Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ribbon Sunflowers and delicate Shasta Daisies

Golden sunflowers and delicate shasta daisies peeking out of their rustic containers make a delightful pair of embroideries. The designs are stitched on a painted background using colorful silk ribbons.

Red Tube Necklace and Bracelet

To create this fabulous set, you'll work on these pieces "inside out" in the round. The combination of beads is up to you, and, of course, the color possibilities are endless. 

Skill Level

Finished Size 
Necklace: (1 cm x 54.5 cm) with clasp 
Bracelet.: (1 cm x 21.5 Cm) with clasp

Friday, March 16, 2012

Knitted Lace-edged Tea Towels

Four lace-edged tea towels suitable for a gift. These towels have lace at each end for an attractive finish.


2 x 50 g balls DMC 20 
Needles 2 mm (14)
Tea towels

Spiralling Mirror Frame

The overwhelming colouring of the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the original inspiration for this project, is gold, though there are touches of red to recreate Klimt's extraordinary palette. I have used metallic braids in five colours: a silvery gold, a gold, a red gold, a copper and a bronze. To create extra variety of colour and texture a range of stranded cottons is integrated into the design.

Cross Stitch Pillows From Garden

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wave-Stitch Crochet Coin Purse

The graduated stitches in this pattern result in a particularly beautiful piece when you use two complementary colors. You can use the same pattern to make a larger purse or even a scarf. The wave stitch isn't difficult,but closely follow the stitch diagram below to avoid making mistakes.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Pretty Pleated-Look Skirt

 The neck of the capelet becomes the waist on this pleated-look skirt. It can be made in any size from infant to adult 6X; all you have to do is lengthen or shorten the beginning chain. Make it as wide or narrow as needed by choosing the number of rows worked. A pretty, optional to make it extra special.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ribbon Flower Pins

STRIPED GROSGRAIN is available in a variety of cheery colors to make festive flower pins. A heated tool is used to cut a soft. flowing edge along t he ribbon, which gives the flower petals an organic. naturalistic feel. Flower stamens are commonly found wherever bridal supplies are sold. (Vintage pieces make especially beautiful centers.)

Fuchsia Hot-water Bottle Cover

 This wool and ribbon embroidered hot-water bottle cover is a wonderful way to warm up chilly nights. 
Using a combination of ribbon, wool and rayon threads, the fuchsias are created with a variety of stitches.

Plastic Canvas Heirloom Doilies


Read instructions for each piece before cutting and working graphs. Each square on graph equals one hole on plastic canvas. To make working and assembly easy, label each piece of canvas as it is cut. Trim edges smooth

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pineapple Hot Plate Mat

 Recycle your bottle caps - the kind that have crimped edges and need a bottle opener to remove them from the bottle. This technique of covering bottle caps was popular in the mid 20th century. The pineapple is a traditional symbol to welcome guests into the home. Imagine this mat being used for serving pineapple upside-down cake!


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