23 January 2015

Crafting with Christmas gifts

I received the Ricks Beading Loom for Christmas along with some beads and  a gift card to Fire Mountain Gems.  I bought myself a few loom patterns from Loom Tomb on Etsy.

Here's what I've been doing with them:

First time using a cabochon, so I practiced with a chipped one.
A ring pattern I found online.  Didn't use ideal thread for it, so need to redo it.

First time using the Ricks Beading Loom.  Hadn't used a loom since I was a kid.  This one is different in that you only use one thread as the warp thread (the thread wrapped on the loom).  This is good as you then don't have 10s or 100s (if you're braver than I) of threads to work in at the end of your projects.  Instead you have one or two.  The bad about this is that you need to know your exact project size before you start as you cannot adjust it as you go.

07 January 2015

Today I made... Something beady


I got a gift card for a bead store for Christmas.  I figured that'd be the thing to try this year because I could use the beads for tatting if I couldn't get into beading as a craft by itself.
The first thing I made is this ring using a tutorial on YouTube by beadifulnights.  Before this about as fancy as I'd gotten with beads was stringing a single row of beads on a string and some wire work (about as basic as the single strand of beads).  So for me, this was all fancy and yay to understanding her tutorial (it's step by step but sometimes even those can be confusing).

18 December 2014

Step one = try

So I'm attempting to practice Soutache.  The thread I have doesn't seem ideal other than it's transparent.  With a little practice and different thread, I could learn to like this.

09 December 2014

Finding my craft

I like being crafty but finding the craft that feels like my craft has just not happened thus far.   I did cross stitch for awhile before growing bored with it.  I did some chainmail for awhile before my hands said nope.  A miscellaneous craft here, a miscellaneous craft there.  Although I am a total newbie at the moment, I think Needle Tatting could become my craft.    Still, I'll try other crafts that I stumble upon if they appeal to me, hence today's mail.  Soutache cord from  Etsy seller: BazarDekoracji.    After watching soutache tutorials on YouTube, I knew I had to at least try the craft.  I discovered there aren't many retailers that deal with soutache cords here in the U.S. as it seems to be a much more popular craft elsewhere.  So of course, I ran to Etsy to search.  Actual attempts at projects will probably have to wait until after the holidays.  December is always a crazy month.  Hubby's work tries to finish up projects.  Hubby has volunteer work.  Our anniversary.  I really don't have the beads I'd want to practice (really only have seed beads on hand where I'd want some larger beads to play with).  Once life and the finances of the season settle down, this is what's next in the must try department.  Until then I'll be practicing tatting some more.

First tatted necklace

Still need to iron and starch it.  Not perfect, but for my first necklace, I'm happy with it.

20 September 2014

First finished tatting project

Finally finished my first (complete) tatting project.  I'd practiced the knots and a attempting to follow patterns but hadn't actually managed to make a project until now.  Also, the whole the cat loves yarn / thread didn't help.  Anytime I tried to start something, there she was, like magic.

Pattern from: http://www.instructables.com/id/Tatted-Square-Border-Bracelet/?ALLSTEPS

09 August 2014

Feminine products freebie followup

So three of the cloth liners I ordered have arrived (two of the freebies from my last post as well as a set from an eBay seller).  As pictured here - the top black print liner was a set of 6 8" Charcoal Bamboo liners from the eBay seller frank3102.  The yellow and green liner is the GladRags ColorLiner freebie in their Buttercup print.  And finally the kitty cat is the Party In My Pants freebie - I got the Demi Liner.

My initial thoughts are as follows, I might update this post or make new ones as I use them more often. 

First the one from the eBay seller - I paid $21.99 for six with free shipping.  There were multiple prints to choose from but I got all six in this black print.  After pre-washing them, I wore them for a day.  Initially I hated the PUL backing.  Although very little of the backing touches your skin, the little that does just annoyed me.  Also I am used to paper liners that vary from paper thin to eh, average disposable liner.  They tend to be shorter.  I think my issue with the PUL turned out to be more just an adjustment from that to this.  I don't think I'd order 8" liners anymore but these do seem perfect for cup backup.

Next up the GladRags.  I pre-washed these at the same time as the eBay ones.  I am totally in love with the size and feel of these.  Still, overall, I just wasn't impressed.  I didn't really scrutinize these prior to washing, but after one wash the stitching around the edge of the liner was not looking so good.  The pictures aren't the greatest quality, but you can hopefully see the threads (serged edges) are already falling apart and I've not even worn this one yet.  

Which brings me to why I wore the eBay Bamboo liners first - they actually dried in the dryer.  I had a fleece blanket, the 6 eBay liners, and this liner in the washer and dryer.  Everything got dry -- except these, these were still soaked.  It took most of the next day for them to just air-dry in my bathroom.

I doubt I'll buy any more of these. I guess I just feel like if I am trying a product via a freebie (+shipping) they're trying to show me why I should buy their product, and this sample just didn't make me believe that they'll hold up for any length of time.  We'll see. 

Next up was the Party In My Pants -- it's like they know me.  They sent me a black cat print.   I got their Demi Liner which is a 7" liner.  Unlike most other brands this one  3" vs. the usual 2"-2 1/2" across (when snapped).  So far I love the size and prints of these, though if I decide to order these I'll likely just go with the mini liner or small pad (same length as this but 2" wide.  I'm leaning toward ordering more of these, though they're not the cheapest, I do like how thin the are.  They do seem to shift a bit (probably a combination of the thinness and Nylon backing.  Gonna try it a little more before deciding whether or not I'll buy. 

Here's Lunapad liner (after a few washings).  Soft.  The perfect size for a liner.  Did start to pill early.

Also in the non freebie department is the liner from Padtastic on Etsy.  These are by far my faves so far.  After several washings they're not pilling.  Great stitching.  The right size (though I might prefer a slightly wider wing - just personal preference  these fit okay).  Most comparable with the Luna liner.  Not the cheapest (that'd be the eBay cheapies) but much cheaper than the brand names and made as well or better.

I put the Etsy (Padtastic) liners at my #1, followed by Party in my Pants, luna, eBay, and lastly Glad Rags.  I can't speak to any of the companies pads, these are just the liners and just my preference.  

All done with the girlie stuff for now.  Back to crafty stuff, soon'ish.