Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Leather scraps


Stash Sunday 131105
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
Saturday I went to Scrap in Delfshaven. They sell leftovers from various factories. They had an enormous lot of leather scraps and I picked out all the pieces that were screenprinted with lovely motifs. They have gorgeous variegated colours. Only 50 eurocent for a bag! They are leftovers from the famous designer People of the Labyrinths, which I adore but can't afford.

Crocheted felted bag


Crocheted felted bag
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
I crocheted this bag with really bulky wool. I embellished it with strips of an old scarf, eyelash yarn and wool roving. I put it in the washing machine three times. I was so stupid to forget to take a picture prior to felting; it was huge!
The double crochet felted alright, but the bottom I did in single crochet, which felted much less. The strap I made really long, and this fortunately shrunk to just the right lenght.

Twisted coffee


Twisted coffee
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is a photoshopped image of a coffee cup, taken at Donner's bookshop in Rotterdam.

Prehistoric belt


Prehistoric belt
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This belt I made from felted wool, bark from Indonesia and leather. I wanted it to look a bit like a prehistoric find.

Amazing circle


Amazing circle
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This one's is based on a picture I took at the Dutch felters' day. It was of a lot of felted balls in a box.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I'm not the only one!

There's something I must write about. No pictures this time, because I'm too ashamed to show what I suffer from: Startitis! I keep starting knitties and must have about five UFO's by now. Plus plans to start fifteen more.
I have been wondering why I do this, but I have no idea at all. BUT... I googled the term Startitis and guess what? There are loads of kntting women around who suffer from the same thing. So I'm definitely not alone in this! Now I still have to read all those blogs to find out if someone has found the origin of this aberration. But first I am going to start another scarf (or ten)...

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Lucky day!




Today was my lucky day! Not only did I finally find a lovely warm winter coat (secondhand of course), but I also bought these three books. They have been on my Amazon-wishlist for ages. They are second-hand but brand-new! And so cheap as well! I am so happy!

At the moment I am still knitting my scarves for the Gothic/Fantasy fair, but I can hardly wait to go back to felting and embroidery. Especially with so many great books to inspire me!
And I want to spend more time on webdesign, too. I want to learn more about CSS and do some online tutorials on Photoshop. Actually I have so many plans that I practically drown in them. I have to be more consistent in writing them down in my notebook, but every time I do this more ideas pop up out of the blue and this puts me off. On Flickr I was given the advice to order the book by Julia Cameron, The Artists' Way. At first I had the impression that it was meant for people who suffer from a creative block, but after some research it might be something for me too, to help me get some more structure in my creative production. So I ordered it today at the bookshop. It will arrive in about two weeks' time. I also joined the Artists' Way-group on Flickr. We are to start working with the book on the 1st of January 2006. I'm looking forward to this. And maybe my fellow Flickrers have some advice for me too. No doubt there must be more people who suffer from the same problem as me.

Oh, I and I still want to revise my novel and go and look for a publisher. And... present my Amazing Circles to a publisher to use for postcards (idea from my mother) and maybe posters, too.
But now back to basics and on to the supermarket and sort out the laundry.

Friday, November 04, 2005

And another one...


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Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.

Magical Circle addiction


Magical circle 02
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
Not really textile, of course, but I've become addicted to creating Magical Circles! I saw the MC's Joyce (Tsaiware) had created and she told me the secret behind them aka the technique to make them with Photoshop. This is so great to do that I made about 60 today.

Bulky squiggles


Bulky squiggles
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is my bulky version of the crocheted squiggles. I used a double thread for this. I'm not fond of acrylic yarn, but is was nice to use, very soft and cheap (at the thrift shop).

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Third squiggle scarf


Third squiggle scarf
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
I crocheted this scarf with mohair yarn from Turkey, which I ordered via e-Bay. This is lovely material to work with. This my third Squiggle and it took be about one hour and a half to crochet. It is great fun to crochet this pattern and I quite like the result when it is draped round your neck. It looks more like an extravagant collar than a scarf.

Squiggle closeup


Squiggle closeup
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.

Second squiggle scarf


Second squiggle scarf
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This too is made from yarn I ordered in Turkey. I more or less used the same pattern as the one I made up during my vacation. No knitting this one, because my needles are not long enough!

Quick scarf


Quick scarf
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
At the moment I am knitting and crocheting lots of quick scarves, which I intend to sell at a Gothic/Fantasy fair later this month, along with my felted brooches.
This scarf is knitted from yarn I ordered in Turkey (with the green pompoms) and some eyelash yarn I bought locally.

Closeup of the quick scarf


Closeup of the quick scarf
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
In this picture you can clearly see the pompoms.

Textiles market


Textiles market
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
Last Sunday there was an enormous textiles market in Leiden, with so many stand it made me dizzy. There was actually too much to choose from, sothat I only bought a small piece of leather I need for embellishing a bag I am going to make and some cotton for a cushion. What a pity I cannot sew my own clothes!
The weather was gorgeous, by the way.