My friend Kristine is the artist and owner of an awesome hand dyed yarn company called Curious Creek Fibers. I sometimes work for her as a color hunter and dye mixer when she needs me and our calendars align. She is making yarn kits out of her beautiful yarns! She gave me the above bundle to see what I could come up with. I love crochet, it feels more sculptural than knitting.
Here's how it came out! I followed a few patterns, from books and from online project guides. I winged it too, when the pattern didn't turn out how I imagined. There are a bunch of chain stitches, just hangin' out under the vines. They were so pretty on their own I almost didn't want to cover them up. But I'll explore that idea later, this was an exercise about using all available parts.
Up close to the flower piece... there are 3 flowers but the first one over shadows the other two.
Of course I had to throw a little of myself in there, I made leaves to hang down off the piece. And I made the yarn wrapped bracelet* to make a whole ensemble!
I never know... Parents are hard to shop for. At least mine are. I can make something easier than I can find something they'll like at the store. This Mother's and Father's day I was struck with an idea.* Silhouettes!
*(meaning i totally saw this idea on many many o' craft site...)
I took pre-made canvases and covered them in nice fabric. My sister and I didn't have silhouettes from when we were younger. So I poured through our old photos and came up with some good side shots of myself. My sister on the other hand, she was ALWAYS facing the freakin camera. So I improvised a bit and made her nose her now-a-days nose. Softened it a bit, mixed her with another baby silhouette...
And tada! My sister and I are much different in age, but I wanted my sister to be a baby and myself to be three. Turned out pretty nice! Yay!
I made a little facinatorIt's a prototype, I think it's a little rickracktaskic.
The next one I make will be on a black headband, for sure. That way it's classy. I'll still wear this one out a few times to see how it's received. I dyed a grrrip of these lace pieces awhile ago, with the intention of making facinators. When I couldn't make them stiff enough for hat wear I tried glue, which didn't look good. I've got a few more tricks, maybe I'll go as far as hat sizing (but not the toxic one, the gelatin one).