Crocheted Cross Bookmarks

Hi, all! It’s been a while since my last post but I am here with a quick little something to share. A while ago I was telling my awesome Lymphatic Drainage Guru about my mission trips and I inspired her. She is planning to go on one this year. What a rush! I love inspiring others. Well, as we were talking she said she wanted to bring something she could hand out; something the people could put in their Bibles….A bookmark, of course, so I volunteered to make them….30 of them.

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Handmade crochet bookmark by GoofingOff Sewing

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Well I looked around for patterns but none suited me so I reworked a bracelet pattern I found.

Her pattern, for a cross-wise bracelet is HERE

I loved the stitches so here is my pattern for a crocheted cross bookmark 4 inches long and 2 inches across:

Steel crochet hook size 2/2.25mm

Crochet Cotton thread size 3 (Aunt Lydia’s or Bernat)

Skill level: Beginner

Ch3, hdc 3rd ch from hook, ch1, 2 hdc ( all in the same space)
Every other one***
*turn, slip stitch until you and in the ch1 space, ch2,1hdc,ch1,2hdc* repeat until you have the length desired (approximately 15 rows).

attach the yarn to the space between the 5 and 6 shells.  *ch2,hdc,ch1, 2hdc, turn sl stitch to ch1 space* repeat 3 times (3 shells).
repeat the step above on the other side of the cross.

Weave in the ends. Starch and let the dry.

That’s it. The cross takes less than 1 hour to crochet and very little cotton thread.

A nice little gift that’s easy to make.

Thank you to Crochet Chiq for her inspirational blog post. Her work is amazing. Please check it out.

Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing

 

 

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Lavender and Lace Revisited

The other day I stopped by my favorite stitching shop, Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch in Trenton, Florida. The place is literally a feast for the eyes. Pin cushions of every shape and size, wonderful threads, yarn, antiques, and so many gorgeous pictures. While soaking in the beautiful surroundings I noticed a few pictures that looked like Lavender and Lace or Butternut Road. When I checked with Miss Sally she confirmed my thoughts. So here’s a few of the delights in her shop.

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I think I listed the chart for one or two of these beauties in PatternHaus.

Aren’t they wonderful?

Happy Stitching!

 

Post by Eileen Patterson

Quilt Show Goodies To Sell

Certain responsibilities come with becoming a member of a quilting guild. For example, dues, selling quilt raffle tickets, community service projects, and making things to sell at the next quilt show. Trenton, Florida is the home of a pretty big quilt show that takes place every year during March. Many of the guilds in north central Florida show their work at the show and the Springhouse Quilters are no exception. Everyone makes something to sell according to their skill level. Some of these ladies are incredible quilt artists and have come up with great items that have a “handmade, not homemade” look. I am not nearly as good at the sewing machine as they are but I do like to stitch so I came up with something else…..embroidered felt art. Here’s my birds:

The big bird is a needle book, embroidery floss on red felt. The little guy is a thimble holder…and yes, there’ll be  a thimble in it..but there isn’t one in this picture.

Cute little guys.

Hope they fly their way into someone’s heart.

 

Napkins to Embroider

I love a good embroidery kit especially crewel. It’s like a class where I can learn or practice a few stitches….and at times, a challenge. Still, despite my love of an everything-in-one-bag kit I enjoy having a blank canvas to express myself. With that in mind I listed blank napkins to embroider.

 

These lovely napkins are 16 inches by 16 inches, enough to cover one’s lap sufficiently. They are 100% cotton and machine hemmed. They are sold in sets of 2 for $4. There are 6 sets available.

 

 

Three Needle Art Kits to Satisfy the Needle Artist

I love to keep busy, not crazy busy, but busy, as in Something-to-do. I like to crochet, needlepoint, sew, whatever it takes to keep me out of trouble and make something beautiful. I have lots of ideas in my head but the process of getting the idea into reality is sometimes a long, difficult path so a kit is just right. Not quite my design but close and it’s good to have someone else pick out the yarn.

Recently I found three awesome kits for crewel and needlepoint. All three have been in someone’s stash waiting for the right person to give them life.

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Columbia-Minerva Crewel Embroidery Kit “Pansies” Designed by Erica Wilson                                                                      

Pansies have a vintage, elegant look. Good to make into a pillow or picture.

Boucle Plastic Canvas Ornament kit

Boucle Plastic Canvas Ornament kit

The ornaments are worked on plastic canvas. The colors are retro 80’s. Great for tree ornaments, gift tags, or make them into bookmarks.

The Clown would look great in a nursery or child’s room…..or good for a clown collector.

The kits are in the PatternHaus shop. There are other kits there as well and patterns for embroidery and cross stitch.

Well, that’s all for now. Putting lots of “new” patterns in the GoofingOff Sewing shop so make sure to take a look. The Costume Sewing Pattern Sale is still going on. Lots of patterns are gone but there are still a lot of great ones left.

And stop by the Miss Eileen Vintage shop for amazing vintage clothes, hand bags, and collectibles.

Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing….Make magic with every stitch.

GoofingOff’s Friday Freebie

Today’s Friday Freebie is a day late but awesome just the same. It is a flower wreath by Jacquelynne Steves. The design is suitable for embroidery, applique, needlepoint, or punch embroidery. It can be done in pastels for springs, orange, brown, and yellow for fall, or silver (or gold) with red berries for the holidays.

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Quilt block by Jacquelynne Steves

Have fun and keep stitching!

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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing: Costumes!

Crunch time at GoofingOff Sewing….no, not school or exams…the 5th Annual Costume Sewing Pattern Sale starts soon and I am stocking the shelves with costume patterns…lots of them.

Here’s some of the newest in the shop:

Beautiful gowns inspired by Game of Thrones, available in size 6-12 or 14-22.

Cute and sexy…..

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Simplicity 1299 Steampunk Costume in size 6-12 UNCUT $8

A little Steam Punk?

More Game of Thrones…..Tauriel.

Lots of Steam Punk….Like ruffled bustles, jackets….

and corsets…

Something for the little ones….frilly tutus…

Skirts and tops…..

and Elegant Edwardian inspired by Downton Abbey.

Lots to look at

Dress up

Be who you want to be

It’s fantasy!

Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing. The 5th Annual Costume Sewing Pattern Sale starts September 1st. All costume sewing patterns will be 40% off for the entire month of September…..or until they are all gone.