Tuesday, December 28, 2010
So, give your machine a little rest over the holidays and if you'd like to gain a Valentines apron, sign up on THIS post only before Jan. 14th, 2011. Hope to see those who joined me in the last two, as well as any newbies who missed out or ones who just love aprons, like us!
A little Christmas wall hanging ready for next years celebrations using a free design from Gail Pan, if you go by her blog she has a new free design for 2010.
Happy creating in the New Year
Friday, December 24, 2010
Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the Pins & Needles Land
Each stitcher was working on her last project at hand.
There were knitters, crocheters, apron and Annie sewers and quilters too!
All knew the clock was ticking ...
and they still had plenty to do!
Now those gals from Down Under, Mistea, Jindi, Vanessa and Khris were leading the band,
Ever so mindful that for them Christmas Day would soon be at hand!
When up in the Northland there arose such a clatter,
Every stitcher from Washington to New York sprang up to see what was the matter!
OH. they all cried with relief, it's just Nadine, Kay, Denise, and Sherry,
All working to made their Christmas merry!
But way down in Georgia it was quiet as a mouse,
As Doris sat crocheting in a brightly lit house.
Gizzy was sound asleep, so cozy and warm,
As he dreamed of doggie treats on Christmas Morn.
On the cold Kansas prairie the north wind was blowing,
Maybe by Christmas it would be snowing!
But that didn't damper Auntie's machine, it was whirring!
And what about Miss Pitty? Oh, she wasn't stirring.
Over in the Ozarks, Sue was still apron making,
Of course that is only when she wasn't baking!
And then there was Angie , feverishly working on her Prims,
But meeting her deadline was looking rather "grims".
And back up in Indiana, Brenda still has not gone to bed,
She's staying up drawing Annie patterns that are swirling in her head!
In the states of Texas and Florida, Jennifer and Robin were so relieved to see
That all of their gifts were finished, wrapped and under the tree!
And Cynthia in Virginia is done with her rug,
You know, it's the latest craze, the one to hold her mug!
Across the Big Pond is rughooking Heather,
I wonder if her studio is as quiet as a feather?
So to all of my ♥kindred spirit stitchin' Sisters♥ ~
Are you all crazy, out of your head??
Enough of your stitchin'!!! NOW ~ get off to bed!!!!! LOL!!!! :)
A Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you!!!!!!
Love and Hugz,
I've never hosted a give a-way before and thought it might be fun for my first one to be an after Christmas special.
The give a-way is pictured here; it is a brand new pattern that has not yet been added to my product line or to my website. The winner will receive the finished doll and her beloved pooch.
If you would like to be included in the drawing for this cute little Annie and her pooch, simply send me an email with your name and address to - email@example.com.
But....visit this page first so you will have a complete understanding of the give a-way.
The drawing will be conducted on February 1, 2011.
Good luck everyone and ... have a Very Merry Christmas,
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This is my ♥cute♥ lil' Gingerbread Man mugrug that I received from Ms Nadine
in App's Christmas MugRug Swap
I got the recipe for those yummy Molasses Cookies AND ... a package of them already made up by sweet Ms Nadine♥
Am I spoiled, or what????? Yep!! and ... I'm lovin' it!!
Thanks again, Ms Nadine!! :)
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Holly Jolly Christmas Quilt
from last year's APP Swap. So ... here's some pictures of it in the process!
I decided to tie it, so I could add lots of buttons, beads, jingle bells, etc. for embellishments.
Now, I just need more time to get back to it to put the binding on so I can hang it up ...
Think I'll finish it in time to hang it up for this Christmas? Humm ... don't know!
I'm pretty far behind with my Christmas gift making. But ... if I do, I post another picture of it finished ~ I promise :) What about you? Did you finish yours?
Have a wonderful, fun, stitchin' filled week!!!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Which one would you choose?
Hope your preparations are going well.
Monday, November 22, 2010
I made these fingerless gloves while watching tv the other night. They are just single crochets and really easy. (as long as you use markers!) You can make them with or without the thumb and in acrylic or wool. I have several people requesting a pair of these gloves I think these will be gettting made up for Christmas gifts!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Note from CJ ~
Allison, I'm sorry you had trouble trying to post this! I just saw it in drafts and thought I'd post it for you. Glad to hear from you!♥
Monday, November 1, 2010
Note from CJ ~
The Christmas Apron Swap is being hosted by Sue from Country Pleasures. Please go directly to her blog to sign up ~ click HERE for the link.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Lillie Mae's Crafts November Newsletter
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Just getting around to posting here on Pins and Needles after so
long of reading what everyone else is crafting. Just as a way of introduction, my name is Denise and I enjoy doing all sorts of crafting! I found P&N through my sweet friend Cathy. I love to sew and quilt, crochet, cross stitch and do embroidery.
I have been working on a baby blanket for my new grandbaby due in December. We don't know whether it is boy or girl so I used variegated baby yarn. I guess you can't see the pattern very well. It is called bobbles and crosses and turned out to be much easier than I thought it would. :)
After I finished the blanket I thought it might be nice to cross stitch a family tree for baby. So that is what I am working on now. It is still in progress as you can see and the only thing that will be left undone is the baby's name and such.
I am purposing to get many of my UFP's done. I am sorting and making a list. Then I shall take them one at a time so I will always have something to keep my hands busy!
Wishing you all a wonderful day of working with your pins and needles!
Monday, October 25, 2010
FOR NADINE'S SHOOP SHOOP BAG TUTORIAL CLICK HERE
These blocks were made by raw edge applique with blanket stitching around the edges.
This is a smart looking little tote made for my friend Nadine. I have to tell you ladies that I had all the fabric patch-worked together. Ms Nadine did most of the sew to finish this little tote up. I did hand embroidery and patch work on this cute little sewing tote.
This is a tote that was made for APP's Halloween tote swap.. The matching Frankie is a good example of the Mug Rug that we are going to be making in APP's next swap :)
APP always has Annie's in different stages of Dress or lack there of :)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Everyone knows Nadine and I have been on Vacation ;) We have chatted about a lot of awesome new sewing ideas.. one of the ideas is a new craze that is sweeping the Cyber world of blogs and we would like to share this with you in swap form... Mug Rugs.
APP's Christmas Swap will be .. make your partner a fun and exciting Christmas Mug Rug. What is a Mug Rug??? After looking on the internet.. we have discovered it is hard to find Christmas photos of mug rugs to share with you. But we have a link for other types of Mug Rugs. http://www.flickr.com/groups/1533394@N22/ :)
The required size for our swap will be a 6”x10” or equivalent. It can be square, round, star, or any shape your creative brain comes up with. The Rug must be big enough for two Christmas Sugar Cookies, and a nice sized mug for a hot drink ;) (APP loves White Almond Hot Chocolate hint hint hint.)
Embellish your Mug Rug anyway you like.. but it must be coffee mug friendly. Must be able to sit without falling over from too much egg nog ;) Mug must sit flat on Rug… lol
Additional content for your swap will be:
One Christmas Coffee Mug (Micro safe)
One Hot Beverage packet (Cocoa, Spiced Cider, Gourmet Coffee, or Tea)
One Favorite Cookie Recipe
One Candy Cane (For stirring)
Sign ups start today and end on November 6th.. Partners will be assigned shortly thereafter.
Swaps must be at your partner's house no later than December 11th. Please start your project as soon as you sign up so they will be completed on time. You don't have to have an assigned partner to start your project. If you can't meet this dead line.. please please don't sign up... This is a very important fun swap this time of year.
NO ONE likes a Flaker.. Please be on time!!!
Santa is checking his naughty and nice list.. so be sure to get your swap out on time.. so your partner doesn't get coal ;)
Please package your swap in a box and wrap your mug in bubble wrap... so it will arrive safely ;)
International Swappers welcome but please be mindful of the cost for shipping!
E-mail APP the following Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're a first time swapper please read the following: Swap Etiquette
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Well, after I showed a coworker my clever plan, everyone wanted one. I cranked them out and gave them away. Christmas came and went, and I decided to make some non-holiday-themed wall-pockety things. The leftovers from those got made up into the little bags and were used to store my and my coworkers' cash, makeup, and other goodies. One coworker, upon receiving hers, sat there pulling on the ribbon tabs to open and close the bag several times. She said "The Velcro sounds like it's saying Shoop-Shoop!" After that, we all started calling them Shoop-Shoop Bags. Such a simple thing, and I've seen little bags that are similar, but none that have the "handles" which make them so easy to use. I love challenging projects, but sometimes you just want a project that is quick, easy, and useful that you can assembly-line produce, with no hand sewing. This fits the bill!
- 7 1/4" x 10 1/2" pieces of outer fabric, lining, and cotton batting such as Warm & Natural or Warm & White (or a couple layers of cotton flannel)
- 5" piece of 3/4" wide hook-and-loop tape, such as Velcro
- 5" piece of 1" or wider grosgrain ribbon, or a 1" x 5" piece of Ultrasuede, cut in half to make two 1" x 2 1/2" pieces
- Thread, sewing machine, pins and basic sewing supplies
Fold the bag in half, insides together. The Velcro will hold it closed and in place for sewing the sides. I always sew more than one at this point - it's much easier to butt one up against the previous one, since the bags are slightly thick - sewing from one to the next helps keep the presser foot level and moving smoothly. Backstitch on both ends to make the bag secure, since it will get a lot of stress when pulling it open. The opening you left will be closed automagically during this step - no handsewing!!!
It's that easy - you're done! You can add embellishments such as fabric flowers, fabric yo-yos, hot-fix crystals, etc. Now get thee to thy sewing machines and start making Shoop-Shoop Bags! Give them to your friends and say "Use this bag as THE ONE PLACE for all your receipts when buying your Christmas gifts! They'll all be in one place if you need to return something!" But don't forget to keep one for yourself! Then, make some more in non-Christmas fabrics to give and use for other stuff. Personally, I keep my cash - both bills and change - in one, and makeup in another. I recently had a friend pull one out of her purse to pay her lunch tab...I about gagged! It was so old and nasty looking! I told her "That's just soooooo WRONG! I shall make you a new one!" And the next time we had lunch, I had a pretty new one for her, but she wouldn't give up the old one - ugh...I wanted to burn it! So, give them a try and let me know how you like them :-) This really is my original design from about 20 years ago - as I said above, I've seen some similar, but not with both the Velcro and the tabs for easier opening. But I like to spread the joy, so feel free to make as many as you want :-)