Interlocking Crochet Colorways

January 28th, 2012

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.

Interlocking Crochet

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.

http://www.interlockingcrochet.com/video-tutorials/interlocking-crochet-video-tutorials.html

This pattern has a different patterned opposite side, some have the same pattern with just the main dominant color reversed.

Interlocking Crochet

Interlocking Crochet

Much more to come!

New Pottery Bowls

October 21st, 2011

Some of our latest work!

Pottery Bowls

Pottery Bowls

It’s all about ornaments right now

October 20th, 2011

All of the below ornaments and many more can be purchased on our new site devoted entirely to our art glass ornaments. We are blowing every other day to stock up for the holiday season, which has already begun!

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Pottery Pumpkin Patch Dishes

September 3rd, 2011

My new pottery Pumpkin Patch trinket dishes! They look great with antique silver serving sets and needlepoint:

Pottery Pumpkin Patch Dish

And, with our new Keurig and 70’s pottery mug:

Pottery Pumpkin Patch Dish

Pottery Bird Art Pendants

August 3rd, 2011

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:

Pottery Bird Art Pendants


You can buy the Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) here:

Pottery Bird Art Pendants


And my favorite – you can buy the female Belted Kingfisher here:

Pottery Bird Art Pendants

Crochet Kitty Cat Collar Pattern now available!

July 23rd, 2011

My pattern for these adorable crochet kitty cat collars is available for purchase here. Pattern also available on Etsy here. The hardware for the collars is also available.

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!

Crochet Kitty Cat Collar Pattern

Crochet Kitty Cat Collar Pattern

Our new online art glass ornament shop – GlassOrnaments.US is now open!

July 14th, 2011

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

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!

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Blown Glass Ornament Suncatchers by WolfArtGlass

Check back throughout the year as we continue to add more beautiful ornaments!!

GlassOrnaments.US

How to insert a zipper and lining into a crochet purse tutorial

July 8th, 2011

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.

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

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.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Here is a picture looking at it from another angle:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Continue pinning the zipper to the purse all the way around:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

A look at the pinning from a some different angles:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Hand or machine sew the zipper in place. I prefer to hand sew, thus the “organic” stitches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Note how the extra inches of the zipper just float down into the corner of the purse:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

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:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Width of front panel of this purse = 6 1/2 inches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Height of the gusset = 3 inches

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

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

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

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.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew between the 2 pins.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Pull the front piece back and place the other front piece as described above and pin and sew in place.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Your lining should now look like this:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

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.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew from 1/2 inch from the top down to the corner. Repeat on all 4 sides. Your lining should now look like this:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

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.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew a diagonal line towards the side of the lining. Cut off the excess fabric from both sides.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

See how much more like your purse the lining looks now! Next, press a 1/2 inch seam around the top of the lining.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now place pins in the middle front of both sides of the lining and the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

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.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now pin the lining all the way around the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now hand or machine sew all the way around the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Voila! A completely finished purse!!!

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Here are some other colors I have worked my pattern in:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

New Black Nylon Crochet Purse with Lime Green Lining

July 7th, 2011

It has been almost 3 years since I made my first crochet purse out of this great nylon, first mentioned in my blog post here.

I have finally recreated this purse and created a pattern as well that I have for sale. I am thrilled with this little purse, perfect for those grab and go days. I am not one for large purses, just ones that have room enough for the essentials, wallet, phone and keys. This design has a deceptively large amount of space inside due to the gusseted sides.

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

New Black Nylon Crochet Purse with Lime Green Lining

New Black Nylon Crochet Purse with Lime Green Lining

New Black Nylon Crochet Purse with Lime Green Lining

New Black Nylon Crochet Purse with Lime Green Lining

Pottery and Crochet Lace Necklaces

July 6th, 2011

I am enjoying pairing my love of crochet with pottery with these new pottery art crochet lace necklaces!

Available here in our Etsy shop:

Pottery and Crochet Lace Necklaces

Pottery and Crochet Lace Necklaces

Pottery and Crochet Lace Necklaces

Peacock Pottery

June 27th, 2011

I love the bright happy colors of the peacock and have been working this pattern in pottery. First on a smaller ornament, then the tile below and then on this awesome pot that Dean threw – I love how it turned out! Available here in our Etsy shop:

Peacock Pottery

Gorgeous, no?

Peacock Pottery

This one is also available here in our Etsy shop:

Peacock Pottery

Peacock Pottery

Central Texas Pottery Art Plate

June 26th, 2011

This is the first plate that Dean has thrown and I had to inscribe all over it. I was trying for an antique-feeling botanical print look. Hard to shoot a bright photo since it is so pale. All of these are natives to central Texas.

Central Texas Flora and Fauna Pottery Art Plate

Central Texas Flora and Fauna Pottery Art Plate

Central Texas Flora and Fauna Pottery Art Plate

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery Bowl and Vase

June 24th, 2011

More of my ongoing obsession with Mexican Hat wildflowers – Dean threw these beautiful vessels on the wheel and I provided the embellishment. These are available here in our Etsy shop.

Loving how this black looks with the bright yellow and green of the lemon and limes!

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Needlepoint Star Heirloom Wedding Sampler and Pincushion

June 17th, 2011

I had an itch to make another needlepoint pincushion. I was sitting looking at the wedding sampler I made for Dean and I (our 8th wedding anniversary is coming up in July-yahoo!) and the corner star motif jumped out at me as the perfect top for a wide flat pincushion. Here is the sampler – I am also making this sampler available in my Etsy shop for the first time made to order:

Needlepoint Star Wedding Sampler

This sampler still makes me happy just to look at:

Needlepoint Star Wedding Sampler

Here is the pincushion – available here in my Etsy shop:

Needlepoint Star Pincushion

The patterns I used in both projects are from this amazing book of charted patterns from my favorite publisher Dover Needlework:

Charted Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania

Whenever I need a boost, I pull out this book and drool over all of the amazing patterns from days of old when this type of needlework was done to spice up otherwise plain homemade clothing and home decor. Simply breathtaking!

Trillium Crochet Fiber Art Flower Bouquet

June 12th, 2011

Trillium Crochet Fiber Art Flower Bouquet

I have been reading up on Botanical Art and Illustration lately in an effort to take my crochet wildflower designs to a new level, how inspiring! I bought these 2 books and highly recommend:

I am intrigued by the beauty and minimalism of ikebana flower arrangements and was inspired to create this arrangement in one of our art glass bud vases. The colors in the glass played off the purple and burgundy trillium so well. The vase sold the day after we took this picture so I am happy we got this shot!

We have been working all summer at WolfArtGlass to deepen the color profiles of our art glass and this vase is a great example of layering multiple colors in the same family, opaque and transparent, to create a very deep rich color.

Trillium Crochet Fiber Art Flower Bouquet

Pottery Art Tile Ornaments

May 31st, 2011

Making these art tile ornaments is my new way of testing our patterns for larger pieces that Dean throws on the wheel. These ornaments take a surprising amount of time to glaze but are worth every minute.

For sale here at WolfArtGlass:

Pottery Art Tile Ornaments

For sale here at WolfArtGlass:

Pottery Art Tile Ornaments

For sale here at WolfArtGlass:

Pottery Art Tile Ornaments

Rain Lily – Crochet Fiber Art

May 15th, 2011

You can tell that recently we finally had a good rain after months without because the rain lilies are everywhere! I love the resiliency of these amazing wildflowers. Here is my crochet Rain Lily nestled among its real counterparts: Oh and yeah, if you look real close at this first picture, you will see my arch enemy poison ivy mere inches from the flowers I was photographing…..

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Yellow Rumped Warbler Pottery Art Bird Sculpture

May 13th, 2011

These are the coolest little birds! The last time I went to the Mitchell Lake Audubon center, I saw tons of them flitting around us. I highly recommend a visit the next time you are in the San Antonio area on the weekend. Well worth the time to support a wonderful wildlife habitat.

This guy is available here in our Etsy shop:

Yellow Rumped Warbler Pottery Art Bird Sculpture

Yellow Rumped Warbler Pottery Art Bird Sculpture

Yellow Rumped Warbler Pottery Art Bird Sculpture

Black Crested Titmouse Pottery Bird Art Sculpture

May 13th, 2011

Here is the latest pretty bird to join the flock – a Black Crested Titmouse! We get this variant down here in Austin, TX. I see them each and every day at my feeders and never get tired of their antics.

This little guy is available in our Etsy shop:

Black Crested Titmouse Pottery Bird Art Sculpture

Black Crested Titmouse Pottery Bird Art Sculpture

Black Crested Titmouse Pottery Bird Art Sculpture

I always refer to this odd little wire bird house as the “Blair-Witch house” – it reminds me of those weird little totems made of sticks hanging in the trees in the movie. He looks quite comfortable here.

Black Crested Titmouse Pottery Bird Art Sculpture

Water Lilies and Snowdrops – Needlepoint and Pottery

May 13th, 2011

I have been working several flower designs in needlepoint and pottery. There is some kind of wonderful fascination in working the same design over and over again, especially in different mediums.

Water Lilies and Snowdrops

Water Lilies and Snowdrops

Water Lilies and Snowdrops

This tile is available in our Etsy shop – here:

Water Lilies and Snowdrops

Snowdrops is a design inspired by a recent request by a local gal who is interested in my artwork as a tattoo. I am so honored that someone would want to adorn their body with my artwork, can’t wait to see what her tattoo artists comes up with!

Water Lilies and Snowdrops

This tile is available in our Etsy shop – here:

Water Lilies and Snowdrops