Thursday, October 29, 2015

Look for the Holiday Issue of "Craft Ideas" Magazine

The Holiday 2015 issue of Craft Ideas magazine is out, and a few of my projects are featured inside.

The Festive Leaf & Berry Pillow (and coordinating garland) is sewn from cotton print fabric, wool-blend felt, and red baby rick-rack.

The Peacock Purse is an embroidery project. It's stitched with peacock colors of DMC embroidery floss on black Aida fabric, and then assembled with lining fabric and a chain to make an evening bag.

Check out the issue for lots of other Christmas crafts--ornaments, jewelry, gifts, cards, decor and more!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Oak Branch Cross-Stitch Pin

More acorn love this week--and another free cross-stitch chart! This Oak Branch design uses just three colors of DMC embroidery floss--898 Very Dark Coffee Brown, 422 Light Hazelnut Brown, and 3820 Dark Straw. It's simple to stitch, but I think the finished design has a detailed look. You can follow the chart below or click here to download a printable chart and color key.

I really like this bar pin setting from the Etsy shop Kailea. If you stitch the design on 18-count Aida, it will fit perfectly. You can use another setting if you like, or stitch the design on 14- or 11-count Aida and make your finished embroidery into an ornament.

Oak Branch Cross-Stitch   ©2015 Kathleen Berlew

Monday, October 19, 2015

Owl Treat Bag

Who doesn't love owls--and Halloween? I made this owl treat bag a few years ago. I had been playing around with the idea of making felt fringe, and it seemed perfect for this project. The cylinder-shaped bag is made from felt and embroidery floss, with a few button details. I designed the project as a Halloween treat bag, but you could also use it as a tabletop decoration. That's where my owl will be landing soon.

This little guy was featured in the Fall 2013 issued of Crafts 'n Things--now Craft Ideas--magazine. (That's him up there on the cover.) Instead of giving you the directions here, I'm sharing the link to the project page on the Craft Ideas website: Owl Treat Bag. You can print the directions right from the page, which also has a link to printable patterns.

Here are some additional photos to help you understand how the owl is constructed:

Back view

Inside view and handle

Wing detail

Thursday, October 15, 2015

See My Designs in "Just CrossStitch" Magazine

The December issue of Just CrossStitch magazine is out, and my poinsettia pin and bracelet are featured inside! Look for a copy on your newsstand--it's filled with beautiful holiday projects.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Knit Cobweb Scarf

I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and by the end of October, the weather is starting to get pretty chilly. Temperatures on Halloween night can be mild or freezing. Sometimes we even get snow flurries. I made this scarf so I'd have something warm and a little spooky to wear during the Halloween season.

My inspiration for the design was cobwebs. After much experimentation I think I came up with a pattern that's lacy and airy--just like the webs that hang around haunted houses. The yarn I used is Simply Soft Party by Caron International. It contains shiny filaments that give the scarf a little bit of sparkle. And can I just say how much of love this fringe? A little bit time-consuming, but well worth the effort. 

This scarf was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Craft Ideas magazine. Here's the link to the project page: Cobweb Scarf. You can download and print the directions right from the Craft Ideas website. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Candy Corn Hair Clips

For me, the month of October is a countdown to Halloween. So for the first blog craft of the month, I came up with a project that combines two of my favorite Halloween activities--crafting and snacking. These sweet candy corn hair clips are easy to stitch from orange, yellow, and white felt. They start with plain hair clips that you can find at a craft store.

I made two different sizes of clips, but the directions are the same for both. First, measure your hair clip and draw a triangle on a piece of card stock that's just a smidge longer than the clip. The base of the triangle should be wide enough to conceal the bottom of the clip. For each clip, use the pattern to cut two triangles from orange felt, and one from yellow and white felt. 

Cut the yellow and white triangles--and one of the orange triangles--into thirds. (The other orange triangle will be used as the background piece.) Arrange three of the cut felt pieces on the background triangle--orange on the bottom, yellow in the middle, and white on the top. Use matching embroidery floss to sew the pieces to the background triangle. When the stitching is complete, snip the pointed end to give it a blunt shape. 

To finish, just sew the your felt candy corn piece onto the plain clip. I stitched through the existing holes at each end of the clip, and that held the felt piece in place securely. 

There you are--one candy corn hair clip complete! Make a bunch and give them to your favorite trick-or-treaters. Be warned: making these candy corn clips is almost as addicting as eating the real thing. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Craft Roundup

It's Halloween crafting season! I'll be featuring some new projects on my blog this month--some spooky, some sweet--but today I'm sharing some Halloween crafts you may have missed. Follow the links below to find the original blog posts and instructions for these easy October projects: