Exciting Announcement!


I have decided to rename my blog to reflect a more accurate representation of my crafting error.  Please note that redbamsews is now Redbam Crafts. Originally, my blog was dedicated to my sewing projects as that was where the bulk of my time and energy focused on.  Whether I sewed for myself, for gifts, for donating to charities or for craft fairs, the primary emphasis was on sewing.

Since retiring and relocating, I find that my sewing projects have decreased.  But, my yarn projects have increased.  The relocation allowed me to do more home decorating type projects like my wreath making.

With this change, I can share my various crafting projects.–such as my crochet, embroidery, knitting, and wood painting, and wreath making.  I am working on rebuilding my inventory for a craft fair and will keep you posted as to any news in that department.


Lavender Splash

So, I started another blanket for my recent road trip.  This time I wanted to make a lap blanket.  Using Size 11 circular knitting needles, I did a cast on of 10 stitches.  The body of the lap blanket is 54 inches in length by 32 inches in width.  I used Baby Bernat Blanket yarn because I love the softness of the yarn.  When you make it into a blanket you get warmth but not heaviness (weight) of the final piece.  The variegated yarn blends from white to tan to lavender. I used two 10.5 oz. skeins to make this size, which I feel is perfect for a lap blanket.

The edging is simple–just a single crochet stitch.  I used part of a 10.5 oz. skein in the same brand but the color was a solid lavender.

This is a quick project and just perfect to keep you occupied when on a road trip.

Peachy Delight

Didn’t think I could do it, but, I did.

Just finished another throw in just a matter of a day.  This one was crocheted.  It is delightful peachy and cuddly one using the same pattern from an earlier one (Country Rose). The secret to accomplish such a trip is to work on two simultaneously.  It is a challenge but great for keeping mentally alert and definitely beats boredom.  Large throws or afghans can become tedious causing the crafter to loose interest.  Alternating work sessions on each project keeps it interesting.

My first throw in this pattern was done in a Country Rose color with an off-white border.  This time I wanted to keep it monochromatic and enlarged it a bit.  The finished size is 45.5 inches by 65 inches.  This what my final project looks like.IMG_0668

I used two one=pound skeins (each 453.6 grams) in a One Pound Skein of Natura Deluxe Acrylic yarn.  The color is peach (504).

Here is a close up of the pattern.  As you can see the edging is a simple fan stitch.


Here is a close up of one of the pattern blocks highlighting the lacy diamond effect.


This pattern is fun to work with.  The secret lies in figuring out how many blocks you want.

Candied Strip Throw

IMG_0524  Well, this project took a while to complete.  Since it was a larger throw, I knew that it would take time.  My finished project measures 58 x 62 inches.  This throw was made using 2-8 oz (227 g) skeins of Honeysuckle, Buttercream Luxe Craft Rainbow Boucle.  To get the width I wanted my initial cast on was 216 stitches.  The throw is worked in garter stitch.  I used my favorite size 8 circular needles.

Here is a side view of the finished product.  As you can see it almost covers the top of our king size bed.


So, I wanted to show the throw from a different angle–a frontal view.  What do you think?


Using the Boucle type of yarn makes this throw usable throughout the year.  It is lightweight and airy.  The cost of this project (materials only) was just under $20.

Country Rose Throw

I stumbled onto this pattern from a blog called, littlemonkeyscrochet.com.  It was on her post entitled, The Midwife Blanket.  I found it to be quite adorable so I wanted to make it.  I made a sample of the pattern and here is what it looked like.

Midwife Blanket  I love the open lacy squares.  The pattern says to ch 118.  I wanted to make my blanket a bit bigger so that it was a throw.  I had to do some math to figure out how many chains to make my foundation chain.  My foundation chain was made of 150 chains.  When factoring the size remember that this pattern is in multiples of 16.

I used the one-pounder of Red Heart Yarn from my yarn stash.  I had about 1.75 skeins.  I also used a F hook.  The color is Country Rose.  My finished sized is 44 by 64 inches. Since I was using yarn from my stash, I knew I wouldn’t have enough of the Country Rose color.  So, I used left over winter white for part of the edging.  I also made a bigger fan for the edging.  Then to tie it all in, I ended with a row of single crochet. Here is what the finished throw looked like.

IMG_0597  I am including a close up of the edging so you can get a better idea of what I did.


I love this pattern and will make another throw.  If you want this pattern, please get it from the above-mentioned blog.  It is a copy righted pattern, so please do not duplicate it or publish it unless you get permission.


Road Trip 2016 Second Project

The second project for this road trip was a knitted blanket.  I used a different type of yarn this time.  IMG_0496 I was intrigued with this yarn as it was multi-textured.  I wanted to make a lap blanket.  The yarn is Bernat Baby Bundle and each skein is 8.8 oz.  I used a 10.5 circular knitting needles and used a simple garter stitch.  This project took 5 skeins and the finished size is 50 by 55 inches.

Here is the finished project.

Blanket Yellow Mist

Don’t you just love the textured effect.  The blanket is finished in a single single crochet edge.  I used this edging to make the edges sturdier.

Road Trip 2016 Project

We went on a cross-country road trip from Nevada to Missouri to visit my younger daughter.  To keep myself occupied in the car as we journeyed round trip, I like to work on craft projects.  Usually, it will be either a knit or crochet project.

Prior to the start of our trip, I gathered my supplies and then started two different projects.  One project was a crochet blanket.  I used the Sultan Stitch, which is also called a cup cake stitch.  This project was made with Red Heart Yarn.  Color is coral and I used a D hook.

cupcake stitch

This is a swatch of what the Sultan/Cup Cake stitch looked like.

Here is the finished blanket

Sultan stitch blanket

It measured 39 inches by 58 inches.  I trimmed it with a border of a row of a V stitch and then a row of a simple fan.  The fan was placed in the opened space of the V stitch. Here is a close up of the border.

Sultan Stitch close up

Cacti Embroidery Hoop Art

Every little tike who lives in the southwest would love to add this trio to  their bedroom decor.  They are so easy to create.  You make your circle just a bit larger that the hoop it will set in once completed. To prevent the  muslin circle from raveling, I like to serge the edges.  Then you just transfer the design using a washable pen from any pattern.  I used a child’s coloring book to get these.  Using simple embroidery stitches and vivid-colored floss, you just let your creativity soar.  Once the embroidery is done, I add a felt backing and re-serge the edges to provide a neat finish.  As I surge the finishing edge, I add a 3 inch ribbon loop.


I like to group my art in a set of three.  So, this is what the cacti trio would look like.  Having a set of three allows you to arrange them  anyway that is pleasing to the eye.

Cacti Trio

Whimsy Cowboy Trio

Embroidery Hoop Project #2 is perfect for a little cowboy’s room.  These were embroidered and finished with a felt backing.  The ribbon hanger is attached when each circle was serged.

The beauty of working with a set of three is that you can arrange them in any order that is pleasing.  They could be used to decorate the corner of a wall that might be set up for reading or an art center.

Whimsy Cowboys

Fashion Ladies

Decided to switch from knitting to embroidery.  Hence, I focused on embroidery hoop artwork.  Although this project is not quite done, I was so excited with the results that I just had to post them

I wanted to create something a bit different so I decided to feature 20th century ladies of fashion.  Two of the ladies are wearing the fashions of the 1920s.  The ladies are dressed to enjoy an wonderful evening out.

I chose to encase them in nine-inch oval wooden embroidery hoops so as to fully capture the beauty of their outfits.

The third piece of artwork features the 1950s.  This lady is wearing a shirt-waist dress with a full skirt and flats.


This trio would make a cute gift for a teenage fashionista.

So, I worked on the finishing of this trio of fashionista embroidery hoop project.  I backed each oval with a felt backing serging the edges.  I added a three-inch ribbon hanger to the top of each piece.  Now, they are finished.  Here’s what they look like.

Trio of Fashion Ladies

This set would look great around a teenager’s reading or homework center.  They would also look great above a closet.

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