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The Garden Table Featured on the Martha Stewart Show

March 20th, 2009

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We don’t have a pattern for the amazing garden table featured on the show, BUT here is a general description of how it was made:

The moss on the surface of the table was created by wrapping and gluing Jiffy, Homespun, and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in various shades of green and brown. The “earth” at each leg base is made with shades of brown in Nature’s Choice, Jiffy and Homespun.

The grass is created with a variation of the Loop Stitch in a combination of Jiffy and Lion Wool.

The dandelions are crafted from pom-poms in Lion Cotton.

The leaves are felted Lion Wool, and the flowers were created with felted Lion Wool & Lion Cashmere Blend with accents of Babysoft and Vanna’s Choice Baby. The vines and stems of the flowers are wrapped in Babysoft, Cotton-Ease, Lion Cotton, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and Jiffy.

The butterfly was made with felted Lion Wool and wrapped Cotton-Ease, with Babysoft and Vanna’s Choice Baby embroidered accents.

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  • Roberta Billotte

    I want to knit the “Tree of Life” afghan for my daughter. I was wondering if it would be practical to make it with cotton ease yarn rather than the usual acrylic yarn used for afghans. I thought the cotton yarn would be much softer and would launder well. Please give me your opinion. I would appreciate it very much. I also make prayer shawls and lap robes as a ministry. Would that work well using cotton?

  • Annie

    In my experience cottonease is great for shawls and lap robes. I also prefer cotton to acrylic, the only problem with a big project like the Tree of Life afghan is that cotton tends to be heavier than wool or acrylic so it can stretch out. On the other hand, cotton ease is a blend I believe, and not as heavy as plain cotton. I would be interested to see what others have to say about this, as I wouls love to make a full size afghan in cotton ease.

  • Cheryl Gomes

    This is great to put over a water feature or fish pond in the garden with a gazebo and shady trees.

  • Lu Bobrowicz

    On Martha’s Tuesday, 3/24/09 (EST) Knitting show. There was a short segment on knitting dog sweaters. It highlighte her (2) dogs wearing them. She stated on the show that the paterns would be posted on her site. I looked and found everything but the dog sweater patterns. Can you help me?

    Thank you,
    Lu

    Zontee says: Hi Lu, you can just go to LionBrand.com and click on the photo of the dogs for the patterns.

  • Erin

    I wish you guys would show more on how to make this because it was wonderful and I would love to make the top as a table runner for the spring. I still don’t quite understand how it is made by “wrapping and gluing”. I hope that you will consider making it a pattern (at least the top portion). Thanks.

    Zontee says: Hi Erin, what we mean by “wrapping and gluing” is that we have literally wrapped yarn around the legs and face of the table and glued it to the table. The grass is made as described above, using a loop fringe. If you are interested in making your own version, you could consider making pom-poms like our pom-pom rug pattern and use that as a basis for a similar looking piece. We have many new knit and crochet flower patterns in our StitchFinder, so you can make flowers to put in your runner too. Hope that helps.

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