Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Project Gallery April 2013

Jody is ready to stuff this little tunisian pillow once she sews on the Celtic knot applique. Click on the image to see a blown-up version of it and you will see how the strands of knot flow over and under each other.

Erin made this sea glass bracelet for Jeanne.  Aren't the colors wonderful?  As you can see, it is possible to mix different sized beads in a project for stunning results.  Erin's friend has a bead shop in Taylors Falls--she'll give you directions if you ask.

Who doesn't love a good doily?  This effort, by Joy, is not crocheted using a single continuous strand. Individual motifs are crocheted and then joined into a whole.  You have to like working in fine ends to do this type of doily.  I wish I'd had a chance to see this up close because it just invites examination.

Here are some squishy little baskets by Lisa, great examples of what you can do crocheting in the round (the topic of our May meeting).  The one on the left reminds me of a souffle dish--wouldn't it be a hoot to crochet a squishy little souffle to go inside it?

This is Carol's version of a cardi-wrap, only without the sleeves. She used two different but related colorways of Kauni Effektgarn. Only two skeins were needed for this garment with 53 ounces of yarn left over. You can't quite tell by the first picture, but rather than let the front of the garment hang straight (not so hot for a larger bust), Carol secured it with crocheted and felted "collar studs." For more information on the project, check out oldcroaker's Ravelry project

June made this toy based on the Mother Bear Project pattern (one of our charity efforts). June thinks this toy is a bit stiff, but maybe those outstretched arms just invite a hug. When making toys, there all sorts of admonitions about safety eyes, using child-friendly fibers and the like. This face was embroidered on. Unless you've tried embroidering a face on a toy, you have no idea how difficult it is to do this well.

Here's a felted purse by Jodi.  When felting objects made from highly contrasting yarns, it would be wise to test the yarns for colorfastness first.  Even if one does bleed, you can always crochet the pieces, felt them separately, then assemble.

Jodi made this scarf using a partial motif.  Instead of making a complete motif, one does just a portion of it, laddering partial motif upon partial motif.  Robin Chachula's stitch encyclopedia has several patterns that work like this.  These designs work best in solid colors.

Boy, gotta be careful what you suggest at one of our meetings--somebody is sure to take you up on it!  Jodi followed a suggestion from the March meeting and felted a bowl crocheted using the Bavarian technique.  The post stitches result in little lines of color, seen best here in the which and purple portions of the basket.  Because of how Bavarian crochet is worked, felting resulted in little holes (slits, actually) in the fabric.  Depending upon the desired use of the finished product, I don't think that would matter, do you?

Jodi was busy felting and also made these embroidered glasses cases.

Here's a camouflage cap with ear flaps and a brim done in an adult size by Jen (I hope it was Jen, because it wasn't June).

No, Lisa can't work with woolen fibers--and she didn't crochet this hat.  Darn cute hat though.