Christmas Crafts 2

Oversized Coaster

Guess you never saw a star like this? Need somewhere to put those Santa cookies? This oversized coaster will accommodate a cup or saucer. It is worked on plastic canvas.

To start you will need five diamond plastic canvas pieces, a yarn needle and scissors.

This is what the canvas looks like.

Start at the top point with your needle threaded and push your needle up from the back and to the hole under it as shown above. Leaving about an inch or so of yarn at the end do not knot but pull it down in back of your work so that you are making your stitches over it. When you get to the end of the row drop down to the block on the next row and work up. Continue in pattern until diamond is covered. With last stitch completed on the back side stick your needle under the last two stitches worked and pull tight. Cut yarn.

To join: I actually joined these as I went so taking the next blank diamond line it up with the top points together. Working from the bottom up you are going to just make a whip stitch (going through stitch on one diamond and across to the same whole on the new diamond. When at the top you will be in position to begin as you did with the first diamond. Continue around completing and joining diamonds until yours looks like mine in the very first image above.

Edging: With white yarn begin by sticking your needle in the back of any block at the edge and whip stitch around. Tuck in your yarn in the back and cut.

This project is not real difficult but does require some time to do.

Happy stitching.

Christmas Crafting

Need a little something to add to your home made stockings or glue to your packages instead of bows. I have to admit though it is not one of my original ideas but it is so easy and cute I just had to share.

Mini Poinsettia

Take large rick rack (found in fabric stores and some craft stores) and measure 13 points and cut. With quilting or button thread start at the top of the first point and put your needle through that point and all 13 points. After going through the thirteenth point pull tight to gather, pull your thread to the back and knot but do not cut. Put your needle back through the center and string four white beads. Carry your needle back down through the center and tighten, knot and cut.

If you do not sew, you can make this using a glue gun. It just takes longer.

Happy Crafting

What Does Christmas Mean To You

This is the first thing that comes to mind.

This is just my first sketch.

Christmas is coming. As Christians we of course celebrate the birth of Christ and that should be our focus but right now I challenge all you artists, photographers and crafters to display what Christmas means to you.

I don’t want to leave anyone out. Whatever your religion or customs are show us how you celebrate. It can be events, decorations or other traditions.

As for me, I typically do not decorate very much and don’t do a tree. This year will be very different since my Mother passed. She died three days after Christmas and loved the holiday. When she was able I took her to a candle light service at church on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day she and my sisters and I would get together with our families, have lunch and open gifts and just spend quality time together.

Although this year will be different, my sisters and I will still get together and celebrate and honor her memory of Christmas. We will not let Covid or the government dictate how we celebrate.

Regardless of your beliefs or traditions, take the time to love and just be kind to others. You don’t have to like everyone you meet but just be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated.

I look forward to your Christmas blogs.

Be safe and God bless you all.

Doll Crafting

One of the crafts I enjoy doing is knitting and/or crocheting dolls. I don’t use a pattern. For the most part I just mold the body as I knit . The personality emerges as I create the face, which is not easy. I then think about what does she do or what gives her character and then design the clothes. Finally I design jewelry or other items that make the doll complete.

The Quilter

I find adding details are what make each doll more personal.

To Be Or Not To Be…

In nature as in life a lot of things are connected but always have the opportunity of reinvention.

Lately I have been doing beadwork. What I like most about working with crafts is the ability to take something plain or raw and make something useful and hopefully beautiful out of it.

Sun Stone Quartz Pendant

The above picture defines my point. I took a rough piece of Sun Stone Quartz that I mined out of the NC mountains, added some decorative black jewelry wire for a harness and now it will have purpose as a pendant.

Not unlike this rough stone we can reinvent ourselves. Sometimes this reinvention occurs as a result of an event in our lives or like me just a desire to be the best I can be.

Have a great Sunday.

Bead By Bead

So today I have been beading. I started out the day doing simple earrings:

Simple beads threaded on an eye pin.

This afternoon I started a Native American style fringe earring. These are worked with very small seed beads added to a beading needed. You first start by making a ring and then working back through half of them to start the brick pattern. These take quite a while to complete but worth the effort. There are patterns on pinterest and on the Fire Mountain Gem website.

Seed bead fringe earring.

The Barn Quilt Trail

I have always had an interest in barn quilts. A few years ago I started photographing barn quilts on both the western end and eastern end of the trail.

For those who are not familiar with barn quilts, they were original placed on barns as a sign of welcome and friendship. They have since been recognized as pieces of art.

Western Carolina – Marion/Flatrock Area

Most barn quilts like these are patterned after traditional quilt blocks. Most are constructed of plywood or sometimes barn wood.
Some like these are very whimsical.
While others display information or lifestyles.
There are those that relate to the type of business like these ice cream cones that referenced an ice cream shop that was also housed in this building.
This one captured a moment in time.

These guitars quickly let visitors know where the local music shop was.

Eastern North Carolina – Martin County

This was in a campground.

Thank you for taking this journey with me on the Barn Quilt Trail.

Creating Art & Crafts

I guess I am a strange duck, so to speak, but it is not unusual for me to take something that would be considered a craft and make art out of it.

Hillbilly Madness

I purchased this toilet tissue holder last night at an auction. It was very plain and I just knew I had to give it a new life. To me a house should not be just a house but a structure that should contain pieces that give it character. While I love painting in the traditional sense, I also like doing things like this.

This piece after being stained will be a conversation piece in my guest bathroom.

When you are painting it is sometimes easy to get “stuck in a rut”. It is always good to experiment with different projects and differrent styles. I have been painting a long time but still learn something new when I watch other artists.

Expand your horizon and reach for the stars or even paint a few. Have a great day.

Needlecraft Lesson

Daisy Granny Square

Ok ladies. If you like to crochet, here is my version of the Daisy Granny Square. Actually, I probably should call it a sunflower because it has 12 points, not 8. With an H hook ch 3 and slip stitch into 1st stitch to form loop. Work 12 hdc into loop and slip stitch into beginning dc ch 3. 2. In top of first hdc dc + 2 more dc in same stitch, cross over and slip stitch into stitch prior to the ch3 then go forward to the stitch after the 3rd dc was made and slip stitch and then repeat (ch 3 2dc in same stitch cross over and slip stitch into stitch prior to ch3 then go forward to the stitch after the 3rd dc was made and slip stitch) petal made. Repeat until there are 12 petals. For next row, slip stitch into center of the first petal ch 3 and repeat around. Slip stitch into last petal. Next row, to form corner 3dc in loop between petals ch3 3dc all in same loop, ch1 3dc in next loop. Continue in pattern around. You should now have 4 corners with 2 sets of 3dc in between, slip stitch into top of beginning ch, ch1 and sc around. Your block should now look like the one above.

Hope you enjoy.