Pin Weaving

Boy and I attended Interwoven Expressions over the fall and he got really excited about all the weavings – I am stoked that his admiration for crafts is gaining ground! Anyway, among the things we brought home, he bought me a pin weaving kit and board from Shirley Adams. Because I had TAST and some other projects to finish up, this one kept eyeing me from my desk, whispering how neat it would be to just start one more project, but I fought the urge to get everything else under control first.

pin weaving

Shirley’s kit was perfect (and you can buy them here). Her instructions are quite clear and she includes the necessary fibers, fusible interfacing, and needle (we bought the board separately but the instructions to create your own are inside the pin weaving kit itself and I used my own pins). In fact, there is an article about her pin weaving with fantastic photos that really explain the process! Shirley’s choices of fibers were superbly color-coordinated (Boy chose this set for the teal) and the neatest part is just the different types of fiber. I’ve seen yarn before, obviously, but I never really look at it at the shops because I am not a knitter or crocheter so some of these types were newly delightful. Maybe I am a weaver?

Pin weaving is so amazingly simple! And I will certainly keep it in the back of my mind to replace embroidery when I get older if I end up with arthritis or some other ailment as such – it really didn’t take much effort at all.

I also found pin weaving to be neat because you can work it as I did here, in some colorful abstract way – or, you can kind of create landscapes or other impressions. Shirley has turned much of her work into purse flaps and the like – click here to see what I mean – but also just as art, or even as a pair of shoes! I can see this also working as a bracelet cuff, or as a camera strap, or a fancy table rug…

Well, I’m not yet sure what this piece will end up becoming, but now I will start looking at yarns when I shop! Thanks Shirley! :D

Needlepoint: Rosalie V

I finally finished my first needlepoint project – the letter V designed by Rosalie; I last left off about this project here.

That last post shows that I fused interfacing to the back, so that I could cut out the needlepoint with less anxiety. I also dabbed a small amount of fray-check all along the perimeter just to be sure. Then, I painted the wooden plaque white and glued the two together.

rosalie needlepoint

I had several ideas of how to finish off the needlepoint piece, but almost immediately and somewhat aggressively, I just had to try copper. I purchased a roll of stain glass foil tape. I admit that I had no idea what I was doing, but I think it turned out wonderfully!

I suspect that over time, the glue will degrade and I will need to find teeny tiny nails (which so happens to be the real plan, but I gave up looking fairly easily). It will a good reason to revisit needlepoint – until then I think I will stick to surface embroidery:)

a decade of the Crafties

Ten years ago today, I pushed publish on this blog. You can see that first posting here. Of course, my site has undergone several visual changes, and I didn’t really know the direction my crafts would take, but the main goal still satisfies: simply to record.

An older iteration of this blog

Most people take this time of year to showcase what they’ve been able to accomplish over the last twelve months, but that’s not really my kind of thing. I appreciate it in others – especially when I am a new follower and haven’t seen all the wonderful projects! I simply don’t prioritize the effort to do it myself. I did recently post heaps of photos on my Library page of most everything I’ve ever made, so if you are looking to see a visual collection, let me point you over there.

I want to instead think about how much has changed since ten years ago. This is not a comprehensive list by any account, but I think it is fun to pause a little and see how far I’ve come, how far my world has come, how far humans have come. Ten years ago:

  • I lived in a condo and worked at a bank. Today, I live in a house we bought that year and now work with my husband doing light tech/design work or contract work with outside groups. Between, I’ve worked (in no particular order) as a researcher, archaeologist, bioarchaeologist, adjunct, visiting lecturer, candy store operator, graphic designer, crafter, volunteer, and house manager. Boy’s office outgrew the single tiny room he was renting to a full floor with separated office space and server room.
Our house, before we purchased it
  • I drove a Hyundai Elantra, may her 16 year old soul rest in peace, that barely had a whistle and today I have an all-wheel drive car that nearly drives itself with all the bells and all the whistles. I was still holding onto the LG EnV, while today I carry around a micro-computer iPhone. At the bank, we might have still been using a dot matrix printer, though I do believe by 2009 we had upgraded away from using sorter machines running off of 5.5″ floppy disks. I blogged on a desktop Mac Mini, and now I have a MacBook Pro. I had no TV access (intentionally – we cancelled cable earlier and did not upgrade to the digital public TV) and lived off of Blockbuster movies, RIP. My TVs are bigger/clearer/thinner, my game consoles multiplied, and my movies stream through Netflix. The changes in technology are fascinating.
Young Sasha on boy’s first laptop (she’s ten now, too!)
  • I had just graduated with a Bachelor degree in Sociology (on the anthropology track) with the full compliment of an Associate degree in French, Fine Art, and Anthropology and Minors in Anthropology and Art History, and experience in art galleries, museums, and zoos. Now, I have a Master’s in Anthropology for Bioarchaeology with plenty of extra-curricular experience too numerous to name. My niece hadn’t yet been born – she’ll be 10 as well soon (and my nephew, 21!). I don’t think my brother-in-law was fully in the picture yet either. Boy and I were just planning our elopement – yep, our 10th anniversary is coming up as well (though we’ve been together for 20).
Album I created for my niece before she was born
  • I barely knew anything about crafting. Pretty much every project had surprises like giant wastes of thread that became knotted unbeknownst to me in the back, or skipped stitches, or missing bobbin threads. I’ve come a long, long, long way.
Surprise hole in quilt I made for the birth of my friend’s first baby

There are so many other things I could have listed, and the same holds true for anyone, of course. But how many times do we think back 5, or 10, or 20+ years ago and really take stock in all the changes? What was life like for you ten years ago in 2009?

Happy New Year to you and yours – may it be easier for you to chase the light in 2019!

Kandinsky’s Blue Mountain inspired ink print