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Our new Knit Pillow Cover Patterns

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image-03-03-17-03-51I love pillows and they are a quick way to update your home decor without spending a lot of money.
My new pillow cover line incorporates simple lines with natural colors.  In the past when I made hand knit pillows, I never liked the way a knit back looked. The pillow never held it’s shape. My new pillows use a piece of fabric for the back which holds the shape of the pillow much better. The pillow covers are removable. The front has a  rib at the bottom with 3 button holes. They are easy to knit and use the intarsia method of colorwork.  We have 6 designs so far with more on the way.

I love using organic yarn and my samples are made using Knit Pick’s simply organic and Blue Sky Fibers Organic worsted weight.

Order your pattern today from our website: http://mountainstreetarts.com/

 

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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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