Beginning a Braided Rug


The weather guy says if you go outside,you’ll die in 15 minutes or something like that. (It’s really cold here) It’s a good day to start piecing the braids together I made from t-shirt yarn. It’s my first braided rug. I have no idea what I’m doing but so far, it’s looking ok. I added the burnt orangey color in because I was afraid I was going to end up with something that looked like hunter’s camouflage. I was trying to a color scheme to match the cushion I made for this gigantic papasan-style couch (seriously, this thing is huge. … Continue reading Beginning a Braided Rug

Catching Fire Katniss Cowl


I finally watched Catching Fire last night. There’s this one scene toward the beginning where Katniss is wearing a knitted  sweater vest cowl thingy. I said out loud,”I wonder how many knitters tried to make that?” Boy, do I know my knitters. They’ve been busy. PATTERN for Chunky Knit Crochet Asymmetrical by TwoOfWandsShop. The Red Heart version isn’t nearly as nice but I love that they called it a Survival Cowl. In this Bad Lip Reading, Peeta doesn’t seem to like it much. “You gonna wear that?”  (:34 in) Continue reading Catching Fire Katniss Cowl

Thrifting for Repurposing Tips


Whitney Sews has some good tips on using thrifted items as craft and sewing supplies. I haven’t been shopping at a craft or fabric store for years, except to restock on paints for art journaling. When I’m at a garage sale or thrift shop, I’m also scoping out the inventory for things that can be made into something else.  Sheets, especially flannel ones, have been a favorite thing to pick up for lately. I’ve been using them as a backing for afghans and quilts. Like this:   I’m still stockpiling t-shirts,too for a big project… an area rug for my daughter’s … Continue reading Thrifting for Repurposing Tips

Average Size Mannequin & Average Sized Woman


  via Fat Goddess. This is the thing I do not love about my Carlotta (my mannequin). Most of the clothing I sell is way too big. I used to  clothespin the waistband in the back to fit her . For now, I’ve just been using clip hangers,though. By trying to make the clothes fit a small mannequin, it betrays the actual size of average & plus size garments, not exactly a good service to potential customers of all sizes. It made me cringe when I adjusted something to fit the mannequin. It felt representative of the idea that women looking at a … Continue reading Average Size Mannequin & Average Sized Woman