Monday, October 15, 2007

Drops of Rose Necklace

Well, it';s been awhile since I posted, mostly because the projects I've made over the last few months have been gifts, and I don't want to post the pictures until the people they were made for get them.

Today, though, I am posting because I have been playing with crocheting jewelry using wire again, and I made something I am so proud of, that I actually wrote a pattern for it. So what I am looking for is 2 or 3 people to test my pattern. This offer is only open to members of the Crochet Talk group on Yahoo, as I don't want to post my email address on my blog, and I certainly don't expect anyone else to post theirs.

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So, this is the necklace. Let me know your thoughts, and if you are a member of the group, contact me to let me know if you want to be a tester.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Spiderweb Cardigan

I must start this post off by saying how much I love Interweave Crochet magazine. The designs are contemporary and beautiful, and I love how they write the pattern instructions. I'm not a "normal" sized person, and because of how well the patterns are written, I have a much easier time adjusting things to fit me.

On to the post at hand. When I saw the Spiderweb Cardigan pattern designed by Marty Miller in the Spring 2007 issue if Interweave Crochet, I just had to make one for myself. I love how it turned out.

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The pattern had a great flow to it, and I found it worked up quite quickly. I also loved that it started off using a technique they termed "foundation double crochet" rather than a starting chain, a technique I plan to adapt into other patterns wherever I can. It makes the foundation row look exactly like any other dc row, and whereas with a foundation chain, I usually have to use a larger hook than in the rest of my work to prevent warping, With this technique, I didn't need to worry about it.

Overall, I would highly recommend this pattern. It looks great, and was fun to make.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Well, I was being lazy today, so I actually ended up crocheting a couple more jewelry pieces. It's rather addicting to make them.

First, another bracelet, done in amethyst tones.

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Secondly, another pendant. I'm not as happy with the pendants so far as I am the bracelets and necklaces, but I am hoping with time and experience I can come up with some great designs.

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Crochet with Wire: The adventure continues

I've only got 4 more finished pieces to show you.

The next is a single strand necklace I made in amethyst shades, which I quite like. Also, I have started to get the hang of wrapping the ends, and I am hoping to get that really nailed down soon.

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Here is what I originally intended to be a bracelet, but it ended up a wee bit bigger than what I planned, so I have declared it an anklet. I really like the colours on this one too.

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I decided I wanted a necklace that was colour neutral and that could be worn with anything. This is the one I like best out of all my attempts so far.

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Lastly, I thought I would try to use a stitch other than the chain or single crochet. I decided to make a pendant using dc's in the round. I think it turned out quite cute.

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That's it for my crocheted wire pieces so far. I find making the jewlery very enjoyable. Also, so far, I've spent an average of a little over an hour on each piece, which when most of my other projects take me some time to finish is nice to have something that works up quickly. I may try my hand at selling these, I am not sure yet. Might be a nice way to earn a few extra dollars to support my pre-existing yarn habit, and my newly acquired bead and wire habit.

Crochet with Wire

I decided I wanted to try something different, so I bought myself Nancie M. Wiseman's book, Crochet with Wire.
My older sister quite thoughtfully bought me Annie Modesitt's book, Twist and Loop, wanting to get me a unique Christmas present on the subject that I love.

So I spent a while studying both books, trying to get a feel of the general techniques and strategies, such as how to attatch the closures. When I felt I had a grasp of the concept, I headed on down to Michaels, where I got a few things to get me started.

The first item I made was a necklace.

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It turned out a little long for where the neckline of most of my shirts fall, but other than that, I am pleased with it as a first effort.

Emboldened by my success, I decided to try my hand at a bracelet. I will say here I attempted to use 24 gauge wire, which to me felt extremely stiff and difficult to work with. I may try that gauge again with more experience under my belt as the finished piece is still flexible enough to be wearable, but has a solidity to it that I think would be a huge advantage with certain designs.

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As I liked the look of that bracelet for the most part, I decided to use the same beads and change the design slightly. I quite liked the way the second one turned out. In fact, I was proud enough of it to include it as part of my younger sisters birthday present.

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And the wire crochet adventure will continue in the next post.