Jack o’ lantern RPLAL free pattern for october

 You can download the pdf above use orange cord for the pumpkins and green cord in between.  Or do in all one color for a neutral look

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Romanian Point Lace centerpiece

detail

This pattern was featured in Piecework magazine March / April 1998.  So it is out of print but if you are interested in making one the old magazine can still be had on line if you look around a bit.  The author of the pattern is Sylvia Murari.

Update: funny when I posted the above link this morning there was 10 of these mags on ebay  there is 2 left is that my fault they disappeared so fast wow.  If so my blog does more than I think it did.  I will leave the link as others may post more in the future there and this will still find them.
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Wheat Stitched Cord Bolero vest revisited

1/4 finished with needle lace filling
A few years back (about 6 years) I was working on bolero vest and it got set a side I worked on it some a recently while on my trip in Mexico and this is the progress I made on it.  It is using the Wheat stitch cord I posted a few days ago about but this cord was made about 7 years ago.  I hope to get this done at some point in my life sometimes I just have no deadlines on things I make just for fun so they happen when they happen. I hope it will fit me then if it doesn't well I have 3 daughters who are always happy to claim anything I have made as their own to wear.  So it will not go to waist when ever it is finished.  this is Antique thread I am using here both for the cord and the filling stitches.  Which is a lot heavier than I usually use  so this vest has a more textured feel to it which I like

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Wreath RPLAL July on paper

all of pattern on paper

If you are doing this months project you should be basting down the cord.  here is the progress I have made 14.5 yards of cord a little extra is always good.  Plus since I still need to go back and do most of the previous months I can use the extra on pansy ones.  Also if you noticed I have this on paper this time around it is faster for me than tracing so I am doing it this way but it means I can not use the pattern as many times as I would usually.  It is covered with clear contact paper to give it added strength plus it is also like having a hoop on the pattern when you do this.  If you look real close you can tell I just printed out 4 copies of the pattern cut them close to the edge and taped them in place on top of each other then laid the contact paper over them to hold it all together well.  You may have also noticed there is no paper in the center of this that is to make it easier to manipulate the patter while stitching.
wreath pattern
how to make the cord
cord romanian point lace
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Little gingham dress done but not done

front

I finished sewing the gingham dress on Sunday but I as most know can not leave something plain Jane or the way a pattern tells me to do.  I have to add something to make it a little more special or a little more me.

 back

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March RPLAL free pattern collar fits baby to adult

march collarsecond half of march collar

 Download pattern below in this post.

Sorry this was so long in the posting.  My children who help me do some of this had finals and reports to do at school and that took president but it is here now and please enjoy.   The collar as it prints from your computer will work as a baby to toddler size yoke or you can use it as a child to preteen collar.  If you want it to fit an adult blow it up to the measurements on the sides of the print outs then it will be adult size.

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Jan. RPLAL round doiley tutorial

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For all those doing the January RPLA I let you have the first week of the month to recover from holidays and to get your pattern transferred to the fabric, cord made and basted and all the joinings of the cord done this includes the joining on the side of cords too.  Hint: the other two patterns tutorials will follow in short order so you better have them ready as they will be up soon.  Soon being in the next 2 weeks.  As it does take a little  while to do the filling stitches and I want to complete each one before I go to the next. In that way you can see what the finished item looks like.  Well at least see what it looks like in the colors that I have chosen.  Please feel free to add your finished piece to the ravelry group or the group on flickr I so hope to see many wonderful works from all of you.

On to the tutorials

Sorry I did not have my husbands camera when I was doing this and my camera was being a little weird on focusing so here we go.  I plan on going back today and doing a video hopefully that will be clearer but ti is a gray day so I may have to wait a day or two.  That will be in a separate post

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