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Little Pots for Air Plants

What I’ve been working on!

I have been enjoying making small pots for plants.  I started making them for succulents, but recently switched to air plants — much easier to take to shows with me.

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Wool Dryer Balls

Here’s a pretty picture of the dryer balls that I make.
You can order them in my ETSY shop or make arrangements to pick them up.

Dryer Balls from repurposed wool

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Yarn Con Slipper Class – April 2nd

YarnCon


Slipper Class

Saturday April 2, 2016 12PM to 1:50PM

We will be cutting up a felted sweater to hand sew  simple slippers   Each participant will use one sweater to make a one-of-a-kind pair of slippers to fit their foot.

Green & Grey Slippers

 

See YarnCon for details and to register.

 

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Day 5 – Necessity is the mother of invention

So creation – invention not sure where today falls!  I originally thought that I would be posting about the arm knitting that I have been doing, but in trying to take some photos of what I have made, I opened up a can of worms–How to take photos of scarves.  Of all the things I make it seems that I struggle most with photos of scarves.

I have a vintage mannequin which I tried to use today, but it wasn’t very successful.

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So after freezing my fingers off taking photos outside and inside I am trying something new.

I decided to try a flat cardboard model of a head and shoulders that I can use to drape a scarf.

It was interesting finding out what dimensions to use.  I used 9″ as the head length and then the rest of the dimensions from this site.

 

So far I think I will like it, need to figure out how to hang it outside when taking pictures.  Not what was planned for today, but hopefully this will solve a long standing problem for me.

recycled cardboard mannequin

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this is the last day of my 5 day challenge to create something every morning.  I’m glad it’s over, the first two days I thoroughly enjoyed the process, by the third day I started to struggle with focus and staying on track.  But the biggest problem (??) is that even though I only intended for this to take up the mornings it really took much more time than that.

But overall I am thrilled to have repaired my car key, designed a new wreath, and worked on a new scarf mannequin, 3 out of 5 is not too bad!  And one unexpected pleasure was the blogging…..

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Day 2: Creative Keys – Not what you think!

Broken Car KeyDay 2 of my creative challenge to myself. For five days I will indulge in a new creative endeavor each morning.

So 6 months ago, I almost lost my car key because it had a crack in the plastic top (where you put the key ring.) It flew off my key chain and sat on the street in front of my car for 2.5 hours. Thankfully a friend helped me find it that night and I resolved to fix my key.

The first time I repaired my key I used a piece of lightly felted Turquoise wool to cover the key. That repair lasted almost six months, but eventually the felt wore a little thin at the top. So I have been carrying my key around without a key ring for several months, just waiting to lose it again!

Day 2 Key Collage

So today’s repair is with leather. I bought an old leather coat a while back and have a small pile of scraps from another project.

  1. Make a pattern: I traced the key on a folded piece of leather, which turned out to be too small. So used that piece to make a larger piece.
  2. Cut out a small opening in the middle of the new cover to slip in the key.
  3. Whip stitch all around the key top including sewing in a split ring.

I did have to sew it twice as the first time I used a running stitch which looked horrible. Whip stitch — much better.

diy leather key chain strap or wristlet

Since I finished that rather quickly I decided to replace the strap for my key ring also.   So after carefully measuring the width of the hardware, I cut a piece of leather twice as wide, folded it in half and machine sewed.  The leather I chose was a little stretched out and was difficult to sew without ripples which you can see in the photos…

DIY Leather Key Fob and Key cover

 

 

Not the most creative of projects but I got a chance to work with leather and learn some new skills —  Not to mention peace of mind!

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Resolutions or Revolution?

pine0001It’s January 29th not New Year’s eve, but after a month of frustration I have a new resolution.

I resolve to make one upcycled object for the next 5 days. I have seen many of you take on projects like this for one month or even a year, but that seems way too big for me!

Why am I doing this? As a working fiber artist there is a delicate balance between making the things I want, versus making the things I might sell. It’s a constant struggle to balance these two desires.   I have so many ideas that I struggle to hold onto until I have time to spend on them. So for the next five days I plan on spending the morning working on something that I have wanted to do for a long time for whatever reason!

Day 1.
A long time ago, my aunt showed me how to make a wreath with pinecones.  So this new wreath design is based on that idea.
Simple, but I like it.

Red Pinecone Wreath

 

If you would like to make one, take a look at my upcoming workshops.

 

Wreath pattern

 

I haven’t written up instructions for my new design yet, but I do have two other designs available as a downloadable PDF.