Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Modge Podge of crafting

 Playing with resin again. UV resin that is. My sister-in-law asked for a Pokemon Go Incubator keychain. She sent me a photo of something similar for inspiration, and she seemed to enjoy my interpretation of it. Being in mood to keep crafting I made an 3D egg as well.
 Jumping ahead on the Pokemon theme, I found a crochet tutorial to make a Pokeball granny square. The artist made it into a blanket. Her pattern is the one on the left, I added a black border to the one on the right. I did this for two reasons, first it helps keep the ball from being stretched out. Two, it also makes the ball stand out a bit better. I currently have 6 blocks done in worsted weight 4 yarn. I did go with super soft yarn just in case I decide to keep it for myself.
I was taking my walk and came across a few rose bushes. I feel in love with this rose bud. I don't know what it was about it, but I stayed there a good five minutes just staring at it. I finally just took a picture so I wouldn't seem so much like a creeper and continued on my walk.

While at Target, I found this cute mini backpack in the stationary section. It's listed as a pencil pouch but I've never used pencils that small. It holds more than I expected. I actually have a yarn bobbin with 2 size 50 thread balls wound on it, 4 shuttles, my micro-hook (Clover thread pic), and a half finished project. Oh and I can also tuck 3 cards into it. It also has a clasp to the top of the back so I can just clip it where it need to. Pretty good purchase for $4.

Back to the crochet theme, I ran across this project on Pintrest. I must be on a granny square kick.
 Following multiple leads/links, I was finally directed to the website in Russian that stated it had no written instructions. Again, the comments gave some wonderful examples of what others made. Most  important to me, was the video links of how the granny squares were made. Now you're supposed to have five colors but I didn't want to hassel with so many ends to hide, so I whittled it down to three colors.

I thought the flower faded too badly so I changed the center of it to the red. I was thinking of adding a final color of black to make it pop more, but I didn't have it on hand. I am working with crochet size 10 thread. I did order it the colors online to pick up at my local Walmart however, the black is still in transit. While there I went to just look in their yarn isle because sometimes you can find what you are seeking in odd areas. No black in size 10 but I did find this Boyle hook collection for $15!

  I carried it around for a while trying to decide if I really needed it. I ended up buying for the size 13 &14 hooks. I can purchase this separately online but will probably end up paying the same as this entire kit. I can never find those two sizes in any of my local crafting stores. I really didn't need those other hooks but at least this way I have some in a pouch instead of in random containers everywhere.

 This cute little leaf is a WIP for a new Ribbon Tatting Flower idea that's been rolling around my head. I picked up some rick-a-rack silver ribbon. I tatted around the edge and got this lovely shape. The ugly to it is that the loops from the braid warped out badly as I was tatting to it. I think I can just make a pearl chain for the center then I should have a more stable leaf in the end. Either way it has a very nice classy clean look to it. I have about two dozen leaves to make first before I'm ready to move on the actual flower design. The idea was to have a new flower for Mother's Day, but realistically, that's too short a time frame creative wise. And finally we have my favorite crafty project completed:
The tatting pattern itself is by Roger Freeman. I had ordered a saucer mold online but didn't check the dimension of the finish piece. It came out larger than what I originally wanted. After making a few of the little dishes with random whatevers included, I thought why not add some tatting. I started with size 30 thread but it was just a little too big. I moved down to a size 50 and it fit perfectly. The tatting I did not wash or seal before pouring the resin onto it. If you look closely you may see some discoloration from my dirty fingers tatting and manhandling the piece. Previous experiences working with light colored threads into resin was that it needed to be sealed, usually with Modge Podge, before actually casting. I was surprised to see it didn't go transparent. I did leave the resin sitting for ten minutes before pouring and I believe that's what assisted. It was already starting the chemical reaction to hardening but not in the gummy stage yet so I was able to pour it. There was some manipulation needed to coax the resin to go all the way down to the edges of the saucer. After popping it out of the mold there was only some light sanding to even out the bottom of the saucer and to remove a small bit of over-pour on the rim. The gorgeous model in the photo was created by Middy Clark over on The Knotted Vine.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Because I was bored

Honey and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby. His involvement was more to entertain me so he can be left in peace while he plays his video games. I went with the purpose of getting a felting mat. I did pick up a little one that included a pair of needles as well.
Going through their clearance section I found a package of felt for a quarter. I picked it up as well to practice felting with before I begin my Daiso project. I went in search of something to make and decided on a Pokemon: Gengar! This has no pattern or tutorial to teach me. I just picked an random image off the internet and watched a few basic felting tutorials on Youtube.

Omg, this craft is not for the impatient. Making the body went at a smooth pace. Making the ears, hands and legs, was a test of my patience. Just forming the hair took an hour! The smaller the details, the longer it takes. One thing I discovered is that as I began, I thought I had compressed it correctly. As I continued to work, I found that I needed to tighten the fibers more. The 7 needle tool was a life saver on my hands. I did use the single needle to touch up the piece, but the tool made it faster to add and do an overall shaping. In hindsight maybe I should have recorded the process for others to use as a tutorial. I need some red and white felt to finish the face, but I'm proud of what I created from scratch as my first run.

Exploring the store I found some metallic thread in the quilting section. There was also some thin bakers twine. With a reloaded spool included, I picked them up. 

The twine crocheted up real nice but I didn't care for the way it tatted up. It reminds me of the Twirlz thread from Lizabeth. Speaking of, I found 1 ball of the Blue Ice, I had to get it even of it is in size 20. 
I have a lot of neglected tatting balls of size 20. Maybe I'll crochet with it, I do need to make some Pokemon in that color scheme for my "Trainer".

Thursday, March 15, 2018

They finally sing again, these shuttles

Today was a light tatting day. There have been a lot of days that I felt like tatting but can't seem to pick up my shuttles. Later this evening I was finally able to.
This pattern is by Robbin Perfetti from Tatting by the bay. I don't know what it is about the pattern but I just started and my shuttles kept dancing. I took a break after doing that first turn and moved onto something else.

I must tat tighter than the normal masses, because my little squares for the Brussels Movement are turning out smaller than expected. With the deadline extended until the end if the month, I hope to finish a dozen of them to send. They tat up really fast, so it's just a matter of staying focused.

Here we have the current progress on the El Dorado.
The instructions are confusing as far as to where to join so I'm going based off the photo. I've also omitted what may or may not be a ring in the corner. It's difficult to make out in the photo. I seem to be running into an issue on where to join. I've cut off the strips so much that the joining picots are starting to show serious wear on them. I think I will work on the motifs that make up each arm section first then go back to the center of the piece.
 I ordered this set of 6 on  Ebay and they took about 5 weeks to get here. When I first opened the package, I thought I got scammed. I couldn't make out the shuttles against the background packaging! Taking the photos with the flash on shows them up better. I love that little kitty sticker. They feel exactly as my SewMates just with a very light tint to them. I like them, and I'm keeping one set for my collection. I should have done the same with the other Daiso shuttles, so I ordered another set to keep in the original packaging. I've moved into that type of tatter, one who has shuttles for just their aesthetic properties. Well, I suppose I should get a shadowbox ready and add the 3D printer shuttle into that case.

After casting some cabochons I wanted to try and get this rectangle shape into an Ice Drop. The pattern is on the Facebook Group's files section. This pattern is by Nicola Bowersox, The Posy Ice Drop. To keep that cabochon in, I had to add rings and a final chaining around the top edge. I think I'm going to be doing these for a bit.

I was working on a Tatting tea set. The plate is by Roger Freeman, and I plan on making his cup and spoon as well. I made this set last year, and realized the plate was different. I like the look of it better. I can't recall who the designer is, but I have it in my files, so I just need to do some research.
Tatting this in size 50 makes it the perfect size for that plate resin mold I have. I do have to wait to go pick up more gloves to work with the resin. For now, I'm making a bit of small items I can embed into the molds I have. I did receive the UV resin I ordered today, however, this is for my daughter to use for her creativity. Plus, it would take a crazy amount of that UV resin to make this plate. Not to mention that it is so thick that getting bubbles out would be a nightmare.