Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Second Chicken Scratch Project

Warning:  This is only my second chicken scratch project so don't get too excited.
The other problem was I couldn't find a butterfly pattern for chicken scratching  so
I found an outline of a butterfly on the internet and just hung this fabric right up
on my laptop and traced it and made my own pattern!!!
 I guess you could say that I made my own light box!!! lol

I went to hobby lobby and used my 40% off coupon and
 bought this little bitty light and it sure does make a difference.

So I thought and thought and tried to figure out where to start and
then I remember about starting with the outline.

So that is what I did.  I found the neatest crochet yarn in my Grandma's old sewing basket
and it was perfect for this project.  So I am dedicating this butterfly to my
Grandma Cochran who is in heaven.

I had to put my thinking cap on since I didn't have any directions.
You will see that I have made several mistakes but you know what???
It's ok.

I worked on this every chance I got.
I work mostly in the car while riding because I don't sit down at home.
The last long trip we went on I set me up an area in the back seat and had
a ball crocheting &  doing chicken scratch! 
Yes, the back seat. There are several reasons why I sit
in the back seat on long trips.
1. Sweet Hunter freezes me out.
2. He listens to sports talk the whole way.
3. I can set up a little craft area right in the back seat and I am a happy camper!
Before I show you this finished project I wanted to tell you that I finished 13 dish cloths this month for  Christmas Through The Year With Allie!
This is just a few of them!
I am also joining up with Peg & Kris for OPAM!

Drum Roll please........

What do you think?  Yes, one wing is bigger than the other but ....oh well.
I had a ball. I got lots of experience and learned from my mistakes.
I LOVE it if I say so myself!  I will make this into a pillow to match my Hummingbird pillow
 I have already started my third chicken scratch project.  I am working it on larger squares and found out it is a lot easier.  I am following a pattern on my 3rd project but may add a few additions. 
I am having way too much fun!!!

"Happiness is like a butterfly.

The more you chase it the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things it comes and sits softly on your shoulder"



shannon said...

hey blogger is playing nice and letting me comment! yay!

i love your chicken scatching...i really like your hummingbird too!

i've seen real butterflies with crooked wings ;)

Tara said...

I must say that I read blogs on my phone now and that commenting is a challenge, but I read and enjoy every post! You are so upbeat and encouraging! Having a bridal shower at my house on Thursday and will use Granny's quilt for the younger girls to sit on! You should start a series of Granny's quilts in action! Thanks so much for your upbeat attitude and obvious joy that you take from life! Inspiring me every time!

parchet lemn said...

In my opinion it looks very nice and i think you have a lot of talent, so keep up the good work.

caknitter said...

The butterfly looks perfect to me. It's amazing how you pick up a craft so quickly.You're so talented, Val. :-)

Libby said...

VAL!!! I love your butterfly! and without a pattern!! You did a wonderful job!
Our computer has been in the shop so I'm finally catching up with everyone. I have sure missed you!

Anonymous said...

That is so good! I love, love ,love your beautiful butterfly! I knew you would love doing chicken scratch but didn't think about you coming up with your own patterns. You are so smart!!! So happy you are enjoying yourself. Have a fun safe time on your trip with a lotta chicken scratching goin' on!! Love you! Vicki

W. Latane Barton said...

You are just 'scratching' right along. Love the butterfly.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I haven't done chicken scratch in years but I'm loving yours! And I'm loving the dish cloth you sent me. :) What a great idea to sit in the back seat....but then I'd have to give up my seat warmers and I couldn't do that. Sometimes I have to use them in the summer when Jerry gets it too cold for me! blessings, marlene

Angela said...

Val, Love the butterfly. You did great and no pattern? I have to have a pattern for everything. Can't wait to see the pillow. Love the white discloths. I have shared my discloths with so many friends and they all want more. Our Wal-mart is remodeling AGAIN and I am waiting on them to get in more thread. Can't wait to get a stash made up for the ladies at church for little Christmas gifts. Have a great day.

Allie said...

BEAUTIFUL Val!!!!! You did a wonderful job! Laptop as lightbox, hm, I'll have to try that - it would be SO much easier, lol. I love your dishcloths too!

I love that you have your own private chauffeur, I think it's marvelous!

Granny said...

Your chicken scratch looks great.

I've received three suspicious looking emails from you today. Wonder if you have a virus? They just say from Val and your last name.

Adoption Mama said...

Val, What a great butterfly. I love needlework and handiwork that shouts out Proverbs 31.

Needled Mom said...

I think it is a positively lovely butterfly. I can just imagine your back seat crafting space in my mind!!!

Alice Grace said...

What a beautiful butterfly! You are just the most amazing and talented person I know! It's kinda great that you are my sweet daughter also!

webbsway said...

If only I could sit in the back seat without "barfing all over the place".
That would really make a trip far less boring. : )

I LOVE your chicken scratching! Anybody would love your hard work. Wonder what you will come up with next?

Congrats. on your dish clothes! Those are awesome!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

I have always wanted to try it difficult?

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