Archive for October, 2003

* farm cross stitch

Posted on October 31st, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

I started a new cross stitch project a couple of days ago. I’ve been wanting to do an easy one I could work on while watching TV. The other projects I’ve got going are all a little harder (on evenweave, or silk gauze), so this one (Dimensions “Scenic Farm”) is just plain Aida cloth. I think I got it on sale somewhere a year or two ago. It’s working up fast, mainly because a lot of it is in half cross stitch. This is what it’s going to look like, and I’ll post the finished product once I’m done.



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* failed cross stitch

Posted on October 26th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

A failed cross stitch is even worse than the failed scarf since I consider myself a pretty good cross-stitcher. This was from a Drawn Thread freebie, the pumpkin keeper. I used a little bouquet garni bag for it. I got a whole bag of these a while ago for like a dollar or something, and they’re perfect for cross stitch. Except that they’re a pretty high thread count, the thread is thin, and I managed to lose my place so the pattern turned out all lopsided. Also, I should’ve used 1 strand of floss instead of 2. It really turned out bad (those are supposed to be leaves around the pumpkin). I think it will become giftwrap for a hopefully better present for some unsuspecting friend or relative.



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* failed scarf

Posted on October 26th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Knitting.

Yes, I know, how can you screw up a scarf? Well, I managed it. From the Yarn Girls book I posted about earlier, I tried a short scarf that has a hole in it, so you pull one end through the hole and it fits snugly around your neck. I wanted to make if for someone’s birthday, and it only needed 1 ball of yarn and sounded fast. I bought some katia reno plus yarn (color 614, cream with flecks of light blue, green, and pink, and a thin strand of thread running with the yarn) that was on sale at Pins and Needles, a yarn store in downtown Princeton. There was only 1 ball left of it, and when I got home and started knitting it (stockinette stitch, with the recommended 7 mm needles), I realized there was no way it would last for the whole scarf. That’s when I thought to look at how many yards were in the ball. Whoops. So I decided to simply knit it half as wide as the pattern. This worked, but the edges rolled up and made it a funny short snake thing that is only a scarf in the loosest sense of the term. You can pull the end through the hole, but it’s a small hole and I’m unconvinced it would be big enough in the full width version. Then I decided to felt it and do something with the felt. The yarn’s 81% wool, 7% mohair, 7% acrylic, and 5% nylon. Apparently this is not enough natural fiber to make it felt, as 2 cycles in the washing machine have not done a damn thing. I don’t know what to do with it now.



* Drawing site

Posted on October 24th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

How to Draw a Radish is a very cute web site. It’s like an updated Ed Emberly. I loved Ed Emberly books as a kid. Maybe my niece is old enough for one of his books now. I’m going to look for the How to Draw a Radish day calendar. Looks like a good Solstice present for someone (maybe me!).



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* Craft fairs

Posted on October 24th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

Crafts Report magazine has a searchable listing of craft fairs. Oooh.


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* artist blog

Posted on October 21st, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I’ve been reading wish jar journal lately, the blog of Keri Smith, the same person who does the wonderful Aunt Bea’s Diary. She just recently posted a mobile pattern, and she always links to neat places. I might upgrade her to Daily Read if it stays as good.


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* Still More Stationary

Posted on October 21st, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.

Cool mod graphics at Rock Scissor Paper.


Fishcakes Designs also has some fun graphics.


Paper Palace has cute cutout people cards.


Alphabetique has more classic style, but not a full-fledged online store.


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* Windy doll book

Posted on October 21st, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.

I really like the combination of little dolls and cut-paper backgrounds in the illustrations of Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman’s Windy, which I found on Buy Olympia, which has all sorts of great stuff.



* lampshade trim

Posted on October 21st, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.

I want to put some lampshade trim on my curtains or something, like on this bag from susanstars.



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* Vintage Cross Stitch Site

Posted on October 20th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I like the vintage style of the cross stitch patterns at ABC Cross Stitch, especially the holiday ones. They’ve even got a few freebies. Kristen Edwards’ free cross stitch website mailing list is awesome.


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