Friday, February 10, 2012

Weekly Update - New Project, Feathers To And Fro Afghan

I actually started this project last Saturday, but I've been sick with a nasty cold and haven't been up to posting anything. Sorry about the poor quality of some of the photos, but I was dealing with light and space issues.  Hopefully next week I'll be over this cold and be a bit more organized.

I finally finished preparing the monk's cloth I've been working on now and again, and I started stitching Feathers To and Fro from Learn to Make Monk’s Cloth Afghans by Marilyn T. Magly. If you've been reading my blog for a while you may remember that I did a towel using the smaller motif from this pattern. This time I'll be using the entire design with these yarn colors:

I'd already squared off the ends of this monk's cloth, basted temporary hems, and washed it. Saturday, I undid the basting along one of the long edges, and cut the selvedge off, carefully following one line of the weave.

Then I folded the edge over 3 squares and pressed it.

I folded it again over 5 squares, pressed it and pinned it.

Then I sewed the hem down.

I did the same thing on the other long edge, then on Tuesday I was able to FINALLY start stitching. Here's what I had done on Wednesday:



  1. very beautiful even tho' just started. wish I could watch the stitches appear.
    I am an aspie and an artist; but not diagnosed as i don't have insurance. Thanks: it is comforting to know of others like myself. I am in my fifties and it is getting harder and exhausting to go out and about. This worries me, but it just is.

  2. Thanks, Anonymous! :)

    I'm an undiagnosed Aspie myself. I'm only in my (late) thirties, but I am finding it more and more difficult to go out and deal with people. I'm fortunate to be able to freelance from home, however, so I don't have to go out too often.

    If you're looking for other more mature Aspies, diagnosed or not, you might want to try

  3. I know that this post is like a year old, but i am looking for a bit of help with my monk cloth afghan. I am just starting, and i do not know how to finish each row. can you please describe/link a picture? Thanks

  4. I am really new to this. Can you show how the rows end? Thanks.

  5. Hi, Patrick.

    I simply hide the ends in the hem. Insert the needle into the hem and bring it out of the hem a few inches away. Then pull the yarn tight and clip it near the fabric (but not so near that you cut the fabric). The yarn will disappear inside the hem when you've clipped it. I also like to knot 2 adjacent rows together before burying the ends.

    Hope this helps.


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