Monday, October 5, 2015

30 Minute Jewelry Book and Mini Masterpiece Pendant Giveaway!

Beverly McCullough of the infamous Flamingo Toes Blog, has written a fun and inspiring book of 30 Minute Jewelry projects. We were so thrilled to find out that she used one of our Mini Masterpiece Frame pendants in her book. She stitched a beautiful painting that her artist father painted, into it. It is such a gorgeous piece:

 To celebrate the release of Beverly's new book, we are teaming up with her to do a giveaway. The winner will receive a copy of The 30 Minute Jewelry Book, plus 2 Mini Masterpiece Frame pendants of their choice from our eWoodStory Etsy Shop!

To enter to win, visit Beverly's blog and enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of the post. Follow Beverly on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with her inspiring crafting adventures!

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Beautiful Hairband Stand!

I love being on Instagram. It puts me in touch with so many wonderful crocheters! Yesterday a crocheter in Singapore who goes by the name @kayekrafts on Instagram, found a post I had done when I first saw our book, "Crocheting Clothes Kids Love" at Barnes and Noble. She commented that she and her daughter are enjoying the book, and that she had just completed her first project from the book. She made my Festival Hairband Stand, and is already planning to make two more to display all of her daughte'rs hairbands! I love the fun colors she chose, and can't wait to see more stands made in other colors! I also recently received an interesting suggestion on Ravelry, that the stand would be even more useful if one of the ends could open up to hold hair clips. That would really maximize the storage capacity! I love the idea! The internet never ceases to amaze me and the connections between crocheters that can be made are invaluable. It is so great to have the exchange of ideas!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Combining Techniques to Create Mixed Media Pieces

I love combining techniques, and recently I have been doing some pieces that have a Tunisian Crochet background that is embellished with cross stitch. This time I made the background out of a variegated yarn, Berroco Comfort Sock, to give the piece depth. I can't wait to see how it turns out! It will be stitched into one of eWoodStory's new Jumbo size Masterpiece Frames, and it will hang in a special place in my home. Stay tuned for the finished piece!

Below is the chart I am working from. I am changing it a little as I go, but it is a great inspirational jumping off point!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Mademoiselle Crochet Necklace Pattern En Español!

There is nothing more flattering than when someone likes your design enough to download the pattern, buy yarn, and spend their time making it. One step further is translating the pattern into another language so even more people can enjoy the pattern! I recently made the fun discovery that someone has translated the Mademoiselle Necklace patterninto Spanish. I was just working with the yarn I used for this necklace, Berroco Comfort Sock yarn, yesterday. It is a favorite of mine for crocheting jewelry. It is soft and comfortable to wear, and it comes in some lovely shades. This necklace has so many elements I love, the triple strands, the crocheted beads that you thread onto the strand, the embroidery embellishment, and of course the bow! That is why I am happy that it can reach a new audience! I hope there will be many more Mademoiselle necklaces made in the world!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

eWoodStory Featured in Homespun Magazine!

I love the Australian Magazine, Homespun, and I was so thrilled that they featured our Mini Masterpiece Pendants in their August Issue! We are keen to spread the word about our stitchable pendants and Homespun magazine caters to those who are interested in a variety of crafts, such as crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, quilting, and appliqué work. Since all of these crafts would work well in our frames, we thought it was wonderful to be included on the pages of their magazine!

The two frames pictured here are by embroidery artists Margaret Dier, and Defne Gunturkun, and are part of our ongoing Featured Artists Series.

If this is the first time you have heard of Homespun magazine, you don't have to live in Australia to read this inspiring magazine. They also sell digital issues via Zinio!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beautiful Yarn Provides Inspiration

I was lucky enough to be one of the first 250 people to sign up for the Knit and Crochet Show this summer, so I was given a goody bag when I checked in to get my badge for the show. When I looked inside the bag, I found the most beautiful yarn! It is called "Landscapes" and it is made Lion Brand. I just can't stop looking at the gorgeous combination of colors!

I have been thinking of what to do with this skein, and I have decided that it is the perfect yarn to use with my Chinois Scarf Pattern! The Landscapes yarn comes in solids as well as variegated, which is ideal for this pattern because it calls for one variegated and 2 solid colors. The color I was given is "Desert Spring". Now to choose the solids... I am thinking of the and Ochre for the background of the motifs, and Charcoal for the chain links.

The Variegated Landscape yarn colors are really stunning and inspirational The yarn has a beautiful sheen, and I think it will be wonderful to work with. Which color is your favorite? If I hadn't been given a skein, I would have had a hard time choosing!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Network Purse for Crochetscene!

The second annual issue of Crochetscene, a special publication by Interweave, is now out! Pictured above is the Network Purse that I designed for this issue.

This purse design actually actually came about in an interesting way. My interest had been sparked in filet crochet, and I had been working up swatches that led me to purchasing special software for charting filet crochet. I set out to design a shawl with a floral design, and I liked the look of just one motif on its own, so I changed my mind and began to design a kerchief. Then I decided I wanted to drop the floral motif and make something that was more of a modern interpretation of filet crochet. That is when I designed the center panel for this purse! I was going to include even more filet crochet into the design, but after experimenting, I felt that it looks more modern with just a hint of filet. Then I set to work designing the shape of the purse, choosing a stitch pattern, and deciding how to attach the straps and fasten the purse. I made a paper pattern as a mock up, so I could make sure the size and shape were right. It happens to fit an iPad Mini very nicely.

I purchased a large button with a shank and covered it with crochet to create a closure that complemented the purse. Crocheting the straps with a smaller hook, and adding surface crochet makes the straps stronger and stretch resistant.

I really enjoyed designing this purse, and I see more purse designing in my future! Please go and check out all of the designs in this inspiring magazine issue!