A recently-completed embroidery project:
It has a sister pillowcase (not identical) that I finished some time ago, which I would show you except I seem to have misplaced it in the chaos of moving multiple times recently.
Maybe you’ll recall how I love embroidered bed linens, and I love the zen-like handwork of embroidering them. I do my best thinking while stitching. For me, it’s a happy pursuit.
It’s a rainy day here. I wish I were knitting
Here’s a project I’ve been working on, off and on, for about 9 months. I’m so excited to have finally finished it, just in time for fall. The pattern, which I got from my local yarn shop, is called “Latticework Cowl”(what’s the difference between a cowl and an infinity scarf?). I came across this gorgeous Misti Alpaca yarn in the store one day, and knew it was my yarn; it is so soft and delicious, and the colorway is one I can’t resist.
I love the latticework pattern, which was a little tricky to get used to at first, and I admit, part of what took me so long was that I got about 5 inches knitted and had to pull it all out and re-knit due to some uncorrectable mistakes. I had to put it away for awhile after that
I’m glad I persevered. I think I’ll be wearing this piece for years to come.
My mom sent me a link to this post at Houzz with a collection of lovely knitted household goods compiled by Lori. I love seeing the art and craft of knitting applied to more than just wearables. Knitting appeals to me so much; it’s textural, practical, and can be so beautiful – all the things I find FRILLING. And of course, you know I love handmade, especially if the item is useful; I’m not a “just for decoration” kind of gal (unless is decoration or frills on something useful *wink*). I’d love for any of these items to be in my home.
I’m going to have to figure out where to get some of this giant yarn!
Check out the full post here, and see where to get the goods. What about you? Do you go out of your way to make or buy handmade goods? Do you have an affinity for crafting practical, beautiful items?
A sweet friend of Huzz’s knitted us this Raspberry Hat. We have been waiting to grow into it. Finally, it mostly fits. Baby B is very difficult to photograph these days, since she mostly just tries to grab the camera. But I managed to catch her unawares.
She wasn’t really in the mood for hats after that.
…But Mama, I don’t…
…really want to…
wear this anymore. So, there.
I was inspired by this post (sent to me by my uber-crafty mother) to make these:
They are so easy! I made ten pairs – some to keep, some to give away. All you do is cut up some knee-high socks, then use one of the pieces to make a cuff. I bought all the fun, bright knee-socks at Target for $2.50 a pair.
The middle foot piece is the one you fold in half, then sew all the edges together (right sides together. I didn’t follow the directions exactly. Instead, I used a Serger to serge all the edges together. It worked just as well, I think, and made a nice neat seam inside.`
Here’s a FRILLING project for you. Check out these lovely dishtowels Aurelia and I made (Unfortunately I went off and forgot to photograph the ones A made, so here’s only mine – sorry, Rae).
Want the full How-To? Really the sky’s the limit with embellished dishtowels – you could use fabric paint, rick-rack or other trimmings, buttons, all sorts of things. But here’s what we did:
Start with whatever dishtowel you want to use-we got these at Hobby Lobby- and an applique fabric. We used this Alexander Henry bird fabric, and cut out the bird and flower shapes to applique onto our dishtowels. For a different look you could use any patterned fabric and cut out whatever shapes you’d like.
Apply iron-on adhesive paper to your fabric…
…then cut out the shape you want to use as your applique decoration. Follow the instructions on the adhesive paper package. Be careful not to adhere the paper to your ironing board (ahem, Aurelia).
Next, remove the backing paper from your newly-cut applique. Iron it onto your dishtowel. (oops, forgot to photograph this step.)
Then use your sewing machine to satin stitch around the edges of the applique. We recommend working on a scrap piece for a bit before trying it on your dishtowel because it takes a few minutes to get the hang of satin-stitching around an image.
Next, you can embellish more. Yes, I know, MORE FRILLS. I chose to embroider, as it is my current go-to embellishment:
I free-handed the script, then used a simple back-stitch to stitch it up. Then I added some quick little flowers using the detached chain stitch. I think these would be cute with a bit of rick-rack added to the edge as well.
When A and I weren’t looking my mom used some of the scraps to embellish a onesie for Baby, who was happily playing on the floor while we crafted. She pieced together various petals, stems and leaves from the original fabric to make this design, then stitched around it in bright pink thread:
You could do something similar with virtually any fabric scraps you have lying around. Cute, huh? Here’s Baby rocking her FRILLINGly embellished onesie.
I’m bummed that I missed last Friday’s Frilling post, but really, it was due to circumstances beyond my control. The silver lining is that I have a LOT of fun things to share with you today. The most FRILLING being the Royal Wedding! The DRESS! It’s divine!
This morning I’ve been watching coverage of the Royal Wedding over on the BBC. Did you wake up early to watch? It would have been 3 a.m. here on the West Coast, so I’m just watching highlights. Ok, on to other fun things, like…
I have never seen anything done in cross stitch that I actually thought was cool. Until now.
I find it off-putting when my favorite bloggers
sell out team up with big companies for advertising. I usually love her content and hers, but lately it’s been riddled with big-name sponsorships. Of course, maybe I’d be singing a different tune if I were being offered thousands of dollars to advertise products on youFRILLme. What do ya’ll think of this?
My MIL gave me a gift card to Anthro with which I purchased this FRILLING skirt, which I’m thinking will delight me for years to come. I am now taking suggestions on how to style it, although I have a few ideas of my own.
This quilt looks super cute. Somebody get busy and make one (and send photos!).
Get a load of these 11 Mom-drobe essentials over at Aint No Mom Jeans.
An inspiring bike trip.
I see herringbone tights in my future.
Our dear friends gave us a copy of this Charley Harper Alphabet book, and it is BEAUTIFUL.
I invented this lovely spring soup.
The perfect watch.
Victoria’s Fab Friday for this week is just what my eyes were hungry for: red!
I could squander a lot of time looking at this site.
A Flower crown!
The most adorable studio.
Blabla is. the. cutest:
Did you find anything FRILLING this week? Share in the comments! Have a happy weekend!
Happy Friday! Sorry for the late posting— this lovely spring day has gotten away from me. Here are some FRILLING things I found this week.
If I had a garden, I’d make these adorable garden flags:
Are you ready for TAX DAY Monday?
Plate walls are dear to my heart. I used to have an awesome wall of cool thrifted plates in my last house.
My new favorite tea (tisane, actually). Hot or iced.
I need me some pretty tape.
These are awesome. My hubby gets the credit for spotting them on one of the many design blogs he reads. Good eye, babe.
Sadly, none of the adorable Easter dresses that Aurelia scouted out for me ended up working (I’m a strange size right now), but I think I finally found one that might work. What do you think?
I’m headed to Texas next week, AND next week is my birthday week! Gonna have some fun and enjoy the hot Texas weather. Aurelia and I are hoping to do some FRILLING projects together while I’m there. Wish me luck – it’s Baby’s first plane trip.
Happy Weekend! Got any fun links to share?
Needlepoint isn’t just for grandma’s anymore. Check out some cool needlepoint styles I’ve been seeing lately. (click on the photos to follow the links).
We are having GORGEOUS weather here in SF this week. No more rain for now! We are enjoying being outdoors, going to the park, taking walks with friends. I’m also hoping to work on my newest hobby: embroidery. Take a look at all the cool things happening in the embroidery world. This ain’t your gramma’s embroidery:
And (joy!) embroidered book covers!
Here are some other FRILLING things I found this week. Check em out:
The Key to Cool Layering: Excellent style tips from Shana. Go read this now to bump up your style factor.
More papaya red.
Well-edited wardrobe = your best style friend. I need to work on this…
More tips on closet editing.
A Philosophy for the home.
Melissa customized her Boppy!
What did I tell you about colored tights?!
For your health: check out my Vitamin D Alert on Vegeater.
On another nutritional note, check out my Nutritionist colleague Jessica’s excellent blog post on Iodine.
And, this week Aurelia and I started our new series called Stuff We Love. We’ve got cosmetic picks and style basics, and more to come.
Hope you have a happy weekend. Today marks the start of my birthday month (yes, I like to celebrate all month), so it’s sure to be FRILLING.