It has been a long while since my last post, my poor blog. It has just been work, home and not a lot of craft work. So sad. I miss spending time in my hobby room to play with my yarn, fabric and fleece. I did manage to finish a project; a new cover for the back seat of the car.
Used a Tube Turner to turn the stem inside out after sewing. A new set of Tube Turner is surprising expensive. I purchased a second hand set from an online auction shop. It is well worth the trouble of getting this tool. It makes the job of making fabric stripe so easy.
Here is my first fabric flower. So pretty, love it.
I use the flower pattern from the Chinese book and follow the flower making instruction from the English book "Fabulous Fabric Flowers". The Chinese book has instruction too, but the English book is much better, clearer and more concise.
Playing with fabric; learning to make a few simple fabric flowers. Traced out the full size tulip pattern directly onto thick cards using a light box.
3 pink petals make one bloom.
Using a stuffing fork to fill a little tulip flower with stuffing.
The light box is called LightTracer by ArtoGraph. I purchased it from my local Joann craft store when it was on sales.
The blue regular stuffing fork is by Barbara Willis Designs. I searched around for one and got mine for about $12 from an online shop called SweetBearCreekWhims (http://www.sweetbearcreekwhims.com) It is a great little tool for small project like this one.
I have been wanting to make this red coat for a while. I finally got round to order the yarns and pattern and am ready now to make a start.
I normally don't have much problem with getting the right tension/gauge but this one throws me off totally. This knitting pattern is from the US and asks for size 6mm knitting needles and chunky weight yarn.
I knitted a swatch and it was way off. I knitted a second swatch and it was much better.
The first swatch on the left used 6mm knitting needles made in the UK. The second swatch on the right used size 10 (6mm) knitting needles made in Montana USA.
I guess where your knitting needles are made are important.