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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pendleton Selvages Rag Rug

Pendleton Selvages Rag Rug crochet pattern


I love Pendleton blankets so much, and love recycled crafts- so recently I ordered 19 lbs of scrap and mill ends from their store in Portland. You can check out the list and prices here- Pendleton Woolen Mills Store. To order the scraps, you'll email or call the company and talk to someone very helpful (excellent customer service!) and in my case, they invoiced me with the shipping rate. I live in Alaska so probably paid a bit more for shipping than most people in the US will- but even with shipping, this heavy rug cost less than 15 dollars to make, and took about a day with frequent breaks to do other things.

I ordered the flannel weight and ordered 10 dollars worth- and it's all this color! So expect to see more projects in this fantastic "yarn"- it's like a very fancy novelty yarn to work with, and crochets up dense and soft.
Pendleton selvage rug- detail

This isn't really a pattern because it's super easy to make. It's a simple rectangle worked back and forth in single crochet. It's more of a tutorial on how to use Pendleton selvage edges for making simple rag rugs. 

This takes about 3 lbs of flannel weight selvages. The selvages come in a fairly large ball.
Photographed on a Pendleton saddle blanket. 
The ball is doubled strands of selvage, and what I did was unwind and cut off a few lengths- the lengths are 6 feet long with bare warp separating them, then split the two strands. 

You see all that amazing texture? It all has those frayed edges and the fraying is in different lengths. 

When you get to a section of plain warp, cut in the middle of the section, then securely tie the two ends of warp together and trim the ends. 
I put the trimmed ends into a thread and scrap bag to use for stuffing toys later. Use it up!! 

To make the rug:
You will need a size S hook (19 mm) 
Scissors
3 lbs of flannel weight selvages

Chain 21 loosely
Sc in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet across. 
Ch 1 to turn, sc in each stitch across. 
Repeat until you're out of selvages. 

The finished size of my rug is 25 inches wide on the 20 stitch side, and 35 inches long.

It's also incredibly plush and soft. My daughter thinks it's better as a lap rug than a stepping on rug because she loves the weight and softness of it. Because of the thickness of it, I like it for sitting on the stairs outside of my house- but what I made it for was the kitchen.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Athena coloring page

Athena inspired coloring page
So this is a little out of my normal. I drew the Greek key circle border and wasn't sure what to put in it, so asked TG who her favorite Greek god was and she said "Athena"- which makes perfect sense for a artistic crafter like herself, so I put the olive branches and owls in the border to represent Athena.

I was thinking about maybe doing a few more mythology based designs in the future. This was a lot of fun to draw.

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Athena coloring page- available in jpg and transparent png format

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Athena coloring page- available in jpg and transparent png format




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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Printable egg coloring page

Egg coloring page- blank available in PNG and JPG format

Happy Easter! I hope you enjoy this egg coloring page. Click the images below for larger versions to print and color.

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Egg coloring page to print and color- available in transparent PNG and JPG format.

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Egg coloring page to print and color- available in transparent PNG and JPG format.

I've been working on my new coloring book and this weekend is caucusing in Alaska as well as a Home Depot workshop. Have you ever been to one of these? So much fun. I went to a Do-It-Herself workshop with my daughter last week and we had an absolute blast! This weekend we are going to learn how to make wood doormats. 


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Happy Mandala to color

Free printable mandala to color
Today's mandala is brought to you by SPRING!! :) It's still just a little too early to start seeds, but the pussy willows behind my house have catkins on them!

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Free printable mandala to color in jpg and transparent png format

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Free printable mandala to color in jpg and transparent png format

and here's a picture of the pussy willow! 
catkins on pussy willow- spring



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