ReUse, recycled yarn from sweaters


I just listed my “Re-Ewes Yarn”.  ReUse yarn is recycled from gently used sweaters. I choose high quality fibers to recycle. The fibers are washed, re-spun, then washed again.

If there is a knot it was done by the manufacturer. Since I do not tie pieces together, the skeins are grouped and are marked clearly.

Please contact me if you have a sweater that you would like recycled then sent back to you. Each lot number is from an individual sweater.



Matchbook needlecase


When I saw these matchbook needle cases on Make it do site.  I knew that I had to make them.  They are quick, easy, and make great little gifts for those who sew.

I made several to keep on hand and will embellish them when used as a gift.

The one I did embellish will be gifted to Roc as a hostess gift for the altered pillow swap.



Altered fabric pillows


I joined a swap for these little altered pillows.  The idea came from Teesha Moore.  Here is a link to her blog, where you can see the videos on these beauties.   She made these bits into great fabric books and journals.  I am very excited to get my altered pillows so I can make them into a book.

I made 4 to trade and one to keep.  I am keeping the one with the window.



Pink and green tatted motifs


The pink and green tatted motifs were made with HHLizbeth thread size 20.  I am counting these as #23 for 25 Motif Challenge.  The one on the bottom was done awhile back but added to the group for the picture.



Black heart, an altered fabric piece


This cute little piece was made on Sunday.   A swap I want to join is making little altered pillows.  I didn’t have the polyfil to make the pillows and couldn’t wait so I made this small piece.

I used 2 contrasting fabrics.    Then I stamped the fabric with Staz-on Ink.  A ribbon, a tatted piece, and a black felt heart was added.  Then randomly stitched with the black thread. Cotton quilt batting is between the pieces.

The back is messy as it should be, but it was a little messier than I like.  So I added a larger black heart outline that was made by couching black yarn.  Black yarn was also stitched along the raw edges to frame the piece.

Piece measures 3″ x 4″.



Tatted hanky found at flea market


I found this hanky at a flea market.  It was marked for one dollar.  It is a great piece.  Needs to be cleaned. There is one tiny rust spot.  Also a nice dirty spot from where a sticker was placed as a price tag.



Painted bookmark


I painted this cute little bird to trade.  Acrylic paint and pen on smooth Bristol paper.  Measures 2″ x 6″. 



Shade Tree Store


My new store is here and open.  I am so excited to have all my stuff in one place.

Prices are cheaper here since I have less fees.  Tatted bookmarks seem to be the theme at the moment but I will add more items. It’s a one woman operation so please be patient.

Happy Shopping!  Shade Tree Store



Knitted lace edging and insert


Here are a few things I knitted before moving to Florida.  I am still going through my stuff and ran into these pieces.

The white lace edging pattern is “Molly’s Lace” in Knitting on the edge by Nickey Epstein.  I used white DMC Baroque thread.

The pattern for this insert “32.Knitted Lace Insertion”is free and can be found at 1884 Knitted Lace Sampler Book.   There are some great patterns on that site.  This insert was also done in DMC Baroque thread.



Puncetto lace – my sad first attempts


Ok puncetto lace is harder than it looks.  It is a traditional valsesian lace.  Needle and thread are the only tools required.  The use of very few materials to create something beautiful is appealing. This video makes it look easy.
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My first attempts are sad and messy at best.  I seem to have a problem at the ends, not being able to know when it ends.   As you can see in my pictures my sides are not straight.  I will keep practicing,since practice makes perfect.

Desiree Sevigny at Needle Lace Talk has been a wonderful help to me with instructions and graphs she has made.  I would be lost without her help.

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