Yesterday morning, a lady sent me a note, asking me if I had ever written out the pattern for my tatted dragonfly earrings. IÂ searched high and low in the studio to find my sketches and chart. Luckily I finally … More
Topic: Techniques & Stitches
I’ve been looking back over the year and have been putting together a couple of lists of my fave posts from 2009. Here’s a link to the first list: Fave posts 1 I love working on tutorials and designing fun … More
I am weaving a length of fabricÂ to make placemats. I am weaving it on my Saori loom, and am taking a very Saori approach to the placemat weaving. What’s Saori? It’s a soulful, contemplativeÂ approach to weaving that is … More
Knitting socks is one of life’s great pleasures.Â Handmade socks are just luscious, and they….well….. um….Â knock the socks off of any kind of store bought sock. Lately, I have taken to adding a touch of whimsy to my sock … More
The ‘Baseball Stitch’ or ‘V’ stitch is one of the most useful stitches, ever. You can use it to join virtually any kind of fabric: Knitted, crocheted, woven, felted, whatever…. I have received a lot of requests from people, asking … More
Recently, I was given a copy of a wonderful old book: Spool Knitting by Mary McCormack. It is a treasure. It’s 100 years old and has delightful photos. I find it interesting that Mary McCormack consistently calls the spool knitted … More
I am making a cap for a friend. He wants it in synthetic yarn, and it has to be quite thin yarn, so I went mooching through my stash looking for the perfect yarn. I had some discontinued Caron Shadows … More
Of course, I couldn’t stop at just one bracelet… so I made a second one: Because I had a plan…. bangle bracelets look better when there are more than one…. (BTW, the flash does nasty things to the bracelets…. in … More
My husband started it all. He bought me a bag of mystery synthetic cheap and cheerful thread at our favourite second hand store, and then magically made it appear in my studio.Â (He’s such a romantic! He knows that I … More
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In Part 3, the tatting finally began! This is a rather unique approach to tatting…. there are no lacy bits, no loops, picots, chains, just plain Josephine Knots over a simple flat wooden bracelet with upcycled funky thread. (Feel free … More
Once I had all the tatting shuttles full of the mystery thread, I started working on the bracelet: I didn’t tie the thread to the bracelet (by the way, this would work on any bangle bracelet). I just took the … More
My lovely husband, Jim, brought me home a goodie bag of mystery thread from the Sally Ann. Not primo for sewing… so what to do, what to do…. Hmmmm…. good for spinning… yes! Will set some aside to use when … More
The other day, this treasure magically appeared in the studio.Â Woohoo! Obviously my Hunnybunny had paid a visit to our fave 2nd hand store. Mmmmmmmm yum! a bag full of fun…… now what to do with it….Obviously, it’s super cheap … More
There are quite a few stitch dictionaries available. Some hold hundreds of different stitch patterns in them for you to try. These areÂ useful if you’re looking to incorporate an original design or addÂ a unique border or hem to a project. … More