Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Some rather off the wall requests and remarks have come my way from time to time but this one was about as off the wall as you can get. 

After seeing my miniature shoe pincushion video:

a subscriber contacted me to ask where had I gotten the shoe and why I didn't crochet a shoe and use my pin cushion shoe as a form to shape it. [For one thing-it had been gone a long time ago] Would I do a video if she sent me a pattern that she couldn't follow? She wanted to make them for her daughter's wedding several months away. 

First of all, I am not a crochet aficionado. I can barely follow some crochet patterns myself-that is why I usually make up my own [same with my sewing, etc.]. Second, I surely couldn't demonstrate on camera my dropping stitches, pulling out, restitching, talking badly to my hook and yarn-nope, the world is not ready for that. 

She said she could no longer ask her aunt who had passed away and there was no one else she could ask. I know how it is to have your heart set on a theme. My sister, Jackie, had crocheted for a year in preparation for her granddaughter's wedding-doilies for the country theme, floral pieces, shawls for the flower girl and bridesmaids-aha-my sister. She can crochet anything, she crochets circles around me. So Gabe sent me the pattern she couldn't  understand. The pattern was passed on to Jackie who agreed to crochet on camera but first she had to rewrite the whole pattern. No wonder Gabe nor I could read it.  

I told Gabe it would be several weeks before we could make the video and I thought it would probably be in several episodes to make uploading to Youtube easier. By the time we could get to it, Jackie had made a couple of practice pieces and she did a great job with step by step instructions as the camera rolled. I had very little editing to do. There are 3 parts in the video tutorial, each about 20 minutes long. 

For demonstration purposes, a 4 ply cotton yarn was used instead of the suggested #3 or #5 cotton crochet thread. The demo shoe was about 8" long when Jackie was done with it. The crochet thread shoes are about 5" long. The size of the shoe will depend on your tension, the size of your hook and thread/yarn used. 

The shoes were dipped in Stiffy then shaped: plastic throwaway bags stuffed into the larger yellow shoe,  a shoe shaped form I made with hanger wire, tinfoil and duct tape was used in the gold shoe and a form made of tinfoil wrapped in duct tape in the white. The forms were fairly quick to put together. Heavy starch or sugar water were originally used in these 40's/50's crocheted crafts.  

For Jackie's step by step demonstration:
Part 1-the heel

Part 2-the sole

Part 3-upper shoe

If you prefer written instructions the pattern is available in my Craftsy store 

May the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott

Monday, April 11, 2016


Sometimes the oddest things strike my fancy and the display at Hobby Lobby of drawer pulls/knobs/handles was one of those. I knew I wouldn't be redesigning my kitchen with all new handles and knobs so I just checked out that long wall on occasion when I was cruising through keeping myself from adding anything else to my craft hoard [that's what my daughter calls it] until the right idea came along if ever. Then, glory be, the right idea came along and something useful at that: organizers using items I already had-canning jars. Now I could let myself pick up one or two to play with and ran the idea past the editor of Seams And Scissors. She thought it would fit right in so- 

My latest article for Seams And Scissors was released a few days ago 


Sew-if you enjoy seeing your paraphernalia as you work, this may be something you would like in your sewing room. 

A video tutorial goes along with the article, too. 

Of course, what originally was to be a quick, easy project turned into an all day venture but I love the results. 

May the joy of crafting be upon you

Carolyn Wainscott

Monday, April 4, 2016

SPIRIT OF LIBERTY-My 9/11 Inspired Quilt

5 years ago I received an email with almost 80 photos of 9/11 that I saved into a folder because I knew at some point there would be a quilt-and January this year became the time. I envisioned the quilt from the time I received the photos and it was built just as my first thoughts. 

The quilt was to portray the attack on the twin towers with the Statue of Liberty looking on from the harbor surrounded by silhouettes of some of America's heroes. 

The quilt is in mixed media and I plan on sharing the techniques: enlarging a photo, transferring/tracing to fabric, painting fabric, applique, free motion quilting. 

I am very pleased with the way "Spirit Of Liberty" turned out. It is 80" by 50". 

The pattern was created from outline drawings of photos, enlarging the drawings then transferring/tracing the drawings to fabric to be painted onto fabric. 

After painting was done it was free motion quilted.
The border was drawn and enlarged as the whole cloth. It is also one piece. All techniques will be shared in future posts.

The smoke is hand dyed wool roving that gives the piece a 3D effect.

As the quilt top was nearing completion, the back started to become more important and evolved from just the collector fabric that has been squirreled away among my "special" fabrics that are so special they may never be used to a quilt in its own right but continuing the story. The fabric was released just after 9/11 with images of the firemen raising the flag from the carnage on a red, white and blue stripe. The fabric has been in my stash since it came out just waiting for this quilt-before it was ever thought of. 

I loved being able to create this quilt.

May the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott 

"Spirit Of Liberty" -the back-the story continues----------- 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


The editor from Cheap East & Thrifty Crafts [has been incorporated into Seams And Scissors] contacted me to see if I could get her a pattern for an oven mitt quickly for a fund raiser Prime Publishing was helping to sponsor. She needed it in just a few days but I said sure-how hard would that be? I didn't want to submit just any old, plain oven mitt-then the one hanging on my oven door came to mind that my sister, Jackie, had made for me at Christmas so I called her to see if I could use her idea and ask her about materials she had used, she said sure.

That would take care of that and I could draft the pattern and get it in quickly-then the phone rang. My sister-in-law, Alma, was in the hospital and not doing well. Then my newborn great, grandson was readmitted into hospital with jaundice and I needed to take care of the other baby for a couple of days. So much for getting anything done. 

I don't know how I accomplished anything when my own four were growing up but as I am reminded quite often, it seems, of how old I am-ok, I'm 76 years old, taking care of an infant who isn't walking yet and there was no drafting of pattern, no instructions written, no sewing-nada-to be done around bottles, feeding, diapering, bathing, peek-a-boo and just trying to get up out of my chair while holding her. Three days, two nights of this, deadline coming up, must go see sister-in-law. 

As soon as I was relieved of my charge, rulers, pencils, drawing pad came out. Then fabrics, batting, thermal fabric cut and sewn-sample photographed and HALLELUJAH! the pattern with tutorial was uploaded before the deadline.  

Here is the fund raiser information:     

Starting now, we’re calling on sewists like you to help us out by making an oven mitt or potholder for the cause! We’ve provided two easy, FREE patterns just for you – check them out by clicking the images below!

Free Oven Mitt Pattern

Free Potholder Pattern

How would you describe Love INC’s mission and what inspires you about it?
Our mission is to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ. I love this mission because we are all about empowering the church to do what it does best – love and serve our community! We provide a structure for the churches to serve so they don’t have to recreate the wheel on their own. We also verify the needs of those calling in for help to be sure we are serving in a meaningful way.

A commitment, an emergency, another emergency, a deadline met, getting to see Alma in time. My sister, Shirley, was taking me and since she couldn't make it for another day it gave me the time to get the article in. This is the way things go around here and it is never dull.

May the joy of crafting be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott 

Thursday, January 28, 2016


One photo of Lady Cora Crawley in the Downton Abbey series wearing a beautiful white riding coat with black embroidery is the inspiration for both of my recent articles in Cheap Eats & Thrifty Crafts.

You can see my interpretation of the coat with instructions for turning a plain sweatshirt into an elegant vest here:

But proper ladies always have to have a hat so a matching hat it was for the second article

The hat is featured here:

It was great fun creating the vest and hat. I tried to make them as easy as possible to make and neither will cost an arm and a leg. I did have to purchase the sweatshirt-about $8, I had the laces and trims in my stash. The hat was from another hat designing phase but it had been $10 or $11, the black lace was cut from the same as the vest. Creating the appliques from the black lace yardage was a big $ saver. Six plus were used on the vest and hat. I compared similar appliques at almost $5 each so look out for fabrics/curtains at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. thinking outside the box for their uses. 

I hope you enjoy crafting as much as I do

Carolyn Wainscott


I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format