Welcome to Maker’s Wednesday, where we take a day out of our busy weeks to celebrate the Maker in all of us.
This week, I’m having a blast with my current knitting project – the Frisson Shawl by Brittany Wilson. Here’s my progress so far:
I love this shawl because it’s a perfect example of “potato chip knitting.” You know that old commercial for potato chips – betcha can’t eat just one? Well, that’s how I feel about making progress on this shawl. I’m excited to see each new point in the crescent shape emerge, and it’s fun to keep going in each knitting session until I get to the end of a point. Of course, as the shawl grows and the rows get longer, I may change my tune. But for now I am really enjoying the knit!
At my recent knitting retreat, I saw so many women wearing gorgeous shawls that it really inspired me to knit a few more of my own. So stay tuned, because I have a feeling this won’t be the last of my shawls-in-progress that shows up here at #MakersWednesday.
What about you – what are you making this week? Share it with us on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #MakersWednesday!
Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a minute out of a busy week to celebrate our creative sides. Won’t you join us?
Lately, I’ve been having one of those periods in my life where my inspiration runneth over – I’ve got too many ideas for crafty projects I want to make, and too little time to get them all done! If only my house would clean itself, my kids would entertain themselves and my laptop would just do all my work for me. Sigh.
Anyway, since summer is here, I’ve been thinking up some travel-friendly projects. Aside from wanting to knit myself shawls to go with my sundresses and sew up some jersey knit maxi skirts for comfort + style, I’m thinking about ways to DIY an easier family vacation with my sewing machine. Today instead of sharing one of my projects, I’ve rounded up some travel-friendly tutorials to help you get into your vacation mode, too!
First up, when you travel you’re going to need a good bag. I like to take a bag with me that will fit across my body; that way my hands can be free to wrangle kids, punch tickets or hold snacks. This DIY messenger bag from Cold Hands Warm Crafts is adorable, and it’s a good size to fit the essentials without getting too bulky:
Image from Cold Hands Warm Heart Crafts
For your overnight travels, how about a larger bag to hold all your belongings? This laminated cotton number from Riley Blake will be easy to clean, which is a definite bonus when you’re traveling with kids:
Image from Riley Blake Designs
I also love this quilted duffel style bag from Sewplicity:
Image from Sewplicity
If you’ll be traveling with a regular suitcase, it might be a good idea to make a DIY luggage tag to identify it in the crowd at the airport:
Image from Soubelles
This zippered dopp kit from the Purl Bee is a great way to store all your toiletry items on the go, and it can even help you stay organized when you get back home!
Image from the Purl Bee
And finally, if you’re traveling with kids, you might benefit from putting together a DIY travel game kit to keep them entertained on the road (or in the air):
Image from Making Nice in the Midwest
What are YOUR travel plans this summer? Are you making any DIY preparations before you go? Share with us in the comments, or tag it on social media with #MakersWednesday!
Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a mid-week break to show off our creative projects behind the scenes at Patterned HQ:
This week, I’ve got another quilting project to show off! This one took quite a bit of time to cut, but now I’m in the stage that involves sewing the pieces into rows. I’m making a triangle patchwork quilt for my grandmother, whose 97th birthday is this month. Here’s hoping I can finish in time!
Here’s an in-progress shot:
I used a few different tutorials to help me with this quilt – here’s one by The Sassy Quilter and the other was from My Poppet.
I have a bright and colorful thrift-store sheet I plan to use for the backing on this quilt. When the top is pieced I’m going to just follow the lines of the triangles and do diagonal straight-line quilting stitches. I have a feeling it will be a bit time-consuming but also a really fun result. Plus, this quilt has to stand up to a lot of washing in a nursing home so I want to make sure it’s nice and sturdy.
What are you making this week? Share with us in the comments below, or tag it on Instagram and Twitter with #MakersWednesday!
Welcome to #MakersWednesday, our favorite day of the week! Normally, we use this time to highlight our crafty and creative projects going on behind the scenes here at Patterned HQ:
This week, we’re doing something a little bit different! As we head into the summer season, sometimes life gets a little crazy. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need the power of good ol’ peer pressure to keep me focused on my crafts at hand. So! How about joining a craft-along? There are so many to choose from, but here are a few we found that might interest you:
- Tour de Fleece – if you spin your own yarn (or you have ever wanted to learn), then this is the spin-along for you! This spin-along takes place at the same time as the Tour de France bike race – July 5 to July 27, 2014. Spin your yarns and enter to win prizes, or just get inspired by all the finished yarns posted by other participants!
- Tour de Sock – not a spinner? Why not speed-knit some socks this summer – catch up on #OperationSockDrawer and raise funds for Doctors Without Borders at the same time with this fast and friendly competition.
- Moody Afghan Crochet-Along – This crochet-along runs all year, so you can jump in any time! Crochet a different block each month of the year and at the end you’ll have a nice, cozy afghan in time for Christmas.
- Craft Book Craft-Along – If you have a pile of craft books sitting on your shelf that you never quite get around to using, now’s your chance! The Live. Love. Create blog is hosting a Craft Books Craft-along all year! Each month you can enter to win prizes simply by making something out of a crafty book or magazine (sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting, or more!) you already own.
- Summer Sampler Series – This series takes you through the process of making 12 gorgeous quilt blocks. By the end, you’ll be ready to make a quilt top! Even if you’re new to quilting, this is a great way to practice a variety of techniques and get yourself to that first finished object!
Are there any other craft-alongs you’re participating in this summer? Share them with us in the comments below, or tag us about them on Instagram and Twitter using #MakersWednesday!
Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a moment, mid-week, to celebrate the maker in all of us. What are you making this week? Follow along with us and share!
This week I’m working on a pair of socks for a friend, knitting both at one time from the toe up. I find it’s easier that way to keep myself from getting stuck on the project after the first sock and before the second!
What have YOU been making this week? Share it with us on social media and tag it with #MakersWednesday so we can see, too!