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Yarn Wreath: Spring Edition

26 Mar

I got my Seasonal Yarn Wreath updated just in time for Easter.  I found a new version of felt flowers to make, via The Purl Bee’s Anemone Magnet tutorial.  I thought these were cute and colorful flowers to give a friendly boot to the snow, and hello to the sunshine!

For each flower, I cut (free hand) three 1″x2″ strips of felt for the petals, and a thin 2″ strip to make the center of the flower.

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I then shaped each petal.

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And snipped the thin strip into fringe.

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I used fabric glue to glue the pieces together.

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And then used a glue gun to adhere each flower to a felt base for the wreath.

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As you’ve seen me do in my previous wreath posts, I trimmed the felt base behind the flowers, and used extra yarn to tie the piece into place.  Here is how my door now greets you!

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Yarn Wreath: St. Patty’s Edition

12 Mar

It’s time again to update my seasonal yarn wreath!  You can see how I originally created the wreath here.   For my March/St. Patrick’s day version, I repurposed a Shamrock Welcome Sign that I picked up on clearance for a few dollars.

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I used a tin snips to clip the decorative wire that linked each letter together.

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I decided to keep the decorative wire spirals in the front of each shamrock rather than leave the empty hole, so I used pliers to crimp the back of the wire down after cutting each piece.

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I also removed the bow from the top ‘W’ Shamrock.  I scraped off the glue as much as I could and used some sandpaper to sand it down to a flatter finish.  I then used some of the spare wire I cut off the other pieces to glue in a wire spiral for further camouflage to the blemished area.

Once I had my Shamrock letters ready, I laid them out on the wreath, and cut some base felt pieces that would be used to hold everything together.

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I used my glue gun to glue the letters to the base felt.  Once everything was glued in place, I trimmed the felt around each shamrock.

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To fasten the piece in place, I used a length of yarn to weave between the letters and around the wreath, and then fastened the yarn in back, just as I  had done for my previous versions of the yarn wreath.  The first and last letters weren’t holding in place as well, so I added a piece of stick-on velcro to these two pieces.  I used the rougher side of the velcro, which naturally adhered to the yarn on my wreath.

This makes me ready for more green! I hope the snow will take the hint.

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Yarn Wreath: Valentine’s Edition

29 Jan

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, so it’s time to update my seasonal yarn wreath project!  If you didn’t see them before, you can check out my Autumn and Christmas version from previous posts. I had created the neutral yarn wreath in the fall, with the intention of being able to change out a seasonal embellishment.  I decided to try out some no-sew fabric flowers this time around, so I picked up some felt sheets and fabric fat quarters in Valentine’s colors.

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I based my flowers off of this online tutorial from Ruffles and Stuff.  I wanted to make my flowers pretty big to switch it up from the smaller scale decor I used in my previous versions, so I used the top of a large water tumbler as my circle guide (it’s about 4″  in diameter).  I first traced it onto the piece of card stock that was in with the fat quarter, and then used that as my pattern on the fabric. I made 8 circles for each flower.

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The next step is to fold the flower in half twice, so you have a quarter of the round, and then snip off the center point.

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I cut a smaller circle (freestyle) out of some scrap felt to use as my flower base.  Then I used my trusty glue gun to glue the piece in the center.  Snipping the center point of the folded circle allows for all edges of the folded piece to glue down into place.

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Once I had 4 folded circles glued down, I added another layer with the remaining 4 circles of fabric.

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I found some buttons in my button stash, and glued a button down into the center.

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This was pretty quick and easy, so I completed three flowers in no time.  I imagine these flowers could also be used to make a cute headband, hair clip, or sweater pin. Plus, if you have lots of fabric scraps around, this is a great way to use them up!

To finish my wreath embellishment, I thought I’d also incorporate some hearts.  I cut a simple heart out of paper and traced it onto the pink felt I had.

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I placed the flowers and felt hearts onto a white felt base for the wreath, and used my glue gun to attach each piece to the base.

Placement

Once everything was glued on, I trimmed up the felt base so it was out of view.  To attach the flower piece to the wreath, I used the same method I did for the previous versions – I fastened the piece into place by weaving a piece of yarn through the flowers and around the wreath in about four different places, and tied it in the back.  This made for a very easy way to remove the other piece.  You can see this in more detail here, along with how I created the yarn wreath.

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I honestly was in a bit of time crunch when I tackled this project, so I whipped this up pretty quickly – but I have to say, I think it might be my favorite one so far.  I think the light and bright colors are a nice change from the previous two seasons.  I’m looking forward to creating another bright version for spring and maybe even one for St. Patty’s Day!

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Yarn Bowls

8 Jan

I’ve been making some headway on using up my yarn stash, but I still have lots to use up.  Check out our previous Yarn Stash Buster projects here.  My latest yarn project was to try creating some yarn bowls with paper mache paste. I found this yarn bowl pin and paste recipe via Pinterest.

I decided to try making three different bowls using different sizes, color, and style.  Considering I wasn’t spending an extra dime to make them, I had no qualms about experimenting with what works best.

I started by making the paste – I halved the recipe from the link above:

Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1 cup cold water in a bowl.
Boil 1 cup of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
Bring to a boil again.
Remove from heat and add 1.5 tablespoons of sugar.
Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools.
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While the paste cooled, I prepared my bowls. I used three different sized and shaped bowls, and covered them with plastic wrap (I had press and seal on hand).
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I then grabbed three different colored yarns from my stash – orange (wool), grey (cotton), and cream (cotton).  I started with the orange yarn, by putting a couple feet of yarn into the paste.  As I used up the yarn, I pulled more yarn into the pot of paste.
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I used my fingers to pull off the excess paste as I pulled it out of the pot to work with it on my bowl.  For this design, I wanted to make lots of little circles to create a pattern. I did this by cutting the yarn after completing each circle, but making sure all of the circles made contact so they remained glued together.
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For the second bowl, I used a bowl with more decorative dimension to give the bowl a more interesting shape.  The pattern I ended up making was a bit more free flow – and reminded me of peacock feathers – It might be kind of cool to do a multi color version to really play up a peacock pattern next time.  Although this was a bit more airy in design, I made sure that each peacock eye made contact with each other to create stability for the bowl.
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The third bowl, made of grey yarn, was the most free flow of all, and mostly followed the design of the original Pinterest inspiration.  Again, I kept the design pretty airy, but included contact points within each round to ensure stability.
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I let the bowls dry for about 24 hours – It took quite a long time for the paste to dry, and I ended up placing them in front of a heat vent for the last 2 hours to speed up the final drying process.  Had I done this right away, it would have required less drying time.  Once they were dry, I took them off the bowls by first removing the plastic wrap from the bowl, which made it easy to pop it off of the bowl mold.
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Once it was off the bowl mold, I could peel the plastic wrap from the yarn bowl.
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I had a couple of small mishaps – First: the “Press and Seal” had white logos printed on it, and it unfortunately transferred onto the yarn.  I was able to remove this by using a damp paper towel to lightly scrub away the print. These spots dried just fine, and the “Press and Seal” logo was successfully removed.
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Second: One of my orange circles was not pasted to the rest of the bowl very well.  I used some fabric glue to fix this, and it solved the problem.  I think regular Elmer’s glue would have also worked just fine.
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The bowls can be used for pure decoration alone – include on a bookshelf or as a piece on your coffee table.  Or use as a jewelry holder:
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A catch all on your night stand:
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Or hang it on the wall:
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I like this one on the wall so much, I’m thinking of making two more to have a grouping of three to hang on the wall.
This was a fun project, and I have a lot of ideas of what I would do differently for patterns next time, as well as different ways I could make things other than bowls with “yarn mache”.
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A Knitter’s Ornament

18 Dec

After spotting a cute ornament on Pinterest that looked like a ball of yarn with knitting needles, I knew I had to make my own version for friends in my knitting group for the holidays this year (and for my own tree, of course!).  Plus, this was another great way to use up some of my yarn stash.

To create the ornament, I used the following:

  • Scrap yarn
  • cheap ornament
  • wooden skewers
  • wooden beads
  • wood glue

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For the ball of yarn, I wrapped the ornament with yarn until it was completely covered.  When covered, I used my yarn needle to weave in the yarn end.  I recommend using an ornament that has some texture on it, otherwise the yarn just slips off the ornament when you start trying to wrap it.

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To create the mini knitting needles, I used wooden skewers and wooden beads.  I simply snapped the skewers with my hands to break them down to size, and then trimmed the end with a scissors.  I rolled the cut end of the skewer into the wood glue and then glued on the wood bead.

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This could be that perfect gift for any knitter in your life!

Yarn Wreath: Christmas Edition

4 Dec

Back in October, I created this yarn wreath with a removable autumn flower embellishment.  My intention was to be able to change it up for different seasons, so I decided to tackle a Christmas version.  Like the autumn version, I used felt to create flowers, but this time a poinsettia  flower.  I had some red scraps from the autumn project, and also picked up some additional red and green felt to complete the project.

To craft the poinsettias, I cut the felt into long strips of varying sizes, and  cut the strips down to rectangles.  I then trimmed one side of the rectangle to make a petal shape.

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Using a needle and thread, I did a simple stitch across the bottom of 5 petals lined up in a row. 

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To cinch the petals into a flower, I stitched back through the first petal and pulled the thread tight. 

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This created a sweet five petal flower with some nice dimension.  To secure the flower, I stitched again through the center of the petals and then knotted the thread.

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Like the autumn wreath, I cut a base section of felt  and started glueing the poinsettias into place.

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I also cut some green leaves and glued them into place to accent the flowers.  

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To attach the flower piece to the wreath, I used the same method I did for the autumn wreath – I fastened the piece into place by weaving a piece of yarn through the flowers and around the wreath in about four different places, and tied it in the back.  This made for a very easy way to remove the other piece.  You can see this in more detail here, along with how I created the yarn wreath.  Other options could be to add snaps or velcro.

Here is the completed Christmas wreath.

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Toddler Hat

23 Oct

Crocheting has become one of those things that is nearly mindless for me. I can sit in the car and crochet as a passenger and it allows me to (1) let my creative energy out (2) get a project done! and (3) still converse with whomever might be driving.
This project was a hat I started last January and never got around to finishing. I used some left over yarn from an adult hat I had made.  The thing about my crocheting is that I rarely use a pattern. I tend to stick to just a few stitches to make baby hats typically using the simple single crochet stitch.  On this one I branched out to what I thoughts was a double crochet stitch.  You can find a great tutorial for that here, While I am more about trial and error this appears to be a great basic double stitch crochet hat pattern tutorial. I adapted mine using a size S-35 hook and extra bulky yarn.  The good news about using yarn like this is that hats go together quite quickly.

To add a little flair I played around with some extra brown I had left over from another project. I  made this flower by chaining four or five and connecting the chain for a circle. I then completed two single stitches for every chain increasing my circle. To create the flower petals I chained four or five again and then reattached to the center after skipping one stitch creating flower loops. I then attached the flower to the hat by stitching it in with extra brown yarn.

This is one of those examples of when your completed project might not be quite what you hoped.  I think the flower is a bit too big for the hat, but it is hard to tell when my hand is wearing it!

Here is another view.

I think I need to find a little sprite to try it on just to be sure, but the flower doesn’t appear to be the right scale for the hat.  Do you agree?