Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bordering on finished

I've been moving along on finishing up my first crocheted afghan. I'm on the very last border, which I think is turning out very cute. It's from a tutorial by Attic 24, and it's interesting because you work it from the wrong side. It's alot of stitching, but it feels like it's going to be a nice, durable border.

Of course, as with all my projects, I kind of wing them as I go along. I've had to go back to the craft store many times to buy "two more skeins of yellow" or "lots more white." Now I've run out of green, so I've got one last purchase for this and about one more side to bobble stitch.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ellen's Crazy Quilt

I've finally got some close ups of the crazy quilt wall hanging I made for my daughter.

It was based on this photo:

First I traced the photo onto some satin and embroidered it a la Jenny Hart.

Ellen had input into what should be included. Of course her dog, Lola, which I beaded:

And Finnegan the cat:

Some of the details were just artistic. She liked this button and I stitched a paisley to tie into the colors.

I also tried out a few new techniques like these sequined flowers:

And the finish: