Since I couldn't figure out how to get the picture of the puppet on the last post, I'm doing a post just so that you can see Ben's puppet. Ben's teacher was very pleased with his report and also with the puppet.
Ben, our grandson is a big New York Giants fan and I was lucky enough to find a piece of fleece to make him a robe. You can see how proud he is to wear a robe that represents his favorite team.
Several weeks ago, Ben had to do a bookreport on a person and he chose Eli Manning a player for the Giants. The report was to be given orally with a puppet. After a lot of discussion, we came up with this puppet. I loved helping Ben with this assignment because it was so much fun to color the face, a skill that I want to improve so that I can make cloth dolls.
When our daughter told my husband and me that she was pregnant, I couldn't wait to start making things for our new grandchild. Figuring out what to make was lots of fun. While relaxing in the evening, I crocheted a large granny square blanket from gray, pink, and white yarn and crocheted several hats. During the day, I made the "E" for Emily picture, the rabbit, and the smocked dress and diaper cover. Somehow, I don't have pictures of everything but will get the ones I'm missing when I have a chance.
At Applique by the Bay, I took a class with Emily Martin and learned about applique on Pelon. She taught us the back basing technique that I had never done. After trying it, I found that even though it was slow going, I really liked working that way. The cardinal was the first thing I tried and I was pleased with the results. After that, I started the rose. I have put that block aside to work on gifts for Ellen's baby shower. I'll be showing those gifts after April 7th, the date of the shower.
Today I finished Madison's new outfit. The pants fit her well and were made very quickly because they needed no adjustments. For the blouse, I used the adjusted pattern from the bodice of the dress and lengthened it by two and a half inches. For a better fit, I should have angled out the side seams about a quarter of an inch at each side seam. Also, I lined the top and got stuck sewing the sleeve into a closed armhole. That was a struggle because the armseye is so small. Next time I make an outfit like this, I'll have to figure out a better way to do the finishing.
The quilting group that I belong to decided that it would be fun to buy dolls, make clothes for them, and then give them to children in need at Christmas time. When JoAnn's had a 50% off coupon last week, I purchased Madison, an 18 inch doll.
When I went to a meeting on Friday, one of the women brought fabric that she didn't need and I got the African print that I used to make Madison's dress. With some alteration at the shoulder, the Simplicity pattern I used fit her well. She has a narrower body than the American Girl Dolls. My goal is to make her four or five more outfits. I already bought her a pair of sneekers and will buy her a pair of black shoes the next time I'm near A.C.Moore.
I made this needlebook from an on-line class taught by Susan Elliot from the blog: http://playswithneedles.blogspot.com. (Get a cup of tea, and check out Susan's blog, you'll love it) I especially needed a place to keep my needles in a spot where they'd be labeled so that I could use the correct needle for the job to be done.
Hari-Kuyo is the name of a Japanese festival where seamstresses, dressmakers and others take their broken needles to a shrine to properly dispose of them. Last year, I buried my broken needles in a pill bottle in my garden and said a prayer over them. This year, I hope to do the same thing.