leethal

Lee Meredith, Portland, OR, US
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I am an independent knit accessories designer, and also a writer, photographer, yarnie, omnicrafter, maker of things, and doer of stuff! I spend the most time on knitting, yarn-making, clothing reconstruction, and I venture into a little bit of most everything else, like printmaking, beadwork, sewing, etc... I also design and keep up leethal.net, leethalknits.com, leemeredith.com, and my blog - do stuff!

My work has been featured in Craft Magazine, as well as the Craft blog and podcast, and craft websites and blogs including, craftypod, west coast crafty, craft and found, whipup, craftster, threadbanger. My knitting designs have been published in Twist Collective, Knitty, Craft, Geek Crafts book, whipup blog.

You can follow me on twitter and ravelry: leethal in both places

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, jewelry making, knitting, memory making, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

my personal website:
http://www.leethal.net

Gender: Female

Birthday: 02/11/1982

Member Since: 08/01/2008

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How to Make a Kitty Hat (for Humans)

Show your feline adoration with a kitty hat, made from recycled sweater fabric, buttons, and other embellishing bits and pieces.

How to Knit a Circle Lace Cuff

Create a wearable swatch of lace to use up some leftover yarn, or try out knitting lace on a small scale.

How to Knit a Buttony Chevron Cuff

Knit a simple but unique chevron cuff for your wrist, using buttons as the closure and to add interest and personalize your creation!

How to Make a Custom Clock

Make a personalized new clock from an old recycled one, or even use the clock parts to make one on a separate object for a crazy, cool gift!

How to Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt

You won't need a pattern or any major sewing experience to cut two recycled T-shirts into panels and sew them into a super-simple and comfortable skirt!

How to Make a Semiphotorealistic Three-Shade Print

Print your guy's favorite icon, toy, or gear onto his gift with this crazy three-shade freezer-paper stencil technique!

How to Make a Multi-Photo Frame

Create a meaningful gift that is quick to make and won't break your bank account.

How to Make a Vest from an Old Pullover Sweater

Reconstruct that sweater that you're bored with to turn it into a cute new vest with custom embellishments of your choice!

How to Make a Fabric Case for Photo Discs

Stitch up a custom disc booklet for a wedding or other celebration to hold thousands of photos, instead of the mere hundreds that a traditional photo album can store!

How to Make Monogrammed Napkins from a Vintage Sheet

Turn an old sheet with a pretty pattern into wedding napkins with some ripping and simple lino-printing.

How to Make Greeting Cards with Recycled Materials

Make use of paper grocery bags and cardboard boxes to create personal cards this season for Mother's Day, graduations, and weddings, and even make recycled envelopes to go with them!

How to Make a Headband from an Old T-Shirt

Use a recycled T-shirt and some basic sewing to make a comfortable and cute headband that ties in the back and holds your hair in place.

How to Make a Recycled Fabric Cuff

Take a couple scraps of leftover fabric and use your basic sewing skills to make a custom cuff, adding whatever embellishments you like to personalize it.

How to Make Recycled Cotton Art Yarn

Use natural fibers, recycled from unwanted sweaters, and spin them together on a wheel or drop spindle with some thread, buttons, and beads to make your own unique art yarn!

How to Make Pipe-Cleaner Button Displays

Break out your childhood crafting mindset and bend some pipe cleaners into super-fun button display sculptures!

How to Make Three Buttoning Designs from Fringed Scarves

Take a plain fringed scarf and turn it into a stylish new buttoning neck accessory without any cutting or sewing (except for the buttons, of course!).

How to Make Wall Art with Vintage Fabric and Buttons

Embroidery hoops make perfect frames for vintage fabric embellished with buttons. Depending on your choice of fabric, you can get all kinds of looks with the same concept.

How to Make a Gridded Button Portrait

Use a ton of assorted buttons, lots of hot glue, and many hours of time to create a buttony masterpiece!

How to Make a Kitty Litter Rug

Use a towel to make a cute and colorful mini-rug to keep litter trails off the floor and make for easier kitty cleanup!

How to Make a Cat Castle and Scratching Post

Build a multiroom kitty castle and a big scratching post for your cat with all recycled materials!

How to Make a Catnip Pillow and Blanket

Make a heatable catnip-filled blanket and pillow from a recycled pillowcase, or whatever fabric you have left over, for your kitty to go crazy with!

How to Make No-Sew Camera Sleeves with Recycled Socks

If you got a new point-and-shoot camera for a holiday gift and are now in need of a crafty case idea, here are a few versions of the supereasy no-sew sock camera sleeve concept.

How to Make Curtains from Recycled Sheets

Here's a quick, no-sew project for the new year—make curtains from recycled vintage sheets! The best part is you can easily change the sheet with the seasons or whenever you feel like it!

How to Make Three Different Holiday Party Lights

Holiday gift countdown: 4 days. Put together some fun lights for your own last-minute holiday decorations or as gifts for your holiday host's home decor.

How to Make Easy Two-Bead Earrings

Holiday gift countdown: 5 days. If you have a stash of jewelry-making supplies, or time for a quick run to the craft store, you can easily make up some pairs of these cute earrings!

Experimental Recycled Sleeve Dyeing with Food Dyes

Holiday gift countdown: 10 days. Use the sleeve of a recycled wool sweater to dye some experimental yarn with Kool-Aid or food coloring. A perfect gift for your knitting loved one!

How to Make Bottle-Cap Buttons for Knit Slippers

Holiday gift countdown: 1-1/2 weeks. Download a free pattern for simple Mary Jane-style knit booties, then make personalized buttons from bottle caps for your beer- or soda-loving recipient!

How to Custom-Embellish a Shirt

Holiday gift countdown: three weeks. Take a boring shirt and spice it up with printing, topstitching, and some new buttons for a great custom gift!

How to Make a Collaged Table with a Built-in Game

Holiday gift countdown: six weeks. If you have a game-loving friend or family member in need of some crafty furnishing, this collaged coffee table will be the perfect gift!

How to Make an All-Recycled Sketchbook

Holiday gift countdown: seven weeks. You may need the extra time to find just the right books to remake into a super-green sketchbook made with recycled book pages.

How to Knit a Stripey Short-Rows Wavy Hat

Holiday gift countdown: eight weeks. Even if you're new to knitting, you should be able to knit up one of these hats for a cozy holiday gift.

How to (Re)Make a Custom Board Game

Holiday gift countdown: nine weeks. Turn an old, forgotten board game into a new, exciting, customized, playable gift for the game-lover in your life!

How to Make a Custom Photo Album

Use recycled T-shirt fabric to make an embellished cover for a photo album gift, and use this extra time to fill it with special photos, captions, and more!

How to Make an Embellished Blanket with Recycled Sweaters

Holiday gift countdown: 11 weeks. Make this personalized wool blanket from pieces of felted sweaters, covered with embroidery, appliqué, and whatever else you want to do!

How to Recycle Yarn from a Thrift-Store Sweater

Holiday gift countdown: 12 weeks. That should give you plenty of time to unravel an old sweater and use the new yarn to knit a holiday gift sweater!


recent comments

Re: How to Make a Top from Your Dad's Silk Ties

wow, clever design!! i've seen tons of tie projects, but this is something i've never seen before!

Re: Crafting with VHS Tapes

LOVE it!! I've been meaning to try knitting and/or crochet with vhs tape for years, and now you've inspired me to actually do it! And I totally LOLed at your iphone joke, btw.

Re: RainMomma's Projects

haha awesome! I'm honored to have my design be part of the Crafty Blazer Posse!

Re: How to Knit a Buttony Chevron Cuff

there are actually abbreviation descriptions above the pattern. kfb means "Knit into the front of the stitch, then into the back of the same stitch, to increase 1 stitch." if you need more help you can see sites like knittinghelp.com. hope that helps!

Re: How to Make a Beautiful Button Pillow

Wow, gorgeous!! All that tv button sewing time so paid off! I totally want to make one someday with mostly blues and greens, and then a few oranges here and there... I just need to start collecting more buttons now since I've been using up my stash this month!

Re: How to Make Curtains from Recycled Sheets

I found the sheet at a thrift store! It was a great find!

Re: Experimental Recycled Sleeve Dyeing with Food Dyes

gracie_girl: This technique would not work on a cotton sweater because acid dyes like kool-aid and food coloring only absorb into animal fibers like wool, alpaca, etc, not plant fibers like cotton. You would need to use a different kind of dye method for plant fibers.

Re: How to Make a Snowstorm

brilliant!! love it!

Re: How to Make a Recycled Necktie Scrap Cuff

love it!! you sure are the master of tie crafts!