Cross Stitch

Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments

I love this book! When the opportunity came up to review Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments from Leisure Arts, I was quite excited. It looked really interesting and I love doing cross stitch. Now that I have had a chance to have a better look at it I am super excited! You can see from the… Continue reading Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments

Crochet

Lovie Blankets

Before I tell you about my Lovie Blankets,  I believe an apology is in order. Life seems to have become rather muddly and busy over the last few weeks and I have got very behind with my posts. I have completed a number of projects, and remembered to take photos of them before parting with… Continue reading Lovie Blankets

Crochet, Karen's Korner

OFAPNZ (Octopus for a Preemie NZ)

I was really excited to come across the Facebook page for OFAPNZ a couple of weeks ago. Back in April of last year I published my first post about the Octopus for a Preemie movement (see “Octopuses (Octopi?) For Premature Babies”). I did a bit of experimenting with the patterns I found (see “Two Jumpers… Continue reading OFAPNZ (Octopus for a Preemie NZ)

Crochet, Lace Making

Homespun Comfort Shawls

This review has been a bit delayed, but that has turned out to be a good thing. I like to be able to include my own photos when I am doing a review and the delay has allowed me to use much better ones than I had originally intended. **This post contains affiliate links and… Continue reading Homespun Comfort Shawls

Lace Making

Traditional Bobbin Lace

Bobbin lace is woven using pairs of threads wound on bobbins. A variety of designs can be woven using only three basic stitches, the half stitch, the whole stitch, and the twisted whole stitch. It is an old technique dating back to the 15th century. The weaving is done over a full sized pattern mounted… Continue reading Traditional Bobbin Lace

Lace Making

Lace Making

Lace can be made using a number of different techniques. It was originally made using fine threads of linen, silk, silver or gold. Today it is most commonly made from cotton, although it is also possible to get linen and silk thread. Machine made lace is often synthetic. Bobbin lace is made using a cushion… Continue reading Lace Making