Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wasn't sure how to make twisted cord (using embroidery floss for anything other than, well, embroidery or cross-stitch is completely new to me), so I googled it. I love the intarwebs! Found a seriously easy slideshow how to from an Aussie here.
Pic of the twisted cord:
Started with a 6 ft length of two strands of #5 DMC in "blanc" and "498". Twisting them yields 2.75 feet of usable cord.
Will take another pic once I've braided it.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
So I have started working these patterns, yo. The book I ordered still isn't here after three weeks, so I'm just experimenting, trying stuff out. I'm also documenting it.
Here are the pdfs for the "Chaos Braid" and the "Ocean Spiral".
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
A year ago to the day since I last posted! Weird!
I know I said I'd do better, but mundane life is...well, mundane.
The good news is that with the Queen Pig Bitch of the Universe gone, people who should have known better have realized I'm not a cheating whore, everything seems shiny and new, and I can have some fun again. Huzzah!
First: the "test" I did on 'Manda's loom while she was visiting me. It's now on my keyring.
This is an 8 tama (strand) spiral round braid using fibre cord obtained from Wal-Mart. It has a firmer, matte finish because of the cord.
This is the first thing I did on my own loom. It's a half round braid, 12 tama. It's ECU colors: Royal Purple with Gold hearts. On one end is a split ring (like keychain ring) with a bulldog clip on it. The other end also has a split ring and that has a plastic "snap strap" on the end.
You clip the one end on the baby's shirt, unsnap the strap and put the pacifier handle through then re-snap it. Voila! Pacifier leash! Thinking about selling these at ECU home games.
Then I made a flat braid on the flat loom and sent that to my daughter before I took a picture of it.
Then I decided to try a purpley-green braid, where the green is varigated thread.
Which becomes this --------->
And now I'm working on the "Cathanar Heart". This is a 12 tama half-flat braid.
Here's how to thread the loom:
To make the pattern:
32 - 10
1 - 23
16 - 26
17 - 7
move 31 to 32 and 2 to 1
move 15 to 14 and 18 to 17
8 to 15
25 to 18
9 to 2
24 to 31
move 7 to 8 and 10 to 9
move 23 to 24 and 26 to 25
repeat, do not rotate disk.
This will produce this braid:
I just got the pattern for the Atlantean Opal pattern from Dar at Raven's Cove, and will work that up when I'm done with the Cathanar Heart pattern (once the bobbins are empty). Still have loads of patterns to try, and I have a Kumihimo book on the way. Will post when it gets here.
(Update: Opal Braid with pic of my Opal badge, cross-stitched:)