I havent been crafting as much as Id like to lately, but ive been doing some much needed things around the house so i forgive myself. I have been playing with some ideas though and learning more embroidery. This is my sample so far (candidate for worst photo on thecrafties thus far):


The first few stitches can be seen in detail here. So far I have learned something like 24 techniques. Here are the latest ones, so you can see them better:



Huh, maybe i shoulda pulled out the iron for that. But anywho. I also worked a bit more on this thread art experiment thingamabob. I decided it should go vertical. Im still pondering on how to fill in the empty space up top, as you can see.


And I made this bookcover a while ago, but I hadnt posted about it. I made a fabric flower for the detail by somewhat following a How-Tuesday post at Etsy. I havent decided yet if I will stitch the leaves up at all, and this is the first cover I made with a fabric glue on the page marker. I like the way it turned out but Im not sure if the marker is too stiff now. The book I am currently reading isnt the right size to give it a go so the jury is out on that at the moment.


thread art experiment

I get a lot of inspiration from crafters who use natural fabrics with delicate things like doilies, tatting, and lace. The look is very simple and clean but still elegant and sophisticated. Recently, I was happy to have been gifted a lacey table runner with a flower motif.


But I just dont know what to do with it quite yet. The previous owner set me in the right direction I think by including some pieces she cut off. I took note and clipped a flower out.


As an experiement, I grabbed some linen that was cut incorrectly for a book cover and thought I would try stitching the flower to it with colored thread to make it pop. The thing is, I really like it (whatever it will become) but now I am limited on what it can be because it was a very timely project and on scrap cloth – I wish i had known i would like it and worked on something more manageable, but c’est la vie.


Im thinking maybe something I can frame? I think Ill add more things to the cloth but what those things will be is still in question. What do you think?

photos of photos

I took some photography classes as an undergrad and it was a lot of fun. [Youd think i would be able to take better photos but for some reason photography makes sense to me on paper but not when its time to actually execute it. (I think i dont have the patience to care enough more than a point and click.)] One of the things we did was hand color our black and white prints. Here is my Mii character, part of the self-portrait series we made:


I entered an art show with three of my favorite pieces. The photos were close-ups of this really organic chinese dragon statue i was given (it was made from that pale soft green stone that glows in the dark – really cool lighting effects). I turned the close-ups into creatures – a cat peeping out of a tunnel, a little sweet baby elephant, and an underwater creature of an unknown species.


Sadly, I do not have a copy of those (if only i had taken a scan of them first!) because happily they were bought at the show for the insurance price that I tagged on there. Here i was thinking “nobody would pay this amount, so i will be safe!” and instead somebody did :| Thus far, that has been the only thing I can remember selling but 200$ for three prints was a pretty sweetastic deal, I must say! :) These are the other prints, some just used to understand how the chemical and coloring worked out. The first four are from the dragon.


This one was a close up of the beard of my yard gnome, Samson M. Nite (Samson is hiding out in the rain and leaves so there isnt a photo of him, sorry).


A realistic photo of a street lamp.


And a close up of a candle lantern in the shape of a fish (the lantern has long ago been gifted to goodwill so no photo).


Have you ever worked with film photography?