Friday, August 29, 2008

Elizabethan Era challenge

Τhe inspiration for this week’s creation “Elizabethan Era”, came to me when I saw this Escada outfit,

 which reminded me of the huge ruffled collars of that era, and I knit this neckpiece:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Μy sandals

I’m very excited today! Daria, from Sense of fashion, show my sandals on flickr and ask my permission to feature them on her blog. Today the article was published! You can read the whole interview here. Thank you Daria!

And two fellows from EST, have including my sandals on their treasury list, among other gorgeous creations! Thank you Antigoni & SwedishJewels!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New banner

I'm very excited!!While we were chatting in the forum today, I asked Antigoni how she made her new banner, because I have no idea about this, and she offerde to make one for me when she has time. And this afternoon she sent me these fantastic three banners!!!!Isn't she a tresur???? Tell me, aren't these wonderful all three??? I have already uploaded one in my shop and one on my blog!!! Thank you Antigoni!!!!

More creations this week

The weekly challenge “wasps” has inspired me to work with yellow, a color that I don’t like very much, and I made besides the necklace, this bag which participated in the contest too. I also knit a yellow shrug.

Winner of this week’s challenge is Dinafragola and she chose the next theme, which is “Elizabethan Era”. A difficult theme, but I have already thought of something, and tomorrow morning I’m going to Kangaroo for my supplies! In the meanwhile, I finished a crochet bag with stripes in happy bright colours and I’m working on a scarf for the monthly challenge of Etsyfast.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Scented Sachet tutorial

I bought the Clover's yo-yo maker from Kangaroo (Sofia Vamvaka has exclusiveness of the Clover tools in Greece) and had the inspiration to make small scented sachets with it. It is a very cute small gift or you can put it in your drawers.

 Scented Sachet tutorial

You will need:

1. The Clover yo-yo maker (or you can use a circle from cardboard with diameter 9cm).
2. A piece of silk cloth (or another thin cloth) about 10x10cm.
3. A button
4. Scissors, thread and needle.
5. A ribbon
6. Dried lavender.
1) With the wrong side of the cloth facing up, place the cloth between the disk and the plate and press firmly the aligned disk lines onto the plate protrusions.

2) Cut the cloth, leaving a seam allowance of 3 to 5 mm.

3) Fold the seam towards the disk and hold it with your fingers. Insert the needle from the disk side. Push the needle in through the disk side and out through the plate side. Continue sewing counter clock-wise along the entire circumference while holding dawn the seam with fingers at each stitch. When you reach the end sew the first hole one more time. Don't make a knot yet.
4) Remove the disk from the plate and the cloth from the disk by lifting the seam.

5) Put a small amount of lavender (one tea spoon) in the cloth and close the seam by pulling the thread slowly. Fold the seam inward and neatly make creases.

6) When the opening is closed, make a knot. Fold the ribbon in half and sew it on the middle of the crease. Sew the button on it. Make a bow with the ribbon. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New creations

The new challenge for this week is "wasps", chosen by Petronella, who was the winner of the starry night challenge. You can read more about it and see the submissions so far on her blog. My submission for this challenge is this necklace:

This week I'm going to participate with two items, I'm working on the second one, which will be a purse.
I have also listed new items in my shop, this turquoise shrug and a pair of sandals with yellow crochet flowers this time:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Challenges continue

Last week's challenge at EST was a "photo", a beautiful romantic photo that Antigoni, who was the winner of the previous challenge posted on her blog. I created this felted necklace:

I also crocheted this shrug for the monthly challenge of FAST, which has "the Olympics" as theme. This fansy off-white yarn with tufts of colorful wool was the inspiration.

Winner of the weekly challenge was Estella, who shose the theme for this week, which is "starry night" and has a post with the lisitng sofar on her blog.I just finished my participation, which is this necklace:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

This week’s creations

In the Etsy community there are several groups with common interests and craft with main purpose the support and help of eachother. I joined three of them. The FAST (Fiber Arts Street Team) has monthly challenges for its members and last month's theme was destash. I participated with creations with yarn I had stashed for a long time and not used. The European Street Team has started weekly challenges. Last week's challenege theme was "purple" and many artists participated creating awesome things. The creations are listed on the team's blog. I made this shrug:

This week's theme will be "summer" and I just listed my participation, which is this smoke green shrug:

Το ρίξιμο των πόντων

«Ο μόνος τρόπος για να αρχίσεις είναι να πιάσεις το μαλλί ανάμεσα στα δάκτυλά σου. Έτσι αρχίζεις. Όπως και στην ζωή. Με μια απλή κίνηση. Φυσικά, κάθε ξεκίνημα είναι διαφορετικό. Υπάρχουν πολλοί τρόποι να ρίξεις πόντους, και όλα εξαρτώνται απ' το σχέδιο, την πείρα, το πείσμα, την προσπάθεια, το ξήλωμα, μέχρι να πετύχεις στο σωστό. Τι εννοώ; Μερικές φορές, αυτό που πάει καλά σ΄ε΄να κομμάτι, αποδεικνύεται λάθος για το επόμενο. Μόνο δοκιμάζοντας μαθαίνεις τι πρέπει να κάνεις. Ωστόσο, υπάρχουν κάποιες ομοιότητες ανεξάρτητα απ'την μέθοδο. Είτε προσπαθείς είτε τα παρατάς. Έτσι ξεκινάς να ρίχνεις τους πόντους, έναν έναν. Κάνεις θηλιές με την βελόνα και, ύστερα, με τη δεύτερη βελόνα σου βουτάς μέσα στον πόντο, και κάτι γίνεται: Οι πόντοι είναι βουτιά στην πίστη, και με την πίστη αποκτάς τεχνική".

Μαλλιά κουβάρια την Παρασκευή, από την Kate Jacobs

Ο Τζέιμι ρουθούνισε ελαφρά και πήρε μια βελόνα και ένα κουβάρι μαλλί. «Δεν είναι πολύ δύσκολο,Σασενάχ.Δες –έτσι ρίχνουμε τους πόντους»
Τραβώντας το νήμα από το κουβάρι πρώτα, έκανε μια θηλιά γύρω από τον αντίχειρά του, την γλίστρησε στη βελόνα, και με γρήγορες κινήσεις, έριξε μια σειρά από πόντους σε δευτερόλεπτα. Μετά μου έδωσε την άλλη βελόνα και ένα άλλο κουβάρι. «Ορίστε, δοκίμασε εσύ τώρα»

Τύμπανα του φθινοπώρου, Ντιάνα Γκάμπαλντον

Πόσους τρόπους ξέρετε για το ρίξιμο των πόντων; Εγώ μέχρι πρόσφατα ήξερα τρεις, τον Ευρωπαϊκό (continental ή long tail cast-on), τον απλό και τον ιταλικό (όπως τον ονομάζουν στην Γερμανία, ή invisible ή provisional. Συνήθως χρησιμοποιώ τον Ευρωπαϊκό, γιατί κάνει ένα ομοιόμορφο σφικτό στρίφωμα. Διαβάζοντας ξένα βιβλία και περιοδικά για το πλέξιμο, ανακάλυψα και έναν άλλο τρόπο που λέγεται «cable cast-on»

Στο έχει βιντεάκια με οδηγίες για όλους τους τρόπους ριξίματος.
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