Here Kitty, Kitty

This is Monkey. He is super sweet and very handsome. He lives with his sweet sibling Pippi, and his people Nova and Chris in Austin. We got to stay with them when we visited Austin this month.

To thank them for their generosity, I stitched together a little kitty magnet.

I had to trim some thickness from the felt in order for the magnet (hidden under his patch) to stick to metal well, but I kinda want to make a billion of these now.

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Here Kitty, Kitty

Kat’s Bag

For my mom’s birthday in August, I made her a tote bag. She and my dad love yardsales and flea markets, so I thought she might enjoy something to carry her finds in. Her name is Kathleen – “Kat” for short – AND my parents have chickens, so this linen print was perfect for it!

I used the instructions from Stitch by Stitch and it turned out very nicely. Despite the couple of imperfections, I’m pretty proud of it!

 

 

Kat’s Bag

Inspiring Reminders

Just when I start to feel like the things I’m making are all from someone else’s template or pattern (I am learning, after all), I run across something like Olympia Le-Tan’s collection and am reminded all over again how amazingly unique and clever craft can be.

 

Le-Tan recreates awesome, vintage book covers in felt and embroidery, then makes them into handbags! As a book-sale junky, I recognize many of the beautiful covers and titles. I’m so inspired to retreat to my little world and create. Continue reading “Inspiring Reminders”

Inspiring Reminders

Remnants.

So I discovered the Remnants bin at Joann while waiting for my number to be called to get fabric cut (good grief they have to have numbers they’re so busy). Oh dear. More fabric. It’s awesome because I got a ton of great fabric at 50% off! Including some great velours, tweeds and corduroys for Autumn projects. ‘Cause, you know, who couldn’t always use more fabric!?!? My fabric trunk is officially full. And fulfilling 😉

Remnants.

I can finally show you!!!!!!!!!

First, let me tell you – cross stitching is way more laborious than embroidery, and much less like drawing as well.

I’ve been working on this cross stitch pattern for my cousin and his new bride for…like, six months. Good grief. They eloped in Nashville and got married by a man dressed as Elvis. What better gift than a kitschy TCB cross stitch? That’s the King’s personal motto: Taking Care of Business. With a lightning bolt. Heck yes.

The final, framed piece.

I printed the logo (which I ganked off the interwebs), cut it out, and used a tracing pencil to outline the pattern onto black cross stitch fabric. It was verrrry challenging, but so worth it.

Transferring with the stencil I made.
General shape has been colored in.

I figured out that if I held the hoop above a small light table I could see each hole in the grid of the black fabric. That was a life saver, and also when I really started trucking. Despite having to unstitch an entire letter T at one point, it really did go pretty smoothly, it just took for-e-ver.

Over a light table, the grid is very obvious.
Shiny gold thread for the letters!

Ta da! A black frame with offset white matts gussies it right up.

I can finally show you!!!!!!!!!

Little Resin Treasures

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Experimenting with silicone molds, jewelry findings, polymer clay, and resin.

Clockwise from left:
• “The Studio”…also known as the dining room table.
• Cloth-lined pendant with button, needle and thread, all sealed in resin. I’m disappointed at the streaking in the fabric from the E6000 glue. I think I should have sealed the fabric with Mod Podge.
• Cloth-lined pendant sealed in resin. This fabric darkened a little under the clear resin, but the gold print and domed effect of the resin help brighten it.
• Silicone mold made from a rock, filled with clear resin and a small bit of moss embedded into it. I’m hoping this rock thing is really original…in a good way!
• Silicone mold made from an almond. Half filled with teal resin, then a tiny metal key added and filled the rest of the way with clear resin.
• Another rock mold, this one stuffed full of leaves, moss, petals, and sticks, then filled with clear resin. In theory the back and sides will be a rough, clear texture from the stone while the front is crystal clear…a window into a tiny world.

Fingers crossed! I hope these all turn out like I envision. Either way, lots of things learned this go around. Mostly that it’s easier than you think to make the stuff, harder than you think to make it good.

Little Resin Treasures