Thursday, April 19, 2018

Combining Surface Crochet and Weaving!



I am always looking for new ways to incorporate crochet into my projects, and surface crochet is one of my favorite techniques. You can literally insert the hook anywhere in your work and take your yarn for a walk!

I work in a freeform style, which is why tapestry weaving really appeals to me. I began this piece by weaving a random design in chunky yarn, then I went back in and filled in all of the spaces. The resulting piece looks so different from my other weavings, I almost feel that it was made by someone else! I love the change in style, and this weaving has inspired me to create more weavings using this technique.


When I finished weaving and took the piece off the loom, I felt it was missing something. I wanted to further define the shapes, and surface crochet came to mind! I also wanted to include some metallic yarn in the weaving, and surface crochet was delicate enough for the sparkle not to overpower the other yarns. Suddenly, the piece came together and made sense! The surface crochet also inspired the chunky metallic tassels in the fringe. There is something so satisfying about the surface crochet technique and being able to "draw" with your hook!





Thursday, March 29, 2018

Summer 2018 Fiber Fun!



We just got tickets for our annual summer trip to Oregon, and I am filling in my calendar! First up June 29th-July 1st, is the Black Sheep Gathering that will be in a new location, Albany, this year. I will really miss it being in my hometown of Eugene, but the organizers are promising that this will enable them to be bigger and better, so I am looking forward to the experience! Every year I learn so much at the Black Sheep Gathering, and I feel so fortunate that it is in Oregon in the summer. Soon the class registration will open, and it so happens that 3 of the classes that I would like to take, are offered on the same day at the same time! I am seriously considering buying a spinning wheel this year, as I am fascinated with making art yarns. This decision will sway which way I go when choosing classes. Last year I felt like I was the only one who didn't know how to spin on a spinning wheel, so maybe it is time to change that! 

The second event I plan to attend is the Crochet Guild of America's Chain Link Conference that will be in Portland, Oregon this year!!! I couldn't believe it when I heard the news! I haven't been able to attend the past 2 years, and I have really missed it! I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends, as well as taking some interesting classes there too. If you have never been to a Chain Link Conference, and can get yourself to Portland, check out the class list this year! So many wonderful things to learn from talented instructors. Another great thing about the conference is the Design Competition, open to members of the guild. As a former winner of the competition (for the Kyoto Coat), it is a  conference highlight for me to visit the display!

What are your fiber plans this summer? I hope our paths will cross at either the Black Sheep Gathering, or at the CGOA conference! Bring on summer! 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mini Weaving Loom Giveaway


The newest item in the eWoodStory line, is the Mini Loom. It measures 5" x 4 5/8" and is perfect for weaving on the go! To celebrate Mini Looms being back in stock in our Etsy Shop, we are giving away a free Mini Loom of your choice, (one of the 2 pictured here) and curated yarn pack of your choice, PLUS, we will personalize the tags with your name or initials!

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Make sure you follow us.

2. Leave a comment on the giveaway post about what you would like to do with one of our mini looms. 


*You will be given an extra entry for every person you mention who also enters the giveaway or if you repost this post or any of our other posts! 



Entries will be accepted for one week, from now until March 17th at midnight PST. The winner will be randomly selected.

Participants must reside in the USA, Europe, or Kuwait. Good luck! 😊


Below are some sample weavings that have been made on our Mini Loom:

Sample woven on our mini loom



Weaving combined with embroidery


Spiral Weaving with Needlefelting
Weaving on the loom!
Mini Loom VS. Lap Loom Size
Mini Loom Kit Contents





Wednesday, February 21, 2018

eWoodStory Stitching Galleries


2018 is flying by, and I am trying to stay organized! I recently found out about Linktree. It gives you one link to house all your important links in one neat menu. Especially helpful for Instagram, which only gives you space for one link.

I wanted a place to display inspirational photos of the work that has been done with our eWoodStory Stitchable Pendants, and Weaving Kits. I found a great photo hosting website that would allow me to do just that!

Here is my Linktree Menu, so you can see how it works, and all of the crocheted, embroidered, felted, knitted, painted, beaded, needlepointed, macrame, and woven creations!

WEAVING GALLERY



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Machine Stitching Crochet!



I have found that I use crochet chains in so many ways in addition to kicking off a crochet project!  

Lately, I have been experimenting with machine stitching my finished crochet and weaving pieces. For example, in this pendant, I wanted to use this beautiful variegated embroidery thread and I wanted there to be different thicknesses and textures. I crocheted a chain and stitched down, then stitched down some un-crocheted thread on top. In some places I used a zig zag stitch, and in some places, a straight stitch, so as not to cover up the thread too much. Before stitching it into the pendant, I added some iridescent sequins to give it a little sparkle. 

The stitched piece evokes a feeling of celebration, which I love and I think it is a wonderful way to begin this new year of posts! I hope all is going well in 2018 for all of you dear readers! I am looking forward to all of the adventures in fiber this year!



See it Sparkle:











Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Year in Fiber Arts and Looking to 2018!




On this very last day of 2017, I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot of wonderful fiber filled memories!

I had the opportunity to organize fiber arts activities at our local community garden, attend the Black Sheep Gathering, learn some amazing natural dyeing, felting, and fiber painting techniques, design crochet patterns for Interweave Crochet, teach weaving classes using our Ultimate Fiber Arts Kit, teach "Fun with Textiles" childrens' workshops for the Sadu House, and add a new member to our eWoodStory line, a mini weaving loom that is just the right size for weaving on the go! We also had the opportunity to take over the apartment next door to us, which means I have a new studio space to set up! Finally, all of my supplies will be in one place, I really can't wait!

I keep adding more techiniques to my list of favorites, and in order to have time for all of them, I tend to combine them. You will be seeing lots more crochet/weaving pieces embellished with embroidery, using naturally dyed, and hopefully handspun art yarns (I see a spinning wheel in my 2018 future). I have also started doing macrame with my daughter as a fun weekend activity to learn new techniques together. So you may see some knotting incorporated into my work this year as well!  I am planning to develop and teach more weaving classes in Kuwait and the USA and you will be seeing some independently published crochet jewelry patterns from me as well. I am planning to attend the Black Sheep Gathering again, as well as the annual Chain Link Crochet Conference in Portland, Oregon. Are any of you planning to attend these events? I would love to see you!

May 2018 be healthy, happy, creative, and prosperous for all of you dear readers! Thank you for your support, and I look forward to sharing more fiber adventures with you in the coming months!

Natural dyeing with family and friends!

Needle felting class at the Black Sheep Gathering

The Cool Cat Cuff for Interweave Crochet Fall 2017

Far Out Ruana for Interweave Crochet Fall 2017

Teaching at the wonderful Cozy Yarn Shop in Eugene, Oregon

Teaching at the lovely Sadu House in Kuwait

My amazing students from the art weaving workshop!

We created Pom Pom bouquets in the Fun with Textiles Class

 Meet our new baby weaving loom

If you are on Instagram, I would love to see you there as well, you can find me on my crochet account: @stitchstorycrochet, or on my collaborative account @ewoodstory, featuring things that I make with our stitchables, and weaving and crochet kits.





Wednesday, December 27, 2017

More Creating with Crochet Remnants!

I have been keeping all of the scraps and leftovers from current projects in a little pottery bin on my work table to make into pendants. This pendant was made from an extra cord and set of tassels for a purse I made.

By tying the cord into a semi-complex knot, I was able to create a 3D effect when stitched into the pendant. After I finished stitching the knot into the pendant, I realized that the tassels and the cord really need to be together, so I decided to include them as well. The addition of the tassels really changed the look, style, and dimension of the pendant! This opened up a whole new realm of pendant ideas for me to explore. So what started out as scraps, took me down an exciting new creative path!

In 2018, I will continue to save my leftovers for more creative challenges. I recently had an idea for embellishing yarn with yarn scraps, so I may never need to throw any scraps away again!