Tag Archives: Crafting

Still Busy

I may be home for the holidays but I’m still doing some things. I’ve been churning out some embroidery patterns which has been fun, but also means I spend more time on the computer than usual, trying to retrace all of my scribbly little hand drawn patterns. Having these patterns means I can have things in the shop even when I’m away from homebase, like I am now.

These three guys make up the new Octopiddle embroidery pattern up in the shop only a matter of minutes ago!

And then there’s Bea the Bunny who joined the shop as a pattern yesterday. I really like this one…

And I’ve been making some little pocket bunnies. They’re about three inches tall from their bases to the tops of their round little heads and quite fun to make. They’re stuffed with wool and have some rice in their bases to give them a little bit of heft. I love stuffing the things I make with wool instead of polyfil. The wool compacts nicer and gives everything a more solid, satisfying feel. I’d love to get my hands on some lavender or other herbs to put in the next batch.

Effortless… or so it seems

So, today was the first of five winter Farmers Markets in Craftsbury. I worked pretty hard for the entire week making hair pins, finger puppets, fabric birds, wool pom poms, needle felted wood-legged animals… and so many many more. I borrowed Paul and Keren’s big drying rack and John’s wee drying rack for displays and spent two hours setting things up in the Craftsbury Academy common area.

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Woolies on parade!

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I made a mess of hand warmers in monkey fabric, finger puppets, fabric covered buttons and needle felted critters including…

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Mister Deer-man! I’m pretty proud of that one.

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Here are the two ponies, a llama and a sheep. So good. But so fragile.

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And here are some of the felted pins I made. I bought a felted flower pin years ago at Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland and I love it so I decided to make some for this sale. They turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. After the last sale I decided that I needed to make some more… conventional things. My answer where these flower pins, some fabric covered buttons, fabric birds, wool pom poms and those needle felted animals. All in all I was right, those were the things I got the most comments on and what actually sold at the end of the day. I’m glad I did it.

Crafty Business

So, as you all know I haven’t worked at Bonnieview for a while. What you might not know is that it’s crazy difficult to find a job in rural Vermont… in winter. So, here I am getting down to crafty. This weekend (Saturday) is the first Winter Farmers Market and I’m going to be vending everything I can dream up. I’ve been roosting in the apartment for the last week, my little fingers busy at the sewing machine, embroidery needle and anything else I can think of. What does that look like? This!

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I just discovered this thing called shank buttons. You know, those buttons that aren’t flat but have that little metal hoop in the back. I found a shop on etsy that sells kits that let you make your own fabric covered buttons. I hand embroidered all of the teal ones in the pictures but I’m not sure how well I like them. They’re fairly difficult to keep centered when you put the buttons in the mold. They’re 3/4 inch buttons. How cool is that!?

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Some of the new batch of finger puppets.DSCN1083

Here are just a few of some stuffed bird ornaments. Some have loops to hang them from things and others have little alligator clips so that they can perch on whatever the feel like. There’s about 15 of these.   DSCN1065

Here are the birds again and one of the puff balls I’ve been making. The puff balls are extremely simple and fun to make. Essentially you make them the same way you would make a yarn ball (like the kind you put on the top of a knit hat) but you use wool roving instead of yarn. They’re so soft and light and fuzzy, I really like how they look. I got the idea from Wee Wonderfuls and used the technique from Kid Craft Central.

DSCN1066Here’s a new woolie man man. I really like this one….

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I saw an epically beautiful horse on etsy that used wooden sticks for legs and I decided to give it a try. I really really like how it turned out! It reminds me of a cave painting horse with it’s thick body and spindly legs. The head pivots around too…

DSCN1053 anna_mollie72Lastly I got a custom order on etsy! This person wanted custom portraits of she and her sister as little girls. I think they turned out rather well, no? Any Christmas requests?

One Week

What do I want to do for the week that I’m home?! Oh I’ll tell you what I want to do. It looks something like hitting up every crafty venue I can get my busy little self into. I’m a little craft starved out here (that includes supplies as well) so I’m going to be taking full advantage of Portland’s wicked craft scene.

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I discovered this place today and it’s what started this craving for fabric and buttons and everything else crafty. I had no idea this vintage crafting thrift store existed in Portland and now my fingers are itching to touch all of their things!

Fabric Depot

I’m dangerously low on felt and pretty cotton prints because of the crafting mania I’ve been experiencing. This is where I’m going to fix that wee problem.

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Crafting demands fuel, need I say more?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I want to soak up Portland as much as I can while I’m home and I think I’m off to a good start when I look at these websites. What are YOUR plans for the holidays?

Craftitude

I went to the Holiday Market at the Craftsbury Academy yesterday to sell some goods. I did a booth with Sarah who goes to Sterling and knits these great lace shawls and also . It went pretty well, we both sold some things and this was a good way to start dipping our toes into the local craft scene. We both signed up to do the Winter Market which starts December 12 and happens once a month all the way through April.DSCN1002

Here’s our booth, my things are on the right and Sarah’s are on the left. It was a little slap-dash, we got together the night before and attempted to try to set things up, but that turned out to be utter chaos so we had to do most of it during the two hours before the show started. It worked out fairly well in the end, but I think we could have sold more if we’d displayed something better. Ah well, next time!

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Wallets are something new I’ve been working on. I really like how they feel and how easy they are to make. I even have a pattern up on etsy if you’re interested… although the pictures aren’t terribly interesting. I’ll have to work on that part.DSCN1008

El Fingero Puppetos…DSCN1004And some woolie mans! Turns out they sit really well in the beer holders that I fished out of the recycling. I wish I’d had some time to cover them up, but maybe that’s part of their charm, no?

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The Uries gave me an application for a Holiday Craft Market at the local school in Craftsbury. It was due on the 1st but I called the woman on the form and found out that there’s still enough room! I’m going to a craft sale! To sell things! Oh I’m so excited….

It’s on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, oh I can’t wait.

The Woolie Gang

I’ve brainvented (get it, Brain + Invented… hah…) a new little buddy! They’re called Woolies because they’ve made from wool felt and stuffed with handwashed and carded wool from the farm I’ve been working at. I really love making them because they wind up so soft and firm that it’s hard not to snuggle up in a pile of them. They’re about 7 inches tall and I’m going to make some labels and take them over to the coop in Hardwick to see if they’ll sell them there. If they can’t then I’ll post them on etsy and let ya’ll know asap. Enjoy! Oh, and they don’t have names yet, if you want to take a stab at naming them, just comment on this post (maybe include which color you’re talking about, eh?).

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Wendy, My Lady Love…

I was so busy with work this summer that I forgot to introduce you to my new favorite contraption: the Wendy spinning wheel! My parents picked her up at an estate sale along with a medieval looking drum carder, several big jars of buttons, some sock forms, metal embroidery hoops and a giant knitting book from the 70’s. I wish I’d known the lady before she passed because, judging from the amazing loot they found, I think we would have gotten on famously.

It took my Dad and I a few weeks to figure out how to put the drive belt on and get her working smoothly again but I’ve spent a couple hours spinning now and I think I’ve found a hobby I could do for a very long time (and maybe feed my knitting habit).

p1040345Isn’t she purty? The whole thing is just over two feet tall and it was originally built so that you could spin in the front seat of your VW bus. How amazing is that whole idea? Answer: very.
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Hey, remember all of that wool I had at the beginning of summer? I got one pound of it back after I sent it to From Barn to Yarn over in Boring and I’ve spun a ball of yarn on my drop spindle while camp was going and then I’ve spun maybe 1/4 pound on the spinning wheel (that’s all that pretty white stuff at the top there). I’m really happy with how it’s coming out. It’s not beautiful wool (it’s from a breed meant to be eaten (Polypay) so the focus isn’t on the wool) and it was pretty dirty so she did a really great job cleaning most of the stuff out for a pretty reasonable price. If you happen to have a ton of fleece that is just too dirty to manhandle on your own I would definitely recommend looking them (or someone who does similar work) up.p1040350
I think that’s a pretty good job for a few hours spinning and watching Fight Club and the Mighty Boosh in the basement.

Etsy of the Week – Yokoo –

I hear it gets cold in Vermont. I think I have a solution…

Ok, I know it hasn’t been a full week since the last one but I feel pretty good doing whatever I want, including oogling the amazing knit things over at Yokoo on etsy. Holy Macaronni! Have you ever stumbled upon something early in the morning and it took you a while to process what, exactly, it was you were looking at? And then fireworks happened in your brain as you connected the dots and little lights went on and everything started telling you “OH man, you should be about ten times more excited than you are” as the rest of you struggles to catch up because really, it is quite early and everything is still a bit muzzy when you’re cradling a cup of chai in your jim-jams without your glasses on. I’m still trying to process just how amazing the knitted things are at Yokoo especially when you pair it with the interview Etsy did with the artist. I want to meet this lady, I want to meet her and talk about knitting, life and bunnies. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? It does to me…

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The Nantucket Cowl in Pony Grey
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The Oatmeal Soopascarf
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The Raw Brown Warmer
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The Yokoo Spectacles
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The Paynes Grey Klumpen Hat
I love everything about this picture… everything from the idea behind it to whatever went into making that crazy-amazing hat to the quality of the photograph.
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Braided Chain in Pony Grey
This is by far my favorite idea. I want to make this, I want to wear it and I want to squeeze it because I can imagine how springy it would feel.

Etsy Shop of the Week -Lizarietz-

After spending so much time at camp away from such crazy technology as the internets, truly hot water and functioning freezers I spent a good chunk of my morning weeding through my favorite shops on Etsy. I’d forgotten how much I missed looking at all of the pretty things… what did I do before I found Etsy? Twas the dark ages m’dear. Anywho, I realized that the majority of the shops I like either have fancy stuffed animals or really neat ceramic things and I feel like I’ve done both categories justice. Tucked away in there are some clothing and jewelry based shops as well and those definitely haven’t been featured yet. This week it’ll be Lizarietz, a clothing shop. It’s always ok to look, no matter how expensive things are because half of the beauty of these outfits is the photography. Enjoy!

il_fullxfull88017112The Cross Back Jumper

This is one of my favorite pieces because of the pockets, the way the seams wrap and do pretty things and the colors.
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The Ruffle Dress

There’s something about the little details (it’s all in those ruffles man, they’re just so pretty!) that makes my brain smile when I see these outfits. I can’t tell whether it’s the dresses themselves or the photographs that makes me want to print these pictures out and paste them to my dresser door (if I had a wardrobe door, that is)?
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The Sailor Dress

How can you not love the little ruffly detail going across there? Not possible… especially when you know how hard that is. I could probably wear that… I mean if you twisted my arm and everything… Oh you brute, fine fine I’ll wear it I guess.
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The Batwing Tunic with Knotted Collar

I’m more than a little in love with this picture and, more specifically that stone fish. The colors are oh so pretty and gauzy and flowy…
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Brown Linen Cloche

When I add an etsy shop to my favorites it also adds the shop to my RSS feed and lets me know whenever the shop puts anything new up. The vast majority of my notifications involve these clothe hats. I like how they’re gathered and ruffled just enough to make them interesting but their colors are so simple and quiet that the hat recedes into the background and only acts as an accent. Nice.