I love drawing bears. I think I have finally perfected the style of my hairy bears and now they need to come to life. Here's a little peek at my paper bear puppets I've been working on and some other bears from the sketch book. I hope they make you smile today.
Artwork copyright April Borrelli 2016. All rights reserved.
I thought I would share this hat that I finished this weekend. Crocheted from band up using 2 of my favorite stitches. I love making hats and crochet because they are quick and I can just make stuff up as I go along. I also knit, but I am slow and not as confident to just "make things up" unless I am knitting something square. I would end up with a knitting disaster.
I used one skein of Patons Classic Wool, worsted weight, approximately 210 yards. It took, just about, the entire skein because I used a puffy stitch. If I made this hat just using a single crochet stitch it would have been just over half.
My favorite part of this hat is the band. There is a amazing stitch, that I love, and found in the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 4 - Crochet Edition. It is a crochet rib that very closely mimics the look of knitting. I have even fooled people with it before. This is the only book I have ever come across this stitch. Even with all of my google searches, I have only once, found someone with directions for this. I am not sure why more people don't know about it!
Anyway, if you have this book (shown above) the stitch is on page 13 (7 Wide Rib). I highly recommend trying it. If you are intuitive you can mess with single, double or treble crochet to adjust the size of your ribbing.
The other stitch I used, well I guess it is like a variation of a popcorn and a granny stitch using double crochet... If there is a real name for it, I have no clue what it is. This stitch has a nice density and pairs well with the weight of the band and makes a nice honey comb pattern.
Everyone should find a trashy movie, curl up on the couch this weekend and crochet a warm winter hat, learn some new stitches or a new skill. It's great therapy and good fun :)
Keep your brains warm... Adios!
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This post is going to start out weird, but it is going somewhere I hope ;)
I have lots and lots of craft interests... so many I can never focus on one. It is either a curse or a blessing. I always love learning new methods and using different mediums. If I could actually focus on something long enough to build up a nice little collection I think I could actually get somewhere with my artwork.
These are thoughts that are racing through my mind as I hurry to finish all of my items for the craft fair this weekend.
I have noticed that out of all my craft hobbies there are a few that I really gravitate towards. Like hand embroidery. I don't think I am super great at it and don't do very many fancy stitches, but I can make one hell of a french knot and sometimes the simplicity of something is what makes it work. I discovered this last night while I was working on an embroidery piece. I had the design semi planned out in my head, it was looking great and then I decided to try a add another element which I promptly pulled out. Less is more, also, new rule- don't over complicate things, often the result will still be lovely and it will be fun because you wont have stressed over finicky details.
I have been making some embroidery hoop wall art for the craft fair, I love the combination of embroidery and craft felt. I don't really like to use patterns, sometimes I will sketch out a really quick idea just so I don't forget it, but otherwise I like to just freehand everything. It's almost like doodling or painting but with thread and fabric. I think I am drawn to the textures and dimension that the mixture of materials make.
The pieces that I am working on are small, but I am now fantasizing about finding some really big hoops to do some large wall pieces. I think this is something that I finally feel I can find my niche in. Anyway, that's enough of this touchy feely, where am I going with my life/art whatever stuff.
Here is a peek at what I have been working on... and a cute beagle (that's Ed chillin' out) ...
I was not at all scientific with my placements of my constellation embroidery. So don't scrutinize too closely. Hercules and The Swan (I think) are not in such close proximity, or necessarily visible at the same time. I didn't really bother myself with research. My favorite is Orion. In Vermont I believe you can see the Orion constellation in the fall and winter months into spring. Well, for more accurate info if you are wondering here is a nifty link with some facts about our beautiful night sky...
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