Monday, July 23, 2012

Help!! What to use to trace patterns onto fabric?

I am terribly disappointed in some wax free tracing paper I bought at Walmart, for tracing patterns to fabric. It doesn’t work. I used a nice stylus type tool, pressed hard, and nothing. I tried the red and the blue, blue was a little better, but faint and missed spots in the drawing.

I have some antique patterns I want to embroider and bead, but HOW do I get them onto the fabric?

I’m going to take this paper back to Walmart and hopefully will get a refund. It was $3 and some change and I don’t have money to just throw away.  Sheesh!

Any help will be appreciated.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Weave- it loom and weaving and what I did with it

Hello fellow needleworkers and crafters,

I hope you are able to create as much as you want, or as time will allow at any rate.  Creating does something for heart, soul and spirit.

The other morning I was putting canned goods away from our trip to SAM’s wharehouse store, and at the back of my cabinet I spied two boxes.

I barely remember putting these in the cabinet, and after I realized where I got them, I figured they’ve been in there about 18 years. So, I brought them out to light of day, and decided to try using what was inside the small one first. The first try was with size 10 crochet thread, because I like small threads, but I made two mistakes and didn’t like the way it looked. Last night I tried again and used yarn, like the directions say to do anyway, and it turned out much better.

Here are the boxes. My late MIL bought these up north near where they lived and I inherited them when she passed away.




Here is the small loom and needle.


Here is my finished little weaving, which I did a single crochet edging around.  I didn’t notice the light lavender color while working on it, as I was so engrossed in weaving.  I noticed the lavender this morning when I wanted to do something with it. The weaving is about 2 inches by 2 inches, a ‘twinchie’.


I wanted to make a beaded heart to applique to the weaving so that’s what I did. Then I saw the lavender in the weaving and added some little light lavender seed beads. The color of background is not right in this photo, which picked up too much red, making it look pinkish which it isn’t.


I then cut out the heart, and sewed it to the weaving using two strands of sewing thread, a lavender and an aqua color, using the blanket stitch. I already have a box of frames that DH had made up for me from scraps of molding that we have, so picked one out to go with this piece.  I mounted the piece to foam board with the 4 corner beads.


The frame is brushed metal and sanded down to take off the oxidation that had happened on it over the years.  I love how this turned out. Now I just need to put brads in the back to hold it, and a backing, a label and it will be ready to upload to my Etsy shop.


I’ve been thinking about this next piece for a week or so and got it started this afternoon by printing out the words.  This will have an antique frame, 7 1/4 inches by 9 1/4 inches.  I’m probably going to make another starfish in either ecru or cream same with the sand dollar, as the white is too stark for this piece. I will use seed beads for grains of sand.


That’s it for now.  It’s time to have a glass of pre-dinner wine, while I figure out what to fix for supper tonight. Smile Last night we had tilapia fish with kiwi-ginger sauce, delicious, served over brown jasmine rice and mixed vegetables.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

Monday, July 2, 2012

Crocheted sea creatures

Good morning Friends ~

Here it is Monday morning, for us, and the start of a new week.

I wanted to post the link for the sea creatures, so, click here.

I love working with fine thread, these are made with size 30, except for the peachy colored conch and that is size 50.

These are tiny. 

The small conchs are 1” x 1” x 3/4” high.

Star fish, roughly 1 3/4” point to point.

Sand dollar 3/4” in diameter.

Angel fish 1 3/4” long by 1” wide.

Even though they are tiny, they take time, from around 25 minutes to almost an hour. I wear my stronger glasses working with this size thread.

I love how they turned out.

Happy crocheting ~ FlowerLady Lorraine