Right before I’m about to gear up to start another labor-intensive work project, I tend to go on a mad, personal crafting spree–frivolously, making things that have nothing to do withneither deadline nor conceptualization (Qas that too many negatives in one sentence? I never know.) I love delving into other designers’ patterns, to see how they write–and a lot of times, learn new tips & tricks. So, before Adrienne and I start knitting & crocheting for our Eco-Stitch book, I spent a little B/F/F bonding time with my Magnolia 7330!
I currently have a huge crafter’s crush on Denyse Schmidt. As soon as I can fit it into the ol’ schedule, I’m going to make a black & white version of her Hop, Skip, & A Jump quilt for our bedroom. In the meantime though, I scored her adorable “Quilt It Kit” and made the pillow from the pattern & fabric that was included in the box. It matches perfectly with my walls & the geisha painting in the living room. Yay!
Back to Square One Pillow
My buddy, web-gal Jenny Medford just had a birthday, so I whipped up these cozy little cuties for her (ok, and I made a pair for myself, too). These are also from a DS pattern, only this time from her book, “Quilts”. The fabric’s from Craft-O-Rama in Austin, but I think they also sell it on their Etsy page.
Another great book I just invested in is “Sew Everything Workshop” by Diane Rupp of New York’s Make Workshop. It’s jam-packed with how-to information, includes instructions for 20 sewing projects plus 10 paper patterns. My friend Jaime and I met for a sewing session one night while our husbands had band practice, and made the tank tops from it for ourselves. I have a serious lack of torso, so I made mine 2″ shorter than the pattern calls for and am still going to have to wear a belt with it, but I really like how it turned out and may end up making a couple more in different fabrics. Speaking of fabric, this print is one of Amy Bulter’s.
Flouncy Tank Top
Lastly, we’ve been needing a little decor for the larger window in our kitchen, so I pieced together the remains of a kimono that I love and have used to make a bunch of projects (including a curtain for the smaller kitchen window & a pillow for an old article for the defunct Budget Living magazine), with scraps from the above, aforementioned tank (a la Sound of Music) and leftovers from altered Ikea curtains that are now hanging in the living room.
I’ve legit been waiting for @ikeausa to have this glass case in-stock since mid pandemic. I wanted a happy little place for projects of YarnYAY! Past to live. I love a knitwear stack. 😍 It’s the little things, people!
(Oh, and patterns for every thing in this curio are available in my shop at YarnYAY.com ✔️)...
Today's the day we kick off the Crochet-along for the @pompommag Overprint Bag, in partnership with designer @juliamadill
We've put together Montoya Merino Light kits in my YarnYAY! shop, but no matter which yarn you use (the called-for yarn is rad, but a little harder to get here in the states -- see Julia's great post about yarn substitutions), we'd love for you to make yours along with us!
Psst...YarnYAYers get a special 20% off the digital issue pf Pom Pom. See our kit page (tap or go to yarnyay.com) for details!
Join the YarnYAY! Facebook Group and/OR Ravelry Group to follow along. Hope to see you there!
The March YarnYAY! Box crochet project is 𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘵, a crochet, boomerang shawlette. The shape is more commonly seen in knitted pieces, but I love it because if you want the piece to be larger, you just keep working it in the established pattern.
𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘵 is worked with a sweet, as-to-go edging and optional, appliquéd, chain-florets. I designed it to be worn as shown here, scarf-style, but with the option to go full-shawl. You do you!
𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗼𝘆𝗮 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗼 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 — 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗝𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿 — 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗬𝗔𝗬! 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗕𝗼𝘅 (𝘁𝗮𝗽, 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗯𝗶𝗼, 𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗬𝗔𝗬.𝗰𝗼𝗺)
MODEL FUN FACT:
The gorgeous human modeling this shawlette, Kat Roberts, was the main featured young woman (swipe to see) in the infamous 1992, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog video “Nothing But a G Thang”. That video didn’t age well, but man, she sure did! 🤩
Does this mean you are done blogging now and we can go to Ikea. I feel like I cheated by seeing your curtains on your blog before I come over to see them in real life.
Oh, baby, we are soo alike! I make the best stuff right before a big project is due. It helps clear the anxiety or something… Great stuff!!! Good luck with your shoot this month, let me know how it goes!
we have the same Ikea curtains! Funny enough, I put them in my living room and the scraps went into kitchen curtains as well! Great minds…:)
ack! you’ve crossed over to the dark side of sewing!!
seriously, i’m jealous – i wish i knew how to sew so i could make those cool things too! love those slippers.
Why Sound of Music? Why not Gone with the Wind? Just wondering….
Really fabulous projects. The curtains are inspired! Love your fabric sensibility.
Diva: LOL. Actually, I was on the sewing dark side years before I crossed over to the knitted version. I just haven’t made it much of a priority for a while. 🙂
Winston& Chloe: Well done, my clever friend!
Well because a.) Julie Andrews is my homegirl and b.) I’ve seen SoM about 30 times vs only once or twice for GwtW. I felt I had to give credit where credit was due. 😉
loving your sewing action knitter lady! next thing you know I’ll start knitting, being a sewer and all!
I love that flouncy top! It looks a lot like the one Craft O Rama has on their wall. My dd wants to take that class. I love Amy Butler Fabs and also Heather Bailey and Anna M Horner:)
Oh I adore those curtains. 🙂 Those looks so fantastic.
The valence is kwuut! I’ve been trying to get inspired to do sewing lately, but just haven’t! I have a dress and two skirts waiting to get done. Maybe now that my finals are done, I’ll finally start and finish them. The only thing that I need to do now is to re-thread my surger, that frightens me…
How did you do the flouncy tank top? I found the instructions for the band in the book very confusing and I eventually gave up.
Hmmm, ya know, it’s been a year and a half since I made it so I don’t really remember. Have you tried e-mailing Diana, the author? She’s really nice. You can find her through: http://www.makeworkshop.com.