beck's blog

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wriggly Trivets

Top o' the mornin' to ya!
Happy St. Patty's Day!
I've made three more wriggly trivets. (Please click on the pictures to enlarge them).



The shamrock pattern is from the Hot Stuff trivet book here Photobucket
and the other two patterns I made myself with graph paper.

For the shamrock trivet I tried to be different this time and chose a variegated minty-colored thread for the background.


I'm calling this the Mondrian Peace trivet. I used black thread for the peace sign and trivet itself and filled them in with the basic colors Piet Mondrian used in many of his famous paintings, (red, blue, yellow, and white).


And this is the tie-dyed smiley trivet. For the background, I used another variegated thread that is sort of a pastel rainbow mix. I thought this gave the trivet the look of actual tie-dyed t-shirts.

I love making thread trivets with the crocheted wriggly technique! It's so fun!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Pisces, Virgo rising is a very good sign...

strong and kind,
And the little boy is mine.
Now I see a family where there once was none, now we've just begun,
Yeah, we're gonna fly to the sun.


Pisces square is done! Click on the picture to make it larger.

Danny's Song Loggins & Messina

What a great song.
March 13th, Happy Birthday Casey!!!! 21 years, where did they go?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Alice In Stitches Purse

Alice in Wonderland is almost here.
I'm sure a lot of you will be going to the midnight releases Thursday, (well, really Friday), night.

I wanted to post my Alice in Wonderland cross stitch purse I made a couple of years ago. (Please click on the photo to enlarge).

Photobucket Photobucket

Tadaa! First picture is of the front, second picture is of the back.

It's made from a vintage purse kit from Darice. I bought the kit on ebay. Someone had started the cross-stitch panel which was supposed to be a diamond pattern, but they gave up after making one diamond.

I removed their stitches and decided to make an Alice in Wonderland bag using a pattern in this old library book by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen called "Alice In Stitches". (I also bought this book on ebay).


There are a lot of graphs in this book to do, but the purse I made using the one that is on the cover here. I had to modify it a lot to fit it in. The Cheshire cat had to go.

Photobucket Photobucket

Here are some close-ups. Ugh! I see a tiny loose thread on one of the green spades! Please don't notice that!

I wanted to make the caterpillar on a mushroom but I couldn't fit him completely on it so I made him sort of climbing off of it. The mushroom design is from another pattern in this book.

For the tube leading from his mouth to his hookah, I chained together some iridescent blue seed beads and anchored them periodically to the design.

I also added some seed beads into the sky and the chess board which actually has the card suit designs on it.

I made tiny smoke puff rings in the sky with glow-in-the-dark thread. I also used that glowing thread in the white chess board squares at the bottom. Each white square actually has a fish stitched over the white in the glow-in-the-dark thread. So, if you hold this purse to the light and then take it out into the night, the circle smoke rings and the sea of fish show up.

As you can tell I really had a blast designing this purse.
Hope you all enjoy the movie!!!