Monday, September 21, 2009

I'm on a Roll

I was able to get two projects finished. They are little and I find it easy to do small projects right now. This is Harvest Pumpkin by Mill Hill and I will add a magnet and put it on my fridge.
This is a tatted bracelet I took at Your Design Limited. It was lots of fun and I will make another for my daughter. I have always wanted to learn to tat and now I know how. I am working on and edge to put in my altered journal.
Now if I could just take some time and get some serious work on my Illinois canvas...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fanciful Fob

This did not take me very long to do. I really like the green variegated against the black. Never can have too many scissor fobs or too many scissors!

Monday, September 14, 2009

What I did This Weekend

We took a road trip to see my DH family and I got a lot of stitching time in the car. This is called Harvest Pumpkin and is a Mill Hill bead kit. I will need to find something else to take with me as I am at the beading stage and I don't like to do that in the car.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Don't Look Mom!

I finished Jeweled Joy, a Mill Hill bead kit earlier this week. My little camera doesn't do it justice. The colors are very bright and vibrant. I think I will give it to my mom. It is supposed to work up as a pin, but I'm not sure she would wear it. I think I will add a string and make it an ornament. I can add some points to my stash reduction list, start a new Mill Hill bead project and cross a Christmas gift off my list. Yeah!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Stash and Points

I should be canning pears, but wanted to add something to my blog before my kids took over the computer. I went shopping at Dick Blick's yesterday (it is a big art supply store) and added a few things to my already ample art supplies. I decided I need to keep track of the art supplies I use and give myself points for them too. Which means I will start in the hole with this purchase. But...points will be different in this group. I will give myself 2 points if I use something that normally would be thrown away and one point if I use something I have purchased. I rarely use up art supplies-a little paint goes a long way!-but I will give myself 2 points if I do. If the piece gets mailed away, never to return, I will give myself a bonus of 5 points!

I also think I need to give myself some points for finishing a needlework piece. Maybe that will help with stash removal in my house. 5 points for Mill hill bead kits(small) , 10 points for larger Mill Hill bead kits, 100 points for large projects, with 50 points for medium ones. I have lots of Mill Hill Bead kits in my stash-I have 3 started right now! Also, since I like to bead, I will give myself points for finishing projects here too. (It seems more like needlework since I sting them with a needle and I prefer projects that involve needles.) So, since I took two classes-no negative points since I learned something new to get rid of stash!-and have finished one of them, I will give myself 5 points for it. (The Kumihimo bracelet) I also made the bracelet for my daughter and used beads from my stash-8 points.

I heard an alarm go off so I know I need to get to work. This is probably as clear as mud and will probably be too complicated. Time will tell!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kumihimo Braiding

A couple of weeks ago I took a class at Your Design Limited on kumihimo braiding with beads. My local EGA had already had a program with kumihimo. It was fun, but I wanted more. So when this class was offered, I jumped at the chance. It is known as a round spiral braid.
This is the same braid with three colors. My daughter chose the colors. It was lots of fun. If you are interested in learning how to do this type of braid, I recommend Japanese Braiding:The Art of Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey.