Archive for polymer clay
Despite not really enjoying the idea of making the exact same cane twice, I put on my big girl panties this past week and forced myself to sit down and re-create a millefiori cane I had used up: the Rainbow Afghan. And good thing, too, because it was an excellent addition to my demonstration for the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay guild yesterday. Also, Neil’s eye is on the mend.continue reading "Adventures in self-color-changing cane-making"
The shop is open for custom crochet hook orders! Hooray! I decided to try something completely new this time, and offer only one pattern, but offer it in multiple colors. Allow me to present Polka Dots! What can I say? It seemed appropriate somehow… I am excited to be switching gears a little bit this [...]continue reading "Polka Dot Crochet Hooks!"
I have to admit, I thought I’d have a big pile of potential handle designs to show you by now, but I haven’t been nearly as prolific as I’d have liked to be. In fact, all I’ve managed to do is come up with a simple way to make a polka dot cane, rejected that [...]continue reading "Polka dots and chevron stripes"
I’m getting ready to re-open the Handmades Shop for custom orders. Today, that meant sweeping up some of the virtual cobwebs and updating the stock on the shelves. I concentrated mostly on the Crochet Hook section. Remember that handful of hooks I made at the Clayathon back in January? Well, I finally photographed them properly [...]continue reading "Almost time…"
I know that many of you are here because of your interest in the yarny or fabricky things I do, and that sometimes when I talk about my work in polymer, you might not really get what I’m saying. It’s ok. Every craft has its lingo, and sometimes you just need somebody to clarify a [...]continue reading "What do I mean by Millefiori Canes?"
It’s Sunday morning, and I am sitting alone in my hotel room, sipping coffee and waiting for my family to join me in a google hangout that they probably have no idea I’ve invited them to. It sounds more needy and sad than it actually is. The coffee is quite delicious, and if I don’t [...]continue reading "Fun with freebies"
Good morning! I come to you from Congestion Land this snowy NJ morning. We had ugly weather last night, which made us miss our traditional day-after-Christmas celebration with my family, and although I really hated to cancel, it was probably just as well. I managed to pick up a head cold and it’s just been [...]continue reading "Family portrait show-and-tell"
I love it when a customer gives me creative license. As in, “I’d like a set of six crochet hooks, but you can choose the handle patterns, heavy on the Retro look.” It’s fun for me to paw through my several hundred raw millefiori canes and dig out the ones that with coordinate nicely with [...]continue reading "An ode to extrusions"
Remember waaaaaay back in October when I showed you how to make buttons to match your tweed sweaters? Well, I’m back, as promised, to show you what to do if your yarn is of the heathered variety. Many of the steps are the same for the two types, so I will refer you back to [...]continue reading "Yarny Buttons: Heathered"
Somehow I found myself throwing a change of clothes in a bag and flying down the highway at 10pm tonight. I was all set to enjoy a typical Friday night: I’d probably brew a warm beverage, put on a British mystery, and knit a few more inches on my Milady vest. But somehow, somehow, I [...]continue reading "Rhinebeck and Down Cellar"