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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Teneriffe Lace on: September 24, 2015 06:20:02 AM
For some reason, the more obscure a form of needlework is, the more I want to try it... So, about 9 years ago I stumbled upon teneriffe lace. And I started looking on ebay, ecrater, in every antique shop and thrift store, hobby shops, etc. for the tool needed. The problem was, I couldn't really find any information on it, and didn't know the actual name. Then, just the other day I was on ebay and I found it! Lucky me, it was a buy it now, so... I did. A few short days later it's in my hot little hands and I am attempting to make sense of the directions. But, I thought I'd share my first attempt with you all, in hopes that there is a closet teneriffe maker on here who can give me some tips! (And I chose this forum because the technique is a combination of weaving and knotting to make the designs. Mods, please feel free to move the post as necessary!)

Here the wheels are... still unopened in its original packaging!

It was agony to open the envelope, but I finally made myself do it.

Progress shot.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / mail art! on: March 29, 2015 07:20:53 PM
I spent a lazy Sunday recuperating from the work week by lounging around creating mail art for my step-daughter. I don't draw very often, so this was a challenge. I also learned I need to plan my piece better, but all in all,  I am happy with the results. I also need to make sure that I grab the right marker... one flower has a petal with too heavy of an outline. And for whatever reason, my phone will not let me post the picture in portrait format.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stenciled Sweatshirt for Swap on: October 06, 2013 07:49:35 PM
In the Back to Hogwarts 4 Swap, I really wanted to make my partner something useful. I ended up buying a sweatshirt and using freezer paper stencils to make her a house pride shirt.

I had my daughter try it on so I could make sure the letter placement down the sleeve was ok.

The crest is obviously not a true house crest. It's modified from one I found online.

 The font is called Lumos - a free Harry Potter font I found online. And seriously... no idea why the picture is upside down on here. It's upside right in my picture folder... And I have tried flipping it and it just won't post flipped. Amazing Mod wanna rescue me?

It took three applications of the yellow screen printing paint to get the yellow bright enough against the black. After the first application, I was like, "Uh oh..." It looked as though I had spilled mustard on a shirt and hastily wiped it off. I was seriously worried!

Any tips on working with bright colors on dark sweatshirts? All three of my kids want a house pride sweatshirt now...
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Teeny Tiny Paper Houses... on: August 12, 2013 07:41:49 AM
Craftster means many, many things to me... and a big part of that is craft swaps! I love getting to know people from all over the world, and truly, for me, giving is the best part. I love stalking my partners and coming up with the perfect thing for them.

I made these itty bitty houses for the inchies paper house swap I'm currently participating in. Each house has to be shipped flat, then assembled by the recipient, so you get to see the flat version here... Once they are assembled, pictures should be posted in the swap gallery.

The first house was inspired by another craftster project that 'partner A' had pinned...

Each wall is 1"x1". The stones were painted with water color and a very tiny brush...

I really like the way my shingles turned out... I used a paper punch and shingled just like on a regular roof.

The second house was inspired by this bag/box that 'partner B' had pinned.

The last house was inspired by some butterfly wings that 'partner C' had pinned.

Each house was mailed in a slightly decorated envelope, just for fun.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tatted teardrop earrings on: July 09, 2013 02:09:33 PM
My practice run earrings worked out ok, so I tried out a more ambitious plan. I'm contemplating whether I should suspend something in the middle of the tear drop, or add... something? Your thoughts/ideas?

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I learned a new tatting technique... on: July 09, 2013 03:37:38 AM
I learned a new tatting technique yesterday... how to tat around a ring. I had been crocheting around rings and joining the tatting to it, but actually tatting around the ring opens up new possibilities. My practice pair of earrings are quite simple, and not even something I would wear... But now that I know how to do this, I have an idea in mind for the next pair.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Variegated earrings on: July 04, 2013 08:35:19 AM
I've been on a tatting kick lately. When I ordered a catalog from handyhands, it came with a free sample of tatting thread in color 139 - Fruit Fizz. I had never, ever tatted or crocheted in a variegated thread before. I was always afraid it would look weird or something. But hey... free tatting thread?! So I wound a shuttle and tatted up a quick little medallion. And then another! And I still have thread left over... But I needed my shuttle for another project. At any rate, I ended up loving the effect from the variegated thread so much that I ordered 4 balls in different colors.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Subtle Infusion earrings - my version. (Tatted) on: July 04, 2013 08:13:36 AM
I saw this pair of earrings ages ago, and really, really wanted them... But at $160 dollars, I figured I had better figure something else out! Copying was a bugger... I think the designer needle tats, and I use a shuttle (can't seem to wrap my head around needle tatting for some reason, even though most tatters say it's easier!). My version isn't exactly the same, but I think they came out pretty fair.

I used Lizbeth size 20 tatting thread, and the color was 168 - Latte Foam.

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES / The Itsy Bitsy Spider crawled up {my daughter's throat}... on: July 04, 2013 07:59:08 AM
I made several items for the Dollar Store challenge, but decided to enter this one: A tatted spiderweb necklace.

Dollar store items: sleeve of plastic bugs ($1), eye glass chain, (2/$1), white string ($1), sequin/glitter mix ($1)
Non-dollar store materials: a squirt of black enamel spray paint, glue, 4 jump rings, a liberal dose of spray starch.

The tatted medallion is from a 1948 tatting book, and measures about 2". Tatting with dollar store thread = unfun. It wanted to bunch and frizz. In fact, that is the second medallion, because the first I started knotted weird in a spot and I had to re-do it because I couldn't get the kink out. Then I had to starch the heck out of it because the finished tatting wanted to flop... (If I ever make another like this I will be using actual tatting thread!)

The spider was spray painted so that it was a uniform, shiny black, and sequins glued on. The eyeglass chain was disassembled and put to better use.

Hope you like!

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / I zigged when I should have zagged... on: June 09, 2013 04:45:47 PM

First off, there is only one pic at the moment, as my camera batteries have died. By the time they recharge, it will be too dark to take pictures, so I will add more tomorrow morning!

New pictures added!

Anywho... My entry for this challenge is a chevron scrap quilt. I was inspired by an afghan my Nana made for me, but crochet doesn't quite fit the requirements for the challenge. Lo and behold, a quick internet search yielded dozens of chevron quilts, so mine isn't really all that original, I guess.

The chevrons are made entirely from free fabric samples I collected, so there is a real hodge podge in there. The backing is a vintage bed sheet - I just love how bright and cheery it is! While it was inspired by a ripple afghan, the main shape featured here is actually a triangle. The colorful chevrons are made up of 80 triangles, and there are 100 white triangle to act as 'spacers.' The colorful triangles are made up of strips of fabric that I sewed together, so yes, there was cutting involved. Lots of cutting. By hand. My rotary mat cracked, the ruler was snapped in half, and the cutter went missing in a move, and I hadn't gotten around to replacing them yet.

It measures about 4'x5'.

This was actually quite the endeavor for me, as we are living in our camper while we renovate the house we bought. My work space consisted of a lawn chair and an end table. Note to self: no more quilts until you have a kitchen table, again!

Full view!

Folded so that you can see the backing fabric...

I love the little geisha print in this one!

Another of my favorite triangles.

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