Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Almost 50 Year Old Project

While going through some pictures the other night I came across a project I started in fifth grade.  Spool knitting.   With a wooden spool, which are rare to find today.  When my girls were little I wanted them to each be able to do spool knitting as I did when I was a kid.  Trying to find a wooden spool was hard, until their Grandpa found a couple in his basement.  We pounded 4 brads into each spool and it was finished and ready to start knitting.  

Back to fifth grade.  I remember all the girls had their wooden spool at recess trying to make their chain longer and longer.  We would stand by the wall of the school and unroll our knitting to see whose was the longest. 

I have kept mine all these years and I still have some yarn to add to it.  The yarn itself has some sentimentality to it as I had gotten it out of my mom's crocheting basket, leftovers from projects she had made us. 

The wooden spool.  Someone had given me a package of stickers back then and I put one on the spool.  My question is why would someone give a child a sticker that says 'Stupid Ann Award' ? 

I had tried to wrap this on cardboard to keep it neat.  In the background there is a bag and several balls of yarn ready to add to the chain. We would cut different lengths of different colors and tie them together, making sure the knot was pushed down inside of the chain.

Rolled out like a rug.  This is on my cutting table which measures 36 inches across.  Gives a good look at how large this has gotten over the years.

  I sometimes think I should just quit this project, put it in a shadow box like this with the spool still attached.  After almost 50 years, I'm still thinking on this.

I love the bright colors.  Most of the orange, yellow and brown are leftovers from an afghan my mom made me when I was a teenager, which I still have.  It must have been some good quality yarn, it washes/drys real well and looks just as good now as it did when it was first made.

Rolled back into a ball, ready to put away until 
I am in the mood to continue on with the chain or frame it. 

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Little From Christmas Past

I just wanted to share something from my Christmas past, about 40 some years ago. 

My mom was very crafty, meaning she loved to do crafts - sewing, knitting, painting, etc.

I believe she used to encourage us as well.  Seems like every Christmas I would receive some kind of art kit.  Velvet painting kit, paint by numbers, candle making, plastic flowers.  I once received a wooden paint by number kit, it was a winter scene of a Victorian town on a wooden board.  Along with painting it, it had tools to mark it to look old, like running a blade over the wood to make creases and a nail to poke holes in the picture.  I wonder what ever happened to that picture. 

I do however have the Christmas ornaments she gave me one year.  Two sets of paint by number wooden ornaments.  I remember leaning over the metal TV tray in my bedroom painting these ornaments until my back ached. I finished everyone of them. My thoughts would be to only have Christmas trees with homemade ornaments, however over the years and the assorted size trees we've had, I have accumulated two 18 gallon totes of ornaments (I have actually cut this down and donated some, keeping only ones that have some sentiment to them). 

I was not looking to putting up a tree this past year.  Our little apartment is little, with too much furniture and setting up a tree seemed like too much work.  One night I came home from work and my husband had purchased a small tree that fit on one of our side tables with out having to move all the furniture around.  He had gotten the two totes out of the garage ready for me to decorate.  So this year, with the exception of the angel on top and a small silver bell I put up my wooden ornaments.

Here are some of the ornaments. 

Our little tree.  There is a large stuffed Santa that my husband's aunt made when my daughter was a year old, she is now 28.  
The pillow was made by my niece when she was in school. 
Just a bit of the Christmas tree skirt is showing, I made that around 1982. 
I used to have an angel that lighted, however it was broken when the tree was knocked over one year.  We found this angel on clearance after Christmas.  
I love the simplicity of it. 

Santa Claus and the bell, 
because every time you hear a bell ring 
an angel gets their wings.

This looks a little like my dog Jimmy.

My daughter was about six when the angel was broken.  She saw how sad I was so she made this angel to put on the top of the tree. It has been put on all the trees we have had every since.  
Hope you have enjoyed seeing a little from my Christmas past. 

Happy Reading!
Note:  to view the pictures only, click one of the pictures. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fun and Games Table Runner Part 3

The last of the Fun and Games Table Runner.

Part 3 - I Spy

I had an idea of an I spy quilt for a child, with all different types of printed fabric.  While working on the checker board I decided to add the I Spy game to this table runner.   There are two sections for the I Spy part.  Tic-Tac-Toe is at one end, checkers at the other.  

I cut out of several fabrics pictures that I thought a kid (or grown up) would like, then randomly sewed them together until I had large enough pieces that I could cut out shapes and letters.  I ironed on double sided adhesive to the back,  then cut out the letters I - S- P -Y, along with the following shapes: triangles, square, circle, heart, rectangle, star, oval and arrow.   This would allow not only to 'spy' the pictures on the fabric, but also shapes, letters, and words.   I then ironed these on two panels and stitched around them with decorative stitches.  Any where there was a seam in the shape, also was stitched with a decorative stitch.  I then cut strips of the assorted fabrics to sew a border around the panels.

I think it came out pretty well. 

Panel one

Panel two

Below are the shapes after I stitched around them. Along with the words to identify the shape.

My favorite, I like how the kitten is looking down at the ghost and the look on the ghost's face.

If you noticed there are names through out the panels. I added Kathy's nieces, nephews and daughter's names as well.  I thought they would  have fun locating their own name on the table cover.

and of course my signature.  

Hope you enjoyed reading about and seeing this table runner.  I hope Kathy has fun with her nieces and nephews playing the assorted games. 

The finished table runner:

I put all the table runners in a nice box, which had enough room to add the Fall and Christmas table runners I made her for her birthday. 

Happy Reading!

To read more on the other table runners click on the links below:  
Fun and Games Part 2 - Tic Tac Toe
Fun and Games Part 1 - Checkers 
St. Patrick's Day 
Valentine's Day 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fun and Games Table Runner Part 2

Part 2:  Tic-Tac-Toe

I found in my stash material with several pictures of dogs on a off-white background, in two different sizes.  I don't remember when or why I bought this.  I also had a blue print with puppies and kittens on it (same material I used for Olivia's apron). 
I had in mind to do a Tic-Tac-Toe game for a while, and thought this would be the perfect material to accomplish this. I'm sure the kids will love the dogs/puppies on the game, I know I did.

This was really easy to put together.  I just cut one inch strips and placed between the pictures.  Kathy has a black dog, so I put the black one in the middle.  There was only 7 dogs that is why there are duplicates.  I did the border with the same blue print.  Each block I put in one of  the words TIC, TAC, or TOE.  You can see in the pictures below I stitched around each square.

I found these sparkly wooden X's and O's at the craft store.  They fit perfectly in the squares.

With two of the larger dog squares, I made a bag to hold the X's and O's.  The inside of the bag is the blue print.  Side one above, side two below.

The finished Tic-Tac-Toe game. 

Happy Reading!
Next:  Fun and Games Table Runner Part 3