Archive for April, 2005

* fused glass

Posted on April 14th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

Crafting’s been replaced this week with some end-of-semester teaching duties. I’ve got some stuff in the works once I’ve triaged it all. And then summer! Anyway, here’s some great fused glass folks to tide you over, the first two of whom I first saw on Crafters Coast to Coast.

Leah Bohannon was on just recently, and I love her color sense and simple geometrics. Like look how pretty this ashtray is.


Ann Hammer Glass, lovely dishes. This is the bowl she made on the show. The design is made by bending thin pieces of brown glass in a candle flame and fusing them to a base piece. Then it slumps into a mold. Oh, I want a kiln.


Everybody’s already seen Happy Owl Glassworks, but I can’t leave her out because I love her work so much. Her animals are so neat, and always changing. This otter’s at Plain Mabel.


And happy second birthday to craftlog. Maybe I could buy a pin as a present to it. Heh heh.


* chicken

Posted on April 9th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

Sometimes I feel like doing a completely mindless craft, which for me is cross stitch. Cross stitch chicken pattern is from I-don’t-remember-where. It took 3 nights of trashy reality TV + Lost to make, with occasional breaks for crocheting the edging for a second curtain. Now, let me think, who has a chicken-themed blog and is owed a favor…



* yet more links

Posted on April 5th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

Linkdump of all my shop/artist/designer faves. Enjoy.


* Blythe lined dress

Posted on April 3rd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

I made this dress with Puchimadam‘s new lined A-line dress pattern. I really like her method of doing the hemming. Instead of folding under all the leetle hems, you sew a lining. When you turn everything right side out, all the hems are magically perfect. It’s soooo much easier. My ironing could still use a bit of work, though (you can see the lining peeking out). All the material is from a conveniently lined skirt that was in my scrap pile. I like the kind of 70s paisley on Blythe.



* kitchen curtain

Posted on April 2nd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crochet, Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I made a valence for my kitchen window. It’s a panel of white muslin with a crochet trim. I swatched 4 different trims from Cozy Crochet, and this one ultimately won because it worked up fastest. It also looks like 4 feet of little faces smiling at me.

Here’s how I made it. There’s probably a smarter way, but oh well. I mainly did it this way because nothing I do ever ends up straight and I needed flexibility to fix things throughout the construction.

  1. The fabric should be a quarter yard long by however wide your window is. Wider if you want it to ruffle. Crochet (or buy) trim the same width as the fabric.
  2. Fold the panel in half long-ways, and iron the crease. Starting about an inch in from the short side’s raw edge, and about two inches from the crease, sew a straight line to form the sleeve for the curtain rod. I used a contrasting color of stitching so it wouldn’t look quite so plain.
  3. Now fold both of the flaps down along the seam to meet at the bottom. Iron again. Check that the bottom edge is parallel to the top. Mine wasn’t, so I had to cut off a slice to even things up.
  4. Using a half-inch seam allowance, sew straight along the bottom, again starting and ending about an inch from the raw edge.
  5. Turn the curtain right side out and iron. I topstitched about a half inch from the bottom just for decorative purposes.
  6. If the sides aren’t straight (which, again, mine weren’t) cut them so everything squares up. Now fold in the raw edges on the sides and iron down.
  7. Sew the front and back flap together, catching the folded edges. Don’t sew the sleeve shut!
  8. Hand sew the crochet trim into the very bottom seam using a dull needle. The crochet is stretchy, so watch that you’re using appropriate tension.



Wow, bad lighting today. :/


* Marthadex update

Posted on April 2nd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Martha.

Another update to the Marthadex (related previous posts). Amy from Angry Chicken and Kingpod was brave enough to let me borrow some of the issues I don’t own. All the Martha Stewart Baby issues are now done because of her. Why oh why did they stop putting that one out?

Anyway, she’s going to send me some more, plus I still have to finish the rest of the Kids and Weddings sets that I have, and I’ve fallen behind on the new ones. The downside to borrowing issues from people is that I’ve developed delusions of actually finishing the Marthadex. Getting Every Issue. We’ll see. Oh, and Good Husband fixed the formatting problem on the Advanced Search page.

Also, I added a link to monthly archives just in case people like it better than the category archives. It’s full text, which is kind of nice.


* Japanese craft book proposition…

Posted on April 1st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

Link for anybody with Japanese craft books you’re willing to share: there’s a scan-n-trade brewing over at craftgrrl.

Oh, and I updated my links page again. Whew, it’s hard work keeping up with everybody. New links are in bold, maybe a couple dozen of them. Other ones got moved around, and I was feeling reckless and deleted a bunch too.



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