Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I like making rainbows with embroidery floss. It comes in hundreds of colors, so you can always find what you want. Plus it's so soft and comfy to wear.
I actually made the cuff bracelet on the right first, from embroidery floss in my stash. They're still rainbow shades, but not your traditional colors. Hence the name "country rainbow." In order to make sure all the colors are equally represented, I wanted to do 2 rows in each color. This resulted in a wide bracelet, so the cuff kind of made itself. I think the wooden button is a perfect addition to a country rainbow.
|From the bottom: brick red, pumpkin, gold, dark green, light blue, steel blue (for indigo) and lilac (for violet.)|
Watching the cuff come together was so much fun I just knew I would have to make another, more traditional, rainbow. I thought it would be fun in a key fob but knew I couldn't make it as wide or it wouldn't fit into the snap clasp. So the one on the left has one row per color. I love how it came out. So much fun and it's so comfy to wear! As a child of the 80s, this one reminds me of sheets I had when I was a teen. Rainbows and unicorns. Every girl's dream.... <sigh> :-)
|The more traditional red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.|
I have to confess, crocheting with embroidery floss can by trying. You need to use a small hook (I believe I used a 1.5mm hook for these.) I also used all 6 strands of floss for each color, which means it wanted to split. So you have to be careful that you have all the strands when you complete the stitch. I had to unravel a few stitches to re-do them. A lot. But don't let that stop you from trying a project with the floss. The colors alone make it worthwhile! If you do crochet with floss, please send a pic. I would love to see your project!
Friday, July 6, 2012
There's something about summer that just begs for a more relaxed outlook. Both on life & fashion. Must be the heat (and if you're in NJ like me, the humidity!) In the summer, it's expected that your wardrobe will be a little more "fun."
I've been a little obsessed lately...watermelon purses, watermelon key fobs, even a watermelon bracelet. Care to see how far my obsession goes? Here's a peek into some of the new items listed in my Etsy shop.
|Felted key fobs inspired by a pattern by KnotSewCute. |
Beaded bracelet and key chain (top & bottom) are my own design.
Yup. Just a little obsessed.
If you're looking to add a little fun to your wardrobe, there's still time. The watermelon purses, especially, makes a fab gift for someone with a summer birthday. The key chains and bracelet make terrific favors too. I am currently accepting orders for bracelets and key chains for late-July and August parties, showers and weddings. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about you? What are you crafting this summer?