Blood Bag Brooch

•August 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

More fun with the shrink plastic! Inspired by horror films I’ve been watching and urban fantasy stories I’ve been writing, I decided to plug some fun (for me) medical terms into the royalty-free clip-art searches and see what came up. Note: multiple versions of “blood transfusion bags” and “syringes” in a variety of sizes are available (that surprises me less than it probably should).
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Experimenting with shrink plastic…

•July 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

While my brain resets itself in time for Gen Con and I accumulate an impressive number of Gothic brooches for my work cardigans, I stumbled onto some fun tutorials for shrink plastic pins and decided to do a couple test runs.

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Tedious things in the lives of crafters: wrong size supplies

•July 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

So, I recently bought some craft cover buttons to make some embroidered brooches — fun idea, but I should have looked more closely at the size.
The 20mm brooch bar pins I also bought are not going to fit the backs of the 19mm button frames I got.


Always confirm your measurements beforehand, kids. As for me, I’m going to need to adjust some designs and get some tie tacks.

Cashmere-Wool Patch Job

•July 11, 2017 • 1 Comment

A while back I mentioned that a few projects were de-railed by a favorite sweater that needed an immediate patch job and, while I was sorting through the Photobucket mess, I realized i never posted the photos.

As you can see, it was pretty bad. I had a ball of worsted Aran wool leftover from another project that blended perfectly with the cashmere, but that was where my luck ended.

Swiss darning was ruled out quickly, but my 4mm crochet hook was useful in stabilizing the frayed stitching around the hole. I considered just crocheting in the round to patch the hole before I realized that, in working with the rib stitches, I had created a square. Oops.

Yeaaaaah. Throwing out that idea, I decided to do a patch — something stable that I could sew on that would move without pulling or unraveling what was left of my sleeve.

Working on the patch took the longest portion of time — an hour or so, single crochet stitches, chain one, turn, until I had a square large enough to fit over the window on the inside of my sleeve.

I opted to use a complementary color for the sewing, to follow what I was doing and make sure the patch was secure. The worsted wool blend is Martha Stewart “flamingo.” It worked pretty well. The stitches on the inside aren’t quite so pretty (or even) — fortunately, no one sees that bit when I’m wearing it. Not even me.

Not bad. Obviously a patch job but not distracting and, most importantly, my favorite cardigan is ready to wear in the colder months still ahead. I’ve been told I might want to give the patch a going-over with a felting needle to take care of some of the loose ends. What do you think?

Et tu, Photobucket?

•July 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Oh boy.

Well, it looks like all of my posts starting at September 9, 2016 and going back to my first post in 2011 are now covered with that ugly “third party hosting” sticker where my photos used to be. So, it seems I’ll be spending the next week or so doing clean up — moving my photos to a new area and editing one entry at a time. If anyone needs to see something from a back entry, let me know in the comments.

This may take a while.

Did anyone else get hit with this frustration?

Cuneiform Paperweight

•July 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Inspired by the recent news about everyone’s least favorite craft outlet. As hard a time as Ms. Moody’s been having mustering up the energy to complete fiber crafts and jewelry projects lately, this burst of inspiration was finished in less than three hours. (Read more…)

Favorite Videos: “Putting on the Ritz,” Taco

•May 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

So my crocheted peplum top is not ready in time for IML weekend thanks to two things:

1) an ill-placed semi-full glass of sangria (that promptly found the four rows of white yarn I’d already crocheted)

2) an unexpected hole in the elbow of my favorite cashmere cardigan — my rib-knit cashmere cardigan — that demands immediate mending.

I’m learning to roll with these smaller hiccups as I grapple with recovering from a recent illness, the white noise of low mood, and larger disappointments on a national and world scale. Therapy helps. Good music helps. And, oddly enough, being a fan of horror movies helps. I watched Beyond Re-Animator last night and that was quickly followed by the best night of sleep I’ve had in months.

Thanks, Dr. West.

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