Thursday, July 29, 2010

First bag I've designed (for Aunt Frannie)

OK, if you define "design" as "cut out matching rectangles."

First felting project...

...because what I REALLY need is another craft.  This is needle felted, and the little off spots of read are probably my blood from poking myself.  Is it wrong that I can't wait to do it again?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Prize for committee member...

I am going to give this necklace to one of my 2010 Dinner Committee members today - all you have to do is bring in a new member!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Warped Chevron...

So, while I dig this thing, I am sad it does not hang right. I think the thread/bead size/tension combo led to some warped shaping.  Learning as I go - I am not using silamide anymore, and will add a heavier, drapier row to the bottom next time to pull the collar down and out so maybe it will drape right.

The base row is Chevron and the rest is netting... size 15 gunmetal and size 11 red delicas.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It took an extended edition FOTR viewing to finish Cynthia Rutledge's Antonia's Adornment kit...

But I did it!!!  Want to try?  Well worth the money for the kit.  Like having a master class with Ms. Rutledge herself.  The beads in the kit were of good quality (she includes 2 needles and One G thread, too), and I finished with quite a surplus.  The "lattice weave" technique is very very cool and will be fun to use in a variety of other projects.  I've already started a basic lattice strap on my own.  Her instructions are detailed and personal ("Let's add a picot while we are over here").

I was not sure about doing a kit as it felt like I was somehow being uneconomical, or cheating.  But I really learned a lot doing this bracelet, and as a result I have an excellent bracelet, extra beads and the instructions to use again and again.

The biggest lesson I got was making the little beaded beads that constitute the two buttons at the end.  Cynthia's method was one I have never encountered before and the result is totally darling.  Yes, I said it, totally DARLING.

The next kit I want to do (for my own education, of course, is this one.  Christmas anyone?)