Over the last years I have made a couple of winter and christmas related things. Here they are all in one place, so that you can find it easily. The list contains DIYs from tutorials/patterns made by me and some other sites, some free, some for purchase. I don't receive anything in return for listing something, these projects are all made with the excitement of trying something out. I will continue to add current christmas related projects to this list to keep this page updated.Blogged here. Pattern. 5. & 6. Beeswax candles. Blogged here.
Last year I made the glorious felt star from the Purl Bee Blog in extra large as a tree topper. Although it looked good, I secretly wished I had stuffed it. The arms looked wonky and wrinkled (although I used a 2nd layer of felt on the inside to stabilize it) and it was not easy to make it look even and smooth.
This week, I cut up the links between the two stars and made a cross cut in the middle of the back to add some light stuffing. Then I stitched the links together again - no need to close the cuts in the middle since they are in the middle of both stars and not visible. Also you can add or take out more stuffing if you are not entirely happy with it, later. So here are the results:
I'm swimming in colorful knits lately. Precious red on my red DPN's for a new pattern.
Burgundy/dark pink, dark teal and white for color studies. As you can see I have used stranded knitting and intarsia for this. Intarsia in the round is yet a technique I don't really enjoy. If it wasn't for the beautiful results, I would just leave it be. I have created a tutorial for knitting intarsia in the round some time ago for the penguin handpuppet. Nevertheless I'm still looking for an easier method and found the work of Anne Berk recently. I enrolled in her Craftsy class "Next steps in intarsia" (I hope this link works, if not search for the title and you'll find it!) and like the way she has approached the problem of intarsia......
My little niece celebrated her birthday this weekend.Looking for handmade gifts in Pinterest I found this incredibly cute mouse in bed in a tin box, that I wanted to make quite a long time. Luckily I had one, which had a not-so-much-childfriendly quote with gummibaers on it. I sanded the print and painted it with 2 layers of white acrylic paint. In the 2nd layer I sprinkled some iridescent very small paillettes.
My niece is into "Frozen" like many girls nowadays (and I can't blame her for that) and at first I wanted to make an Elsa doll (and maybe a 2nd as Anna), but it turns out if you don't have the right felt tone for skin, everything looks weird. And I failed at the face and hair and then I decided to go with Olaf, because nobody can ruin a snowman.
I knitted a pair of socks out of the Finkhof sockyarn. It's thicker than the usual sockyarn - I would say it's like a 6ply sockyarn. I used 50 stitches to make them and used a knit and purl pattern for the leg part forming a plain stockinette triangle in the front. My feet look really big in the picture, I was wearing a second pair of woolen socks underneath. The new socks are for really cold times or guests to pull over.
The kids and I tried out felting balls. I had a small stash of wool for spinning and we watched this video (it's in german - here is an english one) and started right away. I have to admit felting is not my cup of......
At the beginning of every project there is an idea. Sometimes it cirles around my head a long time before I have a clear vision of it, sometimes I can start right away. The project I'm working on right now is one of those long term ideas. The drawing you see above is from 2013. The day I made this sketch I also painted a large painting from it with acrylic paint - in 4 hours. When you are in the zone you just HAVE to paint - nothing else is of interest. Phases like these are so productive it's hard to believe later on how you made it in such a short time.
The theme with the mountain and the crystals and the stars never let go of me. The painting is sitting on the sideboard the living room so I see......
This collection of felt tree ornaments comes with 7 different patterns and 1 variation. Step-by-Step pictures and written instructions make it very easy to progress through this pattern. The ornaments range between beginner and medium level. Included are:
- 7 patterns ready to print
- step-by-step shots and instructions
- detailed material list and additional instructions for each snowflake
- picture of each finished snowflake
- instructions how to make the ornament reversible
- instructions in german and english
I did an Etsy Lab in Berlin yesterday. We made felt hairpins and brooches. Lot's of fun and new ideas everywhere. I'm adding the hairpin supplies to the shop today and some tutorials on how to make the felt flowers will pop up during the next days here on the blog.
PS: Laura who has attended my workshop has posted her finished hairpins on her blog.