Thursday, August 23, 2018

The County Fair

It's been several decades since I entered crafted items in the local county fair and I decided to get back to it this year by entering 17 of my finished projects in various categories.  This all happened at the Josephine County Fair held in Grants Pass, Oregon.

I entered items in crochet, knitting, quilting, counted thread work, mixed media and scrapbooking.  I came away with 14 ribbons:  11 First Place ribbons, 2 Second Place ribbons, one Honorable Mention ribbon, and 1 Best in Class ribbon.

3 Small Quilts:  A Day in Carmel, The Mermaid Goddess, and the Koala Fabric Postcard

2 Cloches:  A young girl's Xmas Cloche and a Wee Baby Cloche

2 Counted Thread Items:  Needle Roll and Scissors Case

Crocheted Tassel Scarf

Crocheted Baby Blanket

Knitted triangle scarf with beaded and ruffled edge

Quilted Journal Cover also got Best in Class

Scrapbooked Frame featuring my mother at age 9 months and age 18

A Mosaic Scrapbook page featuring the Heceta Head Lighthouse and other seaworthy photos

A Knitted Lace Shawl

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Impressionists Shawl

A newly finished shawl using MelodyyByWolltraum colorway Janine.  The pattern is from Helen Stewart, called Impressionists MKAL.

The MKAL (Mystery Knit-A-Long) was based upon using a piece of art from an Impressionist painter to determine your colorway. I used a painting by Wassily Kandinski called Landscape with Greenhouse.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Color Effect Shawl

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Arrosa Shawl for the Springtime

I love the Spring colors of this gradient yarn for this shawl.  There is some lovely lace patterns and a Flowerette and Flower stitch that was fun to learn. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Two New Shawls

I recently completed two new shawls.  On a Distant Beach from a pattern by Sandra Marie Dooley and Surprise Party by Helen Stewart.

On a Distant Beach

Surprise Party

Friday, November 10, 2017

Julian Shawl

Another lace shawl done with the wonderful Melodyy by Wolltraum gradient yarn.  This colorway is called "Cry Baby".  The shawl has a wingspan of 85" with a length of 45" down the center back.

Closeup of lace

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Elemental Things Shawl

This shawl is another Helen Stewart design done with Melodyy by Wolltraum yarn.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

This is another Helen Stewart design, a crescent shaped shawl with eyelets, beads, and a beaded picot edge.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sprite's Fen Shawl

This Half Pi-Shape shawl was from a pattern by Helen Stewart. The variegated yarn cake is from MelodyybyWoltraum and consists of 4 verry fine threads that merge as one while knitting and color changes occur as a single thread is changed at a time, gradually going from 4 light threads to 4 dark threads. I used 980 yards/235 grams of yarn plus beads in the eyelet section.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Beaded Triangle Scarf

Just finished this lace weight shawl/scarf to which I added some extra zing to the pattern by way of an offset eyelet beaded edge and a lacy ruffle.  It is very soft and warm.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Garter Stitch Shawl

I love the way this long strand yarn pooled on this shawl with very elegant, and unplanned, stripes.  The body of the shawl is garter stitch with knitted lace edging. The winspan of the shawl is about 7 feet, with a depth of almost 4 feet.  It is very warm and elegant.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Candlelit Lace Shawl

Lately I've been spending most of my free time knitting, learning lace knitting, and knitting with beads.  I realized I hadn't posted anything to this website for awhile, so here is one of my most recent completed creations, a shawl incorporating lace knitting and beading.  I purchased the yarn used in this shawl at a wonderful yarn shop in Kalispell, MT during a road trip in September 2016.

Shawl Front

Shawl Back 
Shawl Closeup of lace and beads

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lace Plumes Baby Afghan

Just completed this very complex knitted baby afghan, pattern by Eugen K. Beugler of Fiber Trends.  The pattern was a repeat of 43 rows!  But the result was really lovely.  The pictures below are of the complete blanket and one showing the detail of the knitting.  This was made for my niece Alexis, who is expecting her third baby in December.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Girly Dress with Crocodile Stitch



I recently returned from a 3-week adventure in New Zealand and Australia, including a 2-week cruise on which I was teaching quilting and needlework classes.

During the 12-hour flight to Auckland, my spare time on the cruise, and the 13-hour flight home I also managed to crochet this dress for my great niece, Kennedy.  This dress incorporates the crocodile stitch in the bodice, sleeves, and hemline.  Pattern by Bonita, yarn by Premiere Yarns, #1 Wool-Free Lace.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Moon Ride: A Quilt for Charity

I participated in a small quilt swap in the fight against Ovarian Cancer in 2015 entitled The Mini Teal Swap 2015, an annual fundraiser chaired by Beth Kerr Helfter, owner of EvaPaige Quilt Designs in MA.  The swap involved using the teal fabric and attempting to create a mini quilt that your swap partner would enjoy based upon her wish list.  Katie Kasel was my partner and she loved animals and bright colors, like fushia and pink.  My response to her wish list is below.  Other than the teal fabric, other surface fabrics are hand-dyed.  I used fusible applique, free motion quilting, hand embroidery, and embellishments to create Moon Ride.

The back used some lovely striped cotton that carried over the colors on the front to frame the quilt label.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fabric Postcards for the Twins' 2nd Birthday

My great niece and nephew, the twins Kennedy & Elan are turning TWO!  Already!  Here are their Mickey & Minnie Mouse themed Fabric Postcards.  I took their faces from a photograph, printed them on fabric and placed them over the mouse bodies.  Fun!