Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This and That

Been busy with lots of things . . . none of which has been cross-stitch!  First, I was making some fingerless gloves to use up some of my yarn stash.  I had made a bunch of these several years ago for my daughter and her college dorm mates . . . they loved them!  I thought perhaps we could sell them at the Tri-Cities Flea Market.  I know . . . it's not trains . . . but what the heck, I could use a little bit of the space for some of my craft items . . . and really, I have way too much yarn.  So, I made a few and saw my stash diminishing . . . great!  Then . . . they started selling!  Not that I didn't want them to sell, but the point was to get rid of my yarn.  Now . . . I had to go out and buy more yarn to make more . . . this is crazy!!!  I came up with the slogan "all the better to text you with" . . . thought that was cute.  I don't even make a dollar an hour making these (a pair takes 4 hours to make).  If you crochet, the pattern is free on Lion Brand Yarns website:

I use different size hooks to make the 3 sizes:  Small-G; Medium-I; Large-K

In addition to crocheting, I've been trying to get caught up on Christmas gifts.  I know . . . Christmas is over . . . I'm way behind . . . as usual.  I have recently discovered that I have A.D.D. . . . not even joking.  It actually has been a relief to discover that my inability to get things done on time, my varied interests, difficulty staying focused or hyper-focusing, or an inability to even get started on something I really want to do is not just a lack of motivation or laziness, it's how my brain works.  I'll write a blog soon on what I've discovered about this disorder and tips that are helping me stay on track.  If you think this sounds like you (as many creative people have this disorder) you may want to read:  "Driven To Distraction" by  Edward Hallowell and John Ratey which investigates the nature of Attention Deficit Disorder. .

Back to the Christmas gifts.  Thank you Pinterest for your inspiration for so many ideas . . . maybe too many ideas!  I ran a few pages from my beautifully aged Les Miserables book through my printer printing  blackbirds, paintings, flowers, etc.  I LOVE the way they look . . . gotta go frame shopping now!

And then I made a couple pincushion/scissor holders.  I bought a couple yards of red ticking . . . a little too new looking.  I dyed half of it with a mixture of strong tea and a cap full of Rit tan liquid dye.  The longer I left it in the dye bath, the darker it got.

I then cut out a heart template and cut the front and back heart.  I folded the template for the pocket and folding the contrasting fabric I cut out the pocket.  I stitched the lace along the top edge of the pocket.  With right sides together, I stitched the hearts together.  If you want a hanger loop on the top of the heart, place that loop inside the heart pieces with the edge coming out the top before  stitching the pieces together.  Leave a two inch opening along one side to turn the heart right side out.

Stuff the heart with polyfil or crushed walnut shells and blind stitch the opening closed.  I put a hanging loop on mine to hang from my magnifier lamp to have my stitching necessities close at hand.  I also added a button to loop my thread around so it doesn't come out of the needle.  I printed off some cute thread/lace winders from Pinterest.  I printed them on card stock, cut them out and mod podged them together to make them thicker.  These can be tucked into the pocket as well as your scissors.  I think they turned out cute!

I received an email from a stitcher who recently ordered my True Friend chart.  Marilyn writes:

Hi Bonny,

It's Marilyn.

As promised, I've attached a pic of the Friends Pillow that I made.

I sent it to my bestest friend for Christmas, and she loved it!

She also asked where did I ever find that design, so I directed her to your blog.  :)

I love the finish Marilyn!  Those little tuck-in pillows are a great alternative to framing and if you don't stitch the piece in, you can change out for seasons or whenever you want a different look.

If you've finished a piece of mine, I'd love to see it . . . send me an email with a picture and I'll share your work here.

Keep stitchin' . . . I should take that advice!



  1. It's funny how the gloves went full circle! lol
    Love your dyed fabric, it turned out nice.
    Thanks for posting a pic of my finish. :)

  2. You amaze me with your crafting abilities! That heart is absolutely adorable. I'm afraid of Pinterest....I have so many things I want to do already that I don't want any new ideas! :)

    You're not the only one who hasn't finished Christmas gifts! At this point, I have decided to give them as gifts for birthdays instead.

    Marilyn, your finish is beautiful!