Stitchin’ & Knottin’ & Loopin’

There’s been a whole lot of crafting going on in casa de Dog Hair because of this cold weather. Belle, Bilbo, and I have been cuddled up! Isn’t  winter wonder like that?

First up, I’ve been stitching away on Ink Circle’s “What Lies Beneath.” All is going well with this one, but it took me THREE tries to get this started. Do you ever find yourself paralyzed when you first pick up a piece?

Next on the menu, I’ve picked up my tatting again and now have a lovely set of earrings! I think these will make perfect gifts this year. The pattern is from Marilee Rockley’s first Craftsy class.

Last, but not least, I’ve started an afghan using my grandma’s knitting pattern. It was rough casting on 300 stitches for the first time ever, but got it after a few tries. I will post a pic when I have at least two stripes.

So stay warm, my friends! Can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s post from this past month.

Happy stitching!


Crafting a Neurosis

Hello stitchers!

I hope everyone’s week is going great and has had some time to relax and craft!
Last week, I celebrated my and my BF’s five year anniversary. I made and framed this tatted heart as his present:

It is an “intermediate” pattern, so of course I played that up! 🙂 So– years from now our grandchildren will look at it hanging above our kitchen table or bed and say, “Isnt it romantic that grandma made this for grandpa when they were a-courting?”

ANYWAY I’ve been prepping to begin my afghan. By that I mean rereading the pattern over and over and waiting for my new needles to arrive in the mail. Also I’ve been looking at knitting online and found ANOTHER project to add to my list:

Prayer Shawls! What a beautiful concept. You literally pray over each stitch for a certain someone and give it to them. I’m still a very beginner knitter–only knit, purl, yarn over, and k2tog, please– so it has been fun trying to find patterns to match those skills. I already have someone in mind as the recipient. Most patterns only call for two skeins, so it should be a fast knit, right?

I already added two prayer shawl patterns in my crafting journal to try:

So much stitching and knitting and tatting to do! So happy stitching!

Labor Day Work

Puppy proofing the craft supplies! This was an absolute “must” to get done today. Usually books and cross stitching are everywhere, but we can’t set her up for failure. The drawers are organized into current xstitch projects, patterns, magazines; tatting and thread; and knitting needles and yarn. On top of the drawers I have more magazines and fabric, boards for mounting, and my pink tackle box of xstitch thread and supplies. I also bought another bookshelf to keep my lovely books safe. 


Mom and Dad visited her this weekend.

AND we finally have a name: Belle. ❤️ Because Beauty & the Beast. Can’t wait to have her home this week!

First Tatting Project


“Small Flower Motif” from Tomoko Morimoto’s New Tatting: Modern Lace Motifs and Projects. I used Artiste thread (Size 10) in Spearmint and Ivory.

This would make an awesome doily/table runner if I can find a good way to arrange the motifs together.

WIP Wednesday: “Weekend” Edition

 Happy WIP Wednesday!
Today’s weather is glorious! It’s shockingly not hot, and there’s a gorgeous breeze coming along. If this won’t make me pine for Fall, I don’t know what will! 
I’m almost 50% done with “Knee High”! I need to stop my roving eye looking at new patterns though, because I have all of these Christmas ornaments to start (AND finish).

I’ve completed all the detail on the cornstalks, and as you can see in this closeup, the Dog Hair Stitchery is an appropriate name for my blog. 🙂 It would be atrocious if I didn’t love my dog so much. Think of it as the old Victorian hair souvenir art. 😛

Tatting is going along great! I’m learning so much so fast and I couldn’t be happier to find this craft. Shuttle tatting apparently runs in my family, so I can’t wait to find out more about those family members and write about it. The picture above is my practicing of ring joins.

He knows I’m about to go to work.

I’m slowly getting used to my new schedule of working 2nd shift (nights and weekends) at the library. Today is actually my “Friday”, but bear in mind that my Saturday is also my “Monday.” So I’m looking forward to resting and some cross stitching this “weekend”—if catching up on housework doesn’t beat me. 🙂

Happy stitching!

My New Crafting Love

Dear xstitchers,

Don’t despise me,  but I’ve fallen completely head-over-heels in love with shuttle tatting! I’m taking an online shuttle tatting class from Craftsy with Marilee Rockley. I’m still in the beginning stages of learning so I’m not going to post many pictures until my big order of Lizbeth thread gets here. Then I’m going to go crazy! All of those antique patterns to make! Dreamy!

Here are some pictures of my practice pieces:  
I used to think cross stitcher were few and far between, but then I found you all! However, I’m discovering the majority of people around me haven’t even heard of tatting at all! It’s relatively new- Victorian era, I believe. But this craft is just beautiful! I CANNOT wait to figure out how to incorporate tatting pieces into my cross stitch projects!

 And (finally) speaking of cross stitch- it’s coming along. I have a glorious feeling that I will finish “Knee High” within a week or two. I haven’t started any Christmas ornaments,  but I hope to remedy that soon!

 My knitting has also been getting better! Better enough that I went crazy buying more yarn! That new pattern from my grandma is easy peasy! …Thanks to several times of ripping everything out, even when I’d gotten to the end! Happily, knitting is becoming less and less intimidating

Bilbo even likes knitting! He loves getting tangled up and chewing. Again, we seriously believe he was raised by cats….

I hope everyone has time to stitch and craft during this wonderful weekend!
Happy stitching!