To Do: A Pillow, But Not a Bracelet

I had a to do list today, and I didn’t get through it because I got distracted. Everything on my list was something I need to finish. I wasn’t going to start anything new.

But then I did.

Like this bracelet.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Hemp

It was not even on my radar until I got an email from Creative Bug with a video tutorial on how to make one.  It’s crocheted and it’s called a Turkish Flat Weave. It’s not hard, but using hemp was not the best choice for my first attempt. The stiffness of the cord was kind of cranky. And like I found out with a previous project, it’s hard to see what’s what in the black yarn, or cord.

So I picked out some supplies for another one.

Materials for Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet

I went with the cream-colored number 8 pearl cotton thread and the bright beads.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Cotton

The parts I got right are really nice.  But it’s twisted where I didn’t flip it the right way. If you watch the video you’ll know what I mean.  Once I get the hang of it I’ll unstring this and make it over.

By the way, if you can crochet, this is a very quick project. I started the second one at 10:30 and 45 minutes later I was working on the closure.

This pillow was on my to do list. This is not the pillow I set out to make but it’s what the fabric wanted to be. Anybody else have projects like that?

I made the pillow with a couple of decorator samples.

The floral with the owl is linen and the animal print is polyester. I have another piece that I think is drapery silk that will go on the back.

Applique Pillow Basted

If you look close you’ll see my navy blue basting stitches. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll attach the applique. If I have thread that exactly matches the pink I may quilt it down first before I secure the edges.

It’s going to be a pillow cover for a 16 or 18 inch square pillow. Since I don’t have another sample in this same color family this is all there is. The back piece is smaller than the front, so I’m hoping to manipulate it enough to manage a concealed zipper on one of the edges.

I have nothing this yummy pink will go with so I’ll probably sell it. It’s going to be amazing if you can use this almost dusty pink.

I have other decorator samples and I’m sure some of them will want to become the pillow I planned to make first.

How’s your to do list coming? Hope your day is swell!

Jan

It Oughta Be a World Record Afghan

Granny squares can be the easiest, fastest, most tedious, annoying, scrap-busting things you can crochet. They work up fast, and they look great using leftover scraps from previous projects. But there are jillions of tails to be woven in, and then the squares have to be stitched together to make a larger piece. Whew!

I stitched a few large squares together to  make a scarf I call Just Peachy.

Granny Square

But my six or eight little granny squares are not the point of this story.

The 7,800 afghans that were crocheted for charity in Finland in 2011 is what I’m sharing today.

I came across one image of this event, no caption, photo credits, or anything about what was going on with this stairway FULL of afghans.

I googled “old building with afghans on the steps” and got a few hits.

The building is the Helsinki Cathedral. The goal was 1,000 afghans to cover the steps of the cathedral and then donate to charity. They got 7,800 afghans, and only 3,800 would fit on the steps.

Wow!

To those of us who have a thing for fiber and needle arts, there are glaring mistakes in many of these posts. The pictures obviously show crocheted granny square afghans on the steps of this beautiful building. But the headlines variously indicate the project is knitted, it’s a patchwork quilt, or it’s a blanket.

The articles are in Finnish, and the translations are kind of rough so I’m not sure of all the details. I’ll let you follow the links and read for yourselves.

 NOTE:  all these links open in a new tab, so I’ll save your place here if you want to go take a look. 

I looked for a world record about this event, and didn’t find anything. One article clearly says someone was there to certify it, but it would be months before that was determined. This event was nearly eight years ago and the largest crocheted afghan I found was made for Nelson Mandela Day last year and was only 67 afghans.

These Helsinki afghans aren’t actually stitched together. They are connected with cable ties probably just to keep them in place. So if this is a world record I’m not sure what category it would be. If anyone tracks down additional information about it, I’m all ears.

At Joann’s we sell fleece for individuals and groups to make into blankets to donate to all sorts of local agencies. When it’s on sale we can spend thirty minutes–frequently more– cutting fabric for a single customer. There are also knitters and crocheters that do the same, but the only time we notice huge purchases of yarn is at checkout and there’s not usually time for much of a conversation.

People also make scarves for cancer patients, pillowcases for sick children, mittens for Christmas, and even dog scarves for local rescue groups. A bright splash of color around the neck makes a rescue dog so much more appealing and adoptable.

What about you?  Are you involved in some sort of sewing or crafting for charity? What do you make and who do you give it to?

Jan

One Hundred Items Listed on Etsy

I listed item number 100 a few minutes ago. Three more bracelets took me to that milestone.

Chunky Crocheted Bracelet on The Little Blue Trunk on EtsyThere’s this blue paisley crocheted bracelet with a red and gold button.

 

Infinity Blue Bracelet on the Little Blue TrunkThis blue Infinity style features a large mother of pearl button on the top and a small blue vintage button on the back to fasten it.

 

4X Wrap Bracelet on the Little Blue TrunkThis 4x Wrap Bracelet is significantly repurposed.  Instead of using cotton cord for piping, this bracelet us made with a discarded USB computer cable.

My little felt falling leaves bobby pins have been featured in two treasuries.

IMG_9619.JPGI hope that means I’ll sell them.

Or maybe someone would prefer Candy Corn Bobby Pins.

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Locals can contact me to knock off the shipping for pick up.

I have a couple dozen more items photographed and in line to list. I’m researching Polaroid Land Cameras, Glass Insulators from 1893, a Paul Revere Reproduction silver pitcher, a couple of Italian hammered aluminum ice buckets, and a very cool three-in-one convertible handbag from 1957.  Very Mad Men-ish.

Any comments?

Jan

Chunky Crocheted Bracelets

I love wearing bracelets, so here’s what I’ve been up to lately. I added these to my Etsy shop, The Little Blue Trunk, this morning.

Chunky Crocheted Bracelet on The Little Blue Trunk on Etsy

I used a couple of vintage buttons to tie off the red one and a gigantic vintage bead for the gray one.

Chunky Crocheted Bracelet on The Little Blue Trunk on Etsy

Then I used some leftovers to make this wrap bracelet to go with the gray.

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It looks good paired with the chunky gray crochet.

IMG_0008.JPGI used bias tape on piping cord, some of it rescued from an ugly pillow. They are assembled with crochet thread and pearl embroidery thread. I bought the embroidery thread new, but everything else is made with rescued and recycled materials.

I have a few more to finish and photograph: a blue, red and gold paisley, medium blue with huge mother of pearl button, light purple and a skinny charcoal gray wrap.

Be sure to follow my Etsy shop to see the new ones when I finish them.

I’ll be adding bling to the ones I make next, beads and vintage jewelry will turn up the heat.

Tell me what colors you’d like to see these in. They sky’s the limit!

Jan

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