I blog about crochet, knitting, painting and other craftsy stuff. My inspiration comes from the beautiful Adirondack mountains and nearby Vermont areas. I love working with natural colors and materials, dark roast coffee and Cadbury chocolate :) You can find my items on Etsy or at Crafters Gallery, Saratoga Springs.
I decided to join Ravelry, because I want to share my designs with as many people as possible 🙂 My username is – surprise surprise – MatyldasBarn. You can find my profile here: http://www.ravelry.com/people/MatyldasBarn
I added two of my older designs to my designer profile, but I already published two new instructions.
One of them is the Spooky Crochet Ghost. It’s a free download, so don’t hesitate to try it if you like a little scare! 🙂
It might seem a bit strange that I designed a ghost at this time of year, but it was a special gift for my sister, who just happen to have “fear” in her surname.
I would say the pattern is for intermediate crocheters, because the bottom part and the hands are a little bit more complicated.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, my parents have a farm. It’s not a big farm by any means, but it keeps them busy and I think it brings them a lot of happiness. I don’t know the exact count, but they have more than 20 animals running around, including sheep and goats. Right now, there’s a little bit more of them, because of the offspring.
I came back to the Czech Republic for the summer and it feels very relaxing to be home again. I’ll share some of the peace and quiet of my leisure days with you in the form of photos. Mainly because I love taking photos and I love to share them with other people 🙂
I went for an interesting trip yesterday and I would like to share some thoughts and photos from the event. Washington County in Upstate New York has its own annual fiber tour! That means a lot of yarn, all kinds of animals, friendly people and beautiful things to buy.
This year marks the tour‘s 25th edition. That’s a pretty long tradition, in my opinion! Unfortunately, I only had time to visit two places – the Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill and St. Mary’s on-the-Hill. There was an interesting contrast between the mill and the monastery – one is a child of the industrial revolution, the other is a place of old traditions. Even the settings are very different. You can find the mill on a busy street in the town of Greenwich, while the monastery sits on a hill with beautiful calm surroundings.
Our quality handmade products are from now on available at Crafters Gallery on 427 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. I prepared a lot of new spring themed items for the display. If you’re in the area, you are most welcome to check them out!
If you’re not from around here, you have one more reason to visit the beautiful Saratoga Springs with its old charm and character. You might also want to visit the local spa or come for the summer world-famous horse races. There is also many interesting shopping opportunities, some of them very old and traditional, such as the Putnam Market. My personal favourite spot is Saratoga Coffee Traders, where you can get coffee named Death Wish, which is just, well, awesome 😀 You don’t wanna miss that, right?!
Anyway, back to the products that are on display in the amazing Crafters Gallery. I hand-painted four new mugs, that will surely warm someone’s heart. There a sheep mug (errr, not a surprise there), a horse mug, a dog mug, and favourite – an old tree mug. The animals are enjoying the spring. Unlike us in the Adirondacks area who still wait to see the snow dissapear!
These standard-sized coffee mugs are hand-painted with Americana Acrylic Multi-Surface Satin Paints. They were left to dry for four days and baked later in the oven, so they should be dishwasher safe. However, since I haven’t tested these mugs over a long period of time, I would recommend to wash them by hand – just to be safe.
Since the Easter holidays are approaching, I wanted to design something special for the shop, that would be very Easter-y. So I naturally ended up creating bunnies. They are inspired by the very cute Rex breed. I used Lion brand Homespun acrylic yarn and premium polyester stuffing. The material makes it easy to wash.
See more pictures of Matylda’s Barn products on display in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga Springs, under the article. If you’re thinking about a visit, don’t hesitate, there a lot of beautiful crafts to be seen in the gallery. From cute little sweaters for toddlers to wooden sculptures and paintings of Adirondack nature and traditions, you’re sure to be captivated by something.
Just like I was 🙂
Sheep Mug – spring themed coffee mug by Matylda’s Barn. Original design, hand-painted.
Dog Mug – hand-painted spring themed coffee mug with two puppies chasing butterflies. Original design by Matylda’s barn.
Betsy Crochet Coasters – cute animal coasters for everyday use in the kitchen or dining room. Perfect for a rustic home.
Floppy the Bunny Rabbit.
Horse Mug – designed and hand-painted for the Crafters Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York. Created by Matylda’s Barn, Salem, NY.
Old Tree Mug – hand-painted stoneware coffee mug for nature lovers.
Babette the Crochet Sheep. New amigurumi design, handcrafted by Matylda’s Barn in Salem, New York.
This was one of the most fun projects I have ever made. Crocheting sheep is really fun, I really enjoy giving them a character, their own personality. Darla is a sort of confused sheep. In real life, sheep often stop doing whatever they are doing and look at you like that 🙂
I started to crochet from the middle, the stomach area. I continued up and finished the head. The wool texture is made of little chains, so you can only imagine, how long did this take (yes, a loooong time!). After I finished the head, I started to stuff the sheep with premium polyfiber from recycled materials. It’s easy to find poly stuffing, you can get it for example at Hobby Lobby for a fairly reasonable price.
After I stuffed the top part of the body, I continued crocheting from the stomach area down. I also continued to stuff the body. When the body was done, I crocheted the legs and “hands” separately, then sew them on the body. I did the same thing with the ears.
I embroidered the pink coloring in the ears and other details, such as the nose and eyes.