Every year I pick out a Christmas card or cards that really stand out to me. Below are my favorites for this year. I love the MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT because of the boldness and the mellow red color. The Volkswagen is classic 60's to me and dog driving seemed to add to it in a really way. The girl in the red dress is sweet. I love, love her holding her the ornament. In the background are the Beatles hanging out with the rest of the gang. I bought that picture in New York for $2.00. Below that is my friend Maria's family photo. Lots of positive moving energy!
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
A few days before New Years I always start to get anxious because I know there is a really good chance I will be stuck in the house for a few days and that equates to project. I had be saving sweaters that I had felted from a few years ago. Four of them all matched in the same tone but different colors. I cut the sweaters into squares and realized you really don't get as much as you think out of the sweater. I found a few more sweaters at some thrift stores and felted them also. I had an extra sweater left so I cut them into circles and hand sewed them onto the squares using different colors of yarn. I thought it would visually add to the blanket. I had holes in my thumb that took a week to heal from pulling the yarn through both layers of sweater Ouch. The squares were sewn together with a top stitch using a zig zag to catch both sides. My stitches were too big next time I make another blanket i will tighten that up. After the backing was put on I hand sewed the front to the back and the edges. I've always wanted to make one of these and now I have and I am happy with the results.
|Sewn on circle. Trying to be creative with designs.|
|Squares placed on the floor trying to come up with a design.|
|I sewed the sweaters together in strips.|
|Trying to get squares organized.|
|Sewing together on the machine.|
|Sewing it together in strips.|
|Sewing it together with regular clamps used for papers.|
|Strip by strip.|
|I used Anna Maria Horner's flannel fabric for the backing. It worked perfect except there was so much.|
|I ironed it over a few times and made a band that I folded under the blanket to reinforce the outer edges.|
|One of my favorite circles.|
|Front and back happy together.|