Friday, November 29, 2013

I just freaking fell in love.

First of all, I'd like to thank the fine author of N e e d l e p r i n t for posting about this. 

Second of all... oh my freaking goodness.

"Blue Lotus Flower" from Art of Silk

Forgive my nutty summary of the whole shebang (I'm too busy flipping out to be able to manage significant higher cognitive function), so here's the watered down version:

This guy: Christopher Leung  went to China way back when (more like a few years ago, but you get my point) and discovered Su Embroidery (see above example O_O). He's like some super computer guy (I'm sure that's the technical term, coming from a computer family myself), so he started this company where they take hand designed and stitched works of silk embroidery art by super crazy master embroiderers and recreate them perfectly (I mean freaking perfectly) with machines. The point? Making beautiful silk art affordable.

This video does a better job of explaining than I do:


Thursday, November 28, 2013

What could've been...

I've decided to scrap Trumpet.

If you recall, I brought out Trumpet to see how tatting thread would work in needle lace (especially since my eyes suck), this being before my dad brought back a magnifier from Dallas--I used scraps, hence the different colors.

I hate to admit it, but this was one of those that you absolutely dread working on that eventually end up causing a shudder to go down your spine whenever you look at it.

The thicker thread, which was great for visibility ended up making it harder to fill in small places, to get into tight places, etc., etc.... 

So I decided that it was time to lay Trumpet aside.

Speaking of which, I've decided to start a slideshow of all the projects that have either fallen off the map, I've grown to despise, or I've otherwise discontinued working on.

I shall call it: Rest in Pieces (RIP vs. WIP)

First up--This sorry fellow:

I was feeling it, I was really feeling it... and then I wasn't. 
The next thing I knew, it started curving -- but wait, I could try to use it on a Christmas ornament! 
But then it wasn't curving enough. 


But his memory shall live on! 
He's since been scrapped, and his thread reharvested for use in Scrappy.


Monday, November 25, 2013


I'm so sorry to hear that Jan Stawacz recently passed away.
God bless and rest in peace! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Look who's back!

It's been a long time since I've pulled out Scrappy. Though, I'll admit, it's been on my mind for a while. 
Finally, though, this weekend I realized that I had enough scraps left over from other projects to--quite possibly--come up with two or three rounds this time instead of one. 
Funny thing about Scrappy, the fact that I have a "limited supply" of scraps has actually saved me from myself. I've been learning to appreciate the simple things so I don't go nuts and end up having to chop off a botched round.
I'm saving the crazy for the next round.


And look! I finally did something with Lotusness! 

Honest to goodness, I was so relieved this round turned out okay. I've been staring at this thing for what feels like months with nothing to show for it. 

I really want to make a doily out of this one... so now I just have figure out what to do next. >_<


Thursday, November 14, 2013

So maybe not....

Though an infinity scarf it is not... I still think it's pretty neat ^_^

As it turns out, I bought the wrong kind of needles >_< According to the tutorial I found on YouTube, I needed circular needles with this super extremely crazy long cable whereas mine were what I'm assuming are your average standard size.

However, in my defense, they didn't even have the right kind of needles anyway... =/

But still! I'm guestimating that I'm about halfway done with this scarf (I'm just knitting with no predetermined amount of rows =S ) and then it's on to the grey!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Scarves and Evelyn ^_^

Essentially, I'm making my mom and I scarves--however, not just any scarves.
Infinity scarves.
I saw them on a blog a while ago... (sorry, can't remember which one) and since then have seriously wanted to make some.

So, behold! The supplies... 

At first, I thought they were the same kind of yarn... apparently not, but whoopdeedoo. The grey, (Soft) is softer than the red (Soft Yarn) but they're both still pretty nice. There's more red than grey by about oh... forty yards or so, but hopefully it'll be enough.

I'd also like to point out that these are my very first circular needles ever.


I'm almost halfway done!