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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Finishing the Rya...

I decided to make a small throw rug, instead of pillows. I made it as big as I could on the canvas that I started it on. Now to finish it.

This is how you go about it. 

First I trimmed the edges three rows from the rug all the way around.

Then I cut a diagonal on all four corners.

I intentionally left the last two threads in all of the corners.  To be trimmed after putting on
the glue and the clips.

I put the glue on the unfinished edges of the rug.  NOT on the rug itself.  That way, it will not gum up the nap on the rug.

Then I turned under all of the edges, long sides first, then the short, and clipped them with hair clips. 

I haven't seen the clips in the hair care section of Walmart in a long time.  The other day I did find them in the jewelry section.  People are
decorating them to wear in their hair. 

Just in case you go to look for them, try the jewelry making section if they can't be found in the hair care section.

Anyway, after the rug is dry, take them off and turn the rug right side up and use your toothbrush to brush the edges outward.

If you turn it back over, you will see that it sticks out on all four sides.

Of course, after all that work, guess who has the rug?...

Yup. It's in front of Tessie's She Shed.  Nope. It doesn't match, but that's not what matters...

What matters is that "Possession is nine points of the law."... Anyway, that's Tessie's story and she's sticking with it.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Going in Circles...

I decided to make a small throw rug out of the red rya.  I got almost half of it done yesterday. 

It will not go with what I am doing to Tessie's She Shed, but she is claiming it anyway and on top of that, she is claiming that she did the work on it!

I quit.  If she wants the rest done, let her do it!
I went next door to see what was happening at Zar's He Shed... Tessie dumped the leftover material in his shed.  She still has not collected her paraphernalia for potion mixing.  or the rest of her furnishings.  The pile just keeps getting higher...

I have been out all morning.  I stopped at one of the Dollar Tree stores.  See the bottle of Aliene's glue to the left of Zar's shed?  They have that size bottle for a dollar. It is a nice size to carry along if you are going somewhere that you need glue.  I bought two bottles.  I figure that I can buy one of the big bottles that I usually buy and refill them when they run out.
Back to Tessie. When I returned home, I went to put the glue bottles in the workroom...

Tessie had been there before me!  The room did NOT look like this when I left the house.  She has been at it again. 

Between putting things back where they don't belong and dragging things out to look for other things, she has gotten it right back where it was when I started cleaning...

I am going to spend the day fixing what she messed up.  I am going to have to forbid her from trespassing in that room when I am not here!  That's all there is to it.  I leave for a couple of hours and she spends the time looking for things in the Mom Store. I give up. 

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rya Rug Instructions Here!

I came up with this idea at one of those three o'clock in the morning moments...

If you try this, please give credit where credit is due.  I don't think that anybody else is doing this.

The canvas that I am working on is called waste canvas.  It is used to do cross stitch on any kind of fabric.  This particular #14 waste canvas can be gotten at Michael's or any store that carries needlework supplies.

It is very inexpensive and can be used for a number of things if you tire of making rugs and pillows.

Anyway, the first thing you do is get a pencil and draw off the project that you want to make.

In this case, I decided to make a couple of pillows. This will give you an idea of how to go about it.

The reason for using this canvas is, it's the smallest double threaded canvas that I could find and it has guide lines in blue for every five rows.

You will be using embroidery thread (three strands) to do this.
I cut my threads in yard long pieces.  The part that you see done in these photos took one yard long piece.  I split it into two groups of three threads. 

The first photo shows that you start at the lower left of the project.  I am just giving right handed instructions.  If you are left handed I imagine that you would start at the bottom right.

You put your needle under the left thread of the first pair of vertical threads, from right to left.  You will always be using the needle in the same direction.

Holding the tail with your left thumb, pull the thread through. Then still holding the tail, put you needle under the right thread of the pair and draw it through. 

You should go under the thread that you just put through. This will make a larks head knot. It is the same one that is used to make latch hook rugs.

Now you insert a #1 or #2 knitting needle under the row that you are going to work on.

Pull the thread behind the needle and start making another larks head.  First through the left and then through the right.

This should  result in the second larks head knot.

Again put the thread behind the knitting needle and do it again... And again...And again. Until
you get to the end of the row. The whole row will be topped by larks head knots. Pull the knitting needle out. Cut the thread to finish the row.    You should have a loop between each of the knots. 
 If you run out of thread in the middle of a row, simply rethread your needle with new thread and keep going.  You will not have a loop in that particular spot. Just be sure to leave a tail on the old thread and a tail on the new thread.

When you finish a row take a small pair of scissors and carefully cut all of the loops at the middle. 
 Then brush all of the fringe down with a toothbrush. 

Start the next row in the holes above the knots.  If you look at the back, you will see two threads between the rows.  It doesn't show to clearly from the front.
Of course Tessie grabs the project every time I put it down and starts petting it... Guess who wants the new pillows?

The part that I have done in the photo with Tessie is how much one yard of thread, split in half, will cover.

If you want to do a large rug, you will need a lot more skeins. 

One yard equals about one square inch.

I will leave you with this much information today.  Tomorrow, I will show you how to finish your project.  Good luck and have fun. 

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Make Curtains NOW!

When I got home from the Wednesday Witches meeting today, Tessie was waiting for me...

She was sitting in her She Shed with a vanity tray, doing her hair and nails. 

It was a hint to do her hair like I promised...
I looked closer and she had the fabric that was left over from her one woman chair and footstool propped up behind her against the window...

I suppose that she was hinting LOUDLY!

she wants the She Shed done as a place to do absolutely nothing.  She just wants it to be a place to watch TV and do her nails.

I have a feeling that she is going to win...
I looked next door and Zar had most of her potion making paraphernalia  scattered on his front deck.

Maybe I can talk him into learning to make potions.  It seems that Tessie is not at all interested in it being in her She Shed.

I doubt that he will want them there either.

Very large dilemma..

I am not making another She or He Shed at this time!

I am working on Tessie's rug... Which no longer goes with what she has in her She Shed. 

I wonder if Zar would like to trade.  His rug would go better with hers.

How do I get into these messes... I think it might be there are too many mini people with a lot of time on their hands... And me with not enough time on my hands. 

As soon as I finish this rug, I am going to try to do instructions on the blog.  Hang in there.  They are coming soon.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

He Shed, She Shed...Nobody Wins

This morning Tessie showed up with her arms full of aprons. Seventeen to be exact.  Counting the one that she was wearing, I thought my count was 19... However, upon counting, there were
eighteen. 

One was missing.

While I was in the kitchen getting a coffee refill, she dragged all of the potion making paraphernalia out and tossed it on the bedroom floor in a pile.

As I entered, she announced that "we" were going to make the She Shed into an apron closet.

That is NOT what I did all of that work for.                         

I put a stop to that immediately.  I found the missing apron and I grabbed all of the aprons and replaced  them with the potion making paraphernalia in the She Shed.

She is not a happy camper.  I am holding fast to the potions room.

She can yell and scream all she wants.  For the time being, I am going on to other things.

Today, I am going to finish the She Shed and the He Shed. 

Then I am going on to other stuff that will be a lot more fun for ME!

I have very little left to do to either of them. It shouldn't take long.

Then I get to go back to playing with stuff that I want to do. 

I am trying to decide whom I am going to work on next.  There is a choice of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Albert Einstein or Pablo Picasso... There are a few others, but these four are at the top of my list of people to annoy right now.

Back to the He/She  Sheds for the rest of the day.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Notes From Tessie's Morning...

I had to go for my last checkup with the chemo doctor this morning.  I passed with flying colors!

While I was doing that, Tessie was making notes for what a well person should do in the next week or two...

She found one of my pocket sketch books.  She drew extremities. Then she made note about things that she didn't want to draw... Like hands holding a pen. Cupped hands.  Shoes on high heeled feet.
On the next page, she made a list of things that she and the gang need.  Badly... Well in her eyes they were extremely important.

The last three items are questionable... She made a list of new people that she wanted to invite into the miniature world...

Daisy would like either Doc Holiday or Bat Masterson... And Tessie?  She doesn't want much... She just wants Albert Einstein to come out of hiding!

She tells me that he isn't really deceased.  He is merely taking a long nap.  OK, Tessie, sure he is! 

On the third page, she requested, among other things, feet that she could wear high heels on!

She really wants these and this time she even drew a picture!  Those will last about ten minutes, if that long.

She requested hands for Zar that would say, "I give up!"

I have a feeling she is not going to let that one go.
Then she decided that she needs different  curtains and leaded windows in her Shed.

OK.  That's easy enough... but the type of curtains that she wants don't go with leaded windows. And she wants all new furniture. No more potions mixing station.

We will have more discussion on that one.
I went back to the first two pages in the book and saw that she crossed out both of the original She Sheds.  They are now a He Shed and a She Shed.

There is not a lot that she can do about that.

Zar is NOT giving back her first She Shed.  It is just about finished and it is all his!  Nothing girly about it.

I am going back to try to reason with her... I am going to need a lot of back up!

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

None of It Is Right!!!

This morning I told Tessie that she was on her own.  I told her to go find some fabric that she wanted made into a new dress.

I wanted to clean the real life laundry closet without her help.  It worked.... Kind of...

I went to check on her progress every now and then. 

First she risked life and limb to scale the two towers of fabric that hang on the wall in the workroom.

There were a couple of "maybes" there.  None were in the for sure category.
Then she hit the fabric drawer in the living room. The stuff there is probably the oldest stuff I own.  Some dates back to the early eighties. 

The stores where I bought these fabrics no longer exist. 

Surprisingly, she liked a couple of those... Nothing that I really want to work with, but if that's what she wants, that's what she gets...

It doesn't pay to argue. 
Then she hit the closet in the computer room... I had to rescue her from there.  She got lost a couple of times and I heard her yelling for help.

I finally simply removed her and closed the closet doors. 

She forgot that she has the ability to zap them open... Thank goodness!
I then took her in and dropped her in the sewing chest where I am keeping her aprons now...

She peeked over the edge and saw a couple of pieces of fabric in the basket beneath the chest.

She finally agreed that I should finish cleaning the laundry closet today... If I get back to her new clothes tomorrow.

I am trying to think of something that needs doing tomorrow in the real world that will keep me from having to make another new dress...

Wish me luck! I am going to need it!

See you tomorrow.