I made this little flower key chain yesterday, learning how to make split rings in the process. I’m definitely seeing progress with my tatting skills, though I’m still having issues with tension and ease between rings.
I picked up a picot gauge to help make my tatting look a little tidier. I like it a lot, even though it’s pretty fiddly to try and hold that while trying to make a double stitch. I also picked up some Clover tatting shuttles to try something different from the Aerlit I originally purchased. The Aerlit shuttles have removable bobbins, which is pretty convenient if you want to switch out colors quickly. But I find that they unwind on their own while I’m working so that I constantly have to rewind to get a shorter working thread. The Clover ones have a fixed bobbin, so you have to spin it around occasionally while working to release more thread. I like these much better, I think. The tips are also very pointy and curved, and work really well for loosening stitches to fix mistakes, and pulling thread through picots for joins.
The flower itself ended up with six petals rather than the five called for in the pattern. I didn’t leave enough ease between each petal, and I think maybe my picots were too small, and the thing wouldn’t have lain flat with only five petals. It still turned out fine, but it’s something I’ll have to keep in mind if I want to move onto to bigger, more complex projects. I have my eyes on a couple of fancy doilies in the book pictured above – there’s some really beautiful stuff in there.
Here’s the link to the Youtube tutorial I used to learn how to do the split rings. It was really helpful and concise.
PS. The sweater continues to grow.
Posted in FOs, Tatting, Youtube
Tagged 2014, blog, bobbin, cotton, crafts, crochet, finished project, FO, Gauge, July, keychain, lace, picot, progress, shuttle, Shuttle Tatting, split ring, split ring tatting, Tatting, thread
Crochet friendship bracelets – a free pattern just posted on Pom Pom quarterly’s website. These would make a pretty rad little surprise for a friend, or just for yourself! Also, a great way to flex your rusty crochet muscles (and by “your” I mean “my”). Take a look!
Pom Pom Quarterly Crochet friendship bracelets (photo credit: pompommag.com)
Posted in Crochet
Tagged adorable, blog, crafts, crochet, crochet pattern, cute, easy project, free crochet pattern, free pattern, friendship, friendship bracelet, fun, magazine, not my work, Pom Pom Quarterly, simple, summer
I find making Etsy lists a great way to assuage my need for things. Instead of clicking “Add to Cart,” I can be responsible and save the item for some later, more financially stable date. Often I go on binges of things I’d like to buy, spend a few hours scrolling through search results, and then add all of my favorites to a new list. The other day I was feeling uninspired by the terrifically ugly walls in my apartment – no, seriously, they’re dark red, puke green, and puce, with plenty of peeling and water stains thrown in – and went hunting for some pretty illustrations to liven things up. Since I can’t really afford to buy all the treasures I found, I figured I’d at least post about them here. That way, I get to spend a little more time looking at them, and a few more sets of eyes will have the pleasure, too (and if you have the $$, put it in your cart!). All credit to the artists and their beautiful Etsy shops! Info in the captions, and click the pictures for links.
Northern Dream – A4 giclee print by vladimirsart
Children’s art print poster : Under the sea – kids wall art – kids poster – kids art print by lesmoineauxdeco
French Fox – Open Edition Print by CatherineNolinArt
Leafy Sea Dragon- Large Archival Print of watercolor by amberalexander
The twelve Dancing Princesses (special edition print) by beccastadtlander
Yeti Love Art Print by Rachelignotofsky
(Yes, there is a bit of an animal theme here.)
Posted in Paints
Tagged 2014, art, artists, blog, Etsy, giclee, gouache, illustration, illustrators, not my work, print, shop, watercolor
So I have a Youtube channel where I mostly talk about books and participate in the BookTube community. Today I posted a video where I take inspiration from one of my favorite book characters and turn it into a costume-y makeup look. In this video I talk about Saturday the Marid from the Fairyland Series by Catherynne M. Valente and do my best to capture his stormy, blue, ocean-ness. I had a lot of fun putting the look together, and the process of putting together this new type of video was also a really fun challenge for me.
I also posted a review of this awesome book series earlier this week. Check it out if you’re interested!
Posted in Makeup, Youtube
Tagged art, black, blue, books, booktube, eyeliner, eyeshadow, fairy, Fairyland, fantasy, makeup, makeup artist, model, reading, youtube