Sunday, November 22, 2015

My Art Yarn Becomes Scarf With A Zippy Loom

Drum roll please!
This is my very first knitted scarf.
And by knitted, I mean I knit it myself!

It is common knowledge amongst my crafty girlfriends that I have long aspired to become rumplestiltskin.  When word got out that I was signed up to take a spinning class...not the workout actual INTERVENTION was organized.  They gathered at a dinner to let me know that buying a spinning wheel was not a good idea for someone who 
could not knit or crochet.
In fact, my girlfriend's crossed a major line and included my hubby in the discussions.....

So learning how to spin had to happen without me buying an actual spinning wheel for my studio.
Luckily, over a year ago I took a class at the Creativ with an expert.  The class was called:


How could I resist?
This was the wonky but fabulous ball of spun wool I made in class.  I loved it!

Spinning is not easy.  In fact, it is a bit of a workout and I know I will need many more practice hours.  Then life intervened and my studio got packed up and I moved to a new town.  Spinning was placed on the back burner along with learning how to knit or crochet....I just can't seem to make those hooks or needles work.

BUT THEN I SAW THE ZIPPY TOOL!  If kids can can I.

This is the inexpensive loom I learned on.

I got my spun wool out.  It is thick and thin in places because it was my very first time operating a spinning wheel.

One hour later I had this cool and artsy scarf!  
Instead of finishing my ends with wool stitches I felted the ends.

I added a button and promptly wore it out for a walk.

I am in love with my loom.

Three more scarfs are being created with some of my art yarn stash.

Next up, a longer loom!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

When Paper Crafting Becomes Leather Crafting

I do believe I have the prettiest set of luggage tags ever!

My tags are unique because they bring together three unique items:

1.  Second Skin Fish leather.
2.  Soft leather.
3.  A paper crafting die from Sizzix.

Ever since I saw this little ad on the Sizzix website I had an idea that these tags would be brilliant cut from leather.

I contacted Eileen to see if anyone had made a leather tag and was so pleased when she sent the actual die to me!

I used new leather sheets from John Bead in my big shot with no issues whatsoever.  There are quite a few colors to choose from so rather than make one tag I opted to make two.

Fish leather is truly made of fish...and no, it doesn't smell at all.  This sustainable leather is fun to work with because it immediately gives your project a luxury look and feel.  (I have many, many projects featuring fish leather on John Bead's blog.)  

I added some Quick Grip glue around my tag edge and then inserted the fish leather.

Beading the edges comes naturally to me...working as I do for "John Bead."

A little ribbon and an extra mini ribbon embellishment on the pink tag completed my project.

A Safety Message
I have been told that it is best to have a luggage tag that does not show your name and address. For women travelling alone, this is a better option.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Need a Hand?

Does it seem like you don't have enough hands to do all the projects you want?
This fun necklace has been partially finished for months.
I finally had a moment to complete it.

It was easy to make.  I used doll hands and glued on end caps.

This special chain station makes it easy to attach the completed hands with jump rings.
It is like have a third hand to help.

More hands than I know what to do with!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Design Challenge

It is Halloween and I can finally reveal my crazy, day of the dead, mixed media, I went way too far, hot glue gunned pumpkin I submitted to the The Crochet Crowd Pumpkin Design Off. 
What can I say. 
More is more!
You read all about it on the Crochet Crowd's fabulous blog.

Monday, October 05, 2015

The Minting of the 1939-1945 Star

I have just remounted these four medallions.
They were a unique auction purchase several years ago. 
I decided I should finally reframe them now that I am in my new studio.

We originally found this frame with the label saying "Minting of the 1939-1945 Star.
It was so unique.  
Since it was a work in progress, I knew I was not purchasing a family heirloom.  
I was very interested in the metalsmithing that was required to make a star.

I am not sure when I would have had the opportunity to see something like this.
I have since read that the 1939-1945 Star was given out in the countries participating in WWII.

Canadian Veteran Affairs states that the Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
The ribbon consists of three equal stripes: dark blue, red, and light blue (representing the navy, army and air force).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Details Are Extraordinary - Via Vogue

It is a hard thing to be disappointed by the views of the designers but still admire and covet the designs.  I hate that D&G are not on my favoured list but I absolutely love the work that is created by their inhouse embellishment and accessories team.
All pictures via Vogue of the Spring 2016 Runway show.