What? Another New Project?

‘Marathon 100’ sockyarn


Yes. I have to admit it. This project was too tempting. Once I figured out how it works I couldn’t resist.

Come on, it’s going to be just a wee blanket. What’s wrong about that?

The pattern is Frankie Brown’s Ten Stitch Blanket. Other designs are available. 😉

Stashbusting – Fun With Folded Fabric Squares

Araucaria leaves

This has been on my agenda for quite a while. Some time ago I took some detail shots of an araucaria in the local botanical gardens. What I had in mind was a piece with folded fabric squares inspired by the layers of leaves. I have already chosen the fabrics.

But I need to gain some more practice in sewing with my machine – this is not a hand sewing project. So this morning I cut some 5 cms/2 ” squares from the leftover batiks from my ‘Baddies’ project and chose two others for the background, cutting them into 6 cms/2 3/8 ” wide strips.


From the squares I made prairie points, 55 in all.

Origami for beginners

I didn’t use them all, only 38 went into the piece.

The pyramids of The Boudoir

This is a good stashbuster, because a folded prairie point is made of four layers of fabric.

Well, this is just a humble sample. If you want to see real masterpieces, visit Ludmila Aristova’s site. She makes stunning pieces using various other techniques as well.

Stashbusting – Fun With Fancy Canvas

plastic canvas and #3 perle cotton

My regular readers know this already – Hoarder is my middle name. I’ve got tons of stuff. But once I’ve added things to my stash I don’t use them because I’m always thinking ‘No, you’re gonna need this for some other project’.

I must put an end to this or I’ll end up in some TV show serving as a tragic example of what can become of people who amass ‘things’ which others just call trash.

Recently I’ve been leafing through the internet in search of some blackwork inspirations for something I had in mind. Not only did I discover some nice patterns, but also a weak spot for canvaswork.

A while ago I had bought some plastic canvas, just in case. You never know when you might need it. And it was a bargain. As well as was the perle cotton from the same shop. I had bought this for some special project I was planning. Obviously, this plan got torpedoed. (I’m sure this is musework. My little friend Dave is sitting in his corner of the sofa looking innocent.)

After a couple of days sewing patchwork and doing some cross stitch, I needed a little change and started a new project. Yes, I know I shouldn’t. But I simply had to. Do you know this feeling?

Usually I’ve got everything planned beforehand but this time I haven’t got any idea yet how this one will end up as I’m designing as I go. Here’s my first pattern.

pattern #1