Like most of the art supplies in my life, I have too much fabric. It currently takes up a plastic bin, and overflows into the storage space. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s like my library, it’s stuck in an awkward place and there is a lot I’m never going to get to.
Which is why my swatch book came into being. It ‘s not much more than clips of material a couple inches wide stapled to a note card. I wrote as much information on the card (front and back) as I could think of. I included the composition (I have a lot of cottons), the weave, the date I entered it, and a short descriptions (for all those large patterned fabrics especially). Some of this information I had to to straight-up guess.
On the back I wrote how much I had of each (broke out the ruler for this one), whether it was pre-washed, where and when I’d gotten it, and then anything else that might be helpful. Some of the cloth came from old bed-sheets (good for muslins!), which had tags that told me everything I needed to know.
All of this I stuck in photo insert pages in a binder.
This project’s influence will, I hope, be two-fold: first, I need to know what is in that bin, without having to remove the contents. Second, it will help me prioritize the collection. This project promises to be tedious and time consuming. If I can’t be bothered to cut a bit off to label, I can happily get rid of it.
Here is a picture of one of the aliens I wrote into my Nanowrimo Camp. I know they are going to come to earth at some point and they are going to want coffee. The colors are anemic, so that have to re-think/ re-draw it at some point.
I spent the weekend at the Stumptown Comics Fest. Both days! I went last year and I had so much fun talking to comics creators and touching the comics they created. I’m a huge fan of comics in paper-space. I like the tactile qualities of screen printed covers, and glossy or laser printed pages. I also attended a bunch of panels and workshops to learn more about comics.
Some of the awesome comics I bought:
There were so many more I wish I could have bought. It’s like having a yearly kick in the pants to do my comics.
The image is mine. I the post just needed a picture. Guess who!
Amongst my stable of crafty things to make are pendants and earrings out of toys. For Christmas, I made a My Little Pony pendant for my roommate’s daughter. (I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but she is actually in their demographic). What I made for her was from an Applejack figurine but it was similar in execution to this one:
You can use basically any small plastic toy, as long as you can poke a hole in it. Be careful that it isn’t too heavy, or it will pull on the wire or your ears.
I found the clownfish toys at the toy store for about $0.50. The My Little Pony was in one of those foil packets which you can’t see what you are getting and cost more like $3 (They’ve moved on to glitter versions of the ponies, and I’m not sure how to prevent those from shedding glitter everywhere).
Here is more of a break-down.
- 2 soft rubber clownfish toys
- 2 lengths 24 gauge wire or slightly thicker (maybe 4.5 – 5 inches each, and that sounds generous, but you want more to work with rather than less)
- 4 blue seed beads (mine are in three different shades)
- 2 jump rings (I wrapped mine around a wooden chopstick — apparently it was not round…)
- 2 ear wire thingies
To keep the lower bead from falling off, make a little spiral in the end of the wire. Load a bead onto the wire.
With a thick needle, poke a hole through the fish where the wire should go. Carefully thread a length of wire with a bead on it through the hole in the fish. <—- this part can be quite frustrating, especially if the wire you are using is soft, as mine was. Be patient, and don’t try to force it.
Once the fish are threaded on their wires, load the other bead on top of the fish. Make a wrapped loop above the bead and trim the excess wire.
Attach the ear wire with the jump ring. Ta-da! Fish ears!
I finished reading the Wheel of Time last night. I was planning to write something about writing complicated narratives, but I need a minute to process it.
So in honor of Valentine’s Day– I found this link for instructions for origami hearts (From Origami-Instructions.com)
I would really like the title of this post to be some sort of euphemism, but it isn’t.
I made tiny pincushions for some people for Christmas, following these instructions. The method is pretty basic, but the variations are infinite. They can be very simple, or elaborate.
All the cloth is felt, they are stuffed with 100% wool roving (antibacterial, people tell me) and all the non-embroidery sewing is blanket stitch. They are built around re-purposed plastic bottle caps (like plastic soda bottle size — but I bet it would work with any smallish plastic bottle cap).
The pincushions are: A hawk in flight on a blue background. I basically made the bottle cap covering out of blue felt and appliqued a hawk in flight silhouette on with darker thread. I put a little embroidery at the shoulders and wingtips to give the illusions of feathers.
The two with embroidered diamond are inspired by temari.
The pincushion in the middle is brown bottle cap covering with ‘cushion’ part made from white. I appliqued the dripping icing as strip on the side. The strawberry was a miniature of this tutorial, though I appliqued the green leaves, and it was too small to stuff or add seeds.
The orange is a persimmon — orange felt with appliqued/ sculpted leaves.
The last is the night sky is blue ‘cushion’ with a black cap covering and stars embroidered in french knots and single stitches. The tree silhouettes are cut as part of the side strip.
Most of these I gave away as presents at Christmas, or I would take and post a better picture.
When I went off to Tampa, about …er… two months ago now, I was in the middle of packing up my stuff to move to Portland Oregon. So I’m blogging from Portland, and it’s HOT. I was promised some rain…
Anyway if we jump back a bit, I have some arty pictures from Florida. Click on the Pic.
Do Not Molest the Alligators Sign
I realized that most of my pictures don’t have people in them. It’s a thing with me, but most off the pictures I take of people are of my family, and I dont’ publish them on the internet. I’m private that way.
In my last post I mentioned twitter, but to be honest, I don’t tweet much. I mostly listen to others.