Saturday, June 19, 2010

Craft party fun

We had a small Etsy Craft Party here in Spokane last night in a local coffee shop. Very fun!

Spokane Etsy Craft Party -- Lacey

Spokane Etsy Craft Party -- Crystal

We talked a lot about the crafts we do, sewing machines we love, and Etsy, of course. And we agreed to try it again next month! If you're in the Spokane area and would like to be part of a craft group, sign up for our Yahoo! email group here.

I got to sew a new plushie last night, too. Nosey was finished this afternoon.

Nosey (on book)

(The book is Susanna Oroyan's Anatomy of a Doll. I used it to figure out how to needlesculpt the nose.)

Nosey (close-up)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A craft party invitation

Blossom

Blossom the sock plushie has an invitation for you!

Etsy.com is celebrating its birthday in style! In conjunction with meetup.com, Etsy is encouraging crafters everywhere to get together for craft parties on Friday, June 18, which is Etsy's birthday. The Spokane version will take place at Forza Coffee, 2829 E. 29th Ave. from 6-9 pm. I'll be teaching folks how to make sock plushies (like Blossom, above). This is a great opportunity to meet other local crafty types in a fun setting.

The Spokane meetup page is here. To find an Etsy craft party anywhere, click here.

Saturday afternoon in the backyard

I worked on my first sock "monster" plushie yesterday. I'd never gotten around to trying this fun project, but I'm glad I finally did. You can hand-stitch the whole thing pretty easily. It doesn't have a face yet, but I knew that it had to have a scarf!


Flowered sock plushie with crochet


Bare feet and crochet

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Back to crocheting fabric

I mostly enjoyed my 30-day creating-and-blogging challenge. I noticed that I got bored with one project, so I'd move to the next thing, then the next, but not finish anything. That's been my tendency, but the challenge made it even more obvious to me. It became clearer that I also get discontented when I haven't finished anything in a while. There has to be a balance between experimenting and completing.

So. I've picked up the crochet hook again, to complete that fabric strip project. I finished the flat piece of mostly green fabrics, and formed it into a sort of blobby 3D shape.

Fabric strips blob

Next, I decided that I want to crochet a tube to attach to the "blob." I wasn't sure how to do that, so I worked up a couple of samples after consulting A to Z Crochet, a great resource if you crochet.

Purple crocheted tubes

Not long ago, I wouldn't have bothered with the samples. I would have impatiently crashed onward, then been unhappy with the results. This time I recognized that I needed to step back and try it out on a small scale first. Much saner, don't you think?