Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We've got a Blogger Down

Just realized as I was over on twitter that I have not posted on this blog in a while.  I've been busy with sewing and lace and crafts and Lace Convention and Wedding and.....well lots of stuff. 

I've not taken a lot of pictures.  This will be remedied very soon.  I have a Loki costume nearly done, a wedding dress, a bit more on the GPP.  A Mischief Maker's work is never done. *sigh* back to it.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Nothing to See Here

Well I have been working on a number of sewing crafts.  Unfortunately there is nothing to show for it.  None of them are done.  The pin cushions for convention, the dress ups for Boo, the Loki Lace Project, etc...  I think I've spread myself thin like the dregs of good jam over two bits of toast. Ah well.

I did get a Loki mug done for me, but it's quite similar to the pictures posted.  I also finished 2 tatted bookmark designs, but I have no photos. 

I will leave you then with a picture to inspire your own creativity. *wink* Go forth and create.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Not Lace or a Book, but FUN!

I'm doing a number of gift exchanges.  One of them is with fellow Hiddlestoners.  If you don't know that term *hands you the Hollow Crown, Thor, and The Avengers*  Here, educate yourself. *smiles*  There is a $$$ limit so I decided to make my gift.

My exchange partner loves tea as well as Tom so I made her a couple of mugs and a tatted bookmark. Here are the mugs:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Little Tatting Lost

About a year ago I lost a bag of tatting.  It was a simple zippy, but inside was the first set of centers for an altar cloth and a bookmark for a friend.  I went to all the stores I had visited that day.  I asked and asked.  I check at the church. I turned my house inside out.

This afternoon I desided to make a quick run to the local needlework and yarn store; I needed black thread for a tatting project.  When I went to check out there next to the register was my little missing bag of tatting.  They had just found it this morning and tapped it up *boggle* 

A number of other happy things happened today.  It's a good day.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Dead Cat Walking

My husband's cat knocked over my lace pillow.  Most of the bobbins were in their bobbin holders so they are still in the right order; HOWEVER, she broke some of the threads. I'm going to have to undo all I did yesterday and try to fix it...but I'm not sure I can.

I am not pleased.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cross Twist Cross Twist...keep going!

The GPP is well underway.  I've started into the horns and have chosen to do a "decorative" braid.  It isn't really showing up yet, but it is adding lovely texture. 

As you can see in the pictures I've also had to find some creative bobbin management solutions.  There are about 36 pairs on the pillow; 72 bobbins that have to fit and work in a braid that's less than an inch wide.  Yep, that's what you get for using size 100 silk thread.

I'm worrying, however, that it's not going to be done in 4 months.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

GPP in Progress - Feb 28

The top of the helmet is done.  Woot.  This, however has helped me to see that a number of the areas I've mapped out will have to be redone.  Things that are too small, eliminating sewings, trying to decide about doing a pattern instead of just a cloth weave.

I'm also STILL working on that altar cloth for the temple, but I've given up on the maze for Convention.  I was having issues with the pattern and I honestly don't think I can get it done by July 1 AND get Loki done by August.  On a bright note I'm now thinking of putting Loki in the fair.  Not that I think I'll win anything, but just for the cool factor. *shrug*

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Waiting for the UPS man.

I have one itty-bitty section of the GPP done.  And by itty-bitty I mean 1/8 of an inch wide and about 3 inches long.  It used 8 pairs and still wasn't quite wide enough for my taste.  I took one look at the pricking and realized I didn't have enough bobbins, even with the 24 pairs I'd borrowed from Marie, to do the larger section on the image.

What's a lace making geek to do?  Buy more bobbins obviously.  Nothing can stand in the way of a lace project once on the pillow.  Nor Loki and his army - don't even mention the Hulk Smash...that was just a little hiccup.

While I wait for my bobbins to arrive I doodled a cartoon, did a drawing, and got the other lace project pricking drawn.  Oh and survived 2 migraines. *smiles*

So here is the drawing - Slight of Hand.  Really need to make more art. Enjoy!

Van Sciver lace making suppler shout out!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I am Burdened with a Glorious (or crazy) Purpose

I am a lace maker.  I am a geek.  I am a geek lace maker.  Whilst watching Avengers (again) I got a good look at Loki's helm - along with Tom Hiddleston's face, but that's a topic for different blog.  On the side of the helm are a series of holes, ostensibly so that the actor could hear.   This pattern, which I can see on the screen, but can't get a screen shot of to share, caused a series of thoughts to occur in approximately 3 seconds.

"That looks like a Milanese lace braid"
"I could make that Milanese lace pattern"
"I could make the helmet in  lace"
"I could make a lace Loki"
"I could DO that!"
"Dude, I am SO doing that!"

Well, after much time putting together the right angles and working in Illustrator on my *bleeping* PC I have the following.  The flow chart Loki and the Pricking Template Loki.

In order to proced I needed a pillow, some bobbins, and thread.  I had lace on both my pillows and borrowed bobbins.  I have since spangeled all my bobbins . . .

and cleared my pillow of the Milanese moon.

 Which turned out nice for the first time doing this style.

I will do my best to document and share my Loki lace project for I, like the god of mischief, am burdened with a glorious purpose!    Or just a crazy idea.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Little Things

I have had a rough time.  My dad died suddenly and I was horribly sick at the same time.  I didn't get to spent much time with him over Christmas because of the cold.  I was a remarkable and loving man.

His last woodworking project was to make me a book press.  It's not finished, but I can sand and seal it.  Part of me thinks I need to do something to remember him, but then I think the best memorial is to live life to the fullest.  To enjoy everyday and to do well those things I love to do.  As dad would often quote, "To thine ownself be true and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

With that said I am finishing one project - a Milanese moon - and starting two others.  One is a tape lace pilgrimage labyrinth and the other is a Milanese Loki, both of my own design.

I also need one of these:

Too little time so much geeking.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Positive Thinking

I could make this a new years post as it is about positive thinking, but I wont. I've been voraciously ill. I'm still not well, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The only thing I've really had the energy for is moaning, watching Netflix, and lace making. I have completed about a dozen centers for the altar cloth I'm working on. I also got quite a bit done on the Milanese moon (bobbin lace). Along with watching all of "Wallander", which if you like crime drama it's quite good. Doesn't hurt that two of my favorite actors are in it. And so, while I was quite thoroughly miserable I was productive. Let's not make this a theme mind you. I do think I'm more productive when well, but it is nice to feel I wasn't completely useless over Christmas.