Tuesday, November 27, 2012

country afghan square

So, I found this fabulous afghan on Pinterest but there was no diagram.  

                                       Here is what I came up with.  It's not exact but it's close. = )

and here's the diagram:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

new twist on tatting technique

 I don't know what this is called but I came up with an easier way to do it... = )  Please forgive my lack of technical terms... hopefully it's understandable anyway!

                                                Start by tatting the stitches up to the ring...

                                       Next, lay a cro-tat hook over the top of the tatting needle
                                                (you need to know how to cro-tat to do this)

                                              Tat the stitches of the ring onto the cro-tat hook.

                                                 Here's how I hold the needle and the hook ...

    When the stitches are complete for the ring, draw a loop of yarn through the stitches and pull the loops snug.

              Yarn over and draw the hook through both loops on the hook.  ( a crochet chain stitch)

Carefully remove the cro-tat hook and slip the tatting needle through the loop.

Tat the rest of the stitches for the remainder of the length..

Draw the tatting needle through to complete the length.

I hope this is helpful!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

paper reindeer

Paper Reindeer 

The Silhouette cut file for these reindeer can be purchased here:

Cut just inside the black lines if you can.. use one scissor blade to scrape the rest of the black ink off.  Or, use the draft setting on your printer so the lines will be lighter.  The ovals at the bottom of the pattern are to allow the deer to stand up.  Put the tabs on the bottom of the reindeer's feet through the slits in the ovals then fold the tabs and glue them to the underside of the ovals.

Score the dotted lines. The slit in the neck of the head pieces as well as the slit in the top front of the body need to be cut a little wider.  Do not cut the head slit wider or the antlers will slide out.
  Put a dot of glue inside the tail.

If you would like to purchase the cut pieces of these reindeer, please visit my Etsy shop: