Saturday, October 11, 2014

Phillip Frond's sweater

Those of you who follow this blog may have noticed that there was no Fiber Friday this week, that's because I was at New York Comic Con for the day. I decided to cosplay Mr. Frond, the guidance counselor at the Wagstaff School from Bob's Burgers.

In case any of you want to do this for Halloween, I'm posting the lettering chart here.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fox Paws and Color Choice

If you're one of the many people who has started knitting Fox Paws in the last few weeks, you know that there are certain advantages to using 5 colors of yarn. They generally look good because there are so many of them. In any case, the questions have been coming in about what to pick, how I picked my colors, and how to arrange them in the best order.  I'm posting this to show a bit of color theory and process behind my decisions. I'd like to encourage all of you to add some advice that you have for other knitters as well.

How did I pick my colors? Let me explain.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fiber Friday: Couture beading, knit glass, and organic embroidery

1. Tambour beading is a type of beaded embroidery often seen on couture gowns. If you have never heard of it, check out this blog post showing examples and finished works. It even has a link to a YouTube video showing how it's done and a class in the technique.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fiber Friday: Hand dyed yarn, Woven photographs, and Making traditional ikat fabric

1. YARN, everyone needs more. If you haven't already heard of Ball and Skein you need to go look at their colors. Above you can see the beautiful sea foam, shiny silk yarn

They will have a booth this weekend at The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival but do other events all the time. Follow them on facebook to see other events  or 
Go visit them at the fair:
Washington County Fair, Inc.
392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich, NY 12834, USA

2. IKAT PRINT FABRIC If you like Ikat prints and want to know how the patterns are traditionally made this is a fascinating article from Getting Down To It. In this article,  they show all of the steps of making a real Ikat print, it's not like any other fabric.

3. WOVEN IMAGES - This is a lot like ikat for the digital age. Artist Lala Abaddon weaves different images together to create one single, merged image. Her work is bright, textural, and somehow spans the wide distance between craft and digital art. You must go to her website and see some of the closeups of these woven pieces.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Knit Season

Happy Fall, from Sept. 22-29, all patterns in the Xandy Peters Design Ravelry store are 20% off with coupon code knitseason

That includes all new patterns which can be knit in heavy weight yarns for winter.

You’ll also find some free patterns as well.

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