Well, I’m a little bit late with the New Year wishes (at least it’s still January) but I do wish everyone much health and happiness in 2017!
To get the year off to a good start, I am offering a free cross-stitch pattern! I whipped up this pin cushion to sit by my chair in my studio. I am forever losing my needles, whether they are my sewing, stitching or yarn needles. I thought a cute pin cushion was just what I needed. So I sat down and came up with this design. I love antique samplers and so I chose a motif that I loved. I just adore this little cushion and it makes me smile whenever I look at it. Feel free to change the colors to match your decor or change up the finishing. You don’t have to make a pin cushion. Sampler Flower Pin Cushion pdf file for download.
I have also been busy making up new stitch markers. Besides my Etsy shop, you can find my stitch markers at Stitching Memories in Portage, MI. I am hoping to have more shops carry them in the future. Keep an eye on this blog or my Facebook page for updates.
One last bit of news, I have been working on a logo. I just haven’t been happy with anything I have come up with in the past so I am trying again. I think I may have finally some up with something that will work for me in the long run. At least I hope it will. Let me know what you think.
Never stop creating!
Kumihimo has become a very popular class at my local yarn shop. I just taught my second class for beginning Kumihimo and it was full. That is two full classes and more students are eager to learn. I need to put together a class that involves beads as that seems to be what my students are interested in learning. So I need to get cracking and put together a class.
If you are interested in finding out when I schedule the next Kumihimo beginner class or any of the the more advanced classes, please sign up for my newsletter and you will receive notice when the classes are scheduled.
I have been working on stock for my Etsy shop. I have added two new listings for stitch markers. I am working on a new pattern as well, but that is far from ready. If you are in the Kalamazoo area and are interested in any of my physical listings on Etsy, please convo me and we can set up personal delivery instead of shipping.
Is there a support group for those addicted to the fiber arts? I’m thinking that I may need help. I can’t stop. It seems that I have to try everything, even if it is only remotely fiber related. I think I may be sick.
My latest obsession has been Kumihimo. Kumi . . . what?? Kumihimo. An ancient Japanese form of braiding. Samurai warriors would braid many strands of silk to tie the sections of their armor together. There are so many patterns to braid and so many fibers available, that you couldn’t possibly get bored. Playing with colors, flat and round braids, and then adding beads. The possibilities are endless.
Braiding becomes most zen-like. It is rhythmic and calming. Once you master the basic movements, you can put your hands on autopilot and let your mind wander. It becomes very meditative and peaceful. And who couldn’t use a little peace in their lives?
I have been playing a lot with different fibers and beads lately. I want to start mixing fibers, not only fiber content, but different weights of fibers as well to see how the braids turn out. Experimenting is so much fun! I am currently working with beads which slows down the process, but makes stunning pieces.
I also braided a long braid using a thin hemp. I then cut it into two smaller pieces and tied them to a small focal piece with lark head knots, capped the ends and added a clasp. I wear this bracelet almost everyday.
If you live in the Kalamazoo area and are interested in learning how to make these awesome braids that you can finish into jewelry, bag handles, trims, lanyards, keychains, and lots of other things, I am offering a class this month on Monday, Sept. 26th from 6-8pm. There are only a few spots left so you need to sign up soon. Contact Stitching Memories to sign up!
I have had a very productive couple of days. I have been working on my classes for fall as well as making stitch markers like a woman possessed. I can’t seem to stop. I have been having such a great time making them and I am running out of beads. Looks like I need to go shopping soon.
All my stitch markers have been listed in my Etsy shop. Here’s a quick look at some of the markers. If you wish to purchase them and live in the Kalamazoo area, convo me on Etsy and we can arrange to meet so I can deliver them to you if you’d like to avoid shipping.
The yarn shop can be a strange place. Probably not what you expected me to say, but hang with me for a moment and let me explain.
A few years ago, it seemed that everyone at my LYS was knitting the Ivy Vest by Kay Dahlquist. I admired all the vests that were being knit, but had not started one for myself. I liked the pattern, but I was working on other things then. I bought the pattern and stashed it away.
Fast forward to this past Wednesday, and the gal I usually work with had the day off so I worked with someone else. It was fun to catch up with Ann and see what she was working on. Well, she is working on the Ivy Vest. In fact, she informed me that several ladies were working on it and they had come up with a schedule to have it done by September. I mentioned that I had it in my queue but that I was probably so far behind that I couldn’t catch up. They are already three weeks into the KAL. But Ann can be quite persuasive and she convinced me that I could catch up. And I believed her. (See, the yarn shop does strange things to people.)
Well, it turns out that they did the back section (section A) the first week. Then weeks two and three were spent knitting all four panels for section B. This week they were completing one panel C. So I jumped right in and got the back finished yesterday as well as the first panel B. I started the second panel B last night and maybe by the end of the weekend I will have the four panels for B finished. Then if I can get through two of panel C I will be caught up. I can do this right?
Now to totally change the topic, I planted a hibiscus plant this spring and it started blooming this week. It is stunning! Just ignore the weeds.
Have a fabulous weekend and keep creating!
I can’t believe that it’s time for my Kumihimo class already. This class filled right up and there has been so much interest that I will be offering it again this fall. I’m going to have to start thinking about my fall classes too. The summer is going by way too fast.
I spent the better part of today polishing up my handout for the class. I wanted to have something for my students to take notes on as well as have the instructions so they can continue braiding when they get home. Writing, rewriting, taking pictures, editing the pictures, getting the layout to look decent . . . I’m exhausted. But I am quite happy with how it turned out. I could really use a nap right now but I just don’t have the time. Buddy on the other hand, napped the whole time I was working. Oh to live the life of a cat!
I am really excited to teach this class tomorrow night, but I am really nervous at the same time. I’m always nervous the first time I teach a class. This is something new and I’m always worried that I will have forgotten something or will confuse my students. I feel prepared, but there is always that little voice of doubt in the back of my mind. Do you think I could shut it up with some cookies?
And lest you think my weekend has been full of class prep, let me tell you what else I’ve been up to. I was gifted some lovely bits of sock yarn on Thursday, so I have been adding squares to my sock yarn blanket. This has been a 10 year project, but I had no timeline for it. The blanket is growing and part of me can’t wait for it to be done. Maybe it will be my go to project this winter.
I have also been working on knitting up a model for my Band Heel class. Right now there are no students signed up (though there has been some interest). So I’m hoping that a model in the shop will get people to sign up. If it doesn’t go this summer, I may try again in the fall. It’s a really fun heel and I like that there is no decreasing for the gusset. As a bonus, the sock we’ll be knitting has a toe that does not need to be grafted. Kick that Kitchener stitch to the curb!
Hubby is prepping steaks to throw on the grill for dinner along with some potatoes and broccoli. After that, I think I will spend a little time with my sewing machine and whip up a cute little bag to put my Kumihimo supplies in. Hopefully it won’t take me all night to get it done.
Never stop creating!
It has been awhile. In fact, it has been longer than I would have liked. But it has finally happened. I have released a brand new pattern! (I hope you were sitting down. Guess I should have warned you.)
So without further ado, I give you the Uptown Girl Socks.
I really enjoyed designing these socks. They are knit from the cuff down and feature a pretty twisted rib on the cuff. A lace panel works its way down the side of the sock and continues down the foot. There are a definite right and left sock. My favorite heel, the Band Heel, is featured. The pattern is presented in written directions. It requires around 420 yds of a fingering weight yarn (more if your shoe size is women’s 10 or above) and a US size 2 needle. They can be worked using magic loop, two circulars or dpn’s.
If you leave me a comment letting me know how you like the design, I will email you a coupon code for 40% off the retail price of $6.00. (Offer good through July 31, 2016.)