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Felted Taxidermy…

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Design, felting, FO's, Geekery, Holiday, Needle Felting, weaving | No Comments

Well, as we know around these parts….Christmas lasts until at least late February. Luckily, I had a hair appointment with my stylist and friend, Lacey, at Frenchy’s earlier this month. I had Lacey’s Christmas gift done, so I was excited to deliver it to her. She is super into bugs and has a quite impressive collection of them. I was hoping mine could join the fold.

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Loosely based on a New England Silk Moth. Kinda funny since we fiber fiends cringe at the ‘M’ word.

I have been eager to work on more projects that incorporate different fiber arts in one piece. For this one, I used my hand loom to weave the background and then needle felted on top of it. It’s construction is the same as my Iron Giant piece.

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In it’s shadow box frame.

She really liked it, and it looks great in her collection! I am so glad!

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Lacey posted a picture on her Instagram!

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Stocking knitting

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 | At the office, blocking, Design, Holiday, knitting, macgyver, socks | No Comments

While we are on the topic of what I did this Christmas…another good reason to pace myself is actually knitting jobs. They come around every once in awhile, and usually around the holidays.

This year I had a paid knitting job that was interesting and fun. A friend at work wanted a stocking in time for son’s first Christmas. The catch was to try to match it to her and her husbands existing stockings…which were machine knit, flat.

No problem.

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It made good Saturday Morning diner knitting.

I charted out the pattern and adjusted it to knit in the round from the toe up. The only thing that really had me stumped was the cuff, which was ribbed in stockinette. I found out later, thanks to Courtney, that this is something that is achieved in machine knitting with weights. I decided to try and recreate it by slipping stitches in stockinette and blocking it out with straws. It gave it an interesting texture and I liked it more than if I would have stuck with standard 1×1 ribbing.

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Blocking, with straws.

Gift Knitting

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 | blah blah blah, crafts, Design, FO's, Holiday, knitting, start to finish | 2 Comments

I try my best to get things done on time when I am gifting something, but I don’t always make it. Poor Juline gets my gifts late every year, but luckily, she celebrates her birthday pageant style.

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Linen Stitch takes awhile.

I wanted to knit something bad, but had no real ideas in mind. I just grabbed some yarn and started knitting a linen stitch swatch, hoping it would serendipitously figure out what it wanted to be.

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Linen Stitch Pouch.

It did.

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An up close view. I really like these buttons.

I am also a person who has an enormous craft stash. A lot of the time I will think “What could I make to go with this?” and I run to the supplies to see what I can put together. Since I designed jewelry in a former life, I have quite the stash of jewelry supplies just sitting around that are perfect for crafty gifts.

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I also dipped into the jewelry making supplies.

I also sent some amazing soap from a soap maker that sells at our local Farmer’s Market. I hope she likes it!

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Check this out!

The Official Over The Garden Wall Tumblr has been getting a lot of action…and  I’ve been receiving  a lot of messages asking for a my frog pattern. It’s been awesome!

Guess what?! It’s live!!

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In the first 30 minutes it nearly got 400 hits! Squee!

So, if you are looking to make your own froggy Jason Funderburker, or Kitty, or whateveryouwanttonamehim…now you can!!

Click the link below for the pattern! It’s free! Enjoy!

Crochet Frog Pattern

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Get your hooks!

 

 

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Spacegum

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 | Amigurumi, At the office, crochet, Design, Toys | No Comments

While we are on the topic of designing things, I have also spent some time working on a project for my friend Corey Booth. Corey was our summer intern here at work. As part of his internship, he had to pitch a show idea.

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Pitch!

Since he had seen the frogs I had made for my coworkers, he suggested I give Gum a try. Are you kidding? Of course!! So before Corey left to go back home, he gave me some sketches to work from.

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Corey’s sketches and the beginning of a body.

So, I decided to work on Gum during Knit Night with my girlfriends. Slowly but surely, he started to take shape.

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Making sure his stuffing brains don’t fall out.

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Prepping his legs.

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You can’t eat diner food without arms.

I was really pleased with how he turned out. He is all done and now living in his new home in Detroit!

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Ready to go to his new home!

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Maybe it’s time to start…

Monday, November 17th, 2014 | Amigurumi, At the office, crafts, crochet, Design, FO's, Pattern, Toys | No Comments

This is really exciting for me! I am starting to get messages on tumblr from people looking to get their hands on my frogs.

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I never get messages on tumblr!

I think it is time for me to get serious about writing the pattern. I need to look into a few things (like if the cartoon powers that be would be cool with it), but I am planning on doing this soon.

Be patient and keep your eyes peeled, Tumblr friends!

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Working Frogs…

Friday, November 14th, 2014 | Amigurumi, At the office, crochet, Design, FO's | 1 Comment

Ahh, yes. The day job.

Over The Garden Wall finally airing is bittersweet. People have been posting all kinds of love for the show. However, it also means things have wound down and people have gone their separate ways. It’s been the best working experience I’ve ever had. I am truly grateful to have worked with such amazing and talented people.

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My trio of frogs…given as gifts to my coworkers.

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People are starting to ask about the frog. Maybe it’s time I wrote a pattern?

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Adrienne and I threw together crew themed costumes at the last minute. Yay, sewing skills!

On to more adventures! I have two other productions to keep me plenty busy! Maybe working on patterns might be a good lunchtime activity?

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Art piece progress…

So, I have been busy at work on my piece for an upcoming Iron Giant Tribute Show happening Saturday, September 13th at Community in Anaheim, CA…

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Here’s the poster!

Here is a little sneak peek that I had posted to my instagram account. Poor guy was headless for so long. He is happy now that his head is attached!

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I was so glad that he finally had a head.

I hope to have him done this week sometime…it’ll probably happen this weekend. Either way, my deadline is fast approaching and I have to get this piece done and in the right hands!

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Trying something new…with a deadline…

Leave it to me to volunteer to take part in something and then rethink my project until it is nothing like anything I’ve ever tried. On the bright side, it means I’m never bored.

Here’s the thing…I was asked if I wanted to take part in an art show. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, because really, when do I ever say no?

Well, I spent weeks thinking and rethinking what I would do for my project. I thought to myself over and over again “Of course, everyone is going to think I should crochet a doll. That’s easy.” It was the first thing to get crossed off the list. I wasn’t even going to keep it as an option…because I am a pain in the ass like that.

Then there were the discussions with my knitting friends. Maybe some intarsia or something? I could easily chart out something cool… Nope.

Luckily, Courtney is someone who is big on ideas. We went back and forth about what would be good. There were a bunch of suggestions she threw out…and I somehow settled on weaving.

I did my research. I wanted to do something sort of mixed up and using different techniques. Really, folks, I am feeling my way through this. It’s not like I own a lap loom…

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No loom? No problem.

It’s a good thing I am all about the process. I started making a loom with some nails and a picture frame. I got 3/4 done when my husband took over so I could keep my thumbs.

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Getting started.

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I use whatever I like as a tool. I like dinner forks.

So far it is looking pretty good and I just got an email today saying when I need to have my piece turned in…and it’s more time than I thought I had. I dunno…I might actually pull this off.

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Doctor Who stuff!!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | blah blah blah, Design, Geekery, Miscellaneous | No Comments

Hey Doctor Who fans!!!

Are you getting ready for the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary? Are you having a viewing party? Are you headed to your local theater so you can watch the special on the big screen? Do you plan on dressing up?

I am.

What does this have to do with my crafting? Well, I designed these headbands for HerUniverse… and right now you can buy them at your local Hot Topic store (they seem to be out of stock on the website). If you happen to be looking for an accessory to go with your TARDIS or Dalek outfit, you should check them out!!

Seriously, here are my friends wearing them…and I think they look super cute (although my friends are super cute to begin with).

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The Dalek headband!

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And the TARDIS headband!

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