Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gone but not forgotten....to keep creating!

Hi blogging buddies!  It's been awhile since I blogged - life got in the way. Despite my absence from blogging, I've been busy making and creating!

Paper clay beads in drying stage

Cold weather in the northeast signals a move indoors to my office/jewelry studio area and a change in media. This year, I thought I'd experiment with Paperclay. I've made several different shapes that I'm fond of - a bird, house and cloud. Stay tuned to see how these come out.

Next up was needle tatting. I tried this awhile ago and got stuck at pulling the thread through the needle. I thought I was doing something wrong so I stopped trying.

First successful attempt at needle tatted flower
 This time around, I watched the video and stopped it in the places where I got stuck before. It took me about 2 hours to figure it out but I finally got it right!  I've made several more since the red one above in black and purple. Needle tatting is really addictive - I'm now on the hunt for patterns! If you know of any good ones, send a link my way!

So although I've been gone, I haven't forgotten to keep creating. I feel particularly satisfied that I finally learned to needle tat. 

What about you? What have you been up to?

1 comment:

Paula Lee M. said...

Interweave has a few free tatting patterns on their website. I just downloaded some yesterday. I have some others and a book with patterns myself but I haven't had time to teach myself yet, what with work, my knitting, beadwork, crochet and all the other stuff life throws at me! Have fun and good luck.