When I am not designing jewelry, fusing glass, or making lampwork glass beads, I love to crochet. It is very relaxing after a very long day at work. Very therapeutic. Here is a crocheted blanket/afghan I made for my daughter, Beckie, in Nov 2015.
I never posted pics of it, so thought I would share.
Here is how I spent my Friday evening, getting some hooking time in, relaxing after a very busy week at work, and slowly recuperating after the oral surgery the Friday before. My jaw is still just a little sore, but healed for the most part.
Crochet is very relaxing to me, it is very therapeutic. I love it. If I am too tired to design jewelry, or fuse glass, I can still be creative and crochet. I will not use power tools or light a torch when I am tired, as that is a recipe for disaster, so I can pick up a crochet hook and be creative and also relax at the same time. The stress of a busy day, or week melts away.
This will be a gift for someone special, so I am not telling you any more about it for now. You will see pics of it when it is finished.
I thought I would show everyone my Drapes I just finished sewing for my remodeled Living Room. I had fun making them. I set up my sewing machine, cutting board and ironing board out in the New Art Studio, as I don’t have the old art studio remodeled into my fiber arts room yet. (That is another ongoing project).
Here is the fabric being cut into drapery panels.
Here is the old girl, she has been with me since 1978, my old faithful La Belle sewing machine.
Starting to sew the headers in place.
The rod pocket header tape being pined on for sewing.
Here is what the rod pocket tape looks like, just in case you have never see it before, it has little pockets for the curtain rod to pass through already made onto the tape. Speeds up the process of making drapes nicely!
Here are the first three sets of drapes hung over the windows behind the couch in the bay on the east side of the living room finished and hanging. Many thanks to my Hubby, Rick, for hanging the rods for me.
Here is what the finished headers of the drapes look like hung up on the rod.
Here is the drapes finished and hung on the window on the north side of the living room. (sorry about the light glare on the right side of the pic from the door window.)
I had some left over fabric so decided to recover the old couch pillows I had kept from off of our old couch. Rick was a bit skeptical, he wanted me to buy new pillows and just toss these, he could not envision them having new life and being upcycled. I think mostly because he hated the old couch. Lol.
Tada!!! Upcycled couch pillows recovered to match drapes! Needless to say, Hubby was very pleased with the finished pillows and the drapes.A fun project indeed. I had just enough left over fabric for the three pillows. Very pleased with my spruced up living room now, and Hubby is definitely a happy camper.
I entered my Cherry Blossoms Weaving and Crochet into the 2017 Challenge held by the International Freeform Fiberart Guild and it was published and went live online today. This year’s theme was titled “Pattern in Nature”
I took and old picture frame I bought at the Goodwill for $5 and threw out the picture. I had my Hubby drill holes in the top and the bottom of the frame for my warp threads to weave in, so the frame became my weaving loom.
Here are some close up pics:
I repainted the brown frame black and the wove my background mat and sky. The clouds are poly fiber fill woven into the sky.
I then crocheted the tree branches and stitched them onto the weaving. I brought craft wire from the back of the weaving and stuck it through and crocheted around it for more branches to give it the three dimensional effect.
I then crocheted lots of the cherry blossom flowers, leaves and buds and attached them to the branches. All the crochet is freeform (no pattern).