I have shown a little bit of this cross stitch piece every now and then. Now it's finished! My cross stitch advent calendar! This pattern is part of the collaboration with my mother. She is the designer behind the motifs and I rearranged them to one picture, changed some little things and made a pattern out of it.
Christmas is not exactly around the corner right now, but let me tell you, it's going to take while to stitch this one up, so it's best to start a bit earlier then december. It took me about 2 weeks to make this one happen (the stitching alone). Some motifs are faster to make and some take their time, but at average you could do this as an actual advent calendar - one motif a......
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......
The gander socks are making progress. I'm working at the second sock now and left the grafting of the toe for later (because I love grafting so much, that I keep it for the last moment like the cherry on a cake - NOT).
A while back I made this felt star from a pattern by the purl bee. Now it's waiting for the tree to arrive. We have not yet bought one, but since we have a higher ceiling now, this year's Christmas tree will be large.
I regret not stuffing this a little bit. It get's kind of wonky and is not easily put in place again. If you want to make this felt star, too, I recommend a little bit of stuffing for the largest size. The smaller......
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
With the holidays coming soon the christmas related patterns get out of their dark hole and can shine for a little moment again.May I present you the reindeer handpuppet. He or she comes with red nose and antlers, ready to dash through snow covered hills. Buy here: Then there are the christmas stockings. I guess many of you don't want to knit 15 different stockings for their beloved ones so every stocking pattern is available individually, too. Exception are the norwegian, traditional style ones which come in a set of 6 only. The stocking patterns......
My kids and I made an advent calendar last year out of self-made small paperbags. This year I wanted to do something more durable so we we didn't have to make new bags every year - and save some waste, too. So some month ago I began cutting up rectangles out of leftover fabric from an old linen curtain. Then it layed until last Saturday to be sewn up.
On Saturday I sewed the bags up in one go and let the kids scribe the numbers on their own bags with a glittery-green iron-on fabric pen.
Then they filled most of the bags themseves and I tied them up with ribbon. Instead of hanging the bags on a line like last year, we put them into flat baskets this time. Some bags are filled by me......
I found this awesome link to a german/swiss website where there are 10 directions to folding paper stars. These stars are super easy to fold and my kids and I had a blast making them. Most of the stars constist of 8 pieces of paper which you each fold 3-7 times then glue all of them together in the middle section. The writer of the directions uses transparent paper, but it works with normal thin paper (we used pre-cut folding squares), too. To find out if your paper works, just fold one piece and hold it into the light and you'll see if it shines through. Or hold 3-4 sheets of paper in the light and see of you can see the shades through.
Here is the link to folding christmas window stars.
Everything is in german, but don't worry, there are......