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I recently purchased a pattern to make 3D letters from an Etsy shop. I had been looking for the perfect knit or crocheted letter that I could make to stand on a shelf in the stairway. I wanted to spell “HOME”. I stumbled upon the shop CAROcreated on Etsy and there it was, the perfect letter pattern in 3D . The samples she has in her shop are colorful with a white border around them, which are stunning but I wanted mine to be all black so I did modify the pattern a little . I quickly ordered the variety pack of 6 letters and bought H, O, M, E and K and N. The patterns are detailed and easy to follow.  I found a cotton/hemp blend yarn that is sturdy and holds it’s shape. I always forget how much more yarn crocheting uses than knitting. While this little home decor project is going to cost more than I expected, it will be worth it. Here is my first completed letter

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Who’s that doggy on the pillow?

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Most people know by now that my dog Bailey is very spoiled. In fact when you google “Mountain Street Arts” his picture comes up in images for that search.

Now that my son is grown, there is no one to baby and take care of, so our dog fills that void in my life and he loves the attention. He is adorable and I wanted to have something in the house with his picture on it other than the framed pictures I have scattered about. I love to rughook and I hadn’t done it in a few years so I thought I would make a pillow in his honor. Yes, a pillow for Prince Bailey.  I printed out my favorite picture of him on transfer paper IMG_0040and transferred it to  a piece of burlap using a heat press. I had to use a very loose weave of fabric as the transfer paper leaves a residue on the the material that somewhat fills in the holes. I had done this process before on a piece of regular rug hooking material and it was difficult to stick the hook through the material. The burlap worked out much better.

Rughooking is a great way to use up some of my yarn stash. The whole project went pretty quickly.IMG_1185

I like to use a cotton backing on my pillows, even the ones I knit. All it needs now is a rughooking label. Our labels add the finishing touch to any project.rughook3 Check them out at mountainstreetarts.etsy.com or mountainstreetarts.com

The last couple of months have been frigid. I don’t think it’s been above 20 degrees. I have been staying in cuddling up by the pellet stove. I am thankful I love to do crafts as it helps with the cabin fever I have been feeling. Otherwise I would be bored. As much as I love to knit, crochet and rughook, I am looking forward to spring and gardening.  What crafts do you do to chase away cabin fever?

 

 

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Can I walk on it?

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When we renovated half of our basement into a new family room, I decided to design and knit a rug for it. I knew I needed a sturdy wool yarn for it to stand up to traffic. I chose Valley Yarns Northampton. Having grown up in Northampton I thought it was the perfect choice.  Valley Yarn is Webs Yarn Store’s own line of yarn. It’s  available in several weights and fibers and they are all named after towns in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.  First I designed 2 different square patterns and then alternated them in 3 different colors.


I then sewed the strips together, washed the strips and blocked them. The strips were then sewn into a rectangle.IMG_1144

I purchased a 5 x 8 rug backing at Home Depot
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and then attached my rug to it using a binding stitch all around the rug.
And used a running stitch down all of the strips. This made the rug non-skid.

I am very please with the final rug but the first question company asks when they enter the room is “Can I walk on it?”  The bench cushion and pillows I mentioned in a previous post also made it into the new family room.

Have you ever made a handmade rug and do people walk on it?

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