another IOTACONS project. remember the Chewbacca placemat? well, i finally got around to making an R2D2 version for my husband.
this time, i used 3/4″ squares. i only used what i had on hand, which is kind of a drag. i really would’ve liked to have had light grey fabric for some of the squares, instead of white with little chicken feet tracks. who knew i didn’t have a wide array of grey fabrics on hand?
now Chewie has a buddy at the kitchen table!
last sunday, i took a trip to my local michael’s to pick up some more sugar ‘n’ cream yarn (on sale, of course), and i happened across some interesting Red Heart Boutique yarn called Sashay. and seeing that i had a 40% off coupon, i picked up a ball of the stuff, in the “Rumba” colorway.
thank goodness they have how-to videos on the Red Heart site. it’s a little tricky to get started with this yarn, but once i knitted up a few rows, it was smooth sailing to the end.
i like the look of it, and dang, didn’t it knit up quickly. almost instant gratification.
and i made a couple more potholders.
aaaaand some more dishcloths.
and i found a couple of teeny holes in the sleeve of one of my old work shirts, so i covered it up with some quick-and-dirty shisha embroidery, using a pailette instead of the handful of shisha mirrors i’ve been hoarding for 20 years.
it’s been WAY too long since i’ve done shisha embroidery and i think i need to do some more and get a little better at it.
i’m thinking about adding some more to this shirt, just for funsies. the directions i have for shisha embroidery are from some books from the 70s, but i’ve been finding some nice (more contemporary) tutorials and ideas on the interwebs.
this is going to end up like my apron obsession.
more scraps being used up!
including leftover denim, which makes an excellent backing.
oh my, the sewing job on this one’s bias tape sure is wonky. yikes.
but that’s how you can tell it’s handmade with LOVE. heh.
and this one’s not quite finished. i just need to sew the bias tape to the back.
more to come soon, i’m sure of it.
and i used up a wee bit more of the stash, hurrah!
i really do love patchwork and quilting, but i don’t always have the patience for a really large project. these little potholders are just the project to satisfy my needs. i get to use up some scraps and it’s pretty much instant gratification.
a few days ago, i started another project, which will probably be an ongoing effort. see, we picked up the complete Calvin and Hobbes treasury last year, so the handful of C & H books i’d picked up over the years were no longer a necessary part of my library. so i decided to repurpose them.
i made some simple collage cards.
nothing fancy – just a panel or two, usually something out of context, without a punchline, and bits from magazines and old books.
and for fun’s sake, i carved a little “C & H upcycling” stamp to print on the backs of the cards.