Saturday, June 29, 2013

Off the Needles: "Happy Dots" Doubleknit Scarf

This is what I've been working on for the past 3 weeks. The pattern is "Happy Dots" and the technique is double-knitting. I took a 3-week class at Warm 'n Fuzzy in Cary, NC, to learn how to do it. The multicolored yarn is  Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Stärke 6 and the hand-dyed silver is SweetGeorgia's  CashLuxe Fine. The length is 60 inches, but, since it's double-knitting, it's really like knitting two 60-inch-long scarves. My next double-knitting project will probably be a coaster!

Front side of scarf:

Reverse side of scarf:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Vintage Textiles at June Twisted Threads Book Club Meeting

The topic for this month's Twisted Threads Book Club meeting was vintage textiles. I brought (and wore) my vintage embroidered butterfly apron. Maker unknown, but I think she must have been a woman who enjoyed whimsy.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Off the Shuttle: Tatted Edging for Yellow & Brown Handkerchief

Another vintage handkerchief with vintage thread tatted edging:

The pattern is the first round of Mary Konior's "Bridesmaids" edging from Tatting with Visual Patterns.
The thread is size 70 or 80 brown and yellow variegated. There was no label on the ball so I don't know the brand, but it's probably another no longer available.

 Closeup of the edging:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Off the Loom (a long time ago): Bookmarks

These are some bookmarks that I wove many years ago. I came across them recently and finally got around to cutting them apart and hemming them.

They're woven using an ecru cotton thread which is a little thicker than sewing thread with a sett of 30 ends per inch. The weft includes various embroidery flosses, mostly linen thread; the shiny blue one has a rayon thread in the weft. The width of the final piece is approx. 6.5 cm. Lengths of the individual bookmarks vary from 14 cm. to 20 cm.