Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bamboo scarf

What's this? Why it's a lovely pink scarf made with Bernat's bamboo yarn. And yes, the yarn is made with bamboo. It's super soft and petable, like the other yarns Bernat makes. And you can take it home with you for $15 plus s/h.

Gridded Fabric

I am considering selling gridded fabric, or rather, the gridding part for doing counted cross stitch on. Let me explain for those going "huh?".

When I stitch HAEDs - which stands for Heaven And Earth Designs, I have found I really like having the fabric gridded. It's so helpful to be able to be very accurate. Plus, on something like SK Courage, I was able to jump around to wherever I wanted to go if I got bored with the masses of 817. Lots of people will use something called Magic Guide which comes in 18 count aida or in 25 count lugana. Or they will grid it themselves with some sort of water or air soluble pen or pencil. I, however, do not trust the pen/pencil to wash out. I've seen where there have been lines left and it's not a pretty thing. Plus, after going to all the trouble of a HAED, I would be devastated to not have it wash out. HAEDs are incredibly detailed charts that usually use 50 - 100 different colors and are large works of art. I've heard of people working on full size HAEDs for 2 or more years. So after all that work and toil, if it didn't wash out . . . well it's just not something I want to face. What does that leave?

Other people will grid their fabric, not with pen, but a physical grid. Many people will use sewing thread or floss. Unfortunately, this can split and then not pull out nicely when the stitching is done. Then you need teeny tiny tweezers and it sounds like a pain in the butt. However, there is a solution. There is a DMC product, which is a red nylon line which won't split and is reusable. However, it's a tad expensive. So, what's a cheap alternative?

Fishing line.

Yes, I said fishing line. I take it, thread a needle, and then weave it in/out every 10 stitches for the horizontal lines so it's fully gridded. I only do the horizontal lines as that way it's not so stiff and it's easy to tell where the vertical lines are.

I am not sure how much I will be charging, but it will of course, be determined whether or not I am providing the fabric. But I am thinking $25 or $50 (or possibly more) depending on the size of the fabric to be gridded. That's not too much to ask for an accuratly gridded piece of fabric which won't possibly have lines. And yes, I have found that you can use a hoop/frame/etc, as I retroactively gridded a White Willow Stitching piece called Legend I started in 2008 and had put down.

This is an example of a piece of gridded fabric. I used tangerene fishing line. This specific piece of fabric is not for sale, as it will be used in my upcoming HAED QS rose Fairy (in memory of my granny).

This is a closeup of the gridding.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Who doesn't love teddy bears?! Not many people I know, and as my sister told me "everyone loves the bears!" when I mentioned I wanted to start making them to sell.

They're super cute and so very huggable! I've made many of them over the years and they are washable too. They're crocheted and can be made in various types of yarns and threads. I stuff them with the usual white fluff, which can be found at Wal-Mart or various craft stores. I have made most of them so far in worsted weight crochet yarn, but they can be made in specialty yarns or even size 10 crochet thread. Which I have, indeed, done. I'll make some up when I have a chance and show you how super cute those are! And they're pocket-sized. I did one for a dance teacher at the dance school I worked for at the time, in the color which matched her clogging outfit.

I've been making these for years, actually probably close to about 20 or 22 or so. I made the first one in white with red clothes for my little sister, you can see it in the group photo above.

How can you get one of these darlings? Why it's simple! I can make one to specific colors or you can purchase one of the ones I have readily made. They are $7.50 each or two for $12 for worsted weight yarn, plus shipping. You can specify one of each variety or a pair of the same variety. And they don't have to be the same matching colors. Different yarns can make the bears to be larger or smaller than the standard size with the worsted weight.

I also can make special bears for weddings. Just choose the color yarn for the bear color, the boy will wear black and a bow tie and the girl will be in white with a veil and a little bouquet of flowers. I will be making a pair of these, so pics to come!

And they're perfect for baby shower gift, or just baby gifts, even if there isn't a shower. I've made them before in white with blue boy bears or white with pink girl bears, though anything soft colored would be nice as well. They make a bamboo yarn with is ohmigosh soft, I have made several as baby gifts. Another to go on the to make list, so pics also to come!

I recently made a few bears for sale:

This is a grey bear with red/orange/yellow clothes, he's ready for fall or possibly just loves warm colors! Perfect for snuggling on a cold day. He's made with Red Heart and Caron Simply Soft yarns. Here's a close up of the face:

Here you can see what he looks like from the front:

This is the back view, the boy bears have a cute little tail:

This is with my flash, without the flash shows the color a bit more realistic, but he was a bit in shadow as well.

This is a set of bears made with a different yarn. It is Caron's Country, which is a bit more silky. It's a Merino wool blend, which I hadn't used before. It's 75% Microdenier Acrylic & 25% Merino Wool. It's a bit thinner than worsted weight, so I used a smaller hook so there wouldn't be gaps. When I haven't tried a yarn, I usually crochet a bear to see how it turns out. I think it turned out well.

Here's the front:

And this is the back:

The girls don't have tails, their skirts get in the way. I have made the girl bear pattern before with no skirt and added a tail so that's possible as well.

Here's with the flash on:

I had made a boy bear in the same yellow/spruce combination recently for a baby shower gift. I decided to make another one in case someone might want a pair of bears.

My friend recently tagged me in this picture on facebook. I gave her the bear back when we were in high school, she told me her daughter wants it. lol

Note - the black bear with a turquoise dress and the bears all together in a group photo aren't for sale as they either belong to friends or family and aren't mine to sell, but I can make ones similar to them.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What's this?

Ok so you're probably asking, what's this? Well I don't have a webpage and I don't have the funds to setup a website, so I'm going to do a separate blog about all the different items I make that I can sell. I've been crocheting for 28 or so years, knitting for oh about 21 or 22 years, and doing counted cross stitch since February 8th, 1992. I also sew and do latch hook and create headpieces for dance routines/costumes. I can make those as well. So I will be highlighting the various items I can make and how much they are being sold for. You can always message me and buy the items. Unless it's just a display sort of piece, then probably not. But other than certain exceptions, the piece can probably be recreated or a similar piece can be specially made just for you. Just let me know!