I received my package from qazicat sometime last week while I was out of town. I finally got my camera working with my computer again, so here are some pictures of the most beautiful bracelet I have ever owned. It's turquoise and blue and green beads, some of my favorite colors, and it's the perfect size for my puny wrist!
picture of the bracelet with the card she also made (how did she know I love japanese paper??)
slightly blurry closeup of the bracelet to show the beads and the colors... it's so gorgeous, I wish this was a better picture. Qazicat, if you have one, post away!
and a collage that demonstrates pretty effectively how difficult it is to photograph a bracelet on your own wrist.
Hope this gives some small indication of how awesome this swap package was... I am in love with this bracelet, I already know who the card is for, and I just want to say thank you so much Qazicat -- you have real talent with making jewelry!!
Pictures!! Ok... first the beautiful scarf. The pictures don't show it off well enough... the yarn is this great brown-based variagated coloration with burgundy, navy, moss, and teal running through it.. it will match everything I wear! It's a perfect color scheme for me, I know I won't ever take it off!
(just noticed how badly my mirror needs a dousing in windex... sorry kids)
Next up, the neckwarmer! I have never owned one of these, but when I put it on, I knew right away that it will be one of my favorite winter items. Check out the rich blue colors, and notice how they match what I'm wearing today... I love it!
(semi goofy pose to keep you guys entertained, since I know you're all jealous of my knitted treasures.)
And one more shot to show off the colors, textures, and detailing... check out the cable, ribbing, and chunky buttons on the neckwarmer... and the shaping on the bottom ends of the scarf. I know you can't see it very well, but the ends expand into kind of a square shape... and if I'm not mistaken (correct me if I am though! lol), this is a clever, clever way to solve that issue of wind sneaking through the ever-present scarf gap and attacking your neck -- the extra wide ends give more chest/throat coverage, and the corner tucks into the scarf layers... it's brilliant!
Thanks so much Sandra!!! You are the best, and I am now the warmest. Someone teach me how to knit. (But not until after I graduate.)
daydreamer13579, so glad you like your journal!! I have such a good time making them, and figuring out how to suit them to people's needs, but I am always nervous to send them off! Here are a couple photos:
This was my first softcover coptic stitch book, so I had to figure out how to make it sturdy enough to be useful and hold up to a lot of use -- the figuring out is always my favorite part. Thanks for the inspiration, daydreamer, enjoy!
The fuzzy knitted kind... I already have an internal one, silly.
I did a personal swap with the wonderful and talented beatnik_chik... she sent me a knitted uterus (very fuzzy, very pink, and sporting shiny beads on the fallopian tubes!), and I sent her this handbound journal:
leather spine, cloth covered boards
an open shot to show off the different papers in the textblock and the leafy endpapers
and a picture of the flatback spine (with rolled leather endbands, oh yeah) and the beaded bookmark I bound into the book.
This is part of the package I sent for the Wes Anderson swap (see the whole gallery here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=48737.0). I would love opinions on my bookbinding, as I am thinking of selling some on Etsy. (They wouldn't be Royal Tenenbaums-themed, just blank journals.. unless there is a big interest? ) For fellow bookbinding know-it-alls and other interested parties, this is a non-adhesive Keith Smith binding with two signatures sewn directly onto the leather spine.
this was taken at the weird angle to show off the decorative spine stitching
inside cover and first page
and an example of the inside pages, which have quotes from the movie on them... I know you can't read this, but it says, "I think we're just going to have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that, Richie."
I received today! In my mailbox was a very cute package from Canada.
Sand dollar necklace (fimo?), Bellafonte bookmark, handmade notepad (graph paper, which I love) with Tenenbaums flag on it, one-inch pins picturing my fave Wes Anderson ladies, and wristlet clutch with cute boat fabric inside.
I received the greatest little kit from Alison yesterday!!
It was all packaged in a perfect container. (How did she know I'm infamous for having my project components spread out all over the house?)
And then once I opened the container, there was so much packed inside, I couldn't fit it all back in!
She sent me a nice note on really cute stationery, an embroidery hoop with my name embroidered on it, instructions and examples of the stitches, a marking pencil and a transfer pencil, a leaf stencil that I love, two different packages of needles, 36! skeins of floss, a skein of pearl cotton in my favorite color (way to go, Alison), two different kinds of fabric to embroider on, AND a denim bag for my first embroidery project.
I am so happy with this kit that I'm jealous of myself! haha
Many thanks to the wondrous Alison, embroideress, packaging major, and mind reader extraordinaire!
cuteness!! I love these monster bags, and the zipper placement on yours is so adorable.
cute kitty too! (my cat has a nubby tail also... unfortunate run-in with a metal chair )
Thank you so much!!! Sorry about your cat, we have no idea what happend to hers, we rescued her with it like that. Do you have any pics of your cat you could post or PM to me?
this is a terrible pic of Minnow, but it's the only one I have that shows her tail... she lives at my parents' house. The tail accident didn't leave her really marred, most people don't even notice that her tail is short (looks shorter here than in real life, for whatever reason), but it's missing probably 6-8 inches. She knocked a metal chair over on herself when she was playing in the basement one day. Poor kitty... the cast the vet put on her was really hard and heavy, and she gave us bruises on our shins while she was healing, heh.
Oh It does not look like wasted time at all! That would be very cool if you could post the picture, I am amazed at how you can create something like that in a weaving. I have just started weaving, and it is so confusing to me! I have looked at books but I am still confused. I can do the basic stuff but that is about it. Are you going to sell your creation or keep it?
I don't think I'll sell it... I am pretty attached to it, hehe. Also, it's far from perfect, and I don't know who'd really pay money for it. I mean sure, it's nice, but for as long as it took me to finish... I don't know if it's worth the price I'd have to charge to make it worth my while to sell it.
I am kind of thinking of turning it into something, like a shoulder bag, but I don't know.. I will probably just put it on my wall, at least for a while.
Apparently I didn't save the picture I actually used, but I have the two components, so here they are....I just zoomed in on the part of the painting I wanted to use, superimposed the tree silhouette over it in Photoshop, printed it out as big as it would fit on the paper, then enlarged it bit by bit onto the loom as I went. When I was getting started, I drew little marks on the warp strings with a sharpie marker to tell me where to insert the branches, but eventually it was taking longer to do that than to just wing it, so I quit.
It was made on a little lap loom, so I just started at the bottom with the black part of the tree picture and worked my way up. I didnt' actually use a graph, to do the enlarging, but it was the same concept.. I simplified things a little for the weaving (substituted colors, smoothed out some of the detail on the branches, etc.), but it still looks relatively like the pictures it was based on, I think:
Weaving diagrams have a tendency to be really confusing! I learned mostly from my teacher, but there were a few stitches I wanted to learn that we didnt' go over in class, and it took me a lot of practice to muddle through those.
You don't HAVE to know fancy stitches though... This weaving was done with plain weave only -- just over this warp, under that one, over, under... forever! The only variation I did was for the tree, I mixed it up (over two, under one, over three, under two, etc.) randomly to give it a different texture than the squares. Time consuming, but not difficult in a way that you couldn't learn how. Just keep trying! And post some picturest! I'd love to see someone else's work!