Friday, April 24, 2009
Below are details of the case. I sewed up one end and then use the tail to embroider a couple of flowers at the bottom. I liked it so much I did one at the top on the opposite side, as well, and then I added a drawstring.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tumbling block unit. The diamonds are from the Tumbling Block loom by Hazel Rose Looms. They are woven from wool - I have four more sets to piece together, then I'll fill in the edges till it's relatively rectangular, and then I'm going to felt it and use it as the binding for a journal.
After I took these pictures, I decided to go ahead and start piecing them together by hand. I stayed up way too late, since it was about - well, let's just say it was really late when I decided to do that in the first place. By the time I decided to go to bed, I had learned all about ten minute workouts, being mortgage free for life, and making money in the current foreclosure market... BUT, I got all of the pink and white side pieced together, and the first three strips of the coffee-dyed side pieced together, too.
I know some of those pinks look awfully dark for this, and the card print may look crazy, but I like them. I can work around them. Although I suppose I'd better be working ON them. :-)
I need to find another program to use to pubish this blog to Blogger. This one is driving me crazy. I just previewed it and there are huge gaps that aren't really there. Any ideas? I'm supposed to have a program for that with OneNote, but I couldn't get it to connect. Argh.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
And here (right) are the fabric "balls" after I took them out of the coffee. I put down waxed paper to help with clean-up. :-)
And here is the third batch, ironed. I left them in for an hour, and did not scrunch them as tightly as I did the second batch.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I've been doing embroidery off and on for about 20 years (mostly off, but it's one craft I do come back to, as opposed to all the ones I've tried and the supplies then just waste away in my craft room) and, as a result of my weaving for the last three years, I've been getting back in to embroidery a bit. I love the embroidery designs on Urban Threads - that has me wanting to embroider things for my nieces and nephews. :-) I was wanting to find different stitches today to use on those patterns, and use a couple of the more complicated ones as samplers, and since my books are all in storage right now I did a google search for them. I found a website with stitch dictionary (WOW) and blog, which led me to another with a wonderful Sampler Game, where you can design your own sampler and print it out! Here are the links:
The last one is the site with the Sampler Game.
When I was designing my own sampler, which I saved as a screen shot so I can maybe work on at some point (I love Microsoft OneNote!), I remembered that about fifteen years ago I was working on a sampler for the house Ian and I had in Florida. I got all of the "hard part" done; the middle with the new stitches I was learning in a flower design, our address, the date we bought the house - the only thing I had left was the alphabet, which I added as an afterthought when it suddenly occured to me that "real" samplers had the alphabet on them. I used a pink silk floss, ran out, and never did finish. Ian, of course, died at 29 in '97, and I left Florida in 2000. I still want to finish the sampler someday (it's in storage) - it deserves to be finished - I'm just not quite sure what to DO with it when I get it done! Frame it? It should be preserved somehow, not just folded up and stuck in a box. I worked hard on that, and it has a LOT of good memories embedded in the stitches.
I don't know how many people are like this - and my memory is getting worse as the years go by - but I used to be able to look at something I had worked on and remember exactly what I was doing the entire time I was working on it. I know, just thinking of that sampler, that there are big chunks I worked on while we were sitting in bed watching Beavis and Butthead, or Aeon Flux, or The Maxx. It doesn't quite work that way when I'm weaving - the pieces I'm doing don't have enough character for that - but I did notice when I was making some stuffed animals from the woven pieces that afterwards I did remember what I had been doing while I was making them. Maybe it's not my memory, but the intricacy of my work that has diminished... So I do want to finish the sampler not only because I put a lot of work into it, but because it very tangibly holds a lot of memories of "normal" times we spent together, times I didn't journal in any other way. The only question, again, is what exactly to do with it afterwards.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Fw:2 unfinished bunny bodies and a green log for an undetermined
Originally uploaded by llala412
I thought I was blogging all these from my phone, but apparently that didn't get set up right.
Here is the finished bunny next to two other bunny bodies. One is pink, and the other a kind of odd brown/orange combo. I love the yarn, though - I have some orange yarn that I'm going to use for the limbs and ears. I think I have some solid pink to use for the pink bunny. I used the Sugar and Cream Twist yarn for all three.
I decided the first bunny (Warren) was not pastel enough to give to the girls (plus his face is a little scary to me - I need to use embroidery floss next time), so I made one from a skein that was purple, blue, green, and white. The square from the beginning of the skein came out mostly green and white, with a little blue at the end (the tube in front), so I ended up making it into an alligator. I'm now making another square with blue and purple that will have some green at the end - I think it will make a great bunny. :-)
Woven & spool-knitted bunny in camo colors. Need emb floss for nxt faces
Originally uploaded by llala412
I got this pattern (which I then modified a bit - longer arms and ears, different face) from Noreen Crone-Findlay's blog. Here is the link - http://www.blisstree.com/hankeringforyarn/spool-knitted-andpotholder-loom-bunny/