Category Archives: fiberarts

Weaving in ends

When I work on a crochet project, I always tell myself that I am going to weave in the ends as I go. Unfortunately, that rarely happens! The project that I ‘m currently working on has many, many color changes. I’ve estimated that the end weaving alone will take me 15-20 hours. eeeeekkkk!!!! Fortunately, I can weave in ends while I am working.

This has been a really fun project and I am excited to have it start coming together. I enjoy crocheting the many sections together.

Oliver enjoys being able to hang out on a stack of crocheted octagons. 🙂

I can’t wait to share the completed project with you! Not long now!!!

Cathedral Window Quilt

I am so, so excited to announce our newest class!

Made and photographed by Beth Graham

This class will teach you how to make the time honored Cathedral Window Quilt!

 Inspired by historic church and cathedral stain glass windows, and made from ‘scraps’, this highly portable pattern became popular in North America in the 1930s. This beautiful quilt is sewn 100% by hand; no sewing machine required.

Each quilt block is made using a folded patchwork technique similar to origami; and as you complete each block, you have completed the top, middle and bottom layers! There is no need to sandwich, baste, pin or ‘quilt’ through the layers because it has already been done!

This is such a peaceful, relaxing project! I’ve worked on them while watching TV, in meetings, in the car ( not while driving, of course! 😉 )

This class will take place over four Thursday evenings.

May 2, 2019
May 9, 2019
May 16, 2019
May 23, 2019

You will need to bring your fabric and basic sewing supplies. A detailed list will be sent out before the class.

If you have made one of these gorgeous quilts before, or inherited, or were gifted one, please share a picture with us!


Upcycling tshirts

I always feel the urge to purge during the month of January. This year we desperately need to purge our closets! We probably only wear 10% of what’s in there and there is nowhere to put anything new. I don’t know why we continue to hold on to hold on to clothes from decades ago!

I haven’t seen Marie Kondo on Netflix, and I really don’t know much about the KonMari method of decluttering; but I can tell you that all this clutter is NOT bringing me joy!

Since I love to make things, I am planning to do some serious upcycling this year! I have been scouring Pinterest for some good ways to upcycle some of our bazillion tshirts and I have found really creative things to do with them!

Tshirt Quilts.
I have always wanted to make a tshirt quilt with my kids shirts from sports, clubs, etc. I can pretty much guarantee that is not going to happen in the near future, but I do intend to go ahead and start organizing the ones I want to keep specifically for this project. Here are some tutorials for making one. What a cool way to memorialize their childhood!


Throw Pillows
This is the perfect gift idea for the members of the family who have a favorite sports team or concert shirt they can’t wear in public anymore but can’t bear to part with.

https://fiskarscraft.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/02/t-shirt-rag-quilt-pillow-difficulty-rating-beginner-recently-ive-become-a-fan-of-using-t-shirts-for-various-fa.html

Rag Rugs.
I have always loved the look of rag rugs. There are lots of rug tutorials online. Some require sewing braids togther and some are crocheted. These would make a great project for kids! They will be recycling, making an art project, getting something new for their rooms and learning a craft all in one, free project! What a brilliant thing to do with left over, worn out play clothes! Here is a tutorial that I like.

http://www.rubberbootsandelfshoes.com/2014/08/a-braided-rug-for-cosy-corner.html?m=1

Cat Basket.
We live with two cats who would really appreciate this project! I think all cats love getting in boxes, bags, containers and hiding. I was recently making a crocheted basket and I could not keep the cats out of it! Here is a cat basket I really like. The blog is in Finnish but can easily be translated.

http://www.eilentein.com/2012/05/pesa.html

Dog toy.
I never would have thought of this had I not seen it on Pinterest; but what a brilliant idea! Dogs love to chew and play. Recycling an old, faded, torn up tshirt into a dog toy is perfect. My son recently joined the Army and our dog misses him. Using one of his old shirts seems like a great way for him to feel close to his best friend.

Yarn.
This is something I will definitely be doing right away! There are so many neat projects that can be made with tshirt yarn. It is the perfect medium for crocheting things that need to be sturdy like rugs, baskets, bags, etc. and it works up very quickly. I can’t wait to get started crocheting!

I hope you like these ideas. If you make anything with your old clothes I would love to see pictures!

Beth