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Needle Felted Cat

I couple of months ago I decided to needle felt our cat.  Well not actually stick needles in our cat.  I wanted to make a needle felted replica of our cat.  I had made a couple of simple needle felted projects, but I really wanted to try to make an animal.  I had seen gorgeous projects on Etsy and was dying to try my hand at it.  I started with a pipe cleaner frame and just reform added wool fiber until I had the shape and colors I desired.  I loved how this turned out!  The pictures really tell the story.

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Difficulty:  Difficult

Time Required:  6 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Appalachian Trail Plaque

As I mentioned in my Appalachian Trail Koozie post, for Secret Santa at work, I drew a colleague who had recently hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (AT).  I was looking for a cool AT themed gift. I found some really cool signs/plaques on Etsy, but they were outside of the Secret Santa budget. I decided to make my own. I bought a wooden plaque from Michaels. I then made my own stain by putting some old steel bolts in vinegar overnight. (I had seen the idea on Pinterest.) It brushed on clear, but turned the wood a nice vintage-like brown/grey. Using PowerPoint, I designed a hiker on a trail. Using the same method I used for my wedding signs, I transferred the design to the plaque. It turned out great, and he loved it!  

 

 Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 2 Movies

Overall Experience: Excellent

Purple and Gold Multiplicity

I decided to knit a Multiplicity purse for my sister since I loved mine so much. (See my posts about Multiplicity 1 and Multiplicity 2 for the others I made.) I chose a royal purple and mustard yellow, a play on her school colors of purple and gold. The only thing I didn’t like about mine is that it didn’t close. I knit button holes into the main pocket this time and loved the product!



Difficulty: Moderate

Time Required: 12 Movies

Overall Experience: Excellent

Cowboys Mason Jar Koozie

I haven’t written a blog post in forever. A lot of that is that it takes a lot of effort to figure out a pattern I improvised from pictures after I already gave away the actual product. I’ve been lazy. I decided to play catch up just sharing what I’ve been making. If someone wants the pattern, I am more than willing to share!

First up: a Dallas Cowboys mason jar koozie. I actually did not love how this turned out. I was knitting at a friends’ child’s birthday party and their neighbor asked if I could make them a mason jar koozie with the Cowboys logo. I said sure. I figured out a pattern for the letters, but it was really wide. Knitting with number 2 needles and worsted weight yarn (which is ridiculously tight if you know knitting) the letters went more than halfway around the jar. The only way I was going to get the letters on the front was to use super fine yarn. That would have been a crazy number of stitches, and I would have to buy new yarn instead of using stash yarn. Considering I had already spent a lot of time ripping out my work to even get the letters mostly on the front half of the jar, I really didn’t want to go through any more effort. Next I tried several different crochet star patterns, none of which were pointy enough.  Lastly, the letters ended up too low. I’m a perfectionist. Here is how it turn out. Not my best work.   

  
   

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 6 Movies (Due to a lot of ripping out)

Overall Experience: Meh

Glass Etching

My amazingly talented friend Shanda (see my soap making and felting posts) taught a group of ladies glass etching a couple of weeks ago.  The process is quick and easy.  The product is beautiful!

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Materials Needed:

  • Glass for etching
  • Etching cream (we used Etchall)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towel
  • Spatula
  • Stickers, painters tape, or cut vinyl to create your design
  • Transfer paper may be useful to transfer intricate designs to your glass.

Instructions:

  • Clean your glass using the rubbing alcohol and paper towel

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  • Create a design using stickers, painters tape, or vinyl.  Shanda has a dye cutter and cut all of our initials for monograms using vinyl.

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  • We adhered the monograms to transfer paper, removed any part of the dye cut design we wished to be etched, adhered the vinyl directly to the glass.  We then thoroughly rubbed on the design to make sure that it was well adhered.  Any bubbles near the edge of the design would allow the etching cream to run into that bubble and create a less crisp edge.  We also cut painters tape around our designs to give us a larger buffer in case the etching cream ran.

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  • Next, we applied the etching cream on the vinyl next to the design.  We then used a spatula to evenly drag a thick layer of cream across the design.

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  • Allow the etching cream to work for the specified period of time (15 minutes in our case).  Scrape off the access cream and replace it in the jar (it is reusable).  Wash the glass and remove the stickers.  Voila!

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  • We also monogrammed mosaic tiles to create pendents.  The etched glass didn’t show up as clearly on the colored tile, so we added Rub n’ Buff to add a little contrast.

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  1 hour for 4 jars

Overall Experience:  Good