Sunday, December 30, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 12:43 AM
I don't think I will ever get use to Santa Claus wearing shorts and having a picnic. I found it amusing when I first arrived to NZ, but thought I would be use to it after 7 years....nope!! I miss the cold breath on Christmas Eve and my grandmother's fireplace on Christmas day. It does however make being homesick easier to cope with during the holidays.
The internship has been fun and I've learned so much about how to handle and catalogue items of value. Besides textiles, I have grown fond of the printed word...not only books, but also diaries that have handwritten entries by soldiers or emigrants. I have an interest in print culture and am looking forward to studying more of the subject in next year's classes.
Design, obviously, has taken a back seat. On the one hand, I'm annoyed by it...on the other hand, I see it as a turned page that I can always go back to. Calligraphy, for the moment at least, has taken much of my time. Oh, I've managed to work a bit on cross stitch, but only because this particular project has sentimental value since the same pattern was made by my mother for my grandmother years ago and hangs in her corridor. I wanted the same in my dining room. My daughter began it a couple of years ago, but put it down and hasn't touched it since. I decided to finish it and have been working on it for a week now. I hope to finish it before classes begin.
I also hope to complete the bracelet I began. I have promised one person in particular to design the bracelet and make the pattern available. I do want to keep my promise.
Additionally, the garter pattern will be up soon for downloading. It is on a pdf file but be fair warned, it has not been proofed, so tat at your own risk.
And lastly, I hope to complete a hussif I began 4 years ago. Funny thing...it only needs a couple of hours to complete. How could I have put it away without finishing it then? Go figure. It is really silly when I think about it. There must have been something more important at the time.
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Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Continue working over both threads with the following:
*4 sc, ch 5, remove loop from hook, insert hook into 1st sc made, replace loop on hook and pull thru stitch, ch1, work 6 sc in ch-lp* (6 times). Elongate the loop on the hook and remove hook.
Pull the tail just enough to see which thread begins to shorten. Once you located the right thread, pull that thread from point B. This will cause the second thread to tighten around the bead. Pull tight so that there is no space between your work and the bead. Now pull the tail again until the this thread is tight around the bead.
This is the first half. Repeat for the second half. A needle threader will be necessary to pull the thread thru the center. Sl st to the ch-1 of the first loop.
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To be cont...
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I am participating in an internship at one of the historical villages here in New Zealand. I have really enjoyed it so far and know for sure that I would like to be involved in museum work when I finish my degree, if not sooner. This village is similar to Amish Acres in Indiana, but there is a lot more history since it deals with early settlers in Auckland. Take a peek at their website:
Posted by Mindy at 10:39 AM
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I have been able to squeeze in some time to start a new bracelet. This one is going to be simple so that I can make the pattern available for download. The beads will mostly be added by hand after the motifs are completed. At least that is the idea I have in mind at the moment. I would like to experiment more with beading and this will give me the opportunity.
About scanning...unfortunately, I am not able to scan anything at the moment. I wanted to scan my progress of calligraphy, which by the way is highly addictive. There is nothing wrong with the scanner, but it is not compatible with the laptop I am using. I do hope to have the compatible connection in the coming days so that I can begin scanning the progress of both the bracelet and my calligraphy.
Posted by Mindy at 11:15 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Finally! My deepest apologies for taking so long.
The flower pattern is not included in the instructions. You can use any 6 petal traditional rose.
PC - Padding cord. This is a #10 thread. Sometimes the stitches are made on this thread only (UCA) and sometimes the stitches are made in both the work and the cord together.
UCA - Use cord only. Work the stitches on the #10 thread only.
TC - Tighten cord. Pull the #10 thread to squeeze the stitches together.
FJ - Flat Join. This means to remove your work from the hook, insert the hook where indicated, grab the loop of your work and pull through. Adjust tension. You may or may not need to ch 1, depending on your tension.
Note: I think it is better to refer to this as a 'right side join' when the slip stitches are made to the right, but since I've seen the stitch termed this way in vintage books, I've used it.
I hope this makes it clearer for those of you who want to make the Irish crochet snowflake.
Posted by Mindy at 11:29 AM
I am one of those people who LOVE to write beautifully, even if I can't. I would spend a lot of time making my handwriting look nice when I was school. I think part of that has to do with the creative side of me. I could never draw, but I did have nice penmanship (at least I thought).
It's funny how my brother could draw beautifully but had the worse handwriting. I don't know why that is. I pitied his teachers. You would think his handwriting to be flawless. I think it might be a male/female thing?
Anyway, I bought a book a while back in preparation for summer. I started the night before last and am really excited about it. If you have ever seen illuminated manuscripts...you'll know why. I can actually visualize myself spending hours forming letters and decorating a page.
I'll post my work as I progress.
Posted by Mindy at 10:59 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Finally! After a very long and tiring year of study, it's over. I have my life back again...free to do whatever my little heart desires. What does that include? Hmmmm.....
1- Losie 10 pounds
2- Making Christmas gifts for family and friends
3- Cleaning the blinds...the hard way
4- Lose another 10 pounds
5- Put away all these course handouts and notes (so many!)
6- Celebrate 3 birthdays, including moi
7- Lose another 10 pds
9- Go to the butterfly house (can't wait)
10- Buy a new wardrobe...LOL
Now that my 'to do' list is all planned out, I can get started.
Of course, waiting for my exam results is going to be long. They will trickle in. The good thing is that next year, I will only have 2 exams as opposed to 8!!!! We don't sit exams in history in the last year of our BA's. Well, you aren't let you off that easy. I will have an extra essay to write and they are longer, and God forbid if I have to give a speech...yikes!!
It's summer time in New Zealand...let the fun begin!!
Posted by Mindy at 11:16 AM
Friday, October 26, 2007
Okay...7 facts about myself:
1- I bit my fingernails until I was 17...ewe!
2- I pierced one of my ears when I was 11...got in trouble for it...then my mother approved for a neighbor to do it (after my ear healed). Then when I was 17, I pierced a second hole in both my ears...stubborn...argh!! But it looked GOOD.
3- I got caught smoking when I was 13...got restricted to my room for a month for that one. Good on you Mom and Dad :). I deserved it.
4- I played the clarinet until high school.
5- I wanted to be a cosmetologist...still wish I had done that :(.
6- I was so obsessed with Starsky n Hutch that I recorded the programs...good grief!!
7- I use to open all my Christmas presents before Christmas and re-tape them so no one knew...naughty girl!
Well...back to exams :). I finish exams next month and then it will be back to blogging....yeah!!!
Posted by Mindy at 12:19 PM
Friday, August 10, 2007
I have been requested by several visitors about the abbreviations used in the Irish crochet snowflake pattern. I will post them as soon as I find time. It probably won't be until sometime in in September when I have a mid-semester break. Please bare with me :)
Posted by Mindy at 8:59 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2007
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Friday, July 13, 2007
I tried to play with the image. Obviously it did not work. The beads at the top and bottom of pin are simply a bead with a large center hole with the seed beads added...voila!
Posted by Mindy at 6:18 PM
This picture shows the beading on top the crochet clusters. I have a lot to learn about beading, but it is so fun that I look forward to learning! I like adding beads to crochet rather than crocheting them in to the work.I feel I have more choices with beading patterns this way...besides the creative and fun aspect of it. Of course, I am referring to jewelry designs and small motifs.
This is the true color of the beads, but the picture is blurry. I LOVE the color. It is so magical.
I was able to scan the back to show the beading clearer. Funny thing...I didn't mark the holes of the paua shell to insert the memory wire. Good grief!! I can also see where I miscounted beads...argh!!! Well, I'm not sure what kind of bracelet to make with it...tatted or memory wire? I will probably go with memory wire though. I have some pearls that I think would look lovely with this design.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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Friday, July 6, 2007
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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Sunday, April 15, 2007
Well, I tried...I really did. I had hoped to be able to keep designing and posting while in university, but to no avail. Classes resume in a week's time and I am gathering sources, researching, and taking notes for 4 essays due next month. Its no wonder I haven't been able to blog.
I did manage to start the pin design, but it NEEDS adjusting, so I will be waiting until exams finish to make those changes. In the mean time, check out Melody McDuffee's crochet jewelry. I can't wait until the holidays to play with this technique!!! I think crochet jewelry is going to be a huge success. And if you want to see more eye candy check out Jeanne Wertman's micromacrame.
The blog will slow down even more...but I will post when time permits.
Posted by Mindy at 6:04 PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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Monday, April 9, 2007
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Sunday, April 8, 2007
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Sunday, March 25, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 12:09 PM
With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies,
How silently, and with how wan a face,
What may it be, that even in heavenly place
That busy archer his sharp arrows tries?
Sure if that long with Love acquainted eyes
Can judge of Love, though feel'st a lover's case;
I read it in thy looks, thy languished grace
To me that feel the like, thy state descries.
Then even of fellowship, O Moon, tell me
Is constant Love deemed there but want of wit?
Are beauties there as proud as here they be?
Do they above love to be loved, and yet
Thos lovers scorn whom that Love doth possess?
Do they call Virtue there ungratefulness?
Posted by Mindy at 4:05 AM
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The mid-semester break will begin in a couple of weeks time. Until then, I have another 2 essays to complete and a test. I'm looking forward to this weekend though when I hope to squeeze in a little crochet. I was writing an art history essay last weekend. After I handed it in, I realized that one of my sentences separated from a paragraph...argh!! Good grief!!
Poetry!! Okay, I do love poetry (not modern). I just wish my analysing would improve. I knew I had a wild imagination, but I've taken sonnets to a new world.
History!! Love, love, love history... can't get enough of it. You gotta be nosey, which I am, to love history. I have to know everything: why did that happen? who said that? why didn't they do that?, etc.
Art history!! We had lectures about the history of printing this week ... so cool!!
Still, I can't wait to get some crocheting time...maybe I'll get to finally make my bracelet? Probably not.
Posted by Mindy at 1:53 PM
Thursday, March 15, 2007
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Saturday, March 3, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 11:37 AM
Monday, February 26, 2007
- #40 Coats thread (or other 6 strand thread)
- Padding thread is several strands of working thread
- 0.60 crochet hook
- Kreinik metallic thread
- 1 - #9 black glass bead
My apologies for leaving them out of the instructions.
Posted by Mindy at 11:09 AM
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I finished the fish design yesterday and have the instructions ready, but my Frontpage software has been deleted and I don't have my pdf software installed on this computer yet...good grief! This is my version of the fish I imitated and added to my blog last week. It is very different from the fish design I have a photocopy of. Certainly more fish-like.
I thought I would put the photo of it up anyway as a sneak preview. I'm happy with the result. It's worked in #40 thread and Kreinik metallic thread. It measures 4.5cm from tip of nose to tip of tail. The pattern does indicate where one could use the padding cord which is used in Irish crochet, but it is an option only and not necessary. This way the pattern is not restricted to Irish crochet lacemakers. I also didn't explain how I added the bead for the eye. That would have to be diagrammed and I don't have the time right now. The eye can be sewed or crocheted it in the work.
I'll post when the pattern is uploaded.
Posted by Mindy at 10:07 AM
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Hurray!! I finished the bracelet tonight. It hasn't been sprayed yet.
The materials used are: discontinued #60 Coats thread for the Irish crochet, #20 Coats thread for the knotting and tatting, delica beads, fresh water pearls, and a paua shell center, and silver coated claw clasp and ring.
My daughter named it Ocean Treasures.
Posted by Mindy at 2:31 AM
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 1:33 PM
I haven't sprayed it yet. That will be after I have tatted the band. I hope to finish the bracelet over the weekend. Too bad it isn't for me :(
I love this color of thread. It has been discontinued. I bought it thread several years ago when a bobbin lacemakerr at our guild passed away and her supplies were sold to members of the guild for charity. I have a little bit left, so I use it sparingly.
I will be adding fresh water pearls to the band. I really am excited about this bracelet. I hope to make one for myself just like it someday...someday.
To be cont...
Posted by Mindy at 1:19 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 3:32 AM
Thursday, February 15, 2007
When my brothers and I were in junior high, father would sometimes pick us up from school to spend 'quality time' together. He had Mondays off and so would take us to the park or where he worked. Being the only girl in the group, I always felt out of place. It was actually father and son time. I was only there because they couldn't leave me out.
One of my fondest memories was an occasion when my father picked us up to go fishing (I think we went to Lake Norman). My brothers had fishing rods and a tackle box. They couldn't wait to catch their first fish. On our way there, we stopped by one of the little shops to buy live worms....yuck!! I wanted to fish but was told: "We only have two fishing rods. Besides, you are a girl. Girls don't fish". I was annoyed. Being 'xy' sure had its ups and downs.
We arrived at one of the small piers, or maybe it's called a dock? I wouldn't know because I was a girl. I watched as my dad twisted the worm around the hook piercing it in one end, then in middle, and lastly in the other end. It was gross, but I still wanted to fish. I just didn't want to touch anything that wriggled. I watched as they threw out their lines and reeled them in, only to find the worm was gone, as was the fish. I spent an hour waiting to see the first catch of the day but it hadn't come. Brian was really frustrated. I was really bored.
I finally asked my dad to please let me give it a try. I was so keen to catch a fish. My brothers objected, "We only have two fishing rods!" Dad finally succumbed to my whining and said that I could fish off the edge of the pier using some fishing line and a hook. I asked him to 'hook' the worm for me. I wasn't going to do that...ew! With a look that would curl your hair he told me, "If you want to fish, you have to hook the worm yourself". It was my turn to succumb and so I did. It smelled horrible and made me queasy, but I did it anyway and then dropped my line over the edge. I waited for about two minutes when I felt something tugging on my line. I first thought my hook was caught on something until dad said, "Mindy, pull it up quick!". I did, and at the other end dangled a small fish. It wasn't fish bowl size either. It was large enough for one person to eat. I was thrilled!! I had caught a fish...and I was a girl.
I noticed my brother's faces change to different shades of red. In part that was caused by anger, but mostly they had become more determined to catch their first fish. On the one had, I felt sorry for them. It wasn't easy to maintain an ego as big as theirs. But on the other hand, I felt proud and yet cautious. Could it have been beginner's luck? Probably.
I dropped my line over the edge again expecting nothing, but two minutes later I had another tug on my line! I pulled it up and sure enough there squirmed another fish the same size as the first one. I gleamed with excitement. My brothers felt rage. Their fishing rods were proving to be useless to them.
I thought I would give it one more try - just to prove girls can fish. In truth though, I was sure I had used all my luck but I dropped the line over the side anyway and what do you know...I felt another tug at my line. I was ecstatic. Victory never felt so good. My brothers felt defeated and quit. I could hear them rambling on about girls and fishing and luck. I knew I had proved my point and decided not to drop the line over a forth time. I didn't think they would be able to handle another catch.
We went home that evening with three fish, two angry boys, an very uncomfortable father and one happy little girl!!
Posted by Mindy at 3:06 AM
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 1:53 PM
I finally solved the blog problem. I had to 'cache' my computer. I think that was the term used. I basically had to delete my internet files. It took about 10 minutes for them to be deleted!! I'm hoping that may have solved other computer problems I've been having as well.
I've uploaded photos of the 'A Touch of Irish Crochet Lace' book series I self-published in 2003. The photos are on the right hand side of the navigator. Scroll down to the bottom to see. Some books are still available, so if you are interested please contact me. I'm out of stock for book 5. It was the most popular of the series. Everyone loves hearts don't they?
Posted by Mindy at 12:36 PM
It was all going so well until yesterday. I've been trying to work on the format of my blog and darn if my computer keeps freezing on me. I simply can't add or delete my page elements...argh!! It's so frustrating. Computer problem, you say? Perhaps!
Look what I found while searching for more projects to upload in my albums. This is the first authentic Irish crochet project I made. Several members, including myself, on one of the lacemakers group decided to have a workshop together via the group. We used the Priscilla 'Irish Crochet: Technique and Projects' publication.
By 'authentic' I mean that the motifs were first worked and then basted onto a design. Then the background was added, and lastly the edging. This was so difficult to me at the time. I thought I would never be able to finish it, but I did! Now, when I compare this doily to the collar, I see I have come a long way....so gratifying!
Posted by Mindy at 2:41 AM
Monday, February 12, 2007
When my son was accepted in the university, I wanted to make him something really special and I thought what better gift is there but a 'handmade' quilt.
I found a simple pattern on the Internet since this would be my first quilt. I knew I wanted to use a Celtic design in the stitching and so bought colors that I thought suit the theme and yet something a guy would appreciate.
I bought the fabric and then, like every other project that is not crocheted or tatted, put it in a drawer. After some time, a member of our guild encouraged me to take the plunge and start the quilt. She gave me a long sheet of art paper and showed me how she quilts. I found her manner to be easy and fun. I went straight home and cut the pieces. I gleefully 'hand sewed' my block and looked at it with pride. I was on my way to making my first quilt. I was excited of the challenge and couldn't wait to get to the stitching. I love Celtic designs!!
Well, that was it. I haven't touched it since. The picture is of the only block I have made. The fabric is again put away. My son will be graduating this year and he still hasn't received his 'handmade' quilt.
I hope I'll be able to finish it someday...maybe for his son? Maybe for his grandson...definitely not!!! I doubt I'll live that long and even if I did, I'll have already become blind from all these years of needle arts.
So my block will probably be forever lonely, longing to be joined and whole again...sniff, sniff.
Posted by Mindy at 1:17 PM
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 11:42 AM
I went to bed with several design ideas last night. I made a decision several days ago to start drawing instead of spending extra time piddling with thread. I drew a couple of the ideas in my Design Book. Hey, that's an idea...a Design Book!! To Do List - 'buy a Design Book'. Okay, in truth, I only drew it on a scrap piece of paper but I really will buy a book to draw them in ;)
Are those my thread piddles in the picture? Nope! My thread piddles ends up in the trash. Those are practice pieces. The red is simply trying out bead ideas. It also proves, to me at least, that Irish crochet should not be worked in #20 thread. It is bulky and unsightly. Compare it to the bottom left clover. Now that's pleasing to the eye!! It is worked in #40 thread and doesn't it look dainty and crisp. I know the red design ideas will work great in #40 and make a lovely centerpiece for a bracelet. Hopefully some day soon.
The blue is not crochet, but knotting. I wanted to see what a cork screw effect would look like around a bead. I like it, but I need to work out several problems. I actually wanted to crochet a 'twist', but I know knotting would be quicker. I try the crochet stitches another time.
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Posted by Mindy at 10:37 AM
Saturday, February 10, 2007
After reading about Teri's haircut history on her blog, I drug out one of my favorite childhood pictures of my brothers and myself.
Posted by Mindy at 12:19 AM
Friday, February 9, 2007
Now that I am tatting this garter for a 2nd time, I think there needs to be adjustments in the stitch count where the beading is. However since the garter is going to be gathered, I wasn't concerned about it this time around. Perhaps it doesn't even need an adjustment. Maybe it's just my 'perfectionist' side (which I'm beginning to view as my enemy now) that's toying with me.
I am tatting this garter for my cousin who is getting married this year. She is the last of the grandchildren to be married. Well, I guess the time has come for the great grandchildren to step up to the 'wedding vows' plate.
I know this garter would be so much prettier with beads, but that would have to be the next time a family member is married.
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This pattern will be available soon!
Posted by Mindy at 11:04 AM
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
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Monday, February 5, 2007
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I always spray my Irish crochet with water once completed; it's still a little damp. When sprayed, Irish crochet 'shrinks and pops' to reveal all its detail. Isn't that neat!
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This design is a combination of Irish crochet (Clones knots), tatting, and finger knotting with beads. Overall, I'm pleased with the design. I would use a darker color for ladies. Darker colors are more striking. Since this is for a 12 year old, I chose pink. I would have preferred to use slightly smaller beads to replace the larger beads in the band, but this was what I had to work with. I'll experiment with different beads another time.
Posted by Mindy at 10:59 PM
I began the band this morning in hopes of finishing the design so I can continue with the garter....work, work, work--VBG.
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Sunday, February 4, 2007
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Saturday, February 3, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 3:27 PM
Filigree is what I'm heading for. The design on the left is basic design. It is very simple....maybe too simple. I did add beads and was very happy with the finished look, however the stitch count was wrong and it curled up on me....argh!! Then my youngest daughter told me that it needs some dimension. Why did I ask??? Naturally I had to explore her idea and so have added Clones knots to the this design along with the beading placement I used with the second design.
Clones knots make this design too crowded but it can be remedied. I have an plan that I hope will do the trick. I'll try to work out the kinks throughout the day. When I have finished it, I'll decide which one works for the main attraction. I have a feeling both will be pretty!
Posted by Mindy at 12:42 PM
Thursday, February 1, 2007
This is my first attempt at adding beads to the center of an Irish rose. It was tedious to say the least, but worth it. I think a little practice will do the trick.
The center of this rose is made with the 'Triple Loose Ring Technique'. I added beads to both the ring and the working thread. And though they have been added to the working thread, that doesn't mean they are 'crocheted' in the work...they aren't.
The first row of petals are behind the beads. Personally, I prefer the each back petal to fall between 2 front petals. That won't work with this pattern, but the beads to liven up this traditional Irish rose.
Posted by Mindy at 3:26 PM
The problem with #20 thread and Irish crochet is that the work becomes too unmalleable. Joins are less neat and certainly more noticeable. Also, a motif is not as versatile in larger thread. The beauty of Irish crochet is that it has alot of delicate detail. This is lost when large threads are used. In short, what works with a #40 or #60 and finer will not work with a #20, let alone #10 (Ew!! Shudder at the thought of using #10).
Various Thread Sizes
Vintage MotifThis is a vintage motif worked in a very fine thread. Click on the link to see a close-up image. It is only 2" tall but just look at the detail. The background has Open Clones Knots.Each one is about 2 mm long!!! Click here to watch how I make them.
This image is the same vintage motif and another motif I made of the same pattern. I used a #60 thread and crocheted this motif by eye as I don't have instructions for it. If I had to guess, I'd say the vintage motif is crocheted in a #180 thread (though I won't swear it).
Posted by Mindy at 12:03 PM
Monday, January 29, 2007
Working on designs for the center of the bracelet, this is the filigree idea and is crocheted...hmmm, needs work. I like the center glass bead (blue), but if this design is going to work with the band, I would need a metalic bead (maybe something celtic?) I basically wanted to experiment with having a center bead incorporated into the crochet. I can't imagine having to sew beads in my work...ew!!
Posted by Mindy at 12:54 PM