>front room rug and chairs

>Hand made wool rug that is 12 feet by 19 feet and is in my front room. This rug took me about 1 year to make. It is hard to get a good photo of it because of all the furniture.I also took close ups so you could see the color change as it went across the rug. The two red wing back chairs in the photo are antiques that my grandmother gave me. When we got them they where purple vinyl with their springs sitting on the ground. A few mice had made homes in them, and a few wasp’s nests were there as well. I think they cleaned up real nice. My husband did the one on the right and I did the one on the left. Team work as my kids would say.

>Effie’s dress started

>I started Effie’s dress yesterday. I only got the collar, bodice and top of skirt done.I still need to finish the bottom of the skirt and the sleeves. I was going to use cro-tatting on the dress and decided against that because the smallest cro-hooks where way too big for size 30 thread. So I just went with normal shuttle tatting to make her collar. I’m not sure yet; I might put more tatting on her. My husband said, “You have gone a little crazy!!” That is OK. I am sure Nancy Jo is having fun as I am debating whether I am going to use tatting on the hat or embroidery to bring some details out on it . Can’t figure out if I like Effie’s hat square on her head, like in the first photo of this post, or how I had it tilted in the last post. Both ways of wearing it look cute.

>Effie’s cap


Effie now has a cute little cap, beret or tam whatever you want to call it.

Started to make her dress today, as well. I might go back and do some embroidery on the hat when I am all done making her outfit because it seems a little plain to me. I think I am making her a dress and jacket still; maybe socks and shoes, haven’t decided as of yet. I think the jacket will be moss green in color. If I do embroidery, it would probably be bullion roses.
For those who are curious this is size 30 cebelia by DMC color number 223 and a size 11 hook. Her slip is size 10 thread and a size 6 hook, don’t know the color number or company (vintage thread).

>Children’s drawings

>So here we are, just looking at pictures.
I am not sure if I look better in real life or through my children’s eyes. Also, I am sure my second daughter looks much prettier in real life with her snaggle teeth. Although I have to admit this is quiet the lovely drawing of ones self so happy and joyful.

>Romanian Crochet part 2

>Continuation of Romanian Crochet, in the process of making it….

First photo is of the plastic ring, know as a cabone ring, that is used to form rings in the finished piece of lace. You can also make this same ring with just thread by winding it around the end of the hook the crocheting into the center of the loop, the same as you would in Irish crochet.. Then you crochet using single crochet stitches around the ring. The cord is also made using single crochet stitches.

When you have made lots of these two things you can baste them to the pattern. The pattern pictured is from about 1900 and was originally intended to make battenburg/ battenberg (yes it has two spellings) lace. With a few minor tweaks it makes a lovely pattern for Romanian lace.

The last picture is of a piece that is still getting the cord and rings basted to it. The filling needle stitches are started after all the basting is done. I have not done all the basting on this piece yet, so I have not started the filling stitches.

This piece, when completed, will go on top of my husband’s up right grand piano. The piece is 6 feet long and 1 1/2 feet wide, so it will take me a while to complete it, but then we will have a lovely piece for the piano.

The last two photos are of a piece that is complete and in my hall. This is not a piece I made, but I though it showed a good amount of filling stitches so that is why I am showing it.

>Romanian Crochet part 1

>Romanian Crochet, Romanian Macrame, Romanian Point Lace or Romanian Needle Lace; it is all the same.

This weekend I was doing lots of yard work and got a lovely sunburn. I didn’t make much lace, so I thought I would show something I did a few years ago. This, obviously, is a baby bonnet. It is not lined, that is just a burgundy ball of thread I put in it to hold its shape for the photo, showing in a side profile and a back profile. The cord (link to how to make cord) is neat; it is crocheted, but the neat part is that in unravels in both directions. This makes it easy to unravel and join the ends to form lace. After you crochet the cord you baste it to a fabric pattern, and then you fill it with needle stitches. I have taught this several times in different stores such as Heindselman’s , Stitching Corner in West Jordon, for community education classes and one on one. It makes some of nicest doilies and bodices. I will post more photos of this type of lace tomorrow.

>bobbin lace "Princess lace machine"

>What is Bobbin lace? That is the question from Nancy Jo…

Well, below is a picture of a piece I just started a little while ago, so not much is done on it. It will show you what a princess lace machine pillow from November 24, 1903, looks like. This photo was taken on my kids’ drawing table. To protect the table from glue and ink stains and the like, the table has a covering of a plastic tablecloth. Not pretty, but functional. Please click on the photos to see the pictures better. If after you click on the photo the new picture has a + on the pointer then if you click again it will get even bigger. This doesn’t happen (the second enlargement) with all photos, but some it does, so try. Thank you.

There is a photo of the patent date on it. Also, I reupholstered the pillow and bobbin board because it was so tattered it was unusable when I got it (it is covered in a dark green velvet). I wanted to use it, not collect it and stare at it.

The last picture is a close up of the original pricking (aka pattern) that came with the pillow, and the lace I have started on it. The thread being used is a discontinued manuela tatting thread.

The bobbins in the photo are known as student bobbins. I have what is called midland bobbins, which are real nice, but they are not on this pillow. Midland bobbins are spangled (which means they have beads dangling from the bottom of the bobbin). The bobbins are the wood items you see dangling from the threads.

The pins that you see are for holding the thread in place until you have worked enough of the pattern to pull them out. Once pulled out the pattern will stay in place, and you can use the lace.

The basics of making the lace are a twist and a cross. Which is how the bobbins are manipulated to go left and right.

If you have more questions let me know, and I will try to answer them.

>100% wool ladybug room rug

>A little bit of wool goes a long way.

I was cleaning the lady bug room (decorated with lady bugs, of course) last night and realized I had not shown any of the 100% hand-braided wool rugs that I make. This one just happens to be in my favorite colors. It is about 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. My biggest wool rug that I ever made is in my front room and is what is called a ” coat of many colors rug” . That rug is 12 feet by 19 feet, and it took me a bout 1 year to make, working more than 8 hours a day on it. Some day I might post a picture of that one because it is kind of hard to take photos of. Lots of furniture on top of it makes it real hard to see in photos.
Also, I was delivering some leprosy bandages yesterday to a distribution center and thought I would show a few of those too.

Take a minute to look on the Internet if you crochet or knit because there are lots of charities that accept this type of item. You could make some in your spare time and help others in need.

>scarves knitted and crochet patterns

Colors, Colors everywhere and what to do with them…….

Let’s make a scarf, or two, or three, or dozens!
Just a few scarves I have made for family members; this is a beginners project. If you want to do this type of scarf, follow the link.

knit version http://www.keyboardbiologist.net/Patterns/DropStitchScarf.htm

crochet version http://www.crochetme.com/Feb_Mar_2005/patt_dropstitch_scarf.html

Have fun with all the new styles of yarns out there.

I made about 200 of these last year at Christmas. They don’t take long, and they are just funky fun to wear. Of course, the one on the right is actually just knit stitch and warm wool. Everyone needs just a basic scarf if you live in an area that gets snow, and I do.

>Plate o’pearls

>Look what came in the mail from Alicia; such pretty stuff — mother of pearl buttons, lots and lots of them.

The problem is, I cannot remember who Alicia is. I am sure I agreed to trade something with her. Now I am vexed as to what it was. Alicia, help me remember if you read this. To me, mother of pearl buttons are just some of the loveliest things in the world; they have a real iridescence about them. If you have never seen one up close, click on the picture. It is just wonderful and amazing that an animal could make such a thing for protection. Too bad bombs can’t be more pretty and useful and less destructive.

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