in the works

i knew that, once i re-whet my appetite for hand-sewing, (with the miniature felt bunnies that i stitched for my niece’s nursery), that i would be doing a lot of it. it has been really enjoyable reconnecting with my stitching roots…i haven’t done much of it since my youth, when i was a member of 4H. it goes faster than the knit animals i have made, and there is no stipulation in the patterns that prevents me from selling the finished products.

as i have gone along these past few weeks, i have been strongly considering opening a separate shop in which to sell my finished felt creatures. i am not looking forward to managing two separate shops, but i can’t really see them coexisting with jewelry in my existing shop. here’s a look at what i have so far:

 

fox girl_1 fox girl_2 group pic_1

 

i have pretty much decided to move forward with the new shop, but it requires a solid time investment that encompasses researching how other sellers of art dolls, miniatures, and softies structure their shops, and fleshing out all the tedious bits, such as pricing, policies section, and about page. plus, i would like to ideally have around ten finished pieces with which to open shop, and i am not sure how long that will take to accomplish.

in the meantime, i will keep on stitching.

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yep, i blew it.

funny how quickly good intentions turn to dust, isn’t it? i can hardly believe that my last post was in february. actually…yes i can, because, well, i’m me.

the good news is, i have been creating, and that, my friends, is a welcome thing. orders have been trickling into my etsy shop, i have been prepping for a spring show (more details coming soon), and i have been hand-stitching some wee bunnies for my big sister to use in my newest niece’s nursery. here’s a finished one:

completed felt bunny_1

squee! i have plans to create some more embellished versions (think embroidery details, fur variations, and possible clothing) in the near future. but for my sister’s vision, they needed to be simple and monochromatic.

in the meantime, i will share the modifications i made to the pattern, found here.

first, i increased the size by about 50%, using my handy dandy printer/copier. i did away with the outer ear portion, as it seemed too large, and i wanted to keep the look simple, anyway. i added a rounded portion at the bottom of the ear, to make it easier to tuck into the slit in the head. i also sketched up a teardrop-shaped tail to replace the pom-pom one that the pattern called for. here’s a pic of those altered bits:

completed felt bunny bits

also, instead of embroidered eyes, i used little glass beads, and did away with the nose stitching. perhaps the biggest modification i made was to substitute felt for velveteen for the body. this was due mostly to convenience and expense. i may make a trip to the garment district in LA to shop for some suitable faux fur/velveteen in the near future. i am very tempted by other patterns in that seller’s shop!

this bevy of bunnies (i am making five) will be adorning a simple mobile for my niece’s nursery. i can’t wait to see the finished product!

thank you for stopping by, and keep your eye out early next week for a post on what i’m creating for my spring show!

gird your loins…it’s almost a new year!

okay. i don’t know how four months have passed without a post. actually, yes i do. the new medium that i was dabbling in proved to be a disappointment. well, not the results themselves, but the durability (or lack thereof) of the finish i had created with a basic clear matte topcoat. i researched and found what i believe could be a viable alternative, but by that point, i had run out of gas. so i took a break.

now, this break didn’t necessarily mean that i wasn’t creating. well, actually, it did, for a while. but i eventually got my creative gears churning again and made some pretty good stuff. but it wasn’t the stuff that i had put so much time and effort into, and had such high hopes for. c’est la vie. it is what it is. perhaps when i stop looking at the pile of chipped baubles that i labored over for hours and hours with an expression of equal parts deflation and indignance, then i shall get the ball rolling with them again.

so, of late, i have been chasing the elusive/illusive creature called ‘organization’, and attempting to make my creative life less of ‘where the h*ll did i put that thing…i JUST had it?!’ and more of ‘i feel like i can conquer the world, because everything i need is EXACTLY where it should be!’ or something along those lines. the dangerous thing about that, is, that since my workspace is also a storage place for some of my other addictions crafts, i have gotten stars in my eyes over the possibilities of making other things besides jewelry. i know…it is a perilous line i’m treading.

to be specific, the craft that is calling to me like a siren is sewing. hand sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, machine sewing…if it is done with a needle, i am jonesing for it. (let’s hope i don’t come across heroin while i’m organizing…) and felt. oh, my goodness. FEEEEELLLLLLTTTTT. i want to make little things with felt and blanket stitch. it is a little scary, to be honest.

please don’t mention to me that i’ve had knitting on the needles for months (for specific people, may i note) that still. isn’t. finished. plus babies to knit for. oh, dear. discipline. it is always what i’m striving towards. i suppose it’s fitting that it’s new year’s resolution time. number one on my list (always) is fostering more discipline in every facet of my life. i will do my utmost, but i expect several face plants and dizzy wandering this year. would you like to come along? i could use some company!

what are you resolving to conquer this year?

what happens to sleeping projects?

like many of my crafty peers, i tend to start new projects when i find i have become disenchanted or bored by the current ones. every so often, i find the gumption to address those neglected projects and determine their ultimate fate.

last night i rifled through my list of ‘hibernating’ knitting projects on Ravelry, which include, but are not limited to: a shawl, a pair of socks, and a pair of fingerless gloves. the verdict?

1. i will re-start the shawl with a new metal circular needle when it arrives. (i CANNOT do plastic needles. i tried, and i hates them! i ordered a replacement on the interwebs last night after attempting to get the shawl rolling again, to no avail.) i thought it was just the Rowan Kidsilk Haze that was pushing me over the edge, but the blame lies most heavily on that most craptacular plastic circular. i feel better already!

2. the one sock i had finished (my first one ever) was not only too small, but the toe was crazy pointy. i have decided to abandon it and start all over, possibly with a new sock yarn, since i no longer love the deep green colorway of the current one. i am also not sure i want to frog the pointy-toed monstrosity to salvage the yarn, since all ends have been woven in for some time now, and i’m not certain i have the wherewithal to dive into a salvage project. perhaps it will become a white elephant gift or a sock puppet. the jury is out on that one.

3. the fingerless mitts are going in the trash. one of them was too short and needed to be fixed, but in the meantime, the correct one got a weird oil stain on it that won’t wash out. go figure. but, i count it as a sign that the mitts were doomed, so they are going into the trash with very little regret. to further my rationale, the pattern was free, the yarn was leftover (not to mention lackluster), and they didn’t fit that great, anyway. i have decided that i will re-knit them with different yarn and smaller needles. it probably wouldn’t hurt for me to take this opportunity to actually start knitting gauge swatches. yes, i’m THAT knitter. i have survived this long without doing it, mainly because i tend to purchase the yarn that the pattern writer used. i know…it’s a risky game that i have played for too long. it’s time for me to grow up my knitting a bit, and i am looking forward to joining the glorious ranks of those who gauge swatch.

i have rearranged my queue to reflect my new priorities, and sneaked in another project, which i rationalize with the fact that it comes in a kit with the yarn, and it is intended as a gift for someone beside myself. unfortunately, i had to order both the kit and a METAL circular needle to go with it, so it will be a bit of a waiting game before i can start it. no worries…it’s not like i don’t have a bunch of other projects to keep me busy, right?!

what do i do when i’m not making jewelry, you ask?

well, there are many things i COULD be doing (many of my endeavors leave my hands dirty or sore or maimed), but lately, i choose to knit. mostly because it is relaxing (for the most part), and there is almost always something wonderful as the end result. right now, i have picked back up my bunny knitting. if you are a Facebook friend, you have tons of adorable knit bunnies peppering your feed when i am actually knitting for any length of time. as to what i SHOULD be doing, there is a great, long list that makes me break into a cold sweat just thinking about. (spring cleaning on steroids, for one.)

before you take a peek at what’s been hopping off my needles, and fall madly in love and go straight-up bunny crazy, let me provide the following disclaimer: these bunnies are NOT for sale. i make them because i like making them, and they are going to be adopted by lucky little ones that i happen to love. not to mention that the pattern copyright forbids the sale of the finished products, which i adhere to out of sheer principle, apart from the legal ramifications. talented people and hard-working small business people deserve to have their work protected.

so, if you really feel you MUST have one, either it’s time for you to learn to knit, dust off your rusty skills, or wait for the genuine article to become available when the very busy pattern writer has a batch finished. be warned, though, they are not cheap, and they sell almost instantaneously. (and for good reason…they are AMAZING!)

now, feel free to squeal with adoration and slip into baby talk while you peruse these little critters.

A dapper, vested boy bunny.

A dapper, vested boy bunny.

bunny love_2

A little bunny romance in the making…

 

gray dutch bunny_4

A cheeky girl bunny.

you can find the patterns here, and keep tabs on the lovely, and very talented pattern writer, julie williams, via her blog. among her other talents are gorgeous photography and gardening. you’re welcome.