Arm Knitting.. Free Tutorial at SimplyMaggie.com

Who would have thought of using your arms for knitting needles?  I just watched this video.  What a cool idea.  My first thought was teenagers making their own, but I really like this myself.. :)

Have a look at SimplyMaggie.com with the tutorial  HERE

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Crochet Your Own Kitchen Towel Holder

Linda S.:

I’ve decided that the next time I make this holder I will use the plastic circles that hold the soda cans together.. Just cut one out and crochet around it. No more messing with hard, heavy wire..

If you try it before me, let me know how it works… :)

Originally posted on Fabric Follies Two:

Crochet Your Own Kitchen Towel Holder

Over at Mish Mash etc. ( http://mishmashetc.blogspot.com) there’s a free crochet pattern for a kitchen towel holder. Quick, easy and works great.
Just click on the pic to get there… :)

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Crochet Your Own Kitchen Towel Holder

Crochet Your Own Kitchen Towel Holder

Over at Mish Mash etc. ( http://mishmashetc.blogspot.com) there’s a free crochet pattern for a kitchen towel holder. Quick, easy and works great.
Just click on the pic to get there… :)

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Free Chamois Thimble Tutorial

I truly enjoy sharing things that I have learned over the years, but due to large companies filching some of my patterns recently I must say here… You may use this pattern free of charge as many times as you like for yourself.  If you make these to sell (even at your school bazaars) acknowledgement for the pattern must come back to Fabric Follies Two.  I really hate to do this, but as I said… I grow weary of finding my patterns on “Big Company” free pattern sites.

A while back I talked about having to make another chamois thimble.  Well, wouldn’t you know that as soon as I had this one made I found the old one.. ;) AnywChamoisThimble1ay, I have put together photos for a step by step tutorial on how I make these.

Step 1:  Place your thimble finger on its side (not flat) on a piece of paper and draw around it. See photo.

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Step 2:  The bottom of your finger drawing should be placed on the fold of a piece of paper.   This will allow the “pushing” side of your thimble to have no seam.  Cut out around the drawing of your finger leaving about  5 cm. (just less than a 1/4 inch) seam allowance.   This will be your pattern piece.

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Step 3: Cutting on the seam allowance line, cut your thimble from the chamois.

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Step 4: Using a very strong thread ( I used waxed dental floss) and a heavy needle, hand sew around the thimble.  I use a blanket stitch, you could use whatever stitch you would like.  Knot the beginning and end of your “thread” to keep it from coming apart with repeated use.

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Step 5:Using a pen, dowel, whatever you have handy… turn the thimble inside out.   Your thimble is finished.. :)  Now to put it on your finger!

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The thimble fits with the seam side up.  I always start by putting the thimble on my smallest finger.    This opens up the chamois and begins the bit of stretching that is required to fit it on the sewing finger.

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After moving it to the ring finger and then onto the middle finger of my sewing hand, the thimble is in the right place.. fits well.. and is on its way to much use.  :)

I hope you find these thimbles as enjoyable to use as I have.   They have entirely changed my perspective about hand quilting and embroidery.  I enjoy the comfort..

A word of caution here… these thimbles will not help much if you are trying to push a needle through something like 2 or 3 layers of heavy denim.  They do not work if you are pushing through leather.  They are not intended to be used on anything that requires a pair of pliers to pull your needle through!  But for use with light quilting and embroidery, they are wonderful.

Finally finished putting all the blocks together for the Big Blue Quilt.  When I spread it onto the bed yesterday, my sweet DH stood at the door and said “Make it big.  Big enough to tuck the foot in!”  Sooo.. another 2 rows of blocks were added.  Then as I began testing the fabrics that I have to see if any would be suitable for the sashing and border, I realized that none of them worked as well as I had hoped.  That means a trip to JoAnns today.  I really want to have this finished by the time our sons arrive later this month.  That may be a seriously Impossible Dream… but we’ll see.. :)

Have a wonderful day.. :)

P.S. .. I have tried to format this post so the instructions sit alongside the photos, but alas, WordPress is not cooperating.  I hope this is understandable.. :)

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Finally.. My Body Double (I hope) !

Dritz-My-Double-Deluxe-Medium-Dress-Form-L12712495A few days ago I finally got up the courage to measure myself and see if I could find a sewing mannikin that I could adjust to my size.  I hope I found it because I ordered it!  I’ve been trying to sew for myself for years and just never figured out that “adjust pattern here” thing..  So perhaps now it will work.    This bad boy will arrive on the 6th (or before, I hope) and then we’ll see.. :)

BTW.. this is the Dritz “My Medium Deluxe” Dress Form.  I am in no way associated with Dritz, but thought I would add that in case you were interested.  I read many of the reviews before ordering and most of them are favorable.  I guess I will see..

Weather here in North Texas has cooled … and cooled.  Standing out yesterday at the car dealership I was actually too cool for the first time in forever.  (I seem to be having those horrid “personal trips to the tropics” again.  The only wonderful thing about menopause that I found was that I thought it was over!  Not…

Have a wonderful day.  We have the fireplace on and the puppies love it.

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Christening Gown

Christening Gown

Isn’t this lovely? This Christening Gown was made by my daughter for her first grandchild. The lace behind it is a hooded cape. I am so proud of her.. !!

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Big Blue Quilt…

BigBlueQuilt2013The Big Blue Quilt is coming along.  It was not planned, but seems that by placing the dark strip in the middle as I made the Rail Fence Blocks the light zig zag looks like a raised road!  Another of those “happy accidents”…

I was looking through the YouTube videos of quilts and found this one… if you ever find yourself in a bind and need a quilt in a hurry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bEJLnaZQOU

The weekend is upon us.  Can’t wait to see new baby great grandson on Saturday!  :)

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