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From: MaryW
Date: 05-12-2005, 09:14 AM (1 of 5)
Compliments of www.bond-america.com

Making a bag is also a great way to use unfinished knitted pieces. Years ago, I knitted the back of a sweater, but, although it was just stripes, it had so many stripes, I knew Iíd never finish the front. I first turned it into a sort-of hobo bag (Fig. 1), but Iím now thinking of felting it and making it a tote. However it ends up, itíll be a bag, not a sweater. (Thereís no pattern: itís just a square with the points folded in to the middle and seamed halfway. Then I just knitted a long cord and attached it to the corners.)
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From: MariLynnTX
Date: 05-25-2005, 04:10 PM (2 of 5)
This is a topic I really love...about making something out of something else. It fascinates me to see and hear what people do with outdated things or those they are tired of in their current forms. I'm always looking at things and thinking, "Now, I could trim this off here and add something or other there..." Sometimes I actually get around to doing it and I enjoy it! I'm getting ready to go down to the coast this weekend with a whole bunch of family. My son Jon and his sister Lisa have rented a huge house right on the beach, big enough for daughter Shauna's family, too, and son Lee's. Now with husbands and children that comes to...at least 18, maybe 19 or 20! There's a washer and dryer with the house, so we take a minimum of clothes, as everyone will be in bathing suits most of the time anyhow, and very simple food: hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, cold drinks, coffee, bread for toast, bacon, eggs, milk (there is a refrigerator, or maybe 2), cookies, maybe ice cream. The town of Crystal Beach is right down the road a few miles. We go to Galveston and take the ferry (such fun for the little ones!) across to Bolivar peninsula and miles of beach. I had to go to Austin (ugh!traffic) to get more cc's of my embroidery book and poetry book; Bastrop is a very small town, less than 5000, and has one copy place which values cc's more highly than jewels! And I needed them fast! But that's behind me now, so I can relax and have fun. MariLynntx
Life is a song...we give it harmony or dissonance.
User: MariLynnTX
Member since: 08-13-2001
Total posts: 256
From: MaryW
Date: 06-28-2005, 08:51 AM (3 of 5)
I am just finishing up a quilt block I bought at an old general store in the valley. It is stamped with a flower motif and quilting lines. I embroidered the motif with colourful emb. threads by hand, now I am quilting the corners. It is turning out very pretty. I am going to wash it when its done and use it for a pillow top.

What is everyone else doing for handwork?
MaryW
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: DorothyL
Date: 06-28-2005, 10:09 AM (4 of 5)
I'm still working on the same cross stitch I've been working on for ages. I just don't seem to pick it up anymore.
Dorothy
User: DorothyL
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From: MariLynnTX
Date: 06-28-2005, 11:00 AM (5 of 5)
I have done several pieces of hand embroidery--crewel work, wool on linen--five pieces and another half finished for the last 3 years! I am going to complete it though and then I will have one for each child. Shauna wants the very elaborate macrame wall hanging decorated with seashells and with an oval woven picture done in wool threads which is already finished, so I gave it to her. I may distribute the rest at Christmas if I can get the last one done. MariLynntx
Life is a song...we give it harmony or dissonance.
User: MariLynnTX
Member since: 08-13-2001
Total posts: 256
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