Baby clothes

My Uncle got a Baby in March and I definitely wanted to make something for my new little cousin 🙂  I decided, that I wanted to make a small blanket for him and asked my mother and aunt to send my favorite wool to me… but somehow the parcel got stuck or lost or whatever in the customs, so that it only arrived a week ago.

As Alessandro (my new cousin 🙂 ) is now some month old already, I wasn’t sure whether he would still need a blanket. so I asked my uncle and he decided on this cute set of clothes:

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Which is, of cause, again from DROPS Garnstudio, where I usually buy all my wool and get all my patterns (they’re free!)

The wool I’ve got is a wool-white Alpakawool.

As the parcel arrived already a week ago, I already finished the shoes (not in the pic above) and nearly finished the pant 🙂 Making clothes for babies is so nice, because they’re so small, that you can finish them very fast!

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Harpcase

I have played for some time with the idea of making my own case for my harp, as the one I have for it is actually a bit too big and its not well cushioned. Especially for the flight back to Germany (I’m in India) I want a case that looks small (so I’ll be allowed to carry it as hand luggage) and that protects the harp from all the hits it’s going to take in the airport and on the plain.

 

So my plan was to make a closely fitting bag, that is lined with one or two layers of woolen blanket.

I already found a nice fabric, which has a green-golden colour and is made of 60% Silk and 40% Cotton. I wasn’t looking for Silk, but in India you get is very easily. It is 110cm wide and was 380 Rupees per Meter, which is something around 4,50 Euro.

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On the back of the Case I wanted to do some embroidery and came up with the following pattern:

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IMAG0884 For the embroidery I used the shuttle-thread of the fabric – the more golden part of the fabric. The weft is a thin green Yarn, which gives the whole fabric this nice colourchanging appearanc. In the picture the colour doesn’t really show.

It is a single yarn (not twistet together out of multiple strands) and frays quite easily, so that I used quite short bits of yarn for the embroidery.

 

Because the design has quite many points and curves, I used whipped backstitch, which takes points and curves very well:

whipped backstichFirst you do backstitch (first picture) and than you just take the thread through the stitches you made, without piercing the fabric (second pic).

More Loop Braids!

Inspired by this website I made some more complex Loopbraids:

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This is a nine-loop flat braid as explained here on the above linked website.

I used a ‚handshake start‘ to make that nice loop at the beginning – you link one half of the loops through the others and start by braiding them individually for a bit; first the one and then the other (here a square four-loop and a square five-loop braid). Than you put all loops onto the fingers and continue with the nine-loop braid.

One thing you need to look out for, that I didn’t do properly, is that both the thin braids should be of the same length when you join them. In the example above you see the colourfull braid is longer than the red one…

After the Loop at the beginning I did a square braid for some centimeters and than opened the braid up into a flat one, wich has a width of about 8mm.

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In the next braid I tryed out some more of the braiding possibilities with nine loops. I started again with a square braid,  in the middle pic you see the top/ bottom and in the right one the sides. This time the starting loop worked out better 🙂

 

 

I’ll only include the parts of the braid, that I liked; some Ideas that I tried just didn’t work out and some stuff from tutorials I didn’t really like.

One braid from a tutorial (click me) is a so called Unorthodox Braid (number two in the linked page) and I do quite like the way both the front and back have a nice design of their own:

Pic’s coming…

Next I tried to make something up myself and ended up with the following one: In the picture on the right you see the way I went with the small finger of the other hand through the loops (following the green thread) to take the thumb loop of this hand. Than I walked up all the loops and did the same for the other side. The two pictures (left and middle) show the top and bottom side of the braid. It doesn’t really matter whether you take the thumb loop reversed or not, but it gives a nicer edge if you stick with one way (in the middle picture on the top it is reversed, on the bottom unreversed. If you look closely, there is s slight difference at the edge).

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Next thing I tried to make was a five loop braid with two two-loop braids now and than connected to it, spiraling around each other. That didn’t quite work out. So I tried instead to make a seven loop braid with one two-loop braid connected to it once every colour repetition and that did work out 🙂

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You only see it a little in the picture, but you could actually thread another two- or three-loop braid through the loops of the small braid at the side and use it for example at the top of a purse for drawing it together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little later I found this website, witch has great descriptions of historically described braids. The braid I did is this one; it has eight loops.Bild

For all the braids I used embroidery floss, which worked out quite well, I think.

English!

I decided to continue this blog in english, as most of my sources are in english and this way my blog also is open for more poeple 🙂

 

Ich habe mich entschlossen, diesen Blog auf Englisch fortzufuehren, weil ich eh nur englische Quellen benutze und auf diese verweise und ausserdem, weil dadurch mein mehr Leuten offen steht. Wenn jemand sich aber ueber deutsche Post freuen wuerde, weil Englisch eine zu grosse Sprachbarriere darstellt, bitte kommentieren, dann ueberleg ich mir was 🙂

Fingerloop-baendchen

Und schon wieder Baendchen, diesmal aber in einer anderne Technik 🙂

Fingerloop ist eine mittelalterliche Flechttechnik, bei der man lange Schlaufen mit den Fingern haelt und austauscht. Eine sehr schoene Anleitung auf der Grundlage historischer Flechtbeschreibungen gibt es hier und hier noch mehr Anleitungen, mit Video und ausfuehrlichen Beschreibungen.

Zum flehten habe ich ungeteiltes Stickgarn genommen, was sehr gut funktioniert hat und auch gut aussieht 🙂

Das erste Baendchen ist mit fuenf Schlaufen rundgeflochten:

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Oben im Bild sieht man das Muster wie es oben und unten ist, unten im Bild sieht man das Muster an den Seiten. Eigentlich ist das Band nicht Rund, sondern viereckig und besteht aus zwei kleinen, flchen Baendchen, die an den Seiten verbunden sind. Wenn man sie nur an einer Seite verbindet (kleine Variation beim Flechten mit der einen Hand), erfaellt man ein flaches, breiteres Baendchen; man kann sie aber auch einfach gar nicht verbinden und dadurch zum Beispiel eine Oese/ Loch in das Band einarbeiten:

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Weil meine Tuer nicht so richtig gut schiesst/ der Riegel nur schwer ins Loch geht, habe ich dieses Band einfach als neuen Tuerverschluss angebracht; an der Tuer um eine Schraube geknotet und an der Wand mit der Oese auf einen Nagel gehaengt 🙂

Weil ich noch Garn uebrig hatte, habe ich dann noch ein flaches Band mit sieben Schlaufen ausbrobiert – was so lange ganz gut funktioniert hat, bis ich nach einer Oese die Seite gewechselt habe, an der die beiden kleinen Baender verbunden waren; danach bin ich oefters mal durcheinander gekommen, an welcher Seite ich offen lasse und welche zu sein soll… Insgesammt erinnert mich dieses Band an Schnuersenkel 😉

IMAG0849Hier kann man auch wieder huebsche Schlaufen einflechten:

 

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