#263

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Today I decided that I wanted to try something using crochet, friendship bracelet thread and metal. I was looking through my findings box, looking for a plain ring, when I found a blank chain bracelet, with clasps attached, and that fits my wrist. Another point that drew me to this was that the crochet hook fit through the links easily. I think I made the connection easily because crochet begins with a chain stitch, so why not with chain. I’m sure I’ve seen this technique done on Pinterest at some point, but can’t remember exactly.
I used a treble 1, chain 1 combo in each space for two rows, then flipped it over, and repeated in the other colour. I was thinking this would make a nice lace cuff bracelet, but if I’d made it any longer, I’d have to think about extra clasps or ribbons to keep the ends together.
I’m quite liking the mix of metal and cotton. I suppose I have so many types of craft supplies, it would seem only natural to try and mix them occasionally. That’s how new techniques are created, and craft turns into art.

#262

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So, the other day, my partner bought himself two lanyards, so that he wouldn’t lose his work pass… Again. On the were little mobile phone holding loops, which he didn’t want. I took them off and was wearing one as a ring, which I thought looked rather cool, but it sparked the idea of using it as a finger loop on fingerless gloves. I’ve seen some lovely beaded ones, or ones with wire that are more jewelry than practical, and with winter coming up, and my crochet supplies out, this seemed the most logical.
I am capable at crochet and can follow basic patterns, and Its easier to create shapes without a pattern than it is with knitting. The problem I have now is that I want to make the other side. It should be simple enough to see what I did, but I probably should have written it down, or counted chains as I went, but I was in the moment and forgot. In highschool, I wore a single arm warmer that I had made, leaving the other hand for a cool band bracelet. I don’t think that would work with this, as one of my wrists would get cold, so I had better make another one.
I used crochet cotton for this, as any kind of yarn makes me itchy. It’s rather thick, but I’m not sure what number, as the label was lost years ago. I think I used a 3.5mm hook. I wanted it to work up quickly so I wouldn’t get bored and give up, and it gave it a nice lacy look, I think.

#261

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One of the games I play, on my phone,is called Tiny Tower. It’s a basic game where you stock shops and build levels of a tower so you can make shops to stock them. Since I play a lot of games, it’s nice to have one without violently occasionally. This one in particular has the cutest, pixelated characters. To me, pixelated is another term for cross stitch pattern. It was quick and easy to stitch the character, and there are so many variations on the characters, that you could pick out bits to create a version of people that you know. I love wearing headbands, so I picked a person with a headband. I had to change the colours slightly, as my black embroidery floss keeps breaking with barely any pressure, so I’ll have to buy some more.
I’m clearly not an expert at cross stitch, so I’m not sure if I pulled the thread too tight, or should have used three strands of floss, but the white came through a bit on the shirt, so I’ll have to figure that out for next time.

#260

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It’s a heart.. No really.
Well it started as one. It was only a test, so I wasn’t trying hard to keep the shape. I only used the branch punch and two colours of paper. By only gluing the stem down, it left bits to stick out and looks nicer. It think it looks rather autumny, which is fitting. It will be fun to  find colour combinations that look realistic or maybe make a full size wreath with heaps of layers.

#259

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Gosh, I’ve been busy this week. Busy with losing weight and things I can’t show you guys yet. Well, I did pour some plaster into moulds the other day, but I didn’t think you’d need another picture of the back of drying pieces.
I went shopping today, as you can see. I actually ended up looking more in the sports section than the craft section for once, but that didn’t stop me from picking up a few items to stock in my craft room.
Firstly, I finally found some waxed paper. According to the internets, this is a number one thing to have on hand for everything, but they don’t stock in where I live. I found it in a variety store. When I got home, I promptly (after a nap) tried a using couple of punches on the paper to try and loosen them. I’m not sure if it helped, tightness wasn’t the problem in the first place or it didn’t do anything. It was worth a try, and there are plenty other uses for the paper so the buy wasn’t a waste at all.
Next, in the same shop, I found another silicone mat for resin doming and stamping. This one is just a grid pattern, that will come in handy for backgrounds and impromptu maths.
I found a pack of four cheap canvases which will come in handy for an upcoming gift, if all goes well.
Lastly, I got some cheap, dress up gloves. They only had red, but the colour didn’t matter for what I needed them for. On YouTube, an artist that does a lot of digital work and animation suggested to get a thin glove for your drawing hand, and cut off all but the last two fingers (keeping the wrist part intact.) This creates a half glove that glides across a drawing tablet easier, while leaving your three main drawing fingers free for the pen. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I cut it and sewed the hem down, so it’s all ready to go. I’m not sure it’s very comfortable, but if it works well, I can use nicer gloves for a better fit next time.

#258

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Crazy eyed embroidery owl. Yay!
I decided to stamp on fabric and embroider the outline. I figured it’s easier than looking for a pattern, printing and tracing. I used a water based ink, so hopefully the bright pink won’t show after washing. I’ve never been great at satin stitch, stem stitch or bullion stitch, but ended up using all of them in this piece. I don’t think I did too badly.
The image didn’t stamp properly, allowing for some leniency, but this caused problems when it came to the zig zags on the front of the owl. Looking back, lining the area to fill in with a straight stitch would have been wise. I was unsure of what to do with the eyes and what colour to make them, so they look strange for now. Perhaps a satin stitch in brown or something, as I thought using the same green would make them dull.
There are a few stamps I have that would be nice to try with this technique, but I wanted to try something simple. I think I’ll use calico next time as well, since I used flannel that was a bit soft and having some sturdier fabric might help with stitching. If I knew what if be using it for, I could spray the fabric with hairspray, which makes it really stiff, but wouldn’t be suitable if I use the image for something soft. I suppose it would wash out after, but I suppose that another experiment to add to the list.

#257

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Lately I’ve been trying to relax a bit. I’ve been a bit stressed, so I’ve been doing small projects in front of the TV. I’ve been focussing mainly on cross stitch, as I find it quite fun. Sure, I’ve never had to patience to finish or get past one colour of a kit, but I still like doing small things. I couldn’t find any Aida cloth large enough to fit in any embroidery hoops (not that I’m a fan of those) so I ended up using some friendship bracelet thread and some embroidery canvas stuff. With no plan and no uses, this piece has an undefined future. It may just be a test piece for the pattern, or something to do while bored. I was looking up some patterns today and found a bunch in my picture folder on my computer, so I might print some out and get some Aida cloth. Small pictures would be nice on cards, tags, buttons and bookmarks, that way I can make them as I feel like it, and cut them out and use them later. Also small cross stitch designs on plastic canvas make lovely keychains.

#256

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Since the inspection last week, I’ve been taking it easy and trying not to mess the place up again too soon. So I’ve been playing around with the friendship bracelet kit, plaiting and cross stitching and fiddling as I watch Netflix (so many shows, so little time.)
Today I began another bracelet, trying the wheel with the stripes on it. Using one of my favourite colour combinations of pink, cerulean blue, lime green and purple. I first fell in love with these colours when they happened to be the colours of shampoo bottles, piled together on the side of the bath one day. At a stretch, orange can be added to the mix, but I’m not a fan of orange, so I tend to leave it out unless I need an extra colour, but black probably works better, depending on the look you want.

#255

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Finally another inspection over and it was shopping day.
Before my body decided I needed to go home, I picked up a box of friendship bracelet thread , that came with a kit and strange circles. While I was bored in the evening, I decided to try to see what the discs did, and was pleasantly wowed. By putting 16 threads into slots and basically moving one thread up and one thread down, turning slightly and repeating, you end up with a pattern coming out the other end. This amazed me quite a bit, as I am still unable to see how it’s done. My partner deduced the use of dark magics were involved.
I always liked the look of friendship bracelets, but never had the patience. First time, I didn’t have the patience to learn. Then, when I did, I didn’t have the motivation to continue them for long enough, and would plait most of the bracelets length, let alone make two.
I also picked up a magazine, at the shop, that had some quilling supplies attached, including quilling paper, a slotted tool, and a sizing and shaping board, all of which would have equalled the price of the magazine itself normally. Also the magazine has some lovely ideas, not only cards, which is great for a multicrafter, like me.