Quick poll…

•July 29, 2015 • 1 Comment

I’ve got white cross stitch cloth and a package of black Rit dye to make black cloth for the workshop. Should I swing by the shop and pick up a third color? Say…pink? Is that too much?

(Consider also that, so far, only four people have signed up for the workshop.)

Two days until GenCon…

•July 28, 2015 • 2 Comments

And we’re nearly done with the checklist for the workshop.

– 16-ct Aida cloth, white
– Bottle caps
– Metal hole punch
– Jewelry pliers
– 7mm aluminum jump rings
– Metal ball chain, 5 yards (18″ for each workshop necklace)
– Metal ball chain connectors
– Rit fabric dye, two bottles (blue, black)
– Embroidery floss, two variety packs
– Ultimate Crafter’s glue, two bottles
– Popsicle sticks
– Pringles lids
– Sewing needles
– Sewing scissors
– Color print-outs of pattern booklet, twelve
– GenCon badge
– Hotel accommodation (?)

A Star to Steer By Charm Grouping

•July 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Traveling and recovery from traveling has eaten up a lot of my time lately. On a rare day off from this, working, and making moving arrangements, I paid a visit to The Alley on Clark Street and walked out with an army surplus map bag. Rather than decorating the strap or flap opening with badges, I decided to make a keyring-style charm to fix to the D-rings.  (Read more…)

When crafty people travel abroad…

•July 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My second full day in London, three days since I left home, and I may have just googled directions to the nearest hobby craft store.

Don’t judge me.

(It’s six miles away and would involve 1.2 miles of walking. I’ve decided safety eyes, while ideal, may not be worth the lost time for the excursion. Thankfully, I brought embroidery floss.)

Pause for Review

•July 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I opened up a new Word document and three paragraphs spilled out.

I opened another and four more spilled out.

I won’t torture everyone by posting any of them here – suffice it to say, coping with major depressive disorder has some interesting side effects on writers (or, in my case, a writer/crafter/art hag/higher ed groupie).

I’m about to complete my last few sessions with my current therapist and I’ve been contemplating my current situation and state of mind as compared to events in my past and past states of mind. Ultimately what I’ve found is that I dealt with some things much better when I was younger: reinforcing boundaries, personal resolution, action vs caution and analysis. I’ve grown a lot and learned a lot, as people tend to do between the end of adolescence and their early 30’s. However, I also feel like I’ve lost a few things along the way and, at some point, things in my past went from being “shit that happened to me once” to “emotional traumas I tend to re-live each time I have to recall the events for someone new.”

Perhaps it’s a byproduct of those additional experiences. Perhaps it’s a negative consequence of therapy. Regardless, it needs to stop.

So, how to stop it? Creative visualization and creative expression are always viable alternatives. The image of certain traumatic events immobilized at the bottom of a frozen pond is very effective for me. Something buried, unable to rise, underneath a transparent barrier that I can walk on and walk away from any time I like.

As for the creative expression: stay tuned. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing.

Tiny Crocheted Yoda

•June 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Between prepping for the workshop, trip planning, and tidying up in preparation for the August move, I haven’t had a lot of time to just sit down and work on my projects. But, ultimately, I decided to give one of Lucy Collin’s Star Wars amigurumi patterns a try. I’m glad I did! (Read more…)

Shopping list, shopping list…

•June 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The stars aligned for once and, barring a natural disaster, I’m going to be traveling overseas a few weeks before GenCon. Which means I’ve had to step up sorting out my travel plan and supplies for the workshop:

– 16-ct Aida cloth, white
– Bottle caps
– Metal hole punch
– Jewelry pliers
– 7mm aluminum jump rings
– Metal ball chain, 5 yards (18″ for each workshop necklace)
– Metal ball chain connectors
– Rit fabric dye, two bottles (blue, black)
– Embroidery floss, two variety packs
– Ultimate Crafter’s glue, three bottles
– Popsicle sticks
– Pringles lids
– Sewing needles
– Sewing scissors
– Color print-outs of pattern booklet, twelve
– GenCon badge
– Hotel accommodation (?)

A few of these might be tricky…

 
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