Thursday, July 17, 2008

Embellished Irish Crochet

This is the first time I've embellished Irish crochet and I won't experiment again any time soon since second semester begins on Monday. I found this to be a fun project and a great way to exhibit Irish crochet motifs! I used a #40 thread and size #11 beads.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Paua shell necklace complete

Paua Shell Necklace
This is not the best of backgrounds to show the beauty of the colors, but beige was the only color I could use. Otherwise, the shell would have a glare. The black beads made a huge improvement.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

My Current Project!!

I couldn't wait until the mid-semester break to work on some designs. I've decided to make a beaded band for the pendant I was previously working on. This is a versatile pendant. It can be used for the center of a bracelet, earrings, or necklace. I enjoy beading. I find it a relaxing and mindless (for lack of a better word) activity.


I have run out of beads (not surprising), so a trip to the craftshop, and fingers crossed that the beads are available, and I will hopefully complete this project within a few days. I'm thinking that it would be nice to have black beads in the band. Hmmm...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fish Pattern Link


This little fishy is about 1.5 inches long.
Crocheted with a #40 thread and gold metallic sewing thread.

The link was removed due to a virus. I will make the pattern available via the blog soon!

As Promised...Garter Pattern

I've joined esnips so I can make the patterns available. The link for the garter pattern is: http://www.esnips.com/web/MindysTatting
Scroll down for the pattern. If there is a problem, please let me know.
I'll upload the other patterns in the coming days and add the links to the link section as time permits.
Enjoy!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

All the Pattern Links are Not Working

Well gee...all the pattern links are not working...duh! I'm so annoyed!! I'll have the links fixed but not until the end of the semester. Please bare with me...my little fishy...sweet little cute fishy :(

I will upload the patterns to my other website as soon as I can.

Thanks for your patience!

Bridal garter/Website was deleted

For those of you who have tried to access the bridal garter, my apologies for the link not working. I'll have to put up another link on my other website. For some reason, this website has been deleted...argh!!! I wasn't the person who deleted it, so I wonder how that happened. I also have the books in pdf. for order on that website, which won't do any good now. I'll have to put up another link for that as well. That is so weird!!

So sorry for the inconvenience. Please contact me if you are interested in the pattern and I can email it to you :)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Final year began!

I began my final year of my BA degree last week! I was well rested from last year's mental workout and now I am ready to start it all over again. I have 3 history classes this semester, which is a heavy reading load! I am also taking a psychology course, which is going to be cool. I have to maintain a B average in 3 of my history courses this year in order to qualify for Honors next year. Achieving an Honors degree is my goal.
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I am taking Medieval Mentalities, the American West, and African-American Struggles for Freedom. I'm looking forward to the lectures, two of which are given my American professors, and to tutorial discussions with my class. In Auckland university, the humanitarian courses also have tutorials, something that I believe isn't done in the states. It is basically a class discussion of the reading material we are assigned each week. I look forward to those because students have the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other and ask the tutor more indepth questions regarding the subject.
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Of course, this means I will have even less time for the blog and no time at all for lacemaking and design. The bracelet is still mental picture at this stage. My apologies to those readers who were waiting anxiously to have the pattern. I'm waiting anxiously to wear the finished bracelet, but I have to wait.

The End of Summer

It has been a while since I last posted. Summer was busy, which meant I had no time for designing and very little time for other needle work. I did manage to finish a cross stitch that I had put away 3 years ago. I also nearly completed a hussif I began 4 years ago. Well, that is not entirely true; I still have to make the button loops and embroider some stems for the roses. Funny thing is, it only took my a few hours to finish the main part of it. I should have finished it 4 years ago!!!

Okay...remember when I said I was going to lose all that weight. Well, I did lose some (pat myself of the back), but not nearly as much as I had hoped. Still, I feel GREAT!!! Ladies...if you are at all like me and sit around the house working on crochet or tatting, or any other type of needle work (i'm not like that now, but I use to be), a treadmill is the answer to your added calories. I think investing in a good treadmill is probably one of the best decisions I made for my health. I am more fit and less stressed!

It was because of me becoming more fit that I was able to hike this summer up the summit of Rangitoto, a volcano, and walk up the island of Tiri Tiri Mantangi, a bird sanctuary. I had a fantastic adventure!!! Had I not been on that treadmill, no way would I have been able to do all that.

Rangitoto from the ferry. We were getting close to the island in this image. A ferry ride is the only way to get there! There is no drining water. You have to bring your own. And when you walk on the trail, it sounds as though you are walking on glass. The volcanic pebles are hollow...both eerie and cool!

Pohutukawa: A native bush/tree of N.Z. This is one of my favorite trees in N.Z. During the summer, Rangitoto island is a hue of red from a distance. All those Pohutukawa trees!!!

View of Auckland City from the summit. If you look on the left...that is downtown Auckland. Do you see the spikey object in the photo? That is the sky tower. Google and check it out ;)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Beaded Ring for Bracelet

I've finally managed to work a bit on the bracelet today. I've decided that the ring should be the next step simply because it will demonstrate how I added the beads. I can't find the file on 'how to make rings' for downloading. When I do locate it, I'll make it available.
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The instructions for the ring are as follows. Wrap the end of a size G hook 10 times leaving about 8 inches of end for beading. Work 20 sc in ring. Cut working thread leaving 8 inches to bead with. Insert hook into 1st sc made and pull working thread thru both the stitch and the loop on hook. You now have a thread in the back of your work and a thread in the front of your work. Place 3 delica beads on a needle threader, then place both ends of the thread in the needle threader and slide the beads over both threads. Push them until the sit on top of the ring. Now mark both ends of the threads.
Skip 1 sc on the ring, then in the next sc, insert the needle threader (front to back) thru both loops of the stitch and grab one of the ends (white for example), pull thru; then insert the needle threader into same stitch (back to front) and grab the black end and pull thru. Pull tight until the beads form a point. Now repeating the last step, insert the needle threader into next sc, front to back and pull the black thread thru, the insert the needle threader in the same stitch from back to front and pull the white thread thru; pull taught. Repeat step into the next stitch; pull taught.
Place 3 beads on both threads and repeat steps again until you have 4 beaded tips.

This is how the beading is added for the center motif as well. After a little practice, you'll do this quicker and have more fun with it. You could also experience with different thread colors for the beading.