Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Counted Cross-Stitch Lil' Hoot Owl

Hi Friends!  I am sooo in love with my hand stitched, counted cross-stitch 
Lil' Hoot Owl!

What I Used:
Bucilla Counted Cross-Stitch, My 1st Stitch Kit, Whoo Loves You.  The kit contains one 14 count Aida cloth, one 6 inch plastic hoop, floss, needle, buttons and an easy-to-read chart.  

The finished size of my Lil" Hoot Owl is 6 inches.  I plan to frame my Lil' Hoot Owl in the 6 inch plastic hoop.  I haven't decided if I will add the buttons to my project. 

Well on to my next little project.  Please return for Fabulous Apron Friday.  Happy Crafting Everyone!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday's Minute| Hoot Owls

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A Minute About Hoot Owls.
  • There are around 200 different owl species.
  • Owls are active at night (nocturnal).
  • Owls are farsighted, meaning they can’t see things close to their eyes clearly.
  • Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees.
  • In addition to hoots, owls can may chirp, bark, scream, whistle, screech or growl.
Please come back and see Hoot Owls featured on Needlecraft Wednesday and Fabulous Apron Friday.  Have a Great Week!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sewful Sewing Sunday| The Joy of Sewing

Hello everyone!  This month I have been participating in the Bimble & Pimble Sewvember 2016 Challenge.  The Sewvember project involves posting pictures regarding various sewing themes on Instagram.  Upon reviewing the themes and pictures a warm feeling came into my heart.  I began to think about how "Thankful I Am for the Joy of Sewing.

Sewing has become a very personal way to express my creativity!
  • Studying sewing techniques and viewing sewing tutorials.
  • Selecting fabrics and patterns.
  • Researching blog post themes, photographing projects and writing blog post.
These are primary activities in my life.  Watching it all come together is like a little dream come true for me!

Again, I am thankful for the joy of sewing and to have you as a reader of my blog!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fabulous Apron Making Friday| The Joy of Aprons

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Hi friends!  For me the apron is a sweet reminder of mothers, aunties, grandmothers and godmothers of my childhood.  Whether baking cakes in their home kitchens or cooking community dinners on Sunday afternoon in the church kitchen, these ladies wore pretty aprons.

Me and My Daughter wearing my handmade Turkey Aprons
Today I make aprons as reminders of the joys those ladies brought to my life!  Here are pictures of some of the aprons I have crafted through the years:

Do you wear aprons or have you made an apron?  Leave me a reply in the Comment Section below.  Return on Sewful Sunday to see "Thankful For the Joy of Sewing!"

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| The Joy of Crochet

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Hi friends! I am about to reveal a secret. Crochet is My Favorite Craft!

I find crochet creative and calming.  I enjoy the repetitive, soothing motion of applying a smooth, steel hook to soft, luscious yarn to create beautiful, handmade projects that I thankfully cherish!

Minnie Mouse Socks

Minnie Mouse Ears Cap

In 2006 I decided I wanted to learn to crochet!  I enrolled in an official class with a broad certificated teacher through Knox County Schools, Knoxville, TN; Adult Education Program. 

Basket Weave Cap

Regina's Little Shrug

I am so thankful for the basic skills of crochet I acquired thought that class:
  • Crochet lingo and how to read a crochet pattern. 
  • Getting to know the hooks.
  • Choosing yarns and how to read a yarn label.
  • Mastering basic stitches: chain stitch, single crochet, slip stitch, half-double crochet, double crochet and triple crochet.
Beaded Tiered Purse

Wine Bottle Bag
Friends, I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my crochet projects.  Please return for Fabulous Apron Friday.  Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday's Minute| Thankful

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A Minute On Thankful.
  • Merriam-Webster defines "Thankful as glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someones exists."
This week I want to give thanks for "Crafting" that has become such joy for me! Come back during the week and see Needlecraft Wednesday, Fabulous Apron Friday and Sewful Sunday.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Quilting Saturday| Quilt-As-You-Go

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Hello everyone!  I thought teaching myself to Quilt-As-You-Go would be a fun "Trying Something New" project.  

Several years ago my best friend, Sheren Kirkpatrick, introduced me to the wonderful world of quilting! Today mastering the varied techniques of creating beautiful quilts has become a major crafting goal for me.

I am using June Tailor Quilt As You Go Pre-Printed Batting with Fusible Backing Fair & Square Block Pattern.  The project package includes six 12 inch finished size blocks for a 24 inch X 36 inch quilt.  I purchased two packages to make a larger 48 inch X 72 inch quilt.

June Tailor offers an instructional video of their Quilting-As-You-Go method on YouTube featuring easy to follow directions.

Here is a visual display of my first steps into this project:

A Fair & Square Block Without Sashing
Have a great Crafting Weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Crochet Planned Argyle Color Pooling

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Hello friends!  When I started seeing crochet projects using planned argyle color pooling I just had "TO TRY SOMETHING NEW!"

Red Heart Yarn, Super Saver,  in Bright Mix
Using Method Two From The Crochet Crowd
There are several posts on the Internet with lots of expert advice on color pooling.  The three most helpful to me were:
  1. Planned Pooling with Variegated Yarn by The Crochet Crowd.
  2. Planned Pooling with Crochet Made Easy by Glamour-4-You.
  3. Planned Color Pooling Crochet by The Purple Poncho. 
What Is Color Pooling?  It is a crochet technique that uses variegated yarn and the Moss Stitch to "pool" colors together to get a tartan or harlequin effect.

What To Look for In A Ball of Yarn!  Variegated yarns have sequences of colors that lay in lengths of stripes.  The individual stripes of colors in the ball of yarn should be about 6 inches to 12 inches in length.  If any of the strips within the sequence are smaller than 6 inches in length this method will not work!  The Glamour-4-You Blog post features a wonderful list of yarns that work with this method.

Caron Yarn, Jumbo Roll, in Rosewood
 Using Method One From The Purple Poncho
I followed directions from two different methods to achieve this concept:

Method One:  Begin by chaining a specific number of chains to work the color pooling. Using the Moss Stitch, watch your crocheting tension and possibly adjust your crochet hook size.  This method was featured by The Purple Poncho.  It took me two and a half days to establish pooling with this method.  I had a very hard time finding the correct hook size and adjust my crocheting tension.

Method Two:  Begin by chaining through one length of entire color sequence of your yarn.  Then crochet your first row in the Moss Stitch through one one length entire color sequence.  Drop one stitch and chain at the end of that sequence before beginning row 2 to establish color pooling.  This method was featured by The Crochet Crowd and Glamour-4-You.  I could see that my colors were pooling by row three!!!!

Have you tried Color Pooling?  I would love to heard your story!  Share it in the Comment Box below.  Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday's Minute| Trying Something New

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A Minute on Trying Something New

  • It can often get a little wacky and off track like the title on this week's Monday's Minute label! So this week I am sharing my attempts at trying several new crafting techniques! The projects will not be finish because I am really in the middle learning how to do them! Wish me success!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sewing| Pull-On Jersey Knit Denim Skirt

Hi Friends!  I have made a Pull-On Knit Denim Skirt.  It is a favorite item of my wardrobe because it is a no-iron, grab-from-the hanger, throw-on and head out the door stylish piece!

What I Used:
New Look Pattern 6288 Denim Look Stretch Jersey Knit, purchased from Hobby Lobby.

What I Did:
I had to remove 3 inches of length from this skirt. I am 5 feet, 1 inch tall. There is nothing difficult about stitching two side seams, attaching a waistband, casing 1 1/2 inch elastic through waistband and stitching a hem with a double needle.  There, you now have the easy to follow instructions!

 Yeah, I dream of looking like the model! (Hahaa)

Hope you have enjoyed my week of Dreaming of Denim!  Please return to Handmade By Regina next week.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Sewing| Stripped Denim Sweatshirt

Hi Friends!  Today I share my Stripped Denim Sweatshirt.  I love to wear sweatshirts.  

What I Used:
McCall's Pattern 6992.  Heather Deep Navy Blue and Natural White Stripe Cotton French Terry Knit, purchased from Hobby Lobby.  Denim Look Stretch Jersey Knit, purchased from Hobby Lobby.

What I Did:
I wanted to make a sweatshirt without a lower band.  I also needed a pattern with a neckline and shoulder width that fit my petite upper body frame.  This pattern meets those requirements!

I removed 1 inch length from the shirt.  I found it difficult to attach the cuff bands to the sleeves because the cuff bands would not fill around the circumference of the armhole panel of my sewing machine.

Do you wear sweatshirts and have you made one?  Leave me a reply in the Comment Section below.  Return on Sunday to see a Simple Pull-On Jersey Knit Denim Maxi Skirt!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sewing| Tried And True Denim Skirt

Hi Friends!  Today I am posting my Tried And True Denim Skirt which I am in love with.  I wanted a denim skirt in my wardrobe, I came across this stretch denim fabric and knew it would make an amazing skirt. The fabric is from Hancock Fabric, now sadly out-of-business. The pattern is FANTASTIC!  It fits me straight from the envelope with no alterations.  I plan to make this one again and again.

What I Used:
 Simplicity Pattern 2215 by designer, Cynthia Rowley.  Dark Blue Stretch Denim, purchased from Hancock Fabrics.

What I Did:
The pattern instructions are very easy to follow.  There is an invisible zipper on the left side of the skirt that is inserted in the pocket seam!  I plan to use this technique in my self-drafted skirts with pockets!  Ms. Rowley has intentlonally placed pleats that are NOT evenly spaced or folded in this skirt.  At first this freaked the perfectionist in me out! 

Do you have a TNT (Tried and True) Pattern?  Tell me about it in the Comment Section below. Return Friday for A Fabulous Stripped Denim Sweatshirt!