Five a Day

2 04 2014

These adorable Needle Keepers were made from the pattern Fruit Salad by Wooden Spool Designs.  The ones in this first picture were my samples for the Monthly Wool Projects group I lead.  The covers for the apple and watermelon were made from hand dyed wool and pretty much everything else is from National Nonwovens Wool Felt.


Cathy decided to take these along with the pattern to the Quilt and Stitch Expo of Pueblo this weekend.  She decided to only take the Wool Felt and I said I’d make new samples for the watermelon and apple.  Now because I work best under pressure (insert a touch of sarcasm), I waited until this morning to start on them (they are packing up for the show tomorrow morning — hey I still had more than 24 hours).


I ran into the store this morning on my way somewhere else and grabbed the buttons.  I got a little bigger this time and I think I’m going to need to change out the one on the watermelon, but that can wait for later.

These needle keepers have several layers for storing your pins and needles.


I told my group these are fast and easy (not everyone agreed).  I made the first five in just one evening.


Big Fat Watermelon

17 07 2013

One doesn’t usually equate wool with summer projects.  But in my “Wool” Projects class we use it year round.  The project for this month was the Big Fat Watermelon pincushion from Bird Brain Designs.  I used wool felt rather than 100% felted wool.


The ant is supposed to be filled with emery, but since I didn’t have any on hand he is just filled with sand.  I think he looks dejected, and he is also a little unstable on his feet.  The ladybug is a pin/needle keep and was super fast to make.  It would be a great little gift for sewing friends.

The pincushion is filled with crushed walnut shells and if you weren’t already aware, these are available in pet supply stores.  Apparently the crushed walnut shells are used for reptile litter.  No reptiles in my future, but several more pincushions!



Difficult to Fill with Pins

11 07 2013

May’s Wool Felt Project was Pin Pals Pets made from an Indygo Junction pattern.  They were fun to make and are so cute, I’ll have a hard time poking them with pins.






It would be simple to take the pattern and modify it slightly to come up with other pin cushions.  I can easily see a cow or maybe a toad stool by making the head a little bigger the possibilities are endless.

Snowmen in July

3 07 2013

I just put the last stitch in this top at about noon today.

Postcard-CutiesNolan purchased the pattern “Postcard Cuties for Winter” from Bunny Hill Designs for me for Christmas several years ago.  I never quite decided what fabric I wanted to use until I saw that the pattern was being reissued using the Primitive Gatherings Snowman Gathering line of fabric.  We already had the precuts in the store so I grabbed those in early April.  The  same week I got those, the yardage arrived and I took it home the same day UPS delivered it to the store.

The blocks were super fast.  I was doing two a day for the first few days.  (Remember I get dropped off at work up to 2-1/2 hours early during the school year.)  In fact I made it all the way to just a little work on the last two blocks before I decided I had to go back to Audubon’s Christmas to be ready for class.  I  pulled it all back out last Sunday night and finished it up.  There are buttons that I will add after quilting.  I used Pendleton Wool for the snowmen which I picked up when I went to Walla Walla for the boys soccer tournament.

I had my blocks at the store during the time I was working on them and we had preorders for several patterns before they were ever released and the fabric line zipped out the door.   We were told this line wouldn’t be reprinted, but it looks like that may have changed.  We are waiting to see.

Still Crazy

28 06 2013

This post just demonstrates I’m a slow learner!  Had I taken a minute to look beyond the picture on this pattern, I probably wouldn’t have chosen it for a one month project.  But once again I had already announced this was what we would be doing before I started working on it.

This project is made from the Hummingbirds pattern by DesignAndBeMary.  There are a couple of ways I can think of to describe the process used in this table topper.  One is folding and cutting snowflakes and the other is Hawaiian applique.

hummingbirdThere isn’t wool felt a delicate enough color for what I wanted for the flowers.  So I used white and painted the pieces using Neocolor II crayons.  To do this, I got the piece of fabric very wet then used a wet paint brush to transfer the color from the crayons.


There was loads of stitching in this design, but what really convinced me I need to slow down when making selections was the beading.  I literally spend one whole day sewing beads onto the background.




Now and Then

26 06 2013

So I don’t stay permanently behind, I’m going to show wool felt projects finished this month and for my March class.

I think I’ll use the LIFO method of inventory to determine order.  I just put the backing on the Dragonflies Penny Rug on Sunday.  The pattern is from Penny Lane Primitives.

Dragonfly-candlematJust a couple of note-worthy things on this project.  You won’t find the exact cream color I used for the background on this mat.  I started with Fresh Linen wool felt from National Nonwovens and tea dyed it.  I wadded up the felt and determined what size mixing bowl I could fit it into.  Then I took the felt out of the bowl, filled the bowl up with boiling water and seeped two bags of tea.  Once the tea was nice and dark, I removed the tea bags and shoved the felt in the bowl.  I did not agitate because I was hoping for mottled fabric.  Once I thought the wool was dark enough, I removed it from the bowl and rinsed.  Then I put it in the spin cycle of the washer, and finally dried it completely in the dryer.  Most of the projects I’ve shown previously, I’ve laid flat to dry.  So this background fabric is a little more pebbly than what I typically show.

The other thing worth noting,  the felt for the tails of the dragonflies was cut with a hole punch.  We’ve discussed using punches in class before, but this pattern called for the punch.  So much easier than cutting all those circles with scissors.

The second project was finished either at the very end of February or the first couple of days of March.  This  floss keeper was made from the Stitchery Set pattern by Bareroots.

floss-keeper-outsideI was in a huge hurry on this one, so you are seeing the wool felt as it came off the bolt.  I usually prewash for a softer feel.  The centers on the flower were loads of fun to make and super easy.  The buttons I used came from my grandmother’s stash, which of course means people in class couldn’t exactly duplicate.

The inside has three sheets of felt and rings to store floss for a current project.  A small pocket (I added stitching across the top of it before attaching) and a small pincushion.

floss-keeper-insideThe pattern has a large pincushion, scissor fob, and needle keep which I never got around to.




Life is Like…

20 06 2013

Just one more project to show from January.  Choco-lot Forget-Me-Knot is a pattern from Annelle’s Originals and it was the project I chose for the Wool Projects class in January.  The intention was that people would be finished with it in time to display it for Valentines.

Choco-lot-forget-me-notI did the whole project in wool felt.  It looks almost good enough to eat.

I cheated for the February project and used something for which I already had a sample.  That gave me just a little bit of breathing room.