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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Smithers, Release the Hounds!

Smithers, release the hounds!!

Houndstooth; that is.

I thought the tapestry crochet technique was a perfect way to crochet a houndstooth pattern. I had looked around on the web and didn't find anyone doing it that way. Maybe there is some folks out there and I just didn't find them. Anyway, I used Sinphonia yarn again because I just love it for tapestry crochet. It's great!!! (But expensive. I buy it at Hobby Lobby and it's $4.99 a skein so I buy one at a time using the 40% off one item coupon each week they offer it).

Anyway, I didn't have black and white at the time. So I used black and rust colors.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).


Here it is right-side out.


This is inside-out which I thought might even look houndstoothier (lol!) because it's a little more "jaggeddy" looking.


And finally, here it is with the drawstrings pulled along with a black AND white skein, (for I plan to make a black and white version because, let's face it, houndstooth looks best in black and white.)

For this project I used a small sized D hook and this pattern I found on the internet...


And now, you'll really want to call the dogs on me after I bore you with some projects that I've finished and were Christmas gifts so I couldn't post them until today.

Tyler lions

I finished the Tyler Lion pillows. The backs of the pillows are blue or red flannel. I see my husband loves his so much that, as I look across the room, it is barely noticeable peeking out from underneath the bed. Sigh. Why do I bother?


I made my brother-in-law this deer needlepoint pillow. The kit was from a Spoon Size Shredded Wheat cereal box offer in the 70's. I got it on e-bay to make. It's a Mule Deer. I used flannel for the back and this time I cut the edges all around, stitched some flannel to the sides of the needlepoint and cut those edges too, and knotted the raggedy edges like those purse kits you see people make.It looks rustic and it's very soft on the flannel side. The pillow almost looks like you are looking out the window of a cabin or maybe some sort of tree stand at a deer out in the open.

Anyway, I also embroidered these two felt picture books for my sister's grandkids.
The kits suggested you color the animals with actual crayons and ironed them. But do I ever do anything simple???

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About half-way through the embroidery part I thought, "Good Lord! These kids will be,....graduating college before I finishe these things. Where are those damn crayons? Is it too late to go back and use them?" LOL!!!!

Now I must flee before those hounds tackle me to the ground and chew me up with their sharp houndsteeth!!!!


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