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 :)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Next refashion! More dress-making :)


I went through my closet, trying to find the perfect t-shirt to transform into the top of my next dress, and when I found this neglected, rarely worn black one, I knew this would work well as the top yoke for my paisley satin fabric, sourced from the LA Fashion District for the grand price of $1 per yard!

The shirt fabric wasn't too flimsy, which meant that it could support the skirt well, and it was a fitted shirt, which means that it would work well as the top of the dress. I did not like the 3/4 length sleeves, so those had to be cut off. After that, I marked the length of the sleeves and the start of my skirt with the help of safety pins while trying it on (be careful to not poke yourself :)).
Then I drafted my skirt, measuring my waist, dividing that by 4 to determine the top to cut off, measuring the minimum length that I wanted for the dress (I like my dresses to hide my knees), folded the fabric, and cut. There are several tutorials you can find on the interwebs  for making a hanky hem dress :) I would say it took me no more than an hour and a half from start to finish. I love the dress, and it got a lot of love when I shared it on my Facebook. 
I still have over one yard of this fabric left, and then 4 more dress fabrics from my LA Fashion district haul to work through, but I must say that I am quite happy with what I have accomplished so far! Let me know what you think about my dresss, I would love to hear!