Impression Art
Handcrafted Art Weblog

May
19

I uploaded my pictures finally after settling in from the Denver trip. I went through my camera and deleted some old things…all my scarves, jewelry, and other crafty projects. I came here to upload my pizza picture and it’s gone…joy! Not in the camera and not stored online. I will take a new one and get it here as soon as I can. Thankfully, I do still have the project. 

I have been working on home improvement stuff-laying tile mostly-and trying to earn some money actually working, so I have woefully neglected the blog. I am sorry [again]. By June life will calm down a bit. At least I think it will.

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May
01

Sorry, I was in Denver and my Norton password manager was here in FL. No excuses, I know. I have some new pictures and will get them up soon. I’ve mostly been working on baby things and toys. It’s been different and fun. I made an apple, donut, bran muffin, cupcake, dessert plate, a checkers board, and a pizza. Yummy! Promise I’ll be back soon. Hang in there.

Mar
20
Eel

Eel

Sometimes you just want to have fun. Actually I think I always gravitate to it, but not in the same way most people do. Creating is the real fun for a handcrafter. I sat up this morning, had an idea, and started to work. Created the pattern myself, used yarn scraps and a bit of imagination and poof…an eel.

I just read that 2008 saw a baby boom more than that of 1950. It’s good to keep track of those trends when you are thinking of items to craft, so toys it is.

Mar
14

collage
collage

This is almost everything I’ve created for sale. The goal was to make 20 and put them into shops. I keep changing the number though because I keep thinking up more combinations to try. I have created my database to keep track of what is going where and when, so that’s a step forward. It’s good to get everything in place before the next winter season since so many still think scarves are a winter fashion accessory. I believe it will take awhile for the ribbon scarves to catch on with the general public, but that’s ok.

See anything you like?

Mar
08

Trying lots of new combinations that I never thought of before. Saw a pattern for Moonlight Mohair and Incredible. It looked amazing! Only thing is it was a kit with 8 balls of Moonlight. There is NO way a scarf would take that much yarn unless it covered the entire person. Anyway, having fun whipping up some new creations on size 17 needles with two strands of completely different materials and so far they are all turning out simply fabulous. Now just need some fashion divas to wear them.

Mar
04

I have been experimenting with larger knitting needles and two strands of different yarns. So far, I really think it’s great to mix yarn types. I have come up with several combinations that look terrific and are easy to knit together. I am looking forward to continued experimentation and will have some photos up soon. If anyone has a consignment shop in their area that sells handcrafted items, please let me know. I have a stockpile of scarves and need selling venues. Thanks.

Feb
28
small & cute

small & cute

I was just playing around with some leftover yarn and came up with this. It’s actually just the right size for your ID and debit card–for those times when you are traveling light. I created the wrist strap for easy carrying while your hands are busy shopping or pumping gas. The beads are acrylic because I had those leftover too. It has a one-snap closure and was actually made in one piece. No extra threads to hide. Of course it would be nice for children or teens, but I think I’ll keep this one. Crafted in Woolease, it’s off-white with a golden sparkle thread running throughout. I like it!

Feb
25
different beads

different beads

So I went a little overboard on crocheting bracelets…I wanted to see some different effects. The Lily cotton on the blue one is too thick, but I do like the general look. I had plastic beads leftover from the teen purse, so tried the purple and I like that too. I have small, medium, and large blonde wood beads and they are nice. The Medium wood bead is a great contrast that is very appealing. Gotta keep those creative juices flowing!

Feb
22
black & white ribbon

black & white ribbon

Lion Brand Trellis is very unusual, 100% nylon, made in Turkey, and like the other ribbon yarns it works better knitting than crocheting. This yarn looks like a ladder because it has open space between two side filaments–this scarf in black with white blocks–alternating with solid blocks. It is a bit tricky to work with because you really need to watch what you are picking up to knit. One filament wil not take much pulling, while two filaments together are strong enough for a fashion scarf. It’s really quite beautiful as a finished product and the yarn would make a fabulous evening shawl.

Feb
20
cotton & wood

cotton & wood

These slip-on bracelets are fun to make and look terrific. After I made these with dark wood beads, I also made two with light tan wood beads. All of them look fabulous. You can single crochet size 3 cotton by threading your beads first–12 to 14, depending on wrist size. On the left bracelet, I folded the cotton in half and slip stitched the edges together. That way the beads hang down adding domension to the bracelet. Each bracelet has 4 single crochet stitches and is joined as a round when the length is right for the wrist size. The cotton is stretchy and will slip on easily. More fun!