Saturday, January 14, 2012

Faux Chenille

   Just to help make this new blog a bit more interesting, I'll show you some of the things I made as Christmas presents.

    These 3 blankets were for my nephew's children.  I used the tutorial "Faux Chenille Blanket" from Dana at   made    The boys (ages 4 and almost 6) both love cars and trucks, so that made choosing their fabrics easy.  His daughter is only 18 months, so I chose pink cupcakes for her.

     I used four layers of flannel for the main part of the blankets - the print on the top which showed the stitching, and three layers which I cut through for the chenille.  Last Christmas my family gave me a rechargeable Black & Decker cutter which zipped through those 3 layers in no time at all.  The bindings were made from leftovers.  The orange was flannel cut on the bias, the pink was a stretchy "robe velour" about 20 years old, and the blue was a thin moleskin-like fabric which I also cut on the bias so it would curve around the corners easily.

     I also used this technique to make potholders.  I added a layer of cotton batting under the chicken fabric.  Then 4 layers of fabric, but I cut through only the top 3.  This left a flannel piece over the batting.  They are flexible, but thick enough to be effective potholders or trivets.

     And I  knitted 4 scarves from the Red Heart Sashay  yarn  I bought at the Creativ Festival in Toronto in October.  This was the only one I remembered to photograph before I gave it away.  Yes, that's my duct tape dress form wearing the scarf.

More to come....

Thursday, January 12, 2012


This blog is a new thing for me.  One of our newest members of DesignersIII suggested it, so here I am.  

I attended a wonderful lecture on Tuesday at NTGM (Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan).  Kathy Zasuwa spoke about creativity - you can see her biography on page 3 of     She spoke about what you can do to “make art” and how to overcome the obstacles that occur during the process of creating.

One of the ideas I liked best was surrounding yourself with people who nurture your creative side and encourage your art. I think that is a huge part of our Designer III Group and one of the things that makes our meetings so enjoyable.