Impression Art
Handcrafted Art Weblog

Feb
19

I made this purse for my granddaughter’s birthday next month. Since she will be a cool 13, I decided to try being a little trendy. The purse is made in one piece with a shoulder strap and snap front closure. There is an inside pocket for special small items. I also made a memory wire 4 wraparound bracelet in glass seed beads, which I placed in the small pocket. The bracelet has colors I know she likes..blues, purples, lime green. I used acrylic beads on the front.

I liked the way this one turned out and made myself a smaller 5 x 5 purse in Lily cotton with just a small hand strap. It’s working out very nicely as I can’t stand to carry a real purse. Just give me pockets and my car keys!

teen purse

teen purse

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Feb
16
autumn shades

autumn shades

This scarf made with Lion Brand ‘Incredible’ has a really unique look because it is quarter inch ribbon, not yarn. It is soft, but more a fashion statement than anything. Handwash and air dry, although it won’t need washing often. Easy to work with on large needles, this one is knit and doesn’t work as well crocheted. Again the picture doesn’t give the full effect, but hopefully you get the idea.

Feb
14

My interest developed slowly in creating scarves. Several factors came together including watching ‘What Not To Wear.’ I rarely thought about accessories until then, but I did notice how an average outfit popped with a scarf addition. That thought settled in just as I was rediscovering my joy for knitting and crocheting. An economic crisis meant I had to improvise for Christmas presents and all the family members who lived up north or in the midwest were going to get head and neck wear. I started in August or so last year, right about the time our central AC took a dive for the 3rd time in 5 years. We live in South Florida and we bought two room air-conditioners-window units-to sleeo at night and for the TV room. The bedroom became my crafting studio. I created 10 scarves as presents and then just kept going. The real impetus was a combination of needing to relax, enjoying handcrafting, and seeing how a great scarf can perk up an outfit. So here I am today, a knit and crochet-aholic and loving every minute.

Feb
13
metallic highlights

metallic highlights

This Lion Brand yarn made in Italy is 57% acrylic, 28% mohair, 9% cotton, and 6% polyester metallic. It says machine washable, but I wouldn’t even entertain the thought. This is a definite handwash and air dry. Once again the picture doesn’t truly capture the depth and character of this yarn. It shimmers but in a subtle way. I used the purple mountains color and one ball makes a nice fashion drape around the neck and hanging on each side, no overlapping¬†and not too long. I prefer knitting for this yarn just because of the way it looks. A single or double seed stitch gives the metallic threads great surface area for light reflection. Poetic.

Feb
11

Paton’s Allure is a truly amazing yarn. It is 100% nylon, made in Turkey, handwash and air dry. It is by far the softest yarn I have ever used. The picture in the first post doesn’t do it justice, but you can get the basic idea that it has multiple fibers and a woven fluff throughout. I have some turquoise that I’ll be working with soon. The name of this yarn actually matches its texture and look.

Feb
10
sable mink look scarf

sable mink look scarf

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