Archive for the ‘Etsy’ Category
Our summer has been quite dry and all of our native grasses have turned into shades of gold, rust and cream with hints of their former green. My krokbragd weaving, summer corn and seafoam ceramic poppies capture what our Texas summer looks like!
You can purchase the ceramic poppies for a wall art collection in our Etsy shop here:Wolf Art Glass on Etsy.
All of our in-stock & ready to ship wall art is available in our Etsy shop here:
We use professional hanging hardware for all our wall pieces. Please take a look at this page for details:
We can also craft additional and custom pieces for you.
Buy them here in our Etsy shop!
I have been busy getting back into making these gorgeous ceramic poppies! We add wall mounting hardware to each piece so they can be hung in eye popping collections on the wall.
All of these beauties are available for purchase at Wolf Art Glass on Etsy.
I purchased this great very pliable copper colored aluminum flat wire at Michael’s. It is $5.99 for 5 yards. It should be in the section for beading and jewelry supplies.
Now measure the circumference of your head using a flexible measuring tape or a non-stretchable piece of string and add 4 inches to that number. My head is 22 inches, so I will cut 3 pieces of wire 26 inches long.
Note: the surface of this aluminum wire can mar easily and remove the copper color, so use pliers that have rubber padding or a piece of paper towel to cover the wire before bending.
Next, bend about 3/4 inch on the end of each piece and hook them together to stabilize them for braiding.
Clamp this end to a book, table or put it in a vise. Used a soft cloth or paper towel to protect the wire and the clamping surface. Now slowly start to braid. The braiding action is more like easing the wire from side to side and less like braiding a more pliable medium like hair or yarn.
Your end will look like this:
Now bend one of the ends around the other two and crimp flat.
Next bend the other 2 ends back to form a hook.
Take the other end and fold all 3 wires back on themselves.
Cut a 1-2 inch piece of wire and form a flat ring. Slide this ring over the ends and press the ends to hold the ring in place.
The hooks should slide into the ring to hold it fast.
Here is the finished circlet!
We are finally having some wonderful overcast Texas winter days and the lighting is amazing. A perfect weekend to take some beauty shots of our blown glass ornaments!
All of these beauties are available for purchase at Wolf Art Glass on Etsy.
My new scarves – available here:
ModernNeedlepoint on Etsy
I was weaving a blue and cream striped scarf the other day and I liked how the little horizontal blue weft lines crossed over the cream warp threads and it reminded me of lovely birch trees. So here is my first version of a silver birch tree scarf, this one in gorgeous fall colors. This pattern woven wider would make a great table runner and after watching PBS’s Craft in America Episode V111 last night all about threads, I may have to start cutting up my weaving to make into little art quilts.
The finished scarf is available in my Etsy shop here!
My latest crochet pattern! I love my kindle fire and needed a soft and squishy cover to protect it when I am not using it. I chose to create a cable pattern since the cabling adds an extra layer of padding as compared to normal flat crochet or knit.
You can purchase the pattern in many places:
If you like crochet cables, I highly recommend this book of patterns, very affordable and tons of patterns to learn:
For all of you Spring brides! Available in my Etsy shop here.
I first made this cute little crochet Easter bonnet about 4 years ago. I was messing around making hats and made this one without writing my pattern down. I also used a pansy flower design that was not my own. So, fast forward to 2012 and I finally have created the pattern using my original pansy flower design!
You can purchase this pattern several places:
We worked entirely in pink and lime green color when we blew glass on Friday. These goblets look perfect together for a wedding goblet set! Available here in our Etsy shop.
The interlocking crochet technique opens up a huge range of possibilities. The double-sided patterns are such a bonus, especially when working on blankets and scarves.
Here is a colorway that I have used in a baby blanket for our little friend Sebastian. This is a sample of the same colorway but with a different pattern.
This book has a great set of patterns and teaches the basics of interlocking crochet.
Interlocking crochet is pretty basic once you get the hang of it. You create 2 separate rows of double crochet filet, then each row is worked with a separate color through the mesh of the other color. Now, when I first bought this book, I actually threw it across the room because I could not figure out the stitches. I HIGHLY recommend that you watch these tutorials by the author before you start.
This pattern has a different patterned opposite side, some have the same pattern with just the main dominant color reversed.
Much more to come!
My new pottery Pumpkin Patch trinket dishes! They look great with antique silver serving sets and needlepoint:
And, with our new Keurig and 70’s pottery mug:
My new pottery bird art pendants on Etsy! These are inspired by those funky 70’s articulated owl pendants that are once again all the rage. Will I make an owl pendant? Not sure, but I have a ton of other birds to make before I get there.
You can buy the Meadowlark here:
I do also sell the finished collars on Etsy here.
These are so fun to make, the Omega nylon comes in 90 different colors, so you can make a collar for every occasion!
We are having a super hot summer this year in Austin, TX but that has not stopped us from blowing new and beautiful art glass ornaments! We are working hard to increase the intensity and depth of the color combinations of our ornament suncatchers. All of the below ornaments and many more can be purchased on our new site devoted entirely to our art glass ornaments. Enjoy this Christmas in July treat!
Check back throughout the year as we continue to add more beautiful ornaments!!
I just finished this awesome slate gray crochet purse from my original pattern and now I need to add those important finishing touches of a zipper and lining. I have created this tutorial to show in detail how I did this! To see more images of purses created with this pattern see my earlier blog post.
Inserting the zipper:
Purchase a zipper that is an inch or two longer than your opening.
Unzip the zipper and start pinning to the top of the purse. Note how the zipper teeth are just above the last crochet stitch, not below or even. This will help to make sure your crochet does not get caught in the zipper when in use.
Here is a picture looking at it from another angle:
Continue pinning the zipper to the purse all the way around:
A look at the pinning from a some different angles:
Hand or machine sew the zipper in place. I prefer to hand sew, thus the “organic” stitches:
Note how the extra inches of the zipper just float down into the corner of the purse:
Congratulations! You now have a fully functioning zippered purse!
Next up, I will show you how to line the purse.
Lining the purse:
Lay your purse flat and take the following measurements:
1) Height of the front panel – add 1/2 inch to your measurements
2) Width of the front panel – add 1/2 inch to your measurements
3) Height of the gusset (bottom and side piece) If you have an envelope purse, this measurement is not necessary as there is no bottom per se. – add 1/2 inch to your measurements
Height of front panel of this purse = 5 1/2 inches:
Width of front panel of this purse = 6 1/2 inches:
Height of the gusset = 3 inches
Cutting your lining fabric:
Cut 2 pieces for your front and back that are 6 x 7 inches (this is your 5 1/2 height + 1/2 seam allowance x 6 1/2 width + 1/2 in seam allowance)
Cut 1 piece for the gusset that is 3 1/2 x 19 inches (this is your 3 in height + 1/2 seam allowance x the sum of the height of the two front panels and width of the front panel including their seam allowances = 6+6+7
Sewing your lining:
With right sides facing, place one of the front panels centered on the gusset panel as shown below. Place pins 1/2 inch from each side of the front panel to show you where to start and stop sewing.
Sew between the 2 pins.
Pull the front piece back and place the other front piece as described above and pin and sew in place.
Your lining should now look like this:
Now, match up the top of the side of the gusset with the top of the side of one of the front panels and pin. Note how this forms a box shaped corner.
Sew from 1/2 inch from the top down to the corner. Repeat on all 4 sides. Your lining should now look like this:
Test fit your lining by inserting into your purse to make sure it feels like there is more lining than the inside of the purse.
Now, since this particular purse has a gusset and the sides round out and decrease as they get towards the top where the handles attach, you will want to mimic this in the lining. Right now you have a very square lining and a rounded purse. So place some pins about 1/2 inch from the seam angling in a similar angle as the purse sides.
Sew a diagonal line towards the side of the lining. Cut off the excess fabric from both sides.
See how much more like your purse the lining looks now! Next, press a 1/2 inch seam around the top of the lining.
Now place pins in the middle front of both sides of the lining and the purse.
Now insert the lining into the purse and line up the pins and re-pin the middle fronts of the lining to the middle fronts of the purse.
Now pin the lining all the way around the purse.
Now hand or machine sew all the way around the purse.
Voila! A completely finished purse!!!
Here are some other colors I have worked my pattern in: