Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Crafts for the Cottage



I wish that I could crochet this well.  Both of my grandmothers could.
I can single and double crochet, but I am still challenged when it comes to
making Granny Squares.  





This winter when it's too cold to do much but sit by the fire and drink hot tea,
I plan to practice crocheting.  Maybe in a few months I will be able to make
a really colorful Granny Square blanket, or may ...




I will practice embroidery stitches.  What will you be doing
when it's too cold outside to garden?


Bentley ~ Momma has lots of projects lined up for the remainder
of this week and this weekend too.  Let's make a really special dinner
for Daddy tonight to soften him up so that he will help tackle those
projects!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

19 comments:

  1. I love the crocheted potholder. I actually collected those for some time....any of those having a rose on them. Love old crochet and embroidery. Aren't the towels precious.
    THANKS FOR SHARING.

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  2. I can crochet OK, not nearly as well as my Nana and G'Grandma . It just calms me to do it and I participate with a small group of ladies who supply baby items for newborns who's parents cant afford extras- only the basics.. I crochet booties - 10 or 15 sets and then drop them off at her home to be bagged and distributed.
    the towels you have are done in crewel work- right? I never learned how to do that. I wonder if theres an online class I could take. I would also love to learn tatting..

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  3. I'll be crocheting, along with other crafts. And I'll be continuing to work on my knitting skills. I'm still trying to figure out open-ended needles. When you're using four of the stupid things, it's like knitting with a live bug...
    BTW, I don't know if this is where your problem is, but there is a way to crochet granny squares that I did not realize at first: you don't keep going around in the same direction. At the end of a 'round,' (can you have a round on a square, LOL?) you chain three to start the next round and turn in the opposite direction. The chain 3, of course, counts as a double crochet. I used to try to go 'round and 'round and my squares were more like trapezoids!
    PS--I majorly love the chicken and chicks sign!

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  4. What a beautiful pot holder! I would love to learn to sew when the weather gets too cold.

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  5. I never learned to crochet, but have so many pieces. I love it and have some very vintage things.

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  6. Hi Susan: I was just telling Julie at Toadstool House that I gave up a long time ago doing individual granny squares because I didn't like putting them together, so made one great big one (5X5) about 20 or so odd years ago and still use it. I love to do needlepoint, but haven't for awhile. Good project for sitting by the fire. I hope the dinner turned out good, it is very important to get that help with those projects..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  7. Susan, I don't crochet, but I love to needlepoint and also do some counted cross stitch. I'll be working on these projects this winter, but in all honesty I'm working on them this summer too. ;-) It's a year round hobby for me!

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  8. Lovely post ~ love the vintage crocheting ~ I paint, photograph and write all year long and will be walking ArtMuse Dog as long as there is none of the 'white stuff' to block us ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor)

    Always good to have you come by ~ Your blog is always beautiful!

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  9. How cute are those pot holders. I'll be with you thiw winter embroidering away and maybe trying to crochet. I only know single and double too!

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  10. What a pretty crocheted potholder. I love to crochet in the winter time...haven't done any blankets in years, but my SIL is a fire-fighter and he wants me to make him blanket for his bunk at the station. I've been crocheting flowers to put on tote-bag...they are really fun to make.
    Cindy

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  11. Susan, I like the way you think about softening up the hubby! LOL!!! I planted an idea for some vertical storage in a corner and my hubby is building me some shelving for my appliances!

    I'd like to start quilting this winter! That's my plan for those cold and snowy New England days!

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  12. All your pictures are so cute. I'm planning on doing a embroidery "There No Place Like Home" picture.
    D

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  13. Such cute pics, I would love to be able to make something like that!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  14. i'm planning on doing some stitching this winter too! i've picked up my crochet hook again (after about 20+ years) and i'm trying to remember how, but i'm having a hard time! i MUST find someone nearby to teach me again! meanwhile, there's always some stitching project available ... i want to stitch some flour sack towels for presents and maybe do some stitching on some aprons, and perhaps a pillow case or two!

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  15. I am hoping that I can do a little embroidery myself. I have bought some thread and hoops at the local consignment shop and I am going to attempt. While the snow is blowing and the fire is glowing and I am enjoying a cup of tea, a little stitchery is all that is needed ~

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  16. I'll be crocheting! I love those vintage pot holders -- but I don't like crocheting with #10 thread!! I'd like to embroider more and really love your tea towels!

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  17. The setting is beautiful and I love the pot holder. I have tried my hand at it but my mind simply cant grasp the art well enough to allow me to relax. Instead, I will be sitting by the fire making velvet ornamentals instead. We will have to share our projects through out the winter with each other to keep up chipper. Happy Rednesday!

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  18. I just received a similar chicken dish and I love it!

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