Thursday, February 10, 2011

August's Bead Journal Project

I have finally gotten back to making a doll dress for Samantha. She is a guest at a wedding and thought that apple green would be pretty at the end of the summer. That color also looks good with her dark hair.
The fabric is silk dupioni that I had in my stash. It frayed terribly otherwise it wasn't difficult to sew. I lined the top and made french seams on the skirt. The lace is from pieces that were left from when I made my daughter's wedding gown and so are the crystals. I did tea dye the lace so that it wasn't so white.
The mannequin was a holiday gift from my daughter. It is lots of fun to use it to display a dress as you're working on it. She always knows exactly what to buy me that I'll love. Thank you again, Ellen.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A New Quilt Block

The other day I completed this quilt block. It is part of the Piecemaker's 1995 calendar quilt that I started January 2010. I hope to finish the quilt by the end of 2011. My goal is to complete one block each month the way I did when I first started this project. After all of the trouble that I had with the "Barn Dance" block, this block was very relaxing to do. I really enjoy doing handwork so this was relatively easy to complete. I'm not sure yet what block I'll do for February.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A vest for Ellen

Ellen, my daughter, saw a picture of this vest in Webs catalog and chose the color she wanted. Many months later, I finished the vest. It was the first time that I knitted that much open work and also the first time I made an "I" chord. I think that it made a better button loop than a crocheted loop. Now I have to concentrate on the sweater that I started for myself at least a year ago. Happy knitting to all.

Erlisa's necklace

I made this necklace as a gift for my daughter-inlaw, Erlisa. She loves anything to do with fruits and vegetables. When I spotted these beads at a show, I knew that they'd make the perfect gift for her. The beads are glass and the findings are sterling silver.