Hey, look! It’s a post! [crafting update]

January 13th, 2011 3 Comments

I know it’s been awhile since the last time I posted. I have been uninspired to craft, to post, to take pics, etc. Plus the holidays came around and I was frantically trying to finish last minute gifts, plan the holidays and deal with everyday normal things. My hubby has been out of state looking for work, so there are all kinds of new challenges and responsibilities I have taken on.
So, I am going to do a little catching up here. This will be a hodgepodge of my crafts done since the last time I posted (WOW! Way back in October! What a terrible blogger I have been!).

I have been working on learning to tatt. Mostly jewelry. I need to work on consistency and learning to read patterns. I am pretty pleased with how things are progressing though!
First I have a tatted pearl necklace.

Pattern by TotusMel. I also made the necklace display! It’s covered in a faux leather.

I also found a cute patternfor some tatted earrings.

These are just a little wonky because I was still testing out the pattern. I did make a couple nicer pairs, but I gave them away as gifts before I took pictures.

These are the ornaments I made this year. I have a tradition going where every year I make a different kind of ornament and give them to family. Since I learned to tatt this year, I figured these were appropriate!

The one on the left is closer to the original pattern while the one on the right is modified to make it easier for me to needle tatt using SCMR. I’ve asked people which they prefer, and the results are about 50/50.

And lastly, I made two pairs of earrings using Kirsti’s Stumpy bookmark pattern.

Tie Dye:
I’ve recently been bitten by the tie-dye bug! I started with some onesies that I won in a giveaway. A friend of mine just had a daughter and I thought it would be a nice gift.

I started with pinks and purples then thought it would be cute to do yellow/orange/green.

I was pretty darn pleased with them! I went back later and ironed on some cute patches, but forgot to take pics before I gave them away. The purple ones are scrunched and the yellow one was swirled. Those went over so well, I decided to do some more! I asked the kids to find some plain white t-shirts.

Top left is the first t-shirt I did. It faded a lot on the first wash. It still looks neat, but I wanted really vibrant colors. Next I did daughter’s and another for my son (top right). Son’s faded again, but daughter’s looks pretty darn good. What did I do different between the two? Nothing. I have no idea why the colors faded on one and not the other. I even threw them in the dryer before washing (but after rinsing) thinking that the dye (RIT Dye) needed heat to set. It didn’t help.
But, I was right. RIT dye does need heat. Normally you would use really hot water, but I was using cold water. I found that if you microwave the fabric (post-dye but pre-rinse) the colors are much more vibrant!

These are shirts I tie-dyed for my cousins and brother-in-law. I was so happy to find 3 men’s shirts just sitting in my craft room! I had forgotten I bought them! They don’t fit hubby, but are the perfect size for the cousins! Do you see how much more vibrant/saturated the colors are? I microwaved the shirts for 1 minute inside a ziplock bag. The color scheme was requested to be dark.

Then I found this tutorialfor making Mandalas with tie dye! I love mandalas, and I love tie dye, so of course I had to try this out!

I was going for a rainbow effect, but only had the 3 primary colors on me. I’m not sure RIT dye mixes as well as procion dyes, though. My corners are not as crisp as they could be, but I don’t mind practicing these! It was suggested to me that I make a quilt out of these, and I love that idea! I need 23 more mandalas to make a twin size quilt. Do you think it’s gender neutral enough that my son would like one, too?

I haven’t dome much sewing lately. I did make some heat packs as gifts for Christmas, but of course forgot to take pics of them before I gave them away. I do plan on making more of them, so I will try to get pics when I make those.
I did buy myself a pattern from ebay for a new purse. I’ve been carrying around the same purse for a year and a half. It was made by MelMakesPretty and I love it to pieces, but i figured after a year and a half I needed a change.

I love it! there are 4 pockets on the outside and a TON of pockets on the inside! You get to decide how many pockets you want inside and I kind of went pocket crazy!

I was too impatient to try it out, so there’s already some of my junk in there.
I also tie-dyed the outside fabric. It seems that I didn’t microwave it long enough because the colors washed out quite a bit, but I still love it.

I think that’s about it for my massive post of projects from the last month! If you made it this far, thanks for reading! 🙂

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>I love your new bag. And all the pockets. It looks like a great style and big enough to fit everything in it. Your tatting is amazing. Is it something that is fairly quick to do or does it take a while to complete each project?
I was happy to see your post and catch up on what crafty things you've been up to. I lost all mojo and don't feel like blogging at the moment or doing much craft but anyhoo,
Love your work,


>Thanks Mel!! It's a little bigger than what I am used to, but it still makes me smile.
Tatting can be fairly quick. The ornaments I made probably took me 2+ hours, but the earrings were much less. Maybe 30 mins. I am a slow tatter though, having just started. I do needle tatt, which is faster than shuttle tatting for me.
I know how you feel about the loss of mojo. That's pretty much how I have felt for a few months now. Even the holiday crafting felt like a drag. I was only doing it because i felt like I HAD to, ya know?
I hope you get your mojo back soon! I love seeing the things you create 🙂

Thanks for this post, it is great 🙂