Saturday, February 5, 2011

T-Shirt Rug Mini Tutorial and Canine Adventures

Winter always inspires an extra helping of crafting. A couple weeks ago I saw a project in a book I checked out from the library, AlternaCrafts by Jessica Vitkus, that had a great little project for upcycled rug make from t-shirts. My friend Janelle came over for dinner last night and she was just the sucker girl I needed to help me get it started. The original project used burlap and a yarn needle, but I was afraid that I'd end up with a 1,987,999 stab marks, because I can't be trusted with sharp objects. So, I bought some no-slip stuff at the fabric store to use as a base (remember latch hook rugs?). Then I cut t-shirt scraps into 1" x 6" strips, yanked on them a bit to get them to curl and tied them on starting on the outside working my way in to the center. There's still a lot more to do, but we got a great start. (I'll have to invite Janelle over again soon!) When it's done it will be a colorful, floppy, soft texture and perfect for my cold toes early in the morning.

The studio has been crammed full of people and animals for days since the threat of the snowpocalypse. The kids had three snow days and I had two. I don't know about the rest of the people that live here, but me and the dog have been up to our eyeballs with cabin fever.  So, today with a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and the sun shining bright, me and my favorite canine companion decided to take a stroll down the street to the big vacant lot where Mackie likes play.

Stay Crafty and Run Like the Wind!

P.S. I started a little seed swap project, Drop. Swap. Grow. if you're interested in swapping, visit the site for more info.

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