 loops on hook, sl st in ring* repeat from * to * 3 times. { (I do the repeat 2 times for a 3 leaf clover and 3 times for a 4 leaf clover)tl.}

Stem: ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 5chs, sl st into ring and fasten off.

Have a Happy St. Pattys Day!!!

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Something New Every Day

You know, everyday I make something. whether it be a bookmark, a batch of homemade lotion, or just a spritz to keep the bugs away.  I make something.  I forget that these things might be useful to all of you.  So I will try to remember to jot them all down and document them for you.  Yesterday I made a crocheted bookmark.  Not much for a day but I was a little down in the health department.  You see I have Fibromyalgia and Arthritis.  So some days even a bookmark is a hallmark.  Some days, I just create and create and create. lol  It makes me feel alive again.  It gives me purpose.  I feel the need to share my knowledge of how to do things with other people.  Its like I get to give back to the world for all the wonderful things it gives to me.  I feel truly blessed.

Back to this bookmark.  I still need to make a tail for it and then I will post the picture of it on here.  I just finished a childs purse (felted) and some 5 minute flowers.  Both of which I will take pics of and post on here.  I have a wooden table I need to finish next.   Oh yea, here is a pic a the socks I made for my daughter .  I made them on a loom. 

As always, May your hands work be blessed and your fiber work be fulfilling!

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Fun with hats and other things

I recently decided to loom knit a white hat for felting and then felt some felt onto it and some wool and flowers that I crocheted.  I had a blast.  The picture says it all.  Then I crocheted a cigarette case and felted it. The hat is 26.99 and the cigarette case is 10.00 if you want me to make you one.  You can use them for lots of things other than cigarettes.  If you wish to purchase this case follow this link http://www.etsy.com/listing/94333023/crocheted-wool-felted-cigarette-case . Thank you.

cigarette case

If you wish to purchase this hat, follow this link http://www.etsy.com/listing/94331813/felted-knitted-beanie-hat

Flower Hat

Happy Creating!

Here is the pattern for the little crocheted flowers.

5 Minute Flower

Hook size G, worsted weight yarn.

Slip knot on hook and ch 2

Row 1:  10 sc in first ch, join with sl st.

Row 2:  ch 1 sc in same ch 1 space, 3 dc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc * repeat from * around.  Sl st to first ch, fasten off.  Leave a 10 inch tail to attach flower to whatever you fancy.

Find  contrasting button or other adornment to hot glue in the center.

As always, May your hands work be blessed and your fiber work be fulfilling!

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Cup of Joe Tissue Cover/cozy

Cup of Joe

 

Cup of Joe tissue holder/cozy

For regular size rolls

For this example I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool

 Items needed:  Crochet hook size J,

  Yarn:   Chunky size 6 in White or off white,Brown or coffee looking yarn size 6.

Row 1:  Put White yarn onto hook with a slip knot.  Chain 38, join together with slip stitch, ch 3, do not turn  Row 2:  DC in 3rd chain from hook, DC in each chain around Slip stitch into top of chain 3 DC.  Row 3-8:  ch 3, DC in 3rd chain from hook and in each DC around slip stitch in top of chain 3 DC . Row 9: Chain 3, DC in each of next 3 stitches, DC 2 tog, *DC in each of next 4 stitches, DC 2 tog,* repeat from * ending with DC to end of round , slip stitch into top of ch 3.  Fasten off.

Handle

Ch 14, DC in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across , turn.

 Row 2-6:  ch 3 DC in each DC  across, turn.

Fasten off  leaving an 18 inch tail.

Coffee

Ch 2, sc 6 times in first ch, sl st first and last sc together.

Round 2:  2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st.

It may be helpful to use stitch markers now.

Round 3:  *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat from * around, slip stitch into first sc

Round 4:  *sc in next  2 sc, 2 sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to beginning sc.

Round 5:  *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around, slip stitch to beginning sc.

Round 6:  *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around, slip stitch to beginning sc. Fasten off, leaving a 17 inch tail.

 Putting it all together

Handle : Roll handle up lengthwise. Put the tail through the eye of a yarn needle and starting at the top attach handle to cup and then sew  handle together all the way down to the bottom and attach near the 7th or8th row on the cup. Knot off and weave in ends.

Coffee:  Thread tail through yarn needle and just below the brim begin to sew back and forth between the coffee and the cup all the way around. Knot off and weave in ends. 

 Original Design by April Moreland copyright 2008

This Altered design for a regular size roll is by Toni Lombardi copyright 2012

The original double roll size pattern can be found here:  http://dishclothdiaries.blogspot.com/2008/06/cup-o-joe.html

 

As always, May your hands work be blessed and your fiber work be fulfilling!

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Thick & Soft Scarf (made in an hour)

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Adult Loom Knitted Beanie

This wonderfully soft & squeezy beanie is so warm and just right to keep away the winter chills.  It is made from 100% Acrylic yarn.  It is on sale for 15.99 plus shipping.  If you wish to purchase one please follow this link http://www.etsy.com/listing/93992423/beanie-hat.

Loom Knitted Beanie

To make this beanie yourself, follow the instructions below.

Use a number 3, or second from largest, round knitting loom and one skein of Jiffy Thick & Quick yarn

E cast on entire loom and knit over.  Next do* 1 round purl and 1 round of knit*.  Repeat from * to * 4 times creating a Garter stitch Border.  Next ewrap and knit over next 28 rounds.

Wrap end yarn around loom one and a half times to get the right amount of yarn to finish.  Cut yarn.  Thread yarn onto large eyed yarn needle.  Working from the bottom of each loop bring needle up and to the right going counter clockwise back to where the needle was first placed in a loop.  Use the knitting tool and take off each loop.  Pull on yarn to tighten into small circle and begin to sew across making a star.  Knot off and cut end.  Weave end into top of beanie.  Whala!  You’re Done!

Enjoy your new hat or give it away to a friend.  If you’re not the type to crochet things like this but would like to have one or give one as a gift to a friend I sell the ones that I make since its my own pattern for a reasonable price.

As always, May your hands work be blessed and your fiber work be fulfilling!

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