Red Hot July – – or – – It’s Make-over Time for Ms. Mannequin

It’s been a Red Hot July (weatherwise) here in Metro DC – typical: hazy, hot, humid.  So we do whatever we can to think cool!

Recently, I stumbled upon a great pattern for a sweet little hat that I could make from some handspun I have.  Out came the crochet hooks and not only did I make the hat, but a scarf to go with.  Then I set about taking some pictures so that I could share the project with you….

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BUT…….No one wants to see a picture of a nice hat and scarf worn by a white styrofoam mannequin?

 

Make-over Time for Ms. Mannequin!

I missed Paper Mache  and Decoupage 101 classes in my youth – for that matter, I don’t think my kids ever did them in school either.  But, you can learn anything on the internet.

http://www.craftedlove.com/2011/05/weekend-diy-decoupage-mannequin-head.html#.U7QTybFyUjI

It took almost a month of looking at the plain mannequin, paper sheet, and other supplies on my work table before I got around to the first step:  tearing the paper.  (I’m not a big fan of cutting steeks either! but that’s a whole other blog post….)

Stage 1 - Prep the Paper for WordPressIt turns out that decoupage isn’t “rocket science” after all.  It is messy, especially when the shaggy dog of the family gets involved!

Red Hot July Scarf & HatHere’s Ms. Mannequin after her make-over modeling her new hat and scarf and dreaming of ski slopes………

This is a very easy crochet hat pattern from Jenn Wolfe Kaiser and Life Adorned.  Get it on Ravelry here.

The scarf is sooo easy that it can hardly be called a pattern.

With a hook size suitable to your yarn, ch 17.  Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch) across ending with sc in last ch.  (9 sc)   Ch 1, turn.

Row 1:   Sc in last sc of previous row, (ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch sp) across ending with sc in last sc.  (9 sc)   Ch 1, turn.

Row 2:   Sc in last sc of previous row, (ch 2, skip next sc, sc in next ch sp) across ending with sc in last sc.   Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2.Scarf close-up - scaled for WordPress

Depending on your yarn, your beginning chain can be any “odd” number that meets your desired width.  Adjust the total number of single crochet stitches accordingly.   This is what the finished fabric looks like.

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Pretty Posies Pattern

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What could be brighter than a brand new scarf to make you believe that Spring is finally here – or at least just around the corner?

A simple crochet mesh pattern sets the background for a bouquet of pretty posies.

Pattern includes instructions for the flowers and leaves.

As a special Welcome to Spring gift, we are also posting a list of our favorite resources for more flowers, leaves, and springtime beauties.  Posies, Leaves & Signs of Spring

Happy Spring everyone!

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Handy Tool Bag

IMG_0208 Resized for WordPressA great big Hello to all the spinners out there –

There’s a new pattern just for you – well, weavers probably have some tools that they like to keep really handy too – in the Pattern Patch.

A quick crochet project made from a bit of slightly over spun fiber.  The over spinning, in this case, was intentional to create a fabric that would be sturdy and not sag out with use.

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12 Scarves of Christmas, day 12

Image of all the 2013 Teddy & Tess bears and their scavesLacy and Sweet

 

A lengthwise knitted scarf for Tess is the perfect ending to Blended Threads 2013 series of little scarves.  We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Teddy and Tess.   They will be back with surprises and more fun throughout the year.

We’d love to hear from you with pictures or stories about what your own Teddy and Tess are up to in 2014.

See you soon in the Pattern Patch.

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12 Scarves of Christmas, day 9 (and 10)

2 pandas in snow

How cute are these two panda “bears” munching on their bamboo while snow falls gently around them?

Yes, it’s going to be a 2-fer today in celebration of measurable snowfall here in Blended Threads’ Pattern Patch.

The 9th scarf reminds me of an accordion in it’s shape.

The 10th scarf? well that’s the promised “other” version of “moss” stitch.

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12 Scarves of Christmas, day 8

Back to Geometry Class45 degree angle

Hmm….45 degree angles – now which triangle has a 45 degree angle?

It’s hard for me to believe that we’re already 2/3 of the way through our 12 days of Christmas patterns.   It must be so, because I’ve already got half of the next twelve sketched and drafted.

I hope you’re having fun trying out these little ideas from Blended Threads Pattern Patch.

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Welcome to 2014

May our new year be bright!

Photograph of teddy bears riding a Rose Bowl Parade float in 2011

copyright Marie Appert / Shutterstock.com

I’m not one for making resolutions just because the calendar declares it to be the beginning of a new year.  I work more on the premise that each day is a new chance to do something wonderful!   So, in that spirit I’m just going to say

Happy 2014

 

It’s Rose Bowl Day – for those of us with ties to Southern California.  It starts with the parade – this is a picture from the 2011 parade.  It’s appropriate to announcing that the next bear-y scarf of Christmas is ready for you to download in the Pattern Patch.

I will be offline most of today watching first the parade, then the game.   Go Stanford!Stanford

Catch you tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Scarves of Christmas, day 5

My goodness, it’s the Monday after Christmas already and only 2 days left in 2013.

snowman with red-white lengthwise striped scarf

The weather outside is definitely not “frightful”, but I’m ready for some SNOW!   So, we (Teddy, Tess, and I) invited Frosty to come share our day in hopes that the weather eyes in the sky might notice and drop off some of the white stuff.  They given Frosty a scarf to match today’s pattern to wear.

Today’s scarf is in the Pattern Patch.

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