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How Delicious!

Friday, February 11th, 2011
By Twistie

all illustrations via Velvet DaVinci Art Jewelry and Sculpture Gallery

That’s no ordinary donut up there. No, that’s actually a bracelet by craft artist Lynn Christiansen. I don’t know about you, but that makes me start drooling like Homer Simpson. I want that donut around my wrist. I also want her truffle necklaces, and possibly more than anything else, her whipped cream purse: (more…)

Inspiration Gallery: Straw Weaving

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
By Twistie

via Belarus Guide

Ever since man began farming, there have been by-products of the plants raised to feed a hungry populace. One of these is straw, which has many fine properties as a crafting resource. It comes in a pretty color, it’s bendy, and there’s a lot left at the end of harvesting a field of wheat. Somewhere along the lines, someone got the bright idea of weaving it into decorative and practical items like this spectacular box shown above.

Or it can be strictly decorative, like this intricate piece on display at the website for the National Association of Wheat Weavers (NAWW):


A Girl Thing? Really?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
By Twistie

via Lion Brand Yarn Studio

So a few days ago, Mr. Twistie and I headed out to the grocery store for provisions. While there, my attention was grabbed by an item in the magazine rack. The title was DIY Bride. It’s actually what’s known in the trade as a ‘bookazine.’ In other words, it looks like a magazine, but there’s only expected to be the one issue and it costs more than the average magazine.

Still, since I write about weddings and I write about crafts and I’m kind of generally obsessed with both subjects, I couldn’t resist. I love a good mine of ideas and inspiration as much as the next writer.

But there’s an aspect of this bookazine that’s really sticking in my craw. (more…)

Quickie Question: Alone, Together, or Both?

Monday, February 7th, 2011
By Twistie

We’ve all heard the saying ‘many hands make light work.’ Some of us really do prefer practicing our crafts in groups, too. It’s a wonderful way of building community, passing along knowledge, and sharing inspiration.

But some of us prefer to work alone. It’s a great way of getting in tune with your own creativity, uninterrupted by the needs and concerns of others.

Then again, some of us really enjoy a little of each approach. We find that taking a bit from each is the best way to prime our personal crafting pumps.

I’m definitely the third kind of crafter. I need time playing alone to work out ideas without interruption or hindrance… and I need time with other crafters to build on my own knowledge and get new ideas.

What about you? Are you a lone wolf? A co-operative crafter? A little of each? Tell me about it.

This Is Your Spider on Drugs

Friday, February 4th, 2011
By Twistie

It’s fun to go wandering on Etsy and see what there is to see. This morning, I found this.

So what precisely is it? Well, it’s a spider web embroidered in holographic silver thread on a black satin backing. The thread throws off a rainbow effect when hit with sunlight.

As for why the picture announces ‘Caffeine’ at the bottom… that’s the beauty part. Here’s what the artist, Amy Sweetman of Anatomology, has to say about that:

Dr. Peter Witt spent over 22 years investigating spider web building and its sensitivity to drugs. He did his analysis by measuring and analyzing photographs of webs build under different circumstances. These embroidered images are replications of some of his photographs in his book, A Spider’s Web; Problems in Regulatory Biology; [by] Peter N. Witt, Charles F. Reed [and] David B. Peakall Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1968. Viii, 107 p. illus. 26 cm.

I don’t know about you, but at the bargain price of $32.00, I want to hang one right over my coffee pot. And maybe get a couple for my similarly caffeine-dependent friends. It won’t stop us drinking coffee, or even slow us down, but it will make  us giggle a lot.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a rather graphic way of offering your heart to someone for Valentine’s Day, Anatomology also features an anatomically-correct heart pendant that may interest you.

Inspiration Gallery: Marbling

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
By Twistie

via All Things Marbling

I adore marbled paper. I have older books that I caress because the endpapers delight me so. Yes, I’m a crafts geek. You knew that about me.

But my dears, marbling does not begin and end with endpapers (delicious though they may be, and frequently are!). Endpapers are just on option for marbling.


For Those Who Want to Participate in the Crafty Manolo Yarnbombing Event

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
By Twistie

illustration via Baltimore DIY Squad

So. You’d like to go yarnbombing with Crafty Manolo, you say? But you aren’t sure what kind of bookmarks to make? You don’t have a pattern to work from?

Don’t Panic. I’ve taken a gander around the web and found a few good patterns in a variety of different techniques to get you started. Let’s take a look at a couple:

Not Just for Knitters Anymore

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
By Twistie

(via The Telegraph)

I love yarnbombing. It’s a wonderful, crazed, whimsical, delightful, anarchic, joyful idea. It makes me smile just to know people are doing this. There’s just one thing wrong with it: so far it’s been limited to knitters and crocheters. In other words, it’s brilliant… as far as it goes.

But I don’t knit. I don’t crochet. I have friends who craft, but not with fiber. What about us?

Well, I don’t see anyone else doing something about this so I guess it’s time to step up and do my part to make a difference. (more…)

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