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Mini Skein Ideas

4/11/2018 12:10 PM

We are so excited to have all 12 of Hedgehog Fibres's new colors in stock now! Even more, we have 12 mini skeins packaged together for you so you can get a little taste of each color!

People have asked us what to do with mini skeins, so here's some inspiration for you! We've compiled some of our favorite patterns. Some we've done, some we've just admired and hope to start

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Heather's most loved project

6/8/2016 1:10 PM

Back in 2012, Heather's oldest daughter was asked to be the flower girl in a good friend's wedding. This friend loves homemade items and has very vintage taste. Heather knew she wanted to make her daughter's dress, but it had to be just right and seem in place at a formal wedding. She found the Party Dress pattern in Knitting for Baby by Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas and knew it offered the customizable options she needed.

Heather chose Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton for the knit bodice. She had to modify one of the shoulder straps in order to make it fit over her daughter's head. Then the sewing. Heather found some orqanza that she doubled up and stuffed with fake flowers (stitched down so they didn't all shift to one side). She put a layer of dupioni silk behind it, gathered the waist, hemmed the silk, then hand-stitched the skirt to the bodice.

Heather isn't an expert seamstress, so she says this dress really pushed her. She also loves it because it combines two crafts: knitting and sewing. And it shows that something really simple can be quite stunning. It also shows how you can take a pattern and really change it to become what you want.

flower girl dress

wedding

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Woven Picture

5/11/2016 10:15 AM

Heather found a tutorial online for making a woven picture, but the instructions weren't in English, so we had to figure it out ourselves with some trial and error. We'll share what we learned with you here!

Michelle sourced our supplies:

  • picture frame (can be painted or not, needs to be able to receive a nail, so no plastics) - we used 5x7
  • hammer
  • 3/4 inch 18 gauge nails (probably doesn't need to be exact same)
  • something to measure with if you want precision
  • twine/string for warp
  • yarn for weaving
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

1. We put 19 nails across each 5" side on the back of our 5x7 frames, evenly spaced, taking into account the picture hole on the front will be all that's visible. There's no need to go all the way across the back with nails, just where the hole is.

Here's what happens if you don't have enough nails across the back: there wasn't enough warp to help this heart keep its shape. The warp also wasn't tight enough for the heart.

heart

2. Tie the twine around one of the corner nails very tightly, then wrap the twine around your nails as shown to create your weaving board. When you get to the last nail, wrap your string around that nail and the nail next to it in a figure eight. Pull tight, and tie a knot.

3. Be creative! Cut a length of yarn and begin weaving. Be careful to keep your lines straight if that's the look you want to achieve. You can cover the hole picture or you can do as little as you want. To do shapes like the heart, you may need to work up one side of a shape at a time.

4. Weave in your ends, cut remaining yarn on the back side.

5. Hang!

geometic weavingmountain

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