April 13, 2008
We religiously meet in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Except, of course, when all hell breaks loose and we can’t meet and then we try really hard to be flexible. So, it’s April and we’re having Crafty Chix. Hey, whatever works!
Sadly, Lee couldn’t make it this time. She’s waiting shoulder surgery and couldn’t make the drive. We’ll have to work something out for this stuff because she’s going to be struggling with recovery for quite a little while and we can’t be without her!
The essential tools for needlefelting (because I’m all about the tools) are roving (ie. unspun wool), an exceptionally sharp needle or ten, a big, thick piece of foam, and a steady hand! Oh, a supply of bandaids isn’t a bad idea, either. You can see the corner of the band-aid box in the picture above!
Hummingbird in progress. There are different kinds of needles — individual and group ones. This one has two that are set in a wooden handle. I recommend you get good at needlefelting before you switch to the handled ones — it’s easier to stab yourself when you are using multiple needles!
Jennifer, hard at work on a felted coaster. Notice the careful placement of her fingers . . . accidental? I think not! Look in the lower right corner of the picture, see the adorable cat toy? She put bells inside it. Too cute!
Jody is working on an adorable bird! So incredibly cute!
Jerryne is working on another coaster. These were from an earlier crafty chix project (felting!). She got an old wool sweater at a thrift store and felted it. Then she stitched the blanket stitch around the edges. For some reason, they have always made us laugh but Jerryne stuck by her guns and used them anyway. Today, she and Jennifer needlefelted them and WOW! They are gorgeous!
Ruby wants me to tell you that it was HOT today! 94 degrees! Whew! But we had ac and cool drinks and we didn’t mind it at all!
updates as they become available!
January 21, 2008
Jody has discovered the beauty and joy of crochet and she shared it with us this month. We all learned to make a One-Skein Scarf. Jody is an awesome teacher — which we already knew because she had taught us to do wire wrapped jewelry before quite successfully. We all got the crochet work down although for some of us who had been dedicated knitters, old habits were hard to break. 🙂
We were celebrating Jerryne’s birthday this month. We had a great lunch — as always — and amazing frosted brownies for dessert — chocolate is a necessity! We did an odd field trip this time. Liza had to run back home and get her allergy meds (visiting dog that was bugging my allergies) and everyone else went out and got yarn at a local yarn/fabric shop.
A great project. I think we’ll be revisiting crochet again.
January 3, 2008
The Crafty Chix are planning our events for 2008. Here are some inspirational links that I sent out to the group to get us going. Maybe you’ll see more of these . . . maybe not! 🙂
http://www.flickr.com/photos/karent/66708920/ ** My suggestion for a project for the day **
Freezer Paper Stencil Inspiration:
Sewing Project Ideas:
http://whipup.net/2007/12/18/tutorial-bunting-flags/ (A hot item in crafting lately)
http://prettylittlethings.typepad.com/lori_marie/2007/08/doggie-cozy.html (We can all make doggy sweaters to torment Ruby!)
Christmas Project Ideas:
January 28, 2007
Yippee! Skippee! We look forward to these days for two months.
We did beading this time.
Jody always has to teach us how to do the wire wrapping technique. She did this cool bracelet.
Note the knit bow pin on her skeleton head.
Lee, my mom, did wire wrapped earrings for a friend of hers. Gorgeous! She is still riding high from selling her beaded piece of Setna the Alaskan Mermaid last week. Go Mom!
My gorgeous mother-in-law turned 75 last week which gave us a chance to celebrate. She made some Christmas ornament hangers too.
My sister-in-law, Jennifer, did some beadwork in preparation for next time’s embellishment project. She also got in some mending! She was also the hostess and served up our delectable lunch! Yum!
And me, I did beaded Christmas Ornament holders. I was pleased with them. I even recycled an old bolo tie decoration from the 80’s into an ornament.
Add to that our cake in honor of Jerryne’s birthday and the trip to Goodwill and a consignment furniture shop (that ended with my having a new piece of furniture for my house!) and it was a fantastic day!
I baked the cake. It’s a Pink Loves Brown cake. I just made that up. It’s a simple box chocolate cake that I iced pink and then covered with chocolate jimmies and pink sprinkling sugar. YUM! Pretty cute, huh?