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Magpie Yarn

illum_the other day I stumbled onto Stacey Budge-Kamison’s work at Urbangypz.com and I was inspired!  My first project on my finished loom was getting irredeemably frogged, so I busted it down and rewarped with colors – fresh from watching Stacey’s work.

Watching art yarn go from scraps of fibers up to a finished piece was so exciting.  But I don’t have a massive fancy fiber stash.  What I have is a moderate stash of really nice acrylics and blends, as well as a lot of Lily cotton, with some miscellaneous fibers in there (wool, cellulose, and silk).  One thing I learned from watching Stacey’s videos was that one doesn’t need super expensive fibers to make exciting yarn.  A great big old duh moment for me! Continue reading “Magpie Yarn”

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#Crochet tool: Random Stripe Generator

I have just found this awesome tool by Caitlin of Biscuitsandjam.com.  She wrote a random stripe generator that will do exactly what it says.  You select the colors you want to work with, and the widths of the stripes, and it spits out a pattern.  Well, technically, a set of random stripes, but it’s a pattern for you to follow 🙂  This has tons of applications, but I like it for blanket purposes.  I first saw this by reading about Kristine In Between’s 18,000 stitch afghan.  She used this generator to make her pattern and ended up with a beautiful throw!

stripes1This is very simple, though it presumes an unlimited supply of yarn in the colors you want.  So if you have a lot of leftovers or are in the mood to splurge on yarn, go for the random!   If your supplies of certain colors are limited, try the weighted one instead.

Just to play with it, I picked some really loud colors and random stripe widths.

 

stripes2And here’s the resulting Easter Egg pattern!  I had to change the row amount to 150, as just plain 50 left me with a teeny tiny pattern that didn’t really use all the colors I selected.  So this pattern is larger than the screenshot above.

 

 

 

 

stripes 3If you don’t like the first one, just hit refresh until something catches your eye!  I won’t be using this one as it’s just far too loud for me.  But if anyone likes it, have at – I left the text patterns in there for ya!

 

 

 

When I finish my current yarn project, I’m going to go back to this and lay the groundwork for a blanket for me and husband.  We need something lighter for the warm months.  Crochet with a thinner yarn may be just the right balance of comforting blanket-weight and openness.

I’ll keep ya posted!

 

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Goodies made live on #Twitch #Creative

Hallo again!  Today saw my first well-attended Twitch stream – some brave souls rolled up to watch me put beads on things!  Which is pretty much it when it comes to me…beads, yarn, glue…that’s all.

But because I’m starting out and I have a less than ideal camera rig, I’m afraid it was difficult to show what I was working on during the stream itself.  So here are some photos of what emerged.  Beadwork is notoriously difficult to capture on camera, with the size, texture, and all.  But I think we got the point.

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I started with some loose charms, quartz crystal and purple themed.  The fun of quartz is that in the “lower” grades that I favor, you get all sorts of fun inclusions (cloudy bits, “bubbles”, and glitches) that make the stones more interesting to look at.  These are the 4 guys on the right.

Each is about an inch long.  They’re too heavy for earrings (although they’d look amazing), so I’m considering using them as stitch markers or totebag charms.  The 4 on the left are purple and silver beads from my stash and Alara Shade’s de-stash.  Those may yet be earrings – not sure! This is a large part of my creative process: just making things and figuring out uses later!

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Next were some quickie pendants I worked up while chatting with people.  The little vial on the right has bone and dried rose petals.  It’s pretty much finished, just a simple pendant on a linen cord.

The guy on the left though…hmmm….I like this shape, and the round beads are a lovely lavender color.  I think I want to put it on headpins, though.  That may make it more stable then the really flexible cord.  It’s a cool look, but needs some strength if I’m going to consider putting it up for sale.  That’s something I have to consider with all my pieces, especially the vials and bottles – people loooooove touching these.  I want to make sure whatever I produce can stand a lot of handling.  Things that are really small and detailed are going to get a lot of “action”.  I’m considering this triangular pendant a good rough draft.  So thank you for hanging out while I worked on it!

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Lastly, I’m going to show you this, my sneak preview of tomorrow’s project for Fiber Friday.  I’ve decided to keep the fiber arts to 1 day a week, so I don’t get stuck in a rut.  This is my slow progress on a prototype for a totebag organizer.

This uses plastic canvas and regular acrylic yarn.  I also have some sparkly embroidery floss to jazz it up with.

When I work out all the kinks and assemble it, I’ll be able to show you what I mean, then better make another to sell.  The first one’s mine though 😉  I tend to keep the first runs of anything new, in case I make mistakes!

And here we are!  Remember to keep an eye on this blog and the stream for continual crafty goodness!

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