Thursday, February 25, 2010
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Here is the how-to for the accordion book I made Kristin for Valentine's Day:
Monday, February 15, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I looped the wire over a size"I" metal crochet hook and twisted the wire loosely around the hook, creating the first chain loop.
With the hook facing me, I brought the wire from the spool end around the back of the needle to the front.
Than hooked the wire and pulled it through the first loop.
The lovely Laura Timmons of Vintage Moon Creations lead the workshop I attended and taught us a couple tricks for crocheting wire with crystallized elements. I particularly liked how Laura incorporated the Swarovski crystal mesh into her designs. Typically used for apparel as trim, she experimented with cutting it up and using it like a bead. Who would have thought?!?
Step 1: start out with a base fabric (silk organza) a bit larger than the desired shape and size (the final product will shrink). Lay out a towel to keep your surface area dry and bubble wrap with bubbles face-up.
Step 2: place a thin layer of merino wool roving over the base fabric using a shingling method (overlapping each section slightly) Experiment with designs.
Step 3: place a piece of tulle over the entire piece.
Step 4: Sprinkle the piece with a water and olive oil soap mixture. We used empty plastic bottles with sprinkle holes in the cap for the water mixture. Use your hands to pat the mixture into the piece.
note: the piece should not be drenched with water, just slightly showered.
Monica came around with an exterminator spray container and misted each of our pieces. She uses this when she is making many pieces at once.
Step 5: with a styrofoam pool noodle cut down to size, loosely roll the piece up—the bubble wrap, base fabric, roving and tulle.
Step 7: roll on a flat surface, starting with both hands to elbows and back, about 100 times.
Step 8: unroll and lift up the tulle to check the piece. The roving should have started to connect to the base fabric.
Step 9: roll everything back up tightly this time and roll 100 times again.
Step 10: Repeat steps 8 & 9.
Step 11: after about 300 rolls, the piece should be almost completely connected to the silk organza. The final "felting" step is to lay the entire piece out, and with a more concentrated oil olive soap/ water mixture, sprinkle on and rub soap and fibers against the bubble wrap. The back side on the base fabric should begin to ripple when the roving is completely attached.
Step 12: when complete, it should resemble this texture. Delicately rinse the piece under running water and soak in a vinegar/water solution for 15 minutes.
Step 13: hang dry.