Sunday, September 24, 2017

Honoring a fellow fiber artist

A week ago, my mother had moved on to her next life. Three days from when we brought her home, she passed on. I spent the next couple of days numb, handling last minute affairs and discovering there really isn't much you can do until you get the death certificate. So I attempted to distract my mind and comfort my kids and family. I tried tatting but couldn't concentrate on it. I moved to crochet and I felt a bit better. Crochet is the first fiber art my mother attempted to teach me. It wasn't until I was much older that I went back to it sporadically. My earliest memory is of her making me slippers to wear at home. After some Pintrest and Youtube browsing I found a pair I felt like making. I think it was more a comfort thing than anything else. The artist was a spanish speaking teacher and her voice reminds me much of the way my mother would try to teach me. My mother stopped crocheting a few years ago and moved on to knitting. I haven't picked up this skill yet.

I was indecisive on whether to add the flower or leave it off. I ended up making up the flower for the second foot. They actually feel good on my feet and are open enough in the spacing, that my feet don't overheat in them. While on Pintrest I found a shawl that drew my eyes. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry by Maryette Roy. I don't normally care for skull patterns, but it called to me so I had to make it. While listening to Creepypasta stories of course.
This pattern is pretty simple to work once you get the rhythm of it. Once I was able to do a few repeats, my mind clicked on where to do the increase for the next skull row and it became much easier to work up. This is only two days of work or about eight hours. I had to stop today to rewind my ball of thread again. This dog is destroying all my craft supplies. He's destroyed about 5 shuttles already. Four were one of kinds/limited edition wood ones. I am less than happy with him right now. Honey thought it was a good idea to put him in my MomCave as a 'time out'. The dog completely trashed the room. There was thread and papers and just about everything you can imagine scattered. Luckily, the resin is stored on top of one of the workbenches so he couldn't reach that. With my youngest daughter's help, we cleaned up the room. The carpet needs some shampooing, because well he's a dog, but other than that, it's workable again.

In the midst of cleaning we found this cabochon that I had made months ago. Now I was debating on what to make with it. I could put an eyepin and make it a pendant real quick and easy. I remembered I saved Diane's Ice drop pendant tutorial a while ago. Using her instructions I worked up a different backing for it. I wanted something that would blend in or match the design on the front so I went with clovers.
I still need to work up the sides and the front. I do like how it looks so far. I want the front to be as visible as possible. I have a few resin pendants and molds to make. Memorial hearts for my neice who took my mother's passing so hard. It calmed her when she heard me tell my daughter they are taking grandma away to become fairy dust. That she's become a fairy and moved on to her next life, and when we move on ourselves, we'll find each other again. Family always finds family again.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


I received some heart breaking news this morning. My mother was diagnosed with cancer. It is in her bones,lungs,and kidneys. I have an appointment  with  a  hospices worker in the morning. Of the five of us I have been charged with sorting everything out. It's going to be an extremely  exhausting next few weeks  that I hope turn into months or even years. The most difficult part of all of this, is trying to explain  to  my kids what's  happening  to Grandma.

I'll lose my tears in my tatting for now.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

It's fairly working...

It's crunch time for the fair entries! I was about halfway done with my "rainbow" entry, then Butters attacked. He completely destroyed my work. I'm having to begin again.
This is my inspiration. It's going to have butterflies in rainbow colors swirl around it until the final butterfly rests on the rose. I had actually a clay lady that I was going to make wings for, and had it sitting on the piece to figure out measurements for the butterflies. I went to work and thought it would be safe when I got home. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Everyone at the house was being evasive when I asked about my project, which let me know the dog got it. I was thinking of just making it all clay but I had already submitted my entry forms and it is listed as tatted (mostly). The first run had different styles of butterflies but because of time restraints, I'm just going to use LaCossette's pattern. It may not be as dramatic as the previous version, but I believe it will still be lovely.

Project 2: After completing the roses, I switched over to the next entry: Karen Cabrera's Rosary. I wasn't sure what color to use. I went in search through my beads to see what I had enough to do this project with. The beads were on the smaller size so I began with size 50 thread.
After the cross and the first part of the "chain" of it, I realized it might be too small when finished. For a child, it may be good but I'm thinking most people would expect it to be adult sized. I was also having doubts about the seed beads being too large for the project. I began again in size 20. It did increase the overall size a small bit however the seed beads seems to fit the overall shape better. Size 10 would probably be best for an adult size rosary, but the beads for the chain would end up being too large for my preferences.

Project 3: It's labeled as bracelet made in the Ankars style of tatting. I finally have something to use the many bracelet findings I've been collecting on.

Project 4: Is Jan's Monster doily. I have some great news on this front! Now, I had lost my project at work a couple of weeks ago. It was found earlier this week!

Project 5: It's not in the needlearts category . I actually have it listed in the "Adult Crafts" section. This is where I wanted to put in some crochet. The was a limit on how many entries you can put in the needlearts section so I got creative here. I'm crocheting a large Pokeball with Evee, Vaporeon, Jolten, and Flareon pokemon in it. The pokeball is going to be in size 10 crochet thread. The pokemon themselves are being made with two strands of embroidery thread. The pattern for the Pokemon themselves is by 53stitches. They are being made in the chibi style of crochet because who doesn't love cute little things.
This photo is from the website, not what I've actually made. She is still in progress. I think I should be able to finish these in two days. I seem to be able crochet faster then I tat.