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Friday, July 31, 2020

July Update

I've been making good progress on my snowflake project, but still have quite a bit of work left to do. Here's a photo of the snowflakes together:

I'm hoping to have the patterns ready by the end of this year, though I keep finding new things to test or add, which makes everything take longer. I will continue to update my blog as things progress.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Snowflake Progress and Etsy Sale

I've now worked through 25 of the mini flakes. There's 15 more to go. If all goes well, patterns for these will be available in the fall:

I'm also having an Etsy sale, which will be running through June 1. Everything in the shop is 20% off, no code needed. If you want to check that out, you can get to my shop by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Making Masks

Over the past month, I've been sewing fabric face masks. The kitchen table has been temporarily repurposed as a sewing area:

Prior to this, my sewing experience was limited to home economics class in 7th grade. However, I had accumulated most of the equipment needed (from wanting to try different crafts in the past) and just had to take things out of storage. I did need to buy more fabric, some dedicated fabric scissors, and elastic though.

I decided to follow a video tutorial and pattern by Lorrie Nunemaker because I found it easiest to understand as a beginner. I adjusted the pattern a little (slimmed down ear edges) so I could incorporate elastic instead of fabric ties. These masks have a filter pocket, and you can even incorporate a nose wire if you carefully push it through the upper seam of the filter pocket. Here is a batch of masks I made for myself:

Here are some more masks that I made for family members and others who need them:

Although most of my craft time has been taken up by sewing, I have still been working on my mini flake project in tatting. I've now written and tested 20 of the 40 patterns. More updates on that in the coming months.

Friday, March 27, 2020

More Minis

I hope everyone is doing okay. I have been staying in and working on my mini flakes. I'm tatting them in light blue, so they can be scanned and put on pattern pages without using too much printer ink (if one decides to print the pattern).

These are done in size 80 DMC Special Dentelles thread, color number 3325. It's surprising just how far one small ball of thread goes. I have tatted 12 mini flakes and might have enough for one more before the ball of thread runs out. I still have plenty of this color left (I bought seven balls from an online retailer called Minerva Crafts in early February), and this project will keep me busy for a while. I ended up designing a total of 40 mini flakes, so I have a lot of diagramming and tatting to do!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Mary and Me

Mary Konior's Queen of Hearts on the left, which inspired me to design the Floral Heart on the right:

Both are tatted in size 80 DMC Special dentelles thread. The dusty rose is color #3688 and the red is color #321.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!