While growing up I could always draw and articulate images in realism I also appreciated how a single string could hold a world of possibilities. I enjoyed the hours I had to pour over images with ...
While growing up I could always draw and articulate images in realism I also appreciated how a single string could hold a world of possibilities. I enjoyed the hours I had to pour over images with pencils, pastels, acrylics and inkwashes... but I also wanted to see some tangilibity of my efforts beyond pictures I drew... I wanted to learn how to make this one string loop and loop into various designs... designs that help bring warmth, style and personality to others and their homes...
Here is a bit about my journey of crafting beyond my drawings...
I grew up (in Iowa) trying any craft I could get my hands on.I knew at some point before I was able to remember my mother knit. That was the only reasonable explanation for the needles, yarn and a few half done washcloths in a dresser drawer that was hers. My mother being the wonderful women she is, had three jobs and volunteered in her spare timeâ€¦
My dadâ€™s mother is a quilter and Iâ€™ve always marveled at her work and loved the tangibility of her efforts! I made my own paper piecing qult based on what I saw her do and made a small doll quilt using an old rag for the â€œfillâ€ but thatâ€™s as far as I gotâ€¦
My next door neighbor who was a bit younger than me showed me how to crochet but a row of chains and I was left to my own resources. LOL I didnâ€™t get farther than that first rowâ€¦
And then there are the small ornament cross stitch kits that are my mom had a few of - I tried to do those on my own but somehow the backside always ended up in a knotted mess :-( â€¦
Someone please show me how?? Anyone?
I enlisted in the Air Force after high school and inherited lots of time by myselfâ€¦ onto a book store to browse and wallah! â€“>found the Idiotâ€™s guide to knitting and crocheting! The missing piece! The instructions (with pictures!) Iâ€™d been craving! I was hooked! I began making scarves for people I didnâ€™t really know, they just saw me knitting and we'd get to talking, I'd then offer to make them something...most of these people I only knew their name, oh and what color scarf they wanted :) I just wanted to make things!! :0) Crocheting was also addicting! So - I figured, I can knit! (go me!) I can crochet! (woo hoo!) Now oh cross stitch where is your wrath! I will conquer you as well! Mwahahahaaâ€¦
I have since done not one, but TWO 5â€ x 7â€ cross stitches and have taken a class for quilting. :-D YAY!
A few years later after beginning my hand in the arts of fabric and fibers - here I am!
No sharp edges here... and should Mr. Snow fall off the tree he will not break, nor will he melt ;). He is complete with a carrot nose and top hat, corn cob pipe and button nose have been omitted to make him more kid friendly ;).
Finished Mr. Snow will have a loop to hang him onto the tree - no hooks needed! :)
Mr. Snow came to fruition because a friend of mine wanted her little guy (who is just over a year old) to be able to play with the ornaments and not worry about choking hazards. This ornament was made as well as others ( Rudolph, Brown Bear, Polar Bear - see them all here: http://lostsentiments.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-christmas-ornaments-are-done.html more patterns to come!) to give some life to their tree and some peace of mind to the parents. Whether you buy Mr. Snow's pattern for yourself or a friend know the end result will be cherished for years to come and will withstand any beatings it may endure (packing and unpacking holiday decor, falling off the tree, ending up in fidos mouth, etc. ;))
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