Thursday, February 23, 2012


Muahaha, the third time's the charm!!

It took me a while to figure out the pattern, but I eventually came up with this funky octopus type thing (left) and maybe I forgot to take pictures of it until after I started couching the outline...

And maybe I forgot to take pictures of everything else during the process... buuuut, I did manage to remember to take pictures before I gave it away =D
The filling stitches are a double Brussels stitch (I promise that I will post pictures sometime within the distant/near future/alternate time stream).

I decided not to make them identical, not really sure why, but I figured it looked kinda cool. I padded the outline with nylon thread, but they were still kinda flimsy (as you can see in that funky twisted thing on the left earring.

I do believe I smell progress in the air ... ^_^

Sunday, February 5, 2012

recent doings and such

 So, school is intense. I've been busy, busy, busy and I mean busy for the past few weeks and by the time I remembered my little ol' blog over here, I was either sprawled across my bed hovering ever so rapidly towards unconsciousness, or I was vegetating after a brutal test.

Buuuut, here's just a rundown of what I've been up to:

Seen here in a state of deconstruction, this was originally meant to be a gift.
To be brief, we had words, and I won.
I had a problem with the yellow and white part of the design. Aside from the fact that, in retrospect, the color combinations were not exactly great, I'd screwed up the circles while I was laying the couching thread and it made my life miserable during the buttonholing.
May it rest in peace... (not).

 At your right, you will see gift 2.0. Everything with this one went great. I got the pattern down, the buttonholing wasn't over complicated, buuut upon release from the backing, it turned out that it was too flimsy for my intended use (an earring) and, out of nowhere, the outline broke on me.
Let's just say that it's sleeping with the fishes and leave it at that.
Here, I give you a successful project. The quarter circle in the bottom corner is just your average single Brussels stitch, while the squiggly thing on the right is a corded Brussels stitch, and the squiggly thing on the top is a double Brussels stitch. The ground is an attempt at a point d'espagne  while the thing in the circle is a spider I learned from this comment at Needle Lace Talk's lace stitches group. (BTW, I couldn't link to the comment itself, but it's dated Dec 12, 2011)

Anywho, I hope to be able to at least make another post before the world ends in December (=P), but I gotta tell you I'm just trying to focus on not getting carpal tunnel from all the notes I have to take for school 0.o