Crazy for Crafts
For those who have been loyal followers I’ve been gone for a while. I will be back soon with a new name and probably a new blog. Having a philosophical difference with WordPress and will probably be moving my writings. Look for information on Tricraftual which is the name that I will be using. See you soon
A year or so ago I read a blog post and the author called herself bicraftual. I loved it and today I launched my YouTube channel Tricraftual. So please visit and begin this new journey with me!
Taking a recommendation from my new Facebook (Needlepoint) friends, last Friday I visited The Edwardian Needle located at 390 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, New Jersey 07004. Okay this is going to sound hokey but I felt like Norm on Cheers when I opened the door! OMG I was home! Lots of ladies stitching, Tony Minieri running one of his fabulous Embellishment classes and everyone welcoming me. I’ve only done one needlepoint in the last twenty years and oh how things have changed. The threads, the gadgets, the stretcher bars, the frames. I was overwhelmed. I didn’t even take a photo to show you here. Well I’ll be back there soon and will share pictures with you all.
Picked up some wonderful thread for my next canvas.
This will be my first time using silk! Stay tuned I’ve changed the color scheme more to my liking.
Okay so this is done with love for sure. The technique is not great. After a 20+year layoff my skills are rusty for sure. It wasn’t until I took pictures that I could see the stitching mistakes. This is an #18 mesh and I am having trouble seeing the holes. Also my tension isn’t great and this is the first time I’ve ever used a stretcher bars to frame my wip. Well I am giving it to a dear friend for her new baby. Hope it will be okay! Love and all!
Just read The Confessions of a Yarnho one of the blogs that I follow and GG was talking about meeting a fellow fiber lover and all they had in common. Funny because this morning I saw a post from a fiber friend that told me that we have very different political views. It gave me food for thought because when I post here all I care is about my latest knitting, crocheting or needlepointing project. When we meet at a store or festival we only talk about what we have in common not our differences. It made me think that this could be a lesson for us all. Life is short, use yarn and enjoy!!!
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I think that I hae mentioned how shocked I was about the prices of hand painted needlepoint canvas. I understand that hand painted canvases take time and should give details that are not possible by machine. Yet it makes it very difficult to buy a nice canvas and the threads necessary. Then later you must have the finished piece framed! An expensive hobby for sure. Anyway I purchased the canvas below which was on sale for a fairly attractive price. It’s hand painted and I really don’t like the colors but thought it had potential.
Any suggestions for an alternative color scheme?
I have a billion ideas in my head. I see my freeform pieces being made into fabric and hung on walls or used as bags and today I even thought about a skirt made from freeform crochet. I have begun to play with shapes because I am more straight lines than swirls.
Much more to come!