#12 Another Amigurumi Teddy Bear

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 18 March 2013 at 5:40 am

This is charity softie number 12, which means technically I made my goal of getting 12 made for the local shelter. However, I plan to keep going and see if I can get some more made since I won’t be delivering these until after the semester ends. Plus, one of the bears I made has safety eyes. I think I am probably not going to donate that bear because there is no way for me to know the age of the child who would receive it. I would rather just be on the safe side.

This latest bear is from one of the patterns I received when I took the Craftys.com amigurumi class, and I thought I’d experiment and use some variegated yarn that was donated to the craft club. When I got about half way into this, I started to think it was going to look awful. I’m not thrilled with the results, but it is does not look at bad as I had imagined at least. He is definitely a “one of a kind.”

Crafting Links to Enjoy

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 March 2013 at 9:39 am

June’s created an art doll from an altered domino.

Adding Smiles
Cherie experimenting with adding more smiles and smirks to her mixed media girls.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are a tutorials on how to draw barbed wire type and a wire fastener for the end of a cord necklace, an interview with Drawing Comics Lab author Robyn Chapman, and a recipe for Irish Nachos.

Digital line drawings and art quilts
The texture you can obtain from digital renderings of photos continues to interest Cyndi, and also continues to make its way into her quilts!

Fun Projects to do with Craft Foam
Did you know you can make original art stamps from inexpensive craft foam? At The Artful Crafter, we’ve used craft foam to make lots of fun stuff.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery

How to make a custom St Patrick’s Day label and card

An Almost “Real” Skein of Yarn!

Blogged under spinning by Tammy on Tuesday 12 March 2013 at 5:56 am

It is not perfect by any means, but I’m so proud of it, my actual first practically “real” skein of yarn made by me and my little spindle!

I used Wool of the Andes roving from Knit Picks in the Dill Heather and Amethyst Heather colorways. Then after spinning each, I plied them together. I think this is only about 28 yards long, so it’s not a big guy. However, I would not have been able to have much more on my spindle. It just would not fit. I plan to attempt to make more of this same combination so that I can have enough to make something with it.

As you can see, I am in no way consistent as far as thickness, but as long as I make something simple like a scarf or cowl, I’m deeming this yarn “usable.” It is some progress when I compare it to my first skein, and this is skein number 5, so I’m encouraged.

Giraffe, #11 Amigurumi

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 11 March 2013 at 6:15 am

Here is addition #11 to the amigurumi charity collection. It is a project from Crocheted Softies: 18 Adorable Animals from Around the World, and the pattern is called Stretch the Giraffe. He turned out pretty good, and it took me (working on him on and off) about 6 days to make. I altered the pattern a tad because it has you using a technique where you have both the yellow and brown yarn going at the same time. I did this same technique when I made my Franken-Raccoon, and it can suck up a fair amount of yarn, which normally would not be an issue. However, I only had a small amount of the brown yarn and wanted to use it up. So I made the entire body in the main color (yellow), and then I made the spots separately and randomly stitched them on.

Check out the cute tail on this guy! I’m very tempted to make another one. I still have a lot of yellow yarn, and I’m sure I have some tan or something similar I could use for the spots. We’ll see. I keep telling myself I am going to make another teddy bear, and then I get distracted because there are so many patterns I haven’t made yet.

Weekly Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 10 March 2013 at 10:01 am

Another mixed media journal page by June.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a video tutorial on a bunch of Zentangles with Beckah Kruhula, a beading on a ring how-to, a circle punch paper tab idea along with how to make puff pastry cups.

Felt Peep Bunnies
Cherie makes some Peep bunnies for Easter out of felt.

LThykeson’s Uniques
Mixed Media And Freebie Giveaways!!!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi looks at different methods for adding delicate papers to your mixed media collage and quilting.

Spring and Easter Craft Projects for You Crafty Peeps
Looking for spring and Easter craft ideas? We’ve got lots of egg decorating ideas, plus a wall hanging, place cards, greeting cards, and some pretty special bunnies.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Check out the tiny crochet carrots that Rorschach Amineko got!

Organzing the Handspun

Blogged under spinning by Tammy on Saturday 9 March 2013 at 2:04 pm

It feels strange to say this, but I now have some handspun yarn. Of course, it is pretty wonky looking. I have yet to produce a skein of yarn that I would knit or crochet with, but I’m hopeful. In fact, I’m back at the spindle again, and I should have another skein finished this weekend. I realized, though, that before I made any more attempts at spinning yarn that I should organize my first attempts and document them so that a year from now when I (hopefully) make something amazing, I can pull these out and see how much progress I have made.

I got some zip lock bags and old business cards. I punched holes in the cards, and added scraps of yarn to create tags. Then I wrote the dates, the attempt (1st skein, 2nd, etc.), and the type of fiber used. I’m going to store this in one of my larger project bags, and I will just keep adding to it as a create my personal homespun yarn stash, yeah!

Free Pattern Friday on Craftsy

Blogged under Around the Web,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Friday 8 March 2013 at 7:14 pm

I do not know if these are always free or if these are just featured free for a limited time, but Craftsy.com has a blog post called Free Pattern Friday published today. It includes free patterns for all types of crafting from jewelry making, quilting, knitting, and more. I loaded up on some very cute crochet patterns including a few amigurumi ones (of course). But there were also some cute baby shoe patterns I picked up. I have not found “the” perfect baby bootie pattern as yet, so maybe I will give one of these a go some time. Anywho, go check out the freebies.

Stitch Marker Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Wednesday 6 March 2013 at 5:12 pm

March is National Crochet Month, so of course, that means I have to do a crochet-related giveaway. Voila, stitch markers – made by me. The lampwork beads were made by DD Hess, and then I used a few extra beads, some head pins, and lobster claw clasps to turn them into stitch markers.

Though these can also be used for knitting, since it is the month to celebrate crochet, I’m going to ask crochet related questions. This giveaway is available to anyone living in the continental US. To get a chance to win these stitch markers answer one of the questions below in the comments:

If you already crochet, why do you enjoy it? If you do not crochet, what has prevented you from picking up the hook?

Post your comment only once in this blog entry and you will get a chance to win. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2013 midnight ET. Then during the first few days of the next month, I will randomly pick one winner. Make sure to include your email address when commenting. I will email the winner who will have 5 days after the drawing to reply back with a mailing address. Anyone who does not reply after 5 days will no longer be eligible to win, and I will draw a new winner.

10th Amigurumi

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 3 March 2013 at 2:10 pm

Meet Cliff the Brontosaurus. He is number 10 of my slowly growing charity toy collection. Two more to go, and I will meet my goal of a dozen. After that, everything else will be just extra toy goodness. This is a pattern from Freshstitches.com. I’m so-so on how this turned out. Of course, some of this might be due to the yarn I used. It is some of my Red Heart Super Saver that I’m trying to use up. This yarn is great for toys, but it isn’t exactly fun to work with. Not all RHSS are the same. Some are actually pretty okay to work with, but this particular colorway (Turqua) is scratchy and splits easily.

One big boo-boo I did while making this was not following the order of the directions. I’ve made so many amigurumi at this point, that I just jumped right into making the body first. The directions, however, say to make the legs and tail first. Well, there is a reason for this because once you make the bottom part of the body, you need to stitch those on before you start working up the body to create the neck and head. Yes, so I ended up having to work from the other end of the skein because I like to keep knots to a minimum.

The pattern also does not tell you which rows to attach the pieces too (most of her pattern do). Many amigurumi patterns don’t tell you though; it’s just I’ve been spoiled. It was not really hard to figure out where to attach them, but I was afraid I might screw up the tail part because it has to be able to stand up. Luckily, all is well, and Cliff can stand with no problem.

He ended up being about 12 inches high, which is another thing I like about most of Stacey Trock’s patterns. Many of hers are pretty large, so they are actually meant to be hugged and played with by children as apposed to sitting on a shelf just looking cute.

Get Your Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 3 March 2013 at 9:21 am

June’s playing with gouache paint.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is an idea on how to stitch a pet portrait, a design technique from the book I Just Like to Make Things, an interview with John Sartin author of The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry, and a tip on how to texture frosting.

Crochet Shorts
CraftFoxes shares 8 crochet shorts patterns you can make today!

Fancy Paper Flowers are Easy and Inexpensive to Make

Learn how to make elegant paper roses from coffee filters, tissue paper, and paper clay.

Getting Fresh
Woot! The Crafty Princess guest blogged over at Fresh Stitches about how to start a craft club.

Learn to make these book covers in my new altered book class!
L Thykeson’s Uniques

Making snow candles
We saved the best project for last when Katherine visited us over the holidays!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Easy way to dress up a shower curtain with yarn and ribbon.

Tomorrow I Will Laugh Like a Child
Cherie uses words from an early poem to create a new mixed media print.

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