After my mom’s needlepoint case, I had this crazy plan to buy a million Cross stitch iPhone cases and cross stitch something for all of my friends for Christmas. Cool idea…in theory. In practice, I would have had to think of this back in June to get everyone done along with all the other things I’m trying to do. So I settled on making 2, one for a friend and one for my boyfriend’s mom!
The black case was the actual Leese case that I bought from a seller on Etsy. I used 2 or 3 strands- can’t remember at the moment but definitely no more than 3 because the holes aren’t that big!
Here’s after I miscalculated the neck and had to redo the entire face and neck. Grr.
Here’s the corrected neck and shoes!
My friend wears glasses so I thought I’d give his little mini-him some funky green glasses but it ended up looking a little too nerdy/Green Lantern-y (which in retrospect isn’t bad).
I decided not to cross stitch black eyes since the case is black. It’s a little difficult to see the dark brown hair but here’s the final product:
He looks a little bit like a line backer but that’s ok. My favroite part has to be the shoes. I know it’s just a simple line but I love how cute they make him look. :) I also think the jean color is PERFECT. I should have probably written down what color that is….
Can you believe it’s almost been one whole year since we released an original amigurumi pattern/design (Snuggles the Penguin)? Thank you for being so patient with us, particularly since this blog is called “All About Ami [gurumi]” yet we haven’t made many in recent months. Being…
After getting the hang of designing and cross stitching my own pattern, I wanted to make something a little bit larger and more complex. With Christmas around the corner I decided to make something special for my Grandma-a cross stitch family portrait. She and my Grandpa had 6 children, 2 that have unfortunately passed as did Grandpa. This was my homage to when our family was whole.
I used a 14 count Aida cloth but stitched as if it was 7 count meaning instead of one full cross stitch being a 2x2 square it was 3x3. It took a little bit of time to get the hang of this especially when measuring and positioning the piece onto the cloth. But you get used to it and it gives you some extra design features in that you can make really nice half stitches. You can make half stitches with a regular 2x2 stitcg but I don’t think it reads as well and they can all come out different.
This baby took FOREVER! I started back in October of 2012- October 12, 2012 to be exact. The women were mostly done by October 30th but then I didn’t pick up my stitching again till December. I stitched literally day and night from the 22 till Christmas day to finish! I almost ran out of skin color thread which would have been really bad but I got lucky.
I had planned on giving my grandma and one of my uncle glasses but I really didn’t like the way they looked. Not sure if it’s something about the size but I’m happy I kept them out. Here’s grandma with and without glasses. I think she looks more feminine without them.
Cool details I like: my uncle’s widow’s peak and my other uncle’s pony tail :).
Stuff I would change: 1. My grandpa’s sweater color is too close to the Aida cloth. It was hard picking a color for the aida because I wanted you to be able to see all the details of pattern like my grandma’s white hair. I generally prefer the dark oatmeal/muslin color though.
2. The lettering: I like it overall except I think the o’s can be easily confused with a’s.
During the first half of my project (the women), I worked on each person till completion leaving the little details like earrings or glasses till last. During the second half (the men) I decided to proceed by thread color so that I wouldn’t have to constantly change thread. I like this method a little better because you don’t have a bunch of random thread colors lying about- you continue using the color till you’re done with it and then you can put it away. This method does require more counting though since you’re working with unfinished people. For example, once I finished my grandpa’s face I had to count a certain number of boxes to the right to get to my uncle’s face. Count well and as many times as you need-nothing like messing up the spacing and having to undo everything and start again.
Note: I decided to keep wide toothy grins for everyone instead of lips. I didn’t really find the right shade to match the skin color.
I used 3 threads. For the first part I used a 12 inch hoop. I bought a 14 inch quilting hoop but my piece of Aida cloth wasn’t big enough for it. During the second half- I forgot my hoop so free handed it. It came out fine.
Here’s a picture of some of the back stitching. I forgot to take a picture of the back at the end of the project. oooops!
When I finally gave it to my grandma, she said “Ooh it pretty” and everyone else who saw it really liked it. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Can’t wait to see it framed!
I stumbled upon the amazing Purlbee website and have to say I am in LOVE. Next time I’m in NY, I am definitely checking out their store!! Their Needlepoint iPhone cases were featured at the top of their blog and I really liked the look of them so I decided to try one out and gift it to my mom! http://www.purlbee.com/needlepoint-iphone-cases/
In terms of cases I bought a couple of different cross stitch iPhone cases: one from ZuGadgets on Amazon and a Leese case from Etsy. I used the ZuGadgets version for this pattern which might have been the cause for some of the problems I was having.
Don’t be alarmed when you pick up the DMC embroidery floss. Colors #444 and #445 might not look as bright as the colors in the picture but it will look fine! Trust me (and check out my photos). I started off with different colors but wasn’t really feeling it-see below. When I removed these teal colors I noticed that forcing the floss through the holes had caused the color to stain the white case (you can also this in the first pic below)! Mehhhh.
Needle size: I could not use a size 26 needle because it was WAY too big for the case. I used size 28 and it still ended up getting warped out of shape.
# of Floss Threads: The pattern calls for all 6 but I found that INCREDIBLY difficult aka impossible so dropped down to 3.
Pattern Picture: I ended up printing out the picture of Purlbee’s completed case to follow as a guide since the little grid they give you at the end of the pattern is more of an example than it is what you should follow for the iPhone case.
I worked in the top color till I finished the case and then went on to the next color.
It’s a HUGE pain to work on the stitches at the ends of the case- but worth it.
The thread at the end of the needle would start to shred from all the friction so I made sure to stop and thread a new piece once that started happening. You can kinda see it in the picture below (bottom right).
I wish Purlbee would have included images of the back of the case- who doesn’t love to see what the stitching on the back looks like! Here’s mine!
Also it would be nice to see what the case looks like on an actual phone from farther away. I unfortunately could not include this as I finished the case in front of the post office and sent it off immediately. Getting to the post office seems to be a difficult task for me. :)
Purlbee’s case (brown background) vs my case (not brown background)
Aren’t these drawstring bags awesome?! Click the image above to be redirected to purlbee.com.
After taking an “Intro to your Machine” class at my local Stitch Lounge, I was ready for my first solo project (I have done other projects under close supervision). I had tried using my Necchi 4575 once before and I was convinced that the backstitch mechanism was faulty because it kept tangling and getting stuck on the plate. Well it turns out that my needle was never fully lifted and was mid stitch. Oops. :) Now that I actually know what I’m doing (well kinda), Necchi and I are in business.
First project: Drawstring bag. Check.
Purlbee.com is my new favorite place to be! Please click here for the free pattern for this drawstring bag.
Here are my notes on the pattern:
This is the BEST first project for beginners. The tutorial provides clear pictures and the directions are easy to follow. The materials are straightforward and non-fussy. I didn’t have any trim so I made two very thin straps out of some extra fabric I had on hand.
I really appreciate Purlbee providing directions for different sizes as well as an image that gives a good size comparison (see first image in this post).
I did not have an iron and made do with my hands. Pinning would have been a fine substitute except my pins were too far away. The drawstring didn’t suffer too much for my laziness but some of the corners would have been neater had they been held down properly.
I really like the gusseted corners. I made a box bag with similar corners except we had to cut out a square in each corner first, match up the diagonal corners, then sew. Didn’t really like that way but it could have been because of the pesky interfacing.
It literally took me longer (at least an hour) to figure out how to turn my straps inside out than it did to complete the sewing section of this lovely bag. I used a combination of this technique (sewing) and this one (safety pin) to turn the straps inside out. Made by Rae has a pretty ingenious trick for BEFORE you sew the straps. See here. I tried it out but my safety pin kept opening up and it just didn’t work for me. I would definitely recommend a sturdy safety pin or better yet actually using trim :).
Note: The only thing I would change about this pattern is that I would include final pictures of the drawstring bag in all of its glory a.k.a from all different angles. A picture of the bottom, the side, and the inside would be great to make sure everything came out right. Here are some of my pics.
For size comparison. I made the x-small bag.
Inside out view of the side.
Outside view of side.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how my drawstring bag came out! I’m definitely planning on making a couple more and figuring out how to get a liner inside! Definitely check out purlbee.com if you haven’t already!
While browsing the many lovely images on tumblr, I came across a picture of a beautiful chunky crocheted basket. I was delighted to see that a free pattern was available through a wonderful blog called “Crochet in Color”. Liz has three free patterns for baskets, and I decided to try this one
I’ve absolutely LOVED Ravelry ever since joining a couple months ago. The crochet community is so awesome and supportive, and I always love browsing through other people’s projects and checking out the patterns that are “hot right now” (or “the designs that Ravelers are looking at today”)….
Stephanie from All About Ami has an AMAZING crochet blog. Seriously, if you’re a beginner, her blog will guide you step by step with tons of pictures! I’m sure everyone is following her but if you aren’t yet! Do ittt!
I have so many fond memories of playing “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” on the N64 back in the day (in 1998 to be exact!!!). Time sure flies by. I remember staying up late during the summer nights as my brother and sister led me with the player’s guide, instructing me on where I should go…
I can’t wait to make Link for one of my childhood friends, Sam! She’s the one that introduced me to the world of Zelda. I never really picked it up but I loved watching her play and I loved the story of Zelda.
This post is a step by step tutorial on her making the Link designed by Becchin (Japanese designer).
Creature crochet was a kit I found at Barnes and Noble right before Christmas 2011. When I was younger, I was always fascinated by crafts kits and I remember buying a bracelet making kit but I don’t think that lasted long. In any case, I decided to pick this little kit up and see what this whole crochet thing was about.
I’m so happy I did!
Funny enough, I have yet to make a creature from this Creature Crochet book. I tried to, but the C2 hook it came with was WAY too small for me to start with. I went to my LYS (local yarn store) and bought Susan Bates’ Quicksilver hooks in 4mm and 6.5mm. The 4mm is my go to size and hook. Now I’m venturing out into the world :).
Notes on the Creature Crochet book: *the directions to teach you how to do the basic stitches are not the greatest. There aren’t enough pictures and honestly, I think a video sometimes just works better.
*I did start the first project in the book (the fish from the cover) and I really like the overall construction. It seems like the only thing you have to sew on are the fins. The lips flow directly into the body which flows directly into the tail. I’ll have a blog post about it as soon as I decide to dedicate myself to the project full time. I had it as my crochet on the go project since I don’t have to lug around huge skeins.
Here is my current crochet arsenal:
My handy MacBook: can find anything and everything about crochet, can also help add to my yarn and hook collection
Herrschners 24-piece Crochet Hook Set-trying to work my way down to steel hooks!
12 piece Bamboo Crochet Hook Set
VogueKnitting Crochet Edition
May/June 2012 Edition of Crochet Today (on it’s way)
Numerous patterns bookmarked, queued on ravelry, or printed/bought and waiting
Look what finally arrived from Korea! I wanted to make 2 little kitties for my mom for mother’s day but I couldn’t find a cat pattern I liked. I totally fell in love with Lemonstale’s cat below but I think she decided to opt out of not posting the pattern.
In any case, the little yellow cat on the cover of Cats and friends is adorable so now I can finally make one! Small caveat: I will be using an international chart pattern for the first time! I’m psyched. Oh and the entire book is in Japanese so that’ll be fun too! The author/crochet designer is Mitsuki Hoshi. She seems to be a pretty awesome designer pattern maker extraordinaire! I might just have to purchase more of her books. Seems like Harper and Collins will be selling them on this side of the pond. Click here for more details.
I found a couple of sites to help with my quest to the japanese crochet grail. Purlyshells has a great blog post with pictures and detailed explanations. See here. Weloveamigurumi livejournal has some key crochet terms translated from Japanese to English. See here.
Note: The pattern below will not result in this adorable pink minion! If you want to make this minion, use crochet thread and eliminate rows 4, 5, and 10 of the legs. Follow the instructions for the legs to make the arms but use less single crochets in round 1.
yellow, white, grey, blue, black yarn
Yarn brand and type here would be helpful so that any crocheters who want to replicate this pattern exactly can do just that. I used Red Heart Super Saver Economy #312 in Black, #324 in Yellow, #385 in Royal (blue), for the goggle I used grey yarn I found in my aunt's stash but #400 in Grey Heather would probably work just as fine!
2 hooks: one smaller by 2 sizes of the other [i used: E and G]
I asked Shannen which crochet hook she used for the pink minion: Steel hook #6 which is 1.8mm.
fiber fill stuffing
one safety eye
Black and white felt
R1: ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook
(5) I used 5sc in magic circle rather than chaining 2 and then 5sc. I always seem to have a huge hole when I use the chain # method. Either will work it seems.
Day to Day: Shannen's Despicable Me Minion Pattern
Shannen from Sweet n’ Cute Creations has a pretty nice minion pattern. When I was searching for patterns to make a minion, many of them were for larger sized minions (see All About Ami or Wolfdreamer’s). I prefer to crochet small amigurumi so this pattern seemed to be a good fit. Here are my day to day notes:
Day One-April 30, 2012: I love crocheting with Red Heart Super Saver Solids. I was crocheting with Caron Naturally Soft, and my crochet hook kept separating and pulling on the individual threads. Red Heart Super Saver is thicker and coarser which gives my beginner fingers agility and quickness! Woohoo! I started this minion because I wanted to make a smaller one than the one I made for Steph. So far so good. The body is complete and I even added some hair at the top like I saw in Stephanie’s minion (from “All About Ami”). I added my keys to give an idea of the size.
For the decreases of the body I used the invisible decrease and for the final row, I used PlanetJune’s “ultimate finish for amigurumi!” It looks AWESOME! Check out her step by step directions here
May 1: I decided to make a smaller minion as a minion baby and give both to Rose for Mother’s Day! I used a 3.5mm hook. My plan is to work down to the steel thread hooks.
May 3 Update: I really like Shannen’s design for the overalls! She minimizes the need to sew on the straps for the overalls. The less sewing assembly, the better! I found these overalls much easier to follow and cleaner looking than the first Minion pattern I used (see Emily Lucero’s minion pattern). Thank you Shannen! I don’t think I stitched the “mommy” minion tight enough - I was trying not to stress my hands out, they had been cramping a little before. I’m contemplating keeping it for me and making a new minion with a 2.5 hook. I don’t think the yarn will work well with such a small hook but all you can do is try!
Note that one side of the overall is supposed to be uneven. You just sew it up the side at the end.
May 13 Update: I worked on the legs today. The pattern seems to call for awkwardly long legs. I made a couple of small legs (Shannen suggested removing rows 4-5 and 10) and I’ll make a couple of the long legs and see what works best. It seems like 3.5 is the limit for me for working with Red Heart Super Saver. I tried to start the arms but I realized that the pattern gives the directions for the blue minion’s arms (has individual fingers) and not the pink one’s (just a couple rows of black). I didn’t really understand the pattern for the thumb etc so I’m probably going to use the arm section of Emily’s minion pattern.
I ended up using Emily’s pattern to make the arms like the pink minion. I did use the smaller minion legs (remove rows 4, 5, and 10) because the long ones were just too long.
May 14 Update: Finished mommy minion! I have to redo the mouth but overall I think she came out pretty nice! I redid the body because my stitches were loose. I made them pretty tight which totally messed up my gauge. The new minion body was too small for the pants! I went back and increased to 30 then 35. I probably should have kept 30, the pants are a little small this time! I can’t seem to figure out what to do with the loose ends from a chain which is why my goggles always look funny on the side where the chain starts in both the strap and the goggle!
May 20: I’m finally done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soo happy! The minions came out pretty nice. I could do the mommy minion’s goggles over again but I realy just want to be done. It’s high time I give them to Rose but I will miss seeing their cute mischievous faces! I did not follow Shannen’s pattern for the goggles. I used white and black felt for the eye. The little minion’s google came out the best because I sewed the goggle to the white felt first and then cut around the goggle.
I fixed the bigger minion’s mouth by using Planet June’s video tutorial on embroidering amigurumi faces. She really explains it step by step! When I was looking for help with embroidering mouths, I found a couple of sites with directions for embroidering before stuffing. Planet June gives you directions for when you’re all stuffed and ready to go so please click here for the link to youtube! I made the smaller minion’s smile using the same technique.
Here are a couple more pictures of my Despicable Duo wreaking havoc on my cello!