Sunday, April 16, 2017

New crochet elephant blanket!

Here is my latest blanket! Very cute free pattern from Katestitches!
I made 2 changes- I left half of the elephant ear unsewed, so it could be "flappy" :), and I made my pom-poms flat (more like bobbles), instead of her 3D ones.
Here is how I did my bobble border:
ch6, 3dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook, ch3, sl st back into the st where you started bobble, ch3, sl st into the sp between granny square dc clusters.
I think I will be making these in more colors! Yes, this one is available for purchase in my Ebay store here!
Now that warmer weather is here, there will be a lot more sewing happening! I have a bin of fabric from the LA Fashion District waiting to be stitched up, but I did finish some other quick projects!
I made this tote bag from an estate sale find, a vintage birth announcement embroidery from 1959!!
The embroidery is just adorable! The bag is available for purchase here!
Let me know what you think about my latest projects :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sharing a wonderful coffee cozy pattern!

Just a quick post to share a new, and SUPER cute :) FREE pattern for Tulip coffee cup cozies that I found here! I got "hooked", pun definitely intended :D, and have made 9 of these in 2 days....I hope to list them in my Ebay store eventually! Till then, check out the free pattern, and enjoy the unusually warm weather (in my part of the world here, at least).....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Long time, no see!

I have been MIA for a long time, but have definitely been crafting through out. Plus I went back to LA and was able to enjoy my fill of the LA Fashion District for one more round. I have shared my video here! Please check it out, and let me know what you think of my fabric haul!
Till next time....Keep on crafting, world!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tea house wraps! Not just 1 or 2, but 3 of them!

My latest finishes- 3 versions of the Tea-house wrap (Free crochet pattern by Lion Brand), commissioned by a buyer to use for Christmas gifts! I am working on 2 more versions, will share when I'm done! The color choices are the buyer's, I cannot take credit for them :)
I loved the pattern, it is super simple. And I love how the tassels turned out!! They add the perfect finishing touch to each of these shawls.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Whale crochet blanket, plus free whale applique pattern!!

Pinterest-inspired whale crochet blanket! I wrote a pattern for the whale, and of course, I plan to share :) So, here it is,
WHALE CROCHET APPLIQUE PATTERN:

NAVY BLUE/ BLACK/ WHITE WORSTED WEIGHT YARN- SCRAPS
BUTTON FOR EYE
SZ 5.5 HOOK

17 ch,
1.     1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end (16 sc), turn
2.     ch 1, sc incr, sc in each sc, sc incr (18 sc)
3.     ch 1, sc incr, sc in each sc, 3sc in last sc (21 sc)
4.     ch 1, sc incr, sc incr, sc in each sc, sc incr (24 sc)
5.     do 3 rows of 24 sc.
6.     ch 1, sc incr, sc in next 15 sc, sc 2 tog, turn, leaving remaining 6 sc unworked.
7.     ch 1, Sc 2tog, 1sc next 14 sc, sc 2 tog
8.     ch 1, Sc 2tog, 1sc next 12 sc, sc 2 tog
9.     ch 1, Sc 2tog, 1sc next 10 sc, sc 2 tog
10.  ch 1, Sc 2tog, 1sc next 8 sc, sc 2 tog
Fasten off, leaving a ½ yd tail to sew.
11.  Tie yarn at beg of 6 stitches left unworked, ch 1, sc in each of next 5 sc
12.  1 sc, sc2tog, 2sc (4sc)
13.  sc decr, 2sc (3 sc).
14.  sc incr in 1st one, sc in next 3, sc incr(5 sc), turn
15.  ch 1, Sc incr, sc in next 5, sc incr (7 sc)
16.  ch 1, Sc incr, sc in next 7, sc incr (9 sc)
17.  ch 1, 1 sc in each sc
18.  ch 3, 2 dc in 1st sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, sl st in next, 1 sc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 dc in next sc, 3 dc in last sc, tie off leaving a tail for sewing.

For the eye, I did ch2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, and sl st to form a ring.
For the fin, I did
Rd 1: 6ch, dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each rem ch
Rd 2: 3ch, 2 dc tog, 1 dc,
rd 3: 1 ch, 2sc tog,
Rd 4: 1 ch, 1 sc, finish off leaving a tail....
I did a black center on the eye, and also embroidered a mouth.
Let me know if you try it out! And enjoy :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The tailor's trash is my treasure!

It is customary to get women's outfits like the traditional sari blouse and shalwar Kurta stitched to your measurements  throughout India. As a result, there are tailor shops in almost every neighborhood. I talked to my mom's tailor, and got a bag of scraps from him for free. My mom bought me some zippers for the super-awesome price of Rs.3 each (approximately 4 cents). Compare that to my normal purchase price of $1.50 for a 9" zipper at JoAnn's, that too with a 50% off coupon! Wow, just wow. I am seriously tempted to buy at least 22 zippers for the grand price of $1. 
In addition, I needed some interfacing .....Rs. 15 for one meter (approximately 20 cents for over one yard), and I was all set to create zipper pouch wristlets! I used the awesome tutorial by thestitchingscientist.blogspot.com.
Here are the ones I made so far:
Yes, the tailor's trash has been transformed into treasure!
Well, I'm off to dig through the bag of scraps again, and make some more because now everyone wants one :) 
Leave me a comment, and let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Crazy quilting- my first attempt at it!

I am in New Delhi, India, spending part of my summer vacation here with my parents, and I normally transition into doing thread work here since yarn is too hot to handle! So no yarn crochet. 
I have been keeping my hands occupied making several pairs of crochet barefoot sandals with thread, and trying out crazy quilting! I took some random scraps of cotton fabric, sewed them together in a random manner, and started embroidering over the seams with floss. I did find lots of inspiration on Pinterest! Here is what my piece looks like.....
I don't know what to make out of my quilted piece, I might just have to frame my first one, and then maybe move onto making some into pincushions. If you have any ideas about these, leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you :)