Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Project Gallery May 2012

The idea of doily usually conjures up a light and lacy fabric with lots  open spaces. However, doilies also come in solid forms with lots of surface embellishment, like this doily Joy crocheted.  Here's a close-up showing the extended post stitches that create visual interest around the doily's center. Joy was concerned that her gauge got a little tighter as the crocheting progressed but we all agree it was just perfect.

Here's a project in reverse. A client gave Hilary this crocheted collar and asked her to write a pattern for it. The piece has a velvet ribbon wound through it just off the center line, resulting in a double-layered collar. This piece of lace has not been blocked. This piece is about twenty years old, not quite old enough to be vintage.

What makes a perfect project? First you make the perfect booties (which will have flower applique), then you make an adorable little hat with a large flower applique and some ribbon to wind through it.

Then you find the perfect buttons to put on the perfect little sweater. Carmelle is the maker of this baby layette. She has one more piece to make and that is the blanket.

And here's the completed layette!  Carmelle always chooses such interesting projects.  Just click on the pictures to see in a larger format.

This is a work in progress by Maxine. It will be a shawl from a Kristin Omdahl pattern out of Madelinetosh yarn. Madelinetosh does make a chunky yarn but is known for its lace weight and sock weight yarns. Love the color.

Since garments have been the topic of the last three meetings, we have some garments for show-and-tell. The first is a turtle back shrug by Jean. She used Lion Brand Homespun yarn in a single crochet back loop only stitch pattern. If you have ever made an afghan or garment from Homespun, you know how cozy this yarn can feel--and it comes in a zillion color combinations.

This is a detail from a work in progress by Jodi. She is making a summer top out of Cotton-ease, another Lion Brand yarn. The plain sleeve-less top will have a button closure at the hip.  This is another spot calling for a perfect button.