Thursday, March 6, 2014
No rhyme or reason for any of this.
Sometimes I just need to create without justification.
Sometimes there doesn't need to be a reason.
Creating just because.
It's what I do.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Just a quick how to:
You will need some...
round nose pliers
fabric strips or ribbon (1/2 to 3/4 in. wide and 1 yd. long)
Cut a piece of memory wire 2 inches more than the circumference of your wrist.
Using the round nose pliers, curl a loop onto each end of the wire.
Place a dab of glue next to one of the loops and anchor the end of your ribbon.
Wrap wire tightly, overlapping as you go.
When you reach the other loop add another dab of glue and anchor your ribbon at this end too.
Wrap again in the opposite direction.
When you reach the end or beginning, depending how you look at it...anchor with one final dab of glue. Trim off any excess ribbon. They should look like this.
You can either leave them like this
or add whatever you like. I embellished mine with beads and wire.
I apply a jump ring to each of the end loops to keep the charms and beads from sliding off.
Here are some made with torn strips of cotton textiles.
You can see I over wrapped some with flax, hemp, ribbon and wire.
Here you can see the jump rings and some beaded wire wrapping.
Another set with just bright copper wire wrapping and some simple silver beads.
If anyone decides to make some of these I would love to see them.
I think the possibilities are endless.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The tiny wire cage...
that sits upon my work table...
is no longer empty.
I crocheted this little tiny owl to keep me company while I'm working at my table.
If you'd like to make one for yourself here's how:
6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
2 sc in ea st around (12sc)
1 sc in next st ,2 sc in next st, cont around (18 st)
1 sc in next 2 st and 2 sc in next st, cont around (24 st)
sc in ea st around for 14 rows
crochet opening shut straight across
crochet across top decreasing 1 at ea end
turn and cont dec 1 at ea end until there is 1 st left
this forms the beak
fold over and st into place
glue on eyes
tie a few yarn scraps to each side at top for horns
What a HOOT!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Getting new supplies to work with is always so exciting!
This is recycled sari silk fiber yarn.
I plan to use it to create a cute little owl.
This sweet silvery blue yarn is banana fiber.
It's soft to the touch yet strong.
Love the colors of this sari silk ribbon.
You can find all of these HERE.
Have a lovely day.
Monday, February 24, 2014
So, I decided to go ahead and use those crewel samples this morning rather than hoarding them away.
In my last post I mentioned that they were very dusty, so after I laundered them and they were dry, I cut out my favorite parts and pieces and machine stitched them in a random pattern onto some reclaimed muslin. (2 rectangles of the same size)
I added some machine stitched text,
and some vintage buttons.
After I had all the crewel and embellishments stitched onto the muslin, I then stitched the crewel covered muslin panels to a larger piece of purple linen from my fabric stash. One to the left and the other to the right on the purple linen, creating a front and a back to the folder.( so the panels are side by side on the purple linen)
I made a little flap and added a super sized snap.
Next I cut a piece of quilt batting and another piece of muslin the same size as the purple linen. I sandwiched the batting between the linen and the muslin and layered on a smaller piece of muslin for pockets before stitching them all together.
There it is. A completed folder.
It's just right for holding my reclaimed packing paper that I've been using for my doodles.
Here it is all loaded with paper and snapped shut.
All finished and no hoarding of materials.