Cozy up!

I’ve done a lot of crocheting this past year. It’s so enjoyable to curl up on the sofa with my crochet hook and yarn and make something beautiful and useful. I’ve made a few afghans and I’m in love with them all! I’ve been “hooked” on the woven stitch, which creates a tight and thick afghan. This one is about 7′ long by about 50″ wide, just perfect to cozy up with on a cool evening. Here it is…

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Gloria

Stained Glass Rooster!

 I love my rooster!

Here I am, with my rooster all soldered together. I just finished cleaning the the flux off of it and applying the patina to turn the solder black. I’m very happy, can’t you tell?

And, here is the finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glass mosaic flowers

Can’t you almost feel the breeze as it blows through the tall grasses? The flowers bend and sway as if dancing to the sound of the wind. 

Just wanted to show off a new glass-on-glass mosaic that I made in an all-day workshop, recently. I love the freedom of glass mosaics, you can just create as you go along.

On the other hand, I also love the precision of traditional stained glass, where every piece is precisely cut according to a pattern. Oh, life is just all about choices!

Happy weekend, everyone. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon.

Gloria

A crocheted blanket for my sweet hubby

It never even occurred to me that my husband would like a crocheted blanket. So, when he commented on how cozy this one would be when he grabs a quick nap on the sofa, I was thrilled.

I make all my blankets with Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton, using a 5.5 mm hook. This one is 140 stitches across and I made it about seven feet long so it would cover my hubby’s 6-foot-tall frame. This is my favourite stitch, called the Woven Stitch, but is also known as the Granite Stitch and the Moss Stitch. To finish it off, nicely, I crocheted a border that is several rows deep.

I love working on these blankets–or, afghans–when I’m watching television because it’s so relaxing and doesn’t require any counting or real concentration. By the way, these Bernat colours I used in this one are Country Red, Sage Green, Jute and Overcast. Here are some close-ups.

The Stitch

The border…first two rows: dc, ch1, across. Next three rows, woven stitch. Last row scallops made in your favourite way.

That’s it for now. I hope this inspires you to make a cozy blanket for someone special in your life. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll drop in again, soon.

Gloria (a.k.a. Globug)

Vintage window given new life

Isn’t it wonderful that vintage windows are no longer being relegated to the dump?

In fact, they are much sought after by artisans, handicrafters and DIYer’s. Besides reducing the amount of “garbage” that ends up as land fill, re-purposing vintage windows is a terrific way to add something unique and hand-crafted to your home.

This window, with its bright red cardinal and pretty blue bird, is now displayed in the window beside my back door. I planning to do the window in the door, too, so I can take down the dreary curtain. (See last photo) Here are some close-ups.

This was the first one I created on my own and it was a learning experience. (I took a one-day workshop and fell in love with this art). Next time I create a scene with evergreen branches, I’m going to use white or pale gray grout so the individual needs will be easily definable.

Here’s the little blue bird. And below the bluebird is a photo of the whole back entrance.

I hope this inspires you to try glass-on-glass mosaics or, perhaps, some other new craft. Check out your local stained glass shops for classes and workshops.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you’ll stop in again, soon.

Gloria (a.k.a. Globug)