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Crochet Play

I used to crochet, decades ago, but I never did learn what the stitches were called or how to read pattern diagrams. Recently, thanks to Lori G. at the Longmont Bead Group and this book by Linda Schapper, I have learned the names of the stitches, seen the errors of my ways (I was adding an extra pull through, instead of going through two loops at a time when required) and have successfully learned to read the charts in both diagram and printed code.

Last week I successfully mastered bobbles, popcorn, and picots, and I’m having a lot of fun, in spite of the embarrassment of how difficult it is to count as high as two or three repeatedly.

I’m learning the knitting code too–two more “languages” that open up whole new worlds I always wondered about! So far I’ve practiced on some sample pieces and a few squares that I’m turning into miniature pillows and bedding for dolls, but I’m going to start some lace for a few fancy items for myself.

Knitting and crochet are both great travel projects for the bus, train, or car, and I’m lining up more places to go this summer and fall. This should keep my hands busy in between clay and metal and fiber and computer projects!

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Moving Right Along

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Huzzah! I’ve finished up the How To Make A Ball Joint Doll with Polymer Clay tutorials in video and .pdf form. 10 half-hour segments show from start to finish how I make these dolls, with full explanations and helpful info, available through the 2015 Polymer Clay Adventure. Click here to visit Polymer Clay Adventure.

I’m […]

Spring& New Projects

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Its been an incredibly busy Spring so far, and very productive. I’ve been working on websites for others like the Lyons Film Festival, Red Canyon Art, Angel Readings by Kelly, and updated my own websites page because of the new additions. (Need a website? I love working with creative people to make them!) I also […]

Metal Etching Class

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I’m teaching a class on how to etch metal with electricity April 11, from 2pm-4:30 pm.

To help prepare for it, I’ve also put up a page about using Photoshop and PnP paper as well as other resists for use on metal in etching (or anodizing) for use by students.

Join me for some etching […]

Spring Bonnets and Eggs

eggshell ladies made with liquid polymer clay

I do enjoy decorating eggs with polymer clay. These blooming beauties were first blown free of their egg-y contents, then coated with several cured coats of liquid polymer clay.I drew the faces with a Micron permanent ink pen, colored them with acrylic paints and gathered the bits and pieces for their hats.

Then came the […]

Illustrator brushes and art

Free Illustrator lace brushes

I thought I’d lost the files from my Illustrator classes that I took at Front Range Community College, but I found quite a few and that includes the one with the brushes I created that allow me to “draw” lace onto lines. It may sound simple, but they took some doing; you start by building […]

Dingbat Fonts

kitchen tile dingbat font by Gabrielle Gaither

I love collecting fonts to use in laying out articles and books. Particularly fun are dingbats; which have a pictorial glyph instead of a letter for each character.

These can be used to make newsletters and cards look great–or to make transfers for direct use on polymer clay, to make rubber stamps through Ready Stamps, […]

Knit Knack

knit and purl sampler

2015 is already cycling into Spring, and I’m practicing old skills and learning new ones. This year I’ve learned to knit, thanks to Donnie and the Knit WIP gang.

I started with a scarf with just knitting, then on to practicing knit and purl stitch combos. The white piece may turn into a sampler wall […]

Grace and Gratitude

watercolor star wishes

We are Marching forward into Spring, and as we sort through everything we brought home into the studio now that our 14 months at KCP Gallery have concluded, we’ve had lots to review, clean off, sort through and put away. One of the things returning home is the Wishing Stick that hung for a […]