Craftsy Member since June 2013
I'm enrolled in these Craftsy classes:
Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z
Pictures to Pixel Quilts
Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch
Creative Quilt Backs
My momma was a crafter so it came natural to me. She crocheted, sewed (lovely clothes for me and all my ballet costumes and tutu's), made awesome candles, all kinds of great crafts. I don't think I can recall "when" I started crafting. I think I just always have. I did take a class in sewing in Jr. High School, so got the basics for that, plus Momma's guidance. Some of the things I've sewn that I'm very proud of are, a baby ... Read Full Bio »
My momma was a crafter so it came natural to me. She crocheted, sewed (lovely clothes for me and all my ballet costumes and tutu's), made awesome candles, all kinds of great crafts. I don't think I can recall "when" I started crafting. I think I just always have. I did take a class in sewing in Jr. High School, so got the basics for that, plus Momma's guidance. Some of the things I've sewn that I'm very proud of are, a baby bumper-comforter-fitted sheet set for the cradle my husband made when our first grandchild was due. I saw a crib bumper in white with the top edge not straight across like all the others. That one was a swan motif and the top edge curved over the neck and back of the swan whose head was curved back under it's wing. Hard to describe, but it was very expensive and no cradle bumpers that I really cared for. One day I was looking thru some birthday cards I had, for a child's birthday and a little yellow duck with big round eyes card caught my eye. The wheels started turning. The duck could have sleeping eyes, it doesn't have to have legs, could be resting asleep on it's tummy....and my one of a kind cradle bumper was born. I measured the length and width of the bed, measured the length of a duck after I drew the sleepy duck I wanted and increased the size on a copy machine. The rest is history. I bought butter yellow, chintz fabric, put batting in the middle and embroidered the sleepy eye (like a smile), the bill, tail and wing which gave each a dimensional, quilted look. It took 4 ducks per side and 2 ducks on each end. I made ties to tie it onto the cradle, I made a fitted sheet for the mattress I bought and a soft comforter with ruffle around the edges. My daughter just loved the whole gift; the lovely wood cradle her step-dad made and changing table to match and the duckling set I made for it. Later I made a lovely crib bumper set for our 1st grandson. I used a pattern for it but made it extra nice with Beatrix Potter coordinating fabrics and the top edge of bumper with blue calico flowered fabric and crib ruffle. I also quilted the headboard by adding a large Peter Rabbit in the center, onto the smaller pattern fabric which had all the Beatrix Potter animals on it. That whole ensemble turned out very nice also. I've done ceramics, all kinds of crafts and now in retirement, I'm making quilts for all our children and I learned to knit 2/13 so I made a lrg. crib size, baby blanket and crocheted booties and hats for a great niece's baby due in July. My 2nd knitting project is half done. I took a lesson on Annie's Catalog site and learned to knit 3 different lace patterns on a Cagney Lace Tee which is turning out awesome! I do other crafts that I sell, like my "Forever Gift Wrap Bags" made of Christmas and birthday fabrics which last "forever" and make wrapping a gift so easy. Also I make pretty Christmas ornaments I've been making for 50 yrs, out of old or new Christmas cards. After I bought a few at a church craft sale, I studied how they were put together and I've made them ever since. The ones I bought 50 yrs ago are as beautiful as the day I bought them and have lasted because they are made so sturdy and light weight! Jan in Melbourne, FL...
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