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8.29.2016

Clayton 5 Months

This boy is 5 months today. Each day it gets funner to be his mom as I watch him learn and grow. (And grow, and grow!) He started solids this week and now he thinks any type of food that we're eating should be fair game for his little grabby hands. He loves watching the dogs and being outside. He rolls and scoots across the house. He's got 2 teeth. There is constantly drool. He does this move that I like to call the 'skydiver' where he lifts his arms and legs up and balances on his belly. Go ahead and try it - talk about a workout!
We love this boy!
So, I haven't posted for a while, and my blog has never been super focused on our family. The name that I bought 6 years ago for a fun craft blog with a friend has since been transformed to my weaving business pseudonym and the blog has been almost forgotten. Since the start of my blog, our family has moved a number of times, started and ended different jobs and schools and gained 2 fluffy members , plus this bright eyed boy, I would like to see it focus more on our adventures together (with the occasional weaving tutorial here and there... because, ofcourse!)
This boy is 5 months today. Each day it gets funner to be his mom as I watch him learn and grow. (And grow, and grow!) He started solids this week and now he thinks any type of food that we're eating should be fair game for his little grabby hands. He loves watching the dogs and being outside. He rolls and scoots across the house. He's got 2 teeth. There is constantly drool. He does this move that I like to call the 'skydiver' where he lifts his arms and legs up and balances on his belly. Go ahead and try it - talk about a workout!

8.06.2015

Woven Necklace Kit in Joanns

 So much fun! A couple months ago I designed a woven necklace kit for the line Crafternoon by Hazel and Ruby and this week it is in Joann's stores everywhere! I love the concept of Crafternoon because their kits come with everything you need to make a project in an afternoon. They are great if you want to host a craft party or just be creative on your own. All of the projects that are part of this line are great - I'm going to pick up a few others for myself!

One of the great things about this project is that you can make it completely unique by switching up the order of the leather or the beads. The kit comes complete with a loom, warp and weft string, a needle, beads, leather and an instructional video put together by yours truly. One of the great things about this project is that you can make it completely unique by switching up the order of the leather or the beads. Just pop into your nearest Joann's store and pick one up!
This product was based on a tutorial I shared last year. Remember the original woven necklace?? If you want to go one step further you can follow the instructions to add gold leaf as well.
1. Dab some craft glue onto the woven necklace and let it dry for a couple minutes until it is tacky.
2. Carefully lay some gold leaf flakes ontop of the tacky glue. Let dry completely and then spray liberally with hairspray so that it doesn't rub off from wear and tear.


Now go visit my friend Lucy over at Craftberry Bush where she is introducing her kit for Crepe Flowers!

7.20.2015

Weaving How-To: Outlines

Weaving shapes sans color is a great way to keep a design bold and modern. To me, I like to imagine that the tapestry is a blank piece of paper with black sketches drawn right ontop. Although I chose to use a thicker roving for my outlines, a thin material would also look great. Below I hace included 3 different ways that I outlined my shapes. They may be obvious, well-known (and kindof cheating) but I always think the best stitches are the most simple!

Straight Horizontal
Start with a piece of string that is folded in half. The half that is on the bottom goes behind the next warp string. Then, because the two halves have switched places (so that the one on the bottom is now on the top) the half that is now on the bottom goes behind the next warp string. Repeat until the entire row is completed.


On the Diagonal
This is your basic soumac stitch. The string wraps behind two warp strings and in front of one. Then behind the next two and in front of another. This stitch can also be used for a straight horizontal outline, but it isn't as tight and so it can take the extra stretch of rising on a diagonal.

Straight Vertical
Usually when I want to create a vertical line I do it afterwards as an embroidery stitch. For this weave it had dual purposes, to create an outline and to sew my seam together. I wanted mine vertical stitch to be thicker than the horizontal and diagonal stitches, but it can be skinnier if you prefer.

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