I send activity care packages, weekly, to my seniors in my club. (COVID has shut down the club I work in). This week, I decided to get them ready for the second wave. (Our first wave has been easy breezy…I think our luck will run out soon).
I hauled my machine to work and emptied out my stash a bit and got sewing.
Once they were all sewed up I got them ready for mailing.
I think they turned pretty well. There was some fun fabric that I hope will encourage them to use them when they are out on the town.
I mail little gifts and puzzles and reading materials to the seniors I work with as they isolate at home. These were fun but a bit stinky (toxic?)
I preheated my oven to 350°. Then I lined muffin tins with parchment paper. I assembled plastic faceted beads in each cup and heated for 18 minutes. I settled on 18 minutes because at 20 minutes they were melted to the point I need to drill holes. At 18 minutes there are the odd holes for strings.
I took them out of the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. They popped out of the pan easily. Then I pealed the parchment paper off.
I gathered the info for this project over several easy to find sites and YouTube videos. Some did the same procedure with pony beads, some used cake pans, some used higher heat.
I’d recommend 350°, lots of ventilation and checking the project in the oven every 5-10 minutes as different ovens, project sizes, bead brands and desired effect will effect the results.
I found a pattern meant for seed beads and decided to use massive beads…the massive size made it easier to work with while I figured out the pattern.
I will hang it in the windows at work. Now that I see how it goes together, I will make it in the correct size. I also want to see if I can adapt it to different types of birds. The beads used for Humphrey would make an awesome Macaw for example.
I did some stash busting this Easter weekend (hope you had a good one) and made some masks.
*NOTE: It is not clear that cloth masks will protect the wearer from infection but it may prove helpful in preventing the wearer from passing anything on.
All you folks who were teased for their vast twist tie collection are now in the privileged position of having a valued resource. The wire ones work well at the top of a mask to make it fit snugly around the nose. I used two together to get the right stiffness.
I had to fight the urge to add trimming to make it more “Victorian”. Not only would it have looked odd but it may have decreased its protection by adding virus sized holes or adding weight that pulled it down. If this goes on for an extended period of time, I may opt for making masks in assorted colors to coordinate to my outfits. Or use pattern materials to make up for the lack of bling….
I have made a small dent in my MASSIVE unfinished knitting projects pile! I finished a sweater/dress I had been working on. It is modern wear and it is intended for wear with leggings.
The photo with me in it isn’t a good one. But you get the idea.
Need some control top undies with this!
I had a lot of wool left over and I was in desperate need of new mittens.
I knit up a pair and then decided I wanted a fluffy lining for added warmth. So with a crochet hook, I filled the inside with “fringe”.
Once I had the wool hooked in, I split the strands up.
Once that was done I had a Muppet mitt!
Flip the mitt right side out and I have a woolly mitt.
I have lost two pairs of mitts already (and it is only December!) so I put them on a string and now, like all six year olds, my mitts hang out of my sleeve on strings when I take them off. Second childhood….