Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I'm back from vacation and mostly finished with our house move.
The biggest thing a person can do.
Gosh, and after 40 years of collecting stuff,
 I have to try and find my stuff.


Today I spent filling and packing some orders...

getting back to normal.

Check my Etsy Shop for penny rug items.
Let me know if I can help you with something.

I'll be working on new projects this fall, stay tuned!

Colleen




Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hiding your thread; no knots

Working on a little mat today,
was thinking of how I end my thread,
and thought I'd share.
 
This is a nifty way to end thread without a knot.

Very useful for penny mats.


 

I take a few stitches into the back of the stack, 
being particular that the tip of the needle goes into the same space as it came out, 
but in a different direction.
 


 When you do this, pick up a bit of the wool stack inside.




Then snip the thread close. 
It pops inside. 
No knots ...a hidden back-stitch of sorts.



Always fun to share,
from me to you, 
Colleen

Monday, March 25, 2019

New Bookmark Tutorial

These are simple to make and very useful.
You will love this style of bookmark, I do!

Gather the supplies you will need:
-16" of elastic cord
-a variety of beads and or buttons
-two 1" wool pennies
-one 1/2" or 9/16" wool penny
-needle and thread

 
 Thread the beads and buttons onto the cord,
then knot the end and trim.
 Secure the knot onto one of the wool pennies:
 


Then stitch the smaller penny to the other 1" penny:
 Here again with a lighter colour for better viewing:
 


 Here I stitched the small penny
 to hide the stitches that showed from securing the elastic:


 After stitching the stack together
make some back stitches inside the stack to secure
your thread and snip.

 Nicely done!

  The bead or buttons can be adjusted to shorten the cord,
for smaller books if needed.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Patterns and Kits

I've been busy.
April's Petal Mat is now available as a pattern.
Check my Etsy Shop



My Ring Pin Cushion pattern in also now available!
Make some for your quilting or stitching group.


And I have a few 39" Hit and Miss kits left in my shop.,
I have the pattern in the works.
I'm just loving the colours on this one.

 Stay tuned for a new bookmark tutorial next week :-)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kitty's in the Garden

This mat has a story, I found the kitty cat sketch
in a folder of my
 Mom and Dad's paperwork.
I have no idea why it was there or why I kept it, until now. 
(Perhaps because Dad had scribbled his name on the front of it?)

I remember my Dad being good at drawing, 
he never did anything formal
or lasting.
Just whatever Mom or us kids would request.
At least that's my memory...I'll have to ask the others.

As I stitched I was thinking to call this mat 
Ray's Cat, or Ray's Mat.
It turned into 
Kitty's in the Garden

I love it, of course.