>Mischievous Puck

>I made a sleeve for puck to wear on which ever arm he chooses.  We had some costuming issues with him.  Had to change his outfit at the last second as nothing would fit him.  This was originally planned to go with a different outfit but Puck was to slender to wear the other one.  So now it goes with this one.  I used grommets also it could be taken on and off easily and  it is lined with felt to make it comfortable to wear and not be itchy.    I did some hand embroidery, blanket stitching around the felt leaves at the top to hold the two layers together and to add a little more detail with shades of green to that area.  Also if the wrist band got twisted on the arm the arm could still bend at the elbow and not be uncomfortable.

I had originally planned more feathers but decided they would get damaged so close to the body on a moving part like an arm.  So I saved them for Oberon King of the Faries’s crown (which was the hardest thing for me to make).  Yes I am saving that for last as with his wings the second hardest thing I made for this play.

closure gromets and lacing

sleeve of ghreen leaves and green feathers
able to bend at elbow

Here is Puck


>Titania Queen of the Faries


I didn’t have much to do with this costume all I had to do was add feathers to the crown.  But it did add a little something to the overall look.  Up-close you can see the band that holds the feathers but from a distance like the audience not noticeable so it should be fine.  I used mono-filament threads so you can’t see how it is stitched to the crown.  My oldest daughter is wearing it in the top two photos.
showing band that holds feathers
see arched band with feathers

Here is Titania She had her wings already so this is her whole costume minus shoes, hair and makeup.



>Here is Peasblossom in Greens and whites.  I was running out of greens and whites at this point in the game I would have liked it to have more flowers.

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This is Peasblossom ( once again this was fitting day so they are not in complete costume.  So please ignore the lack of wings and the addition of shoes and socks.

>Purple Fairy


This is an extra fairy in the play so that there are more fairies on the stage in the play A mid summer nights dream.

 head piece

front off center

right side
left side

hip piece

hip pin
detail hip pin

This is the Purple Fairy


>Mustard Seed

>Here is Mustard Seed another fairy form A Mid-summer Nights Dream.  This one has a little bee hiding in her bonnet and a few butterflies too.  I didn’t get a decent picture of Mustard Seed so I will have to post one at a later date.

halo wreath

front bee and butterfly
bee in front

back left

This looks weird from this angle but it actually doesn’t look flat in the middle in real life the butterfly was turned weird in this picture so I fixed that since.

right sideleftback

hip pin

hip pin detailhip in with butterfly



This is Moth’s items I made she is another fairy in  Mid summer nights dream.  This was on fitting cay so like I said before they still have school clothes on  which you can see and they are missing their wings.

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Hip piece

hip pin
hip pin detail

this is Moth




This is why I have not posted much as of late I have been working on this project for my kids school.  My children’s school is putting on a Shakespeare play.  Well actually they put one on every year, this year it is Mid summer nights dream.  I got recruited to make parts of some of the costumes.  So I figured I would show the parts I did till you see all of the pieces I have worked on.  This set is Cob web she is one of the fairies in the play.

Head piece with streamers.

 front right side
left side

Hip piece with streamers this is to be pinned on the hip of the girls.

hip piece

hip piece up close

This is Cobweb. We had to do a fitting so I snapped some pictures on that day so they are not fully dressing in costume meaning we are missing wings and they still have bits of school attire on but you get the idea.

this is cobweb

>Yoyo Crochet PDF Available


yoyo afghan tutorial is now up 

Yoyo croceht PDF

The PDF for this book is available through Annie’s Attic Site now.  So even though the book isn’t out yet you can buy the PDF and not pay shipping and get it fast and have it on your computer for easy reference and use.

front cover 




This one made by my middle daughter

My oldest daughter loves origami.  Over the years I have jumped over many little pieces of folded paper.  In the last 1 1/2 to 2 years the other daughters have started to love origami and kirigami.  Which means more little pieces of paper to jump over.

Two smaller balls made by my oldest daughter

This weekend there big thing they made with little pieces of paper took lots of little pieces.  These are the end results of their work.


>Yoyo Crochet Tutorial in book form


My popular yo-yo crochet tutorial has now been made into a book so you can take it with you when you go places and keep it with your project.  Annie’s Attic has made it available for those who have asked when can they buy a hard copy the time is approaching

There are the old ways as well as a few new ways of manipulating the yoyos such as :Hexagon yo-yo, zig-zag yo-yo, granny square yo-yo, straight lines yo-yo and yo-yos in a chevron formation.  The techniques are discussed in the projects so you can learn to manipulate this very versatile stitch all the more and create some of your own unique projects as well as the ones in the book.

  • You can be put on a waiting email list so when the book is available to pre-order you will receive and email for it.  That area is in the link above in the box that reads “notify me”. 

I am so excited about this it is so weird to see my name in print on a book cover that can be purchased all over the world by a major distributor.  This is something I wanted to do for a while I hope to be able to do more things in the future.

Projects include

  1. baby blanket
  2. hex lap afghan( which has the hexagon pattern and how to join them in it)
  3. hex pillow
  4. trivet
  5. place-mat set
  6. matching hot plate for place-mat set
  7. shawl
  8. hat to match shawl (2 versions of hat one short and one longer)
  9. scarf 
  • Then there is the tutorial itself  which covers row construction, granny construction, joining has more info for different techniques than the one on my blog did

    Bonus explanations of how to use tutorial in the joining area of the book’s how to there is ideas how to make 3 more items

    1. granny square yoyo scarf
    2. giant yo-yo granny square baby car seat afghan
    3. granny squares (like my afghan in thread) with starting chain counts

    To clear up some confusion that may arise from the sites references.
    Annie’s site reads 8 projects and the cover reads 9 but there are 12 if you count the three explained at the end of the joining tutorial and then there is the tutorial itself.  I am not counting the second version of the hat as a separate pattern but if you did then add one more to the list.

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