Looking Back at Halloween 2012

This past Halloween is in the books now.  The remains of our jack-o-lanterns have successfully been “chucked” and are on their way to become compost.  Thought it would be a good time to blow the TWO YEARS worth of dust off of the old blog and share something cute that I did with the kids this year.

Fun colors and big eyes looking at you. The kids had to unwrap the Mummy in order to read the invitation.

We made our own invitations to our Halloween Party.  I printed out the invite info onto card stock, and both of the little girls helped glue the extra-large googly eyes on to the front.  My 5 and a half year old helped me tea-stain the cotton fabric strips which we wrapped the entire invite and secured in the back with a sticker that read “Open here”.  

Once delivered, the kids had to unwrap the Mummy in order to read the invitation.  Everyone had fun with the invitations and got them in the mood for the party.  I will definitely do this again another Halloween.

Published in: on November 13, 2012 at 12:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Big into Tatting…Tatting Big

I have two words for you, Berroco Latitude!

A few weeks ago I was eyeing a doily pattern that had a round of crochet halfway up the tatting.  It looked like something that I wanted to try, but I didn’t have the size 10 crochet hook that it called for.  So I found myself at the yarn shop here in town looking for one.  They always have the yummiest yarns there!  Up by the front window I spotted this yarn.  It’s called Latitude by Berroco.  It’s a cotton blend worsted weight yarn, but what makes it unique is that it has a dark fiber twisted the other way around it, locking the fibers in place.  Before I could catch myself I was saying out loud, “Ooooo!  I’ll bet I can tat with this!!

I have been trying out yarns in my stash (and I have a big stash) to see if any of them were suitable for tatting with.  Now, when I say tatting I mean shuttle tatting, I have not yet tried tatting with a needle.  I have a large yarn bobbin which is comfortable enough to use as a shuttle and it holds a good amount of yarn.  So far the best results I had gotten was from Sugar ‘n’ Cream, but it kept fuzzing up and would untwist, both of which made messy picots and I was not satisfied.

Last weekend I went back to the shop during their sit and knit session and bought two balls and sat down with the ladies there and tried out tatting with this yarn.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I just started playing around.  I used the simple 8-8 pattern from a bookmark that I had recently made.  I was hoping that if the rings were large enough that I could just repeat the pattern to make a scarf.  So I sat and chatted and tatted, using my makeshift tatting shuttle.  These are the photos of what I created.

Okay, so there was a lot more CHATTING than tatting.  LOL.  I suppose that this could end up making a skinny scarf but I’m interested in something a bit wider.  I’ve decided to do something with butterflies, I bought two colors, this pink and a teal green.  I’m trying to come up with simple butterfly pattern to repeat over and over to form the scarf.

Hopefully I’ll have something more to show on this soon.

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 12:16 am  Comments (4)  

A Blog is Born!

Welcome to my FabEWElous Fun Funky Fiber Blog!

I am a “Jane of all trades” – Mistress of whatever I put my mind to.  I have been crafting my entire life, it is genetic.  I am the offspring of a NASA Engineer and a French Quarter Artist… with a background like that, I was bound to be very creative and a little unusual.

I am an Artist who works in many media:  Fiber Arts, Art Dolls, Mixed Media Collage, Graphite, Pen and Ink, Paper Sculpture, Stage and Scenery Design, Watercolor, and Acrylic Painting.

My main focus these days is Fiber Arts, specifically Tatting.  Yes, I Tat!  I can’t believe the number of people I find who are becoming interested in this age-old craft.  My sister-in-law taught me how to tat when I was 18 year old, and years later I found inspiration to pick it back up again from my friends on Ravelry.

I also have found inspiration to start something totally new to me… another “craft” to master… blogging.

Published in: on March 1, 2009 at 7:13 am  Comments (2)