Monday, April 26, 2010

My Booth!

Last Saturday's show was a bit of a bust with an outdoor show & chilly, rainy, windy weather.... Here's my booth for the 2 hours that I was there, before the downpour... :(

Oh, well.... Here's hoping my next show in May will fare better!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beach Mural

After many, many hours of work, I finally finished my friend's mural! They wanted to copy another they'd seen, and have a reminder of their honeymoon, so, voila! I could keep working on it forever, but here's where I quit...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Skirt made from Easter Dyed Yarn

As soon as I finished dyeing that rainbow yarn last week, I was determined to make something out of it for my daughter, so I just started knitting in the round on my circular needles until a skirt was born! It's a bit of a mini-skirt, but hey, she's got the legs for it!! Just a fun skirt to try out something new to knit, maybe next time I'll try to follow a pattern!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Finally Finished!

Well, I finally finished my daughter's blanket and we bought her a new twin bed! This blanket turned out WAY too big, it drags the ground on every side, and the kittens love it a bit toooooo much, but I think it looks great now that I've finally finished it! I'm a bit sad that the bed covers up her hippo, but oh, well... Now I just hope it's not too warm, since it's her "summer" bedspread....

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dyeing with Easter Egg Dyes!

Yesterday, my friend Nicole came over, and we used leftover easter egg dyes to dye some yarn and roving we had. We perfected alot of the do's and don'ts so you don't have to!

First we started with natural colored roving and yarns (mostly wool, 1 cotton), then soaked the yarns in a vinegar water bath for 15-30 minutes. (3 tbsp white vinegar, then fill rest of your glass bowl with water to cover yarns).

Next we dissolved our colored tablets (seperated into specific colors, using 4-5 kits worth) in a little more vinegar, then filled up more with water.
"Paint" your colors onto your yarns that are on a long sheet of plastic wrap to your liking, not soaking too, too much... When satisfied, place another strip of plastic wrap on top, wrap up loosely, kinda like a "burrito", then put in microwave for 10-15 min on med heat. This will intensify and set your color, keep in microwave until no more liquid comes out, and was clear...

Let sit still wrapped up for a while until cool, then rinse out excess dye.

Let dry- colors will lighten and brighten more when dry!

We learned that wool is best, my pastel yarn was the cotton, and it didn't take the dye well at all, so stick to wool! Cover all surfaces with old towels, and also, that now your house will smell like wet sheep!

This was sooooo much fun, now we can't wait to try it again, I loved the "neon" bright colors we achieved, you could also use kool-aid too, but haven't tried that yet...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Getting Ready!

I've been a busy bee, making as much stock as I can for my upcoming shows! Here's a bit of what I've been working on, soda can flowers (see my past tutorial on how to make them), soda can mosaic frames, and resin frames (see tutorial also)... Next I'll make my sign (out of soda cans- what else?) Gotta get ready by the 24th for my 1st show!!! I'm excited, come see me!